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What travelers to London are saying

I didn't get to see much of it but Southall is pretty wrecked. Some of the cab drivers are the worst human beings on the planet, but then some are really nice so if a driver starts giving you any kind of trouble right away, send him packing and get a new cab.
James Jul 17, 2015
I love London. British Museum, National Gallery, the pubs at Bloomsbury, Alexander McQueen exhibit at V& A, Westminster abbey, globe theater... What is there not to like. Except everything is so expensive!
j. j. Jul 20, 2015
I have been to London many times and it never fails to please. I spent all of this trip at Greenwich University, which hosts the famous observatory.
stanley k. Jul 22, 2015

Witness the Changing of the Guard in royal London

A cosmopolitan city, London is an epicenter of global finance and politics where cultures intertwine, neighborhoods hold secrets whispered through time, and famous events like London Fashion Week take place on an annual basis. The metropolitan area draws millions of visitors each year to attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, which features the 16-story clock tower Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. Set on the banks of the River Thames, London offers a fantastic mix of history, food, shopping and museums. The pageantry of the Changing of the Guard and Trooping the Colour create spectacles adored by all, while modern marvels include one of the world's biggest observation wheels.


Things to see and do

Cultural attractions

Exhibits at institutions such as the Royal Museum, the National Gallery, and the Imperial War Museum provide insightful perspectives of the country. From the First World War Galleries to the history of “Jack the Ripper”, and artworks dating back to medieval times, enjoy a window on the past by visiting any of these attractions.

City buildings that have stood for hundreds of years include Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the Royal Albert Hall where you can catch a concert in the evenings. The Tower of London is guarded by the legendary Beefeaters, while inside the diamond-studded Crown Jewels glitter for guests throughout the day.

Stroll along historic footpaths in colorful Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, or enjoy a spectacular bird's-eye view of the city from atop the London Eye.

London' districts are attractions in their own right, and if you take a trip through the East End you will discover the setting for numerous films and television shows. View the ancient street layout and medieval churches in The City, the earliest Roman settlement, or visit Greenwich, home of the Prime Meridian. The Leicester Square neighborhood houses famous Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, and city tours are a great way to scale the geography of sprawling London.

Shopping and dining

Power shoppers will discover the haute couture boutiques and trendy designer stores of Knightsbridge, Bond Street and Covent Garden, as well as Oxford and Regent Streets. In addition to high-end clothes, you can also find vintage apparel in quirky local establishments.

Once known for its ubiquitous fish and chips, bangers and mash, and even eels, London has since emerged as a center of gastronomic delights. This melting pot of cultures creates a restaurant scene that thrives on fusion and international cuisine. Foodies can enjoy high tea and Anglo-Indian dishes like chicken tikka masala, Turkish kebabs and Mexican-style burritos.

Nightlife and entertainment

When the sun sets after a day of sightseeing, guests can visit local pubs and live music venues featuring internationally-acclaimed DJs and bands. Tracing its origins to Shakespeare, London's West End Theatre district presents musicals and plays starring famous actors from screen and stage. You can also enjoy performances in the Opera House, where the Royal Symphony, Opera and Ballet companies are showcased.

This English capital hosts a series of yearly celebrations that include Wimbledon and other major sporting events, the Notting Hill Carnival, the Lord Mayor's Show and the Totally Thames Festival.


Best time to visit

Spring is one of the best times to visit London. In addition to mild temperatures, the city's parks and gardens begin to bloom. Humidity levels tend to be higher in the summer months, but those looking to sample strawberries and cream, or Pimm’s at the tennis should book a stay in late June or early July.

Travel and hotels are more likely to be reasonably priced and readily available in the fall and winter months—although visitors should be aware that London is popular for Christmas gift shopping in December.


Where to stay

From Bayswater and Paddington to Knightsbridge, the West End and Camden, the neighborhood where you choose to vacation in London will depend very much upon what you want to do on your trip. Historic hotels like Flemings Mayfair—the second oldest in the capital—have a Georgian flair that harks back to the days when carriages rolled through the streets while contemporary accommodations include the K West and the Apex. Prices range quite dramatically, so it's best to search around online before you go.


Travel information

Visitors can reach London through one of six airports, including Gatwick (LGW), Heathrow (LHR) and Stansted (STN). Traveling between these aviation gateways and London's major attractions is easy due to the city's comprehensive public transportation network. Options include the iconic red double-decker buses, Docklands Light Railway and the Underground, as well as Thames River commuter boats and pleasure cruises. Consider using an Oyster Card, a contactless smartcard, instead of individual paper tickets, to save time and money. Another option for traveling within the English city is taking one of London's world-famous black cabs.

Recently booked London hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley
West End - Covent Garden
18 minutes ago 4 stars $149
The Tower Hotel
City of London
23 minutes ago 4 stars $187
Strand Palace Hotel London
West End - Covent Garden
39 minutes ago 4 stars $117
The Mandeville Hotel
Marylebone - Regent's Park
1 hour ago 4 stars Choose dates
Thistle Kensington Gardens
Bayswater - Paddington
1 hour ago 4 stars $154
The Royal Horseguards
West End - Covent Garden
1 hour ago 5 stars $269
The Cumberland Hotel
Marylebone - Regent's Park
1 hour ago 4 stars $236
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
South Bank - Waterloo
2 hours ago 4 stars $203
Thistle Euston
Kings Cross - St Pancras
2 hours ago 4 stars $141
Amba Hotel Charing Cross
West End - Covent Garden
3 hours ago 4 stars $224

Recently Rated London Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton
Kings Cross - St Pancras
3.9 / 5
39 reviews
4 stars $232
Novotel London Greenwich
Canary Wharf - Docklands
4.2 / 5
9 reviews
4 stars $138
Strand Palace Hotel London
West End - Covent Garden
3.8 / 5
249 reviews
4 stars $117
Thistle Kensington Gardens
Bayswater - Paddington
4.2 / 5
65 reviews
4 stars $154
Euston Square Hotel
3.3 / 5
13 reviews
3 stars $88
Thistle Euston
Kings Cross - St Pancras
4.1 / 5
61 reviews
4 stars $141
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
South Bank - Waterloo
4.4 / 5
69 reviews
4 stars $203
The Mandeville Hotel
Marylebone - Regent's Park
4.2 / 5
259 reviews
4 stars Choose dates
Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar
West End - Covent Garden
4.2 / 5
78 reviews
4 stars Choose dates
Apex London Wall Hotel
City of London
4.3 / 5
20 reviews
4 stars Choose dates

Featured London Hotels

From $175

1 The Grosvenor

4 stars
4.2 / 5 133 reviews

Buckingham Palace Road

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Following a multi-million pound refurbishment, The Grosvenor Hotel has been restored to its former glory, revealing stunning original features that date back to 1862. A Listed building, it retains...

Good location Outstanding service
Provided a safe environment with outstanding supporting accommodations. Would have rather had a queen-sized bed rather than two twin sized beds pushed together.
Jul 28, 2015
From $117

2 Strand Palace Hotel London

4 stars
3.8 / 5 249 reviews

372, Strand

Free Wifi

The Strand Palace Hotel London is ideally located within walking distance of many of London's major tourist attractions. Guests visiting the city on business can make use of the hotel's nine...

Perfect location, basic hotel
For the price, this is a good deal and absolutely most centrally located for touring, shows, etc. It's across from the Savoy at a fraction of the price. Room was okay, we had twins, basic bathroom,...
Jul 31, 2015
From $224

3 Amba Hotel Charing Cross

4 stars
4.3 / 5 106 reviews

Charing Cross, The Strand,

25% off your stay

Amba Hotel Charing Cross is a modern boutique offering convenient distance to The Strand and Trafalgar Square. This deluxe hotel offers elegant accommodations outfitted with contemporary comforts...

Fabulous location, comfortable room
The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. The room was very comfortable and the bathroom was lovely with very nice shampoo conditioner, shower gel and body lotion. Nepresso machine was great...
Jul 21, 2015
From $269

4 The Royal Horseguards

5 stars
4.4 / 5 83 reviews

2 Whitehall Court

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High ceilings and elegant furniture make your King Suite at The Royal Horseguards in London a charming place to relax after a day of sightseeing. Enjoy a view of the River Thames and Big Ben from...

Location!
The location of this hotel is great - right on the Thames, almost directly across from the london eye. We easily walked to the palace, london eye, big ben, and more. Hop on tour stop was very close...
Jul 16, 2015
From $141

5 Thistle Euston

4 stars
4.1 / 5 61 reviews

Thistle Euston Hotel

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Exploring the culture-rich and vibrant England capital can be convenient by opting to stay at the stylish accommodation units of Thistle Euston, strategically set close to public transport options...

Great location
It is in a great location, the staff were VERY helpful and courteous. For London the price is reasonable.
Jul 30, 2015
From $148

6 Club Quarters Trafalgar Square

4 stars
4.3 / 5 101 reviews

8 Northumberland Avenue

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Trafalgar Square (adjacent to hotel)Covent Garden (1.4 mi./2.3 km)National Gallery (1.7 mi./2.7 km)Big Ben (2.1 mi./3.4 km)Houses of Parliament (2.1 mi./3.4 km)Buckingham Palace (2.1 mi./3.4 km) ...

Expectations exceeded!
My husband and I visited London for the first time and were thrilled with this hotel! The location was ideal - close to restaurants, museums, shopping, the Underground, pubs, Buckingham Palace,...
Jun 13, 2015
From $252

7 The Bloomsbury Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection

4 stars
4.5 / 5 37 reviews

16-22 Great Russell Street

COMPLIMENTARY WIFI

The Bloomsbury Hotel is the perfect central location for a real London experience. This hotel was recently restored to its original grandeur and is a treat for guests on business or vacation....

Amazing hotel
Wonderful hotel, very clean and rooms are fantastic. comfortable beds, lots of attention to detail, staff very helpful and courteous, beautiful hotel as well
Jul 23, 2015
From $149

8 Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley

4 stars
4.4 / 5 77 reviews

Bloomsbury Way

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Not many London hotels can claim a place in literary history. But The Kingsley certainly can. Named after Charles Kingsley, author of the classics Westward Ho! and The Water Babies, it was once...

Kingsley Stay
Face clothes were not replaced daily. Too many stairs up and down to get to the room. Small room for the price.
Jul 28, 2015
From $139

9 K West Hotel London

4 stars
4.0 / 5 117 reviews

Richmond Way

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Holland Park (0.6 mi/1 km) Portobello Road Market (1.1 mi/1.7 km) Kensington Palace (1.2 mi/2 km) Royal Albert Hall (1.7 mi/2.7 km) Shepherd's Bush (1.1 mi/1.8 km) Hyde Park (2.3 mi/4.3 km) The...

Spring Trip To London
Stayed at this hotel for 1 night last month, nice hotel in a good location. The bathroom had a telephone in it, which I thought was a bit unusual.
Jun 2, 2015
From $220

10 Citadines Trafalgar Square London

4 stars
4.2 / 5 109 reviews

18/21 Northumberland Avenue

Complimentary Wifi

The Citadines London Trafalgar Square "Apart'hotel" is just steps away from Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square. It offers 187 apartments and studios that sleep up to six people. Each studio and...

Great family trip
The hotel was perfectly situated - right near Trafalgar Square. We walked everywhere. Inspite of location, we heard little outside noise. Fortunately we faced the back of the hotel - a small side...
Jul 21, 2015
From $187

11 The Tower Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 90 reviews

St Katharine's Way

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The Tower Hotel is unique. Part of the Guoman collection of 4 and 5 star London hotels. It is located on the north bank of the River Thames and it boasts unrivalled views of Tower Bridge, Tower of...

great staff
Lovely hotel located next to St Katherines Dock and the Tower of London. Room amenities - Tea, coffee, 2 bottles of water supplied each day, free wifi in room, safe and an ironing board and iron....
Jul 28, 2015
From $154

12 Thistle Kensington Gardens

4 stars
4.2 / 5 65 reviews

104 Bayswater Road

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A contemporary hotel close to lush London parks yet within convenient distance of top local attractions, Thistle Kensington Gardens makes for an ideal starting point for exploring the heritage-rich...

Loved this hotel
First the room is some what small but more than enough. Shower was perfection. Breakfast was outstanding. Would stay there again and recommend thanks great hotel Allan
Jul 31, 2015
From $203

13 Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 69 reviews

200 Westminster Bridge Road

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Contemporary luxury meets hip, high-tech in the stylish Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London hotel that's directly opposite Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Rooms are equipped with every modern...

awsome family trip
the hotel and the staff was perfect highly recomended
Jul 27, 2015
From $152

14 H10 London Waterloo

4 stars
4.0 / 5 22 reviews

284 to 302 Waterloo Road

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The H10 London Waterloo is located in well-known Waterloo Road, just 5 minutes walk from Waterloo Tube Station. The hotel has 177 guest rooms (144 Standard Double Bedrooms, 32 Deluxe Bedrooms and...

Summer Vacation
Nice stay. Would stay again. A 10 min. walk down the street from Waterloo station
Apr 24, 2015
From $310

15 St. Ermin's Hotel Autograph Collection

4 stars
4.5 / 5 59 reviews

2 Caxton Street

Rate Includes Breakfast

The four star St Ermin's is located in an unusually quiet corner of Westminster, the political and cultural heart of London. The 275 bedroom hotel boasts 19 meeting rooms with a maximum capacity of...

Delighted
Wonderful location across from Scotland Yard headquarters within easy walking distance to the main sites. Hotel very clean and charming. Food was great. We would stay here again in a minute despite...
Jul 20, 2015
From $278

16 The Marylebone Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection

4 stars
4.4 / 5 37 reviews

47 Welbeck Street

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A refreshingly intimate atmosphere awaits guests at The Marylebone Hotel. Relaxed and informal, the hotel is centered in the Marylebone district of London, a charming community that has retained...

Rock Solid
Stay here frequently for business travel, staff never disappoints. Location is perfect for my needs and great for any sort of traveler.
Jun 25, 2015
From $188

17 St James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London

4 stars
4.5 / 5 28 reviews

45 Buckingham Gate

The St. James Court, formerly known as the CROWNE PLAZA ST JAMES, has opened its doors with a distinguished pedigree shaped over more than a century and a luxury service ethos refined by Taj...

long weekend
great hotel, very classical style, great restaurants, and bars. disappointed with the room, in corner of 6th floor, just ok.
Jul 27, 2015
From $224

18 The Rubens At The Palace Hotel London

4 stars
4.3 / 5 43 reviews

39 Buckingham Palace Road

Complimentary English Breakfast Friday to Sunday!

Located directly across from Buckingham Palace, The Rubens at the Palace offers guest a regal experience in London. Guests can watch palace guardsmen from the windows, or take a walk around London....

A very small room in an old hotel in a great location. Fine for my purposes.
It's an old hotel, and my room was very small. But it was charming, and the location was excellent. Considering the location, it was a very good value. It would not have been good for a family...
Jun 13, 2015

19 The Mandeville Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 259 reviews

Mandeville Place

Regent's Park (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Bond Street galleries and shops (0.4 mi/0.6 km)The Wallace Collection (walking distance)Madame Tussaud's (0.5 mi/0.7 km)Hyde Park (0.5 mi/0.8 km) GeneralStanding in...

Business Trip
Great central location, nice rooms and ambiance, and excellent service. I would definitely go back.
Jul 30, 2015
From $92

20 Thistle City Barbican

3 stars
3.5 / 5 38 reviews

120 Central Street

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Within walking distance from Old Street and Barbican tube stations Thistle City Barbican provides easy access to the whole of London and its many tourist attractions. We have convenient transport...

Hidden Gem
This hotel is the hidden gem of London for me. It is a good 10 mins walk from Barbican & in the middle of a council estate, but worth it. The hotel has a lovely little swimming pool with stream...
Jul 28, 2015