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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

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The Cumberland Hotel
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13 minutes ago 4 stars $170
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20 minutes ago 4 stars $138
Central Park Hotel
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The Grosvenor
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The Cavendish London
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K+K Hotel George
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1 Strand Palace Hotel London

4 stars
3.8 / 5 239 reviews

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Fine dining, modern styling, and in the heart of theaterlandThe Strand Palace Hotel London is ideally located within walking distance of many of London's major tourist attractions. Guests visiting... More

Brief London trip
I picked this hotel for its convenience close to the theater district and other cultural institutions for a brief weekend trip as a single. The room was clean and comfortable, although small. It...
Dec 22, 2014
From $135

2 Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley

4 stars
4.3 / 5 52 reviews

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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... More

Good stuff
Recommended. Staff were friendly and very helping.
Dec 6, 2014
From $209

3 The Bloomsbury Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection

4 stars
4.6 / 5 27 reviews

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Elegant Convent Garden hotel with dining and business facilitiesThe Bloomsbury Hotel is the perfect central location for a real London experience. This hotel was recently restored to its original... More

Great Family Stay
We went for my graduation in London. Convenient and beautiful location about 2 blocks from the British Museum. Easy walking and transit. Room was clean and comfortable, hotel itself is historic and...
Dec 20, 2014
From $170

4 The Cumberland Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 125 reviews

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Hyde Park hotel featuring cutting edge modern designThe Cumberland Hotel entices travelers with state-of-the-art accommodations and amenities, striking decor and luxurious ambiance set near... More

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The hotel staff was friendly. Room was clean though my key card stopped working a few times. They fixed it promptly.
Dec 19, 2014
From $146

5 K West Hotel London

4 stars
4.0 / 5 93 reviews

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Contemporary hotel near Notting Hill with an award-winning spaLocated steps from Portabello Market and Kensington Palace, the K West Hotel wows with its modern looks and trendy West London address.... More

Good value
Nice value for West London. Very large, well equipped room. Docked a star for the desk clerk (robotic and not very friendly) and construction noise/smells at hotel.
Dec 6, 2014
From $128

6 Melia White House

4 stars
3.7 / 5 37 reviews

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A delightful hotel experience in the heart of LondonLocated near Regent's Park, Melia White House offers deluxe London accommodations for both business and pleasure travelers. The hotel has nine... More

Nice stay
The hotel was a good hotel. The location was good. There was some nearby bars and restaurants in walking distance. Overall it was a good stay.
Oct 11, 2014
From $101

7 Studios 2 Let

4 stars
4.1 / 5 53 reviews

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Set in a beautiful Georgian crescent in Bloomsbury, Cartwright Gardens is in one of the most desirable studio apartments for rent within the city. Within easy reach of both the city and the West... More

Perfect trip.
I stayed here by myself for a week before meeting up with my friend. Not only was it great by myself, it was great sharing with another person. The rooms are smaller - but they have everything you...
Dec 4, 2014
From $209

8 Millennium Hotel London Mayfair

4 stars
4.0 / 5 62 reviews

44, Grosvenor Square Map

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Former 18th Century Mansion in Grosvenor Square, the Heart of Mayfair From its stately, Georgian façade in a former 18th Century mansion, the Millennium Hotel London Mayfair upholds all of the... More

Great central location
We were pleased with the hotel, nice large room and an excellent breakfast. We found the staff very helpful and polite. Our only criticism is that the enamel was worn off the bottom of the bath in...
Dec 7, 2014
From $138

9 Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar

4 stars
4.1 / 5 57 reviews

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Thistle Trafalgar Square - The Royal Trafalgar, is located on a quiet street just off the lively Leicester Square, next to the National Portrait Gallery. Situated in the middle of the West End and... More

brilliant location
Smooth check in and check out, pleasant staff. Very good location, walking distance from Charing Cross station, 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square, close to many theatres. Nice clean room, ample...
Dec 9, 2014
From $129

10 Thistle Piccadilly

4 stars
3.7 / 5 31 reviews

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This is an amazing hotel, located in the centre of London, just a few minutes walk to Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Theatre Land. It is walking distance to Oxford Street, Covent Garden... More

Excellent Location
The hotel is fine. It is all about the location. It is located in the heart of all the action and the theatre district. Perfect
Nov 19, 2014
From $232

11 The Cavendish London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 200 reviews

81 Jermyn Street Map

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A haven of tranquility in the heart of London's Theater DistrictPampered tranquility in the heart of the city is the essence of the Cavendish London, whose contemporary rooms offer some of London's... More

Wonderful Hotel in the heart of central London!
When our car service first pulled up to the front of the Cavendish London,we knew this hotel was something special! Situated in the heart of central London, two blocks from Piccadilly Circus, this...
Nov 20, 2014
From $123

12 Thistle Kensington Gardens

4 stars
4.0 / 5 47 reviews

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Posh hotel with free Wi-Fi near the lush Kensington Gardens A contemporary hotel close to lush London parks yet within convenient distance of top local attractions, Thistle Kensington Gardens... More

Great place
I stayed there with my Mom for a night. The location is just next to Kensington Gardens. We had a great time - clean room, new furniture, quiet.
Nov 27, 2014
From $131

13 K+K Hotel George

4 stars
4.4 / 5 32 reviews

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Luxury and tranquillity in the heart of London’s Kensington districtThe K+K Hotel George offers style and luxury with a touch of history. This elegant boutique-style hotel offers guests a peaceful... More

great location, super garden and breakfast
A friend recommended this hotel in London and although I could have booked in a less expensive hotel, the K&K George proved to have been an excellent choice. It's conveniently located a block and a...
Dec 23, 2014
From $81

14 Go Native - Earls Court London

4 stars
3.9 / 5 62 reviews

181 Warwick Road Map

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With its spacious apartments and convenient location, Go Native Earl's Court is an ideal choice for your stay in stylish West London. This contemporary-styled serviced accommodation is set within a... More

A good deal
If you need a place to stay in Southwest London, this is a great one. Some of the rooms have air conditioning controlled from the front desk and could get stuffy, so I would check before staying in...
May 26, 2014
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15 Lancaster London

4 stars
4.1 / 5 86 reviews

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Four-star stay in London with rooms overlooking Hyde Park and the cityThe four-star Lancaster London introduces visitors to the city's regal past and bustling present. The décor blends the opulence... More

Weekend away
Staff make this hotel what it is. Very helpful. Amazing
Sep 2, 2014
From $177

16 Citadines Trafalgar Square London

4 stars
4.2 / 5 101 reviews

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Complimentary Wifi

Fully serviced apartments for up to six people near Trafalgar SquareThe Citadines London Trafalgar Square "Apart'hotel" is just steps away from Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square. It offers 187... More

Spacious
The hotel was a solid 3-3.5 star based on American standards. We rented a one bedroom suit and it was very spacious. Service was good and walking to all major attractions was easy as everything is...
Oct 26, 2014
From $173

17 Thistle Marble Arch

4 stars
3.9 / 5 67 reviews

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Shopper's delight Art Deco-style luxury hotel on Oxford Street Offering 4-star comfort in the heart of London's prime shopping district, the Thistle Marble Arch offers nearly 700 spacious and... More

Awesome hotel for business of family trip!
The hotel is in the center of London, so you can walk everywhere. The rooms are very spacious and nice. The food is very good.
Dec 20, 2014
From $189

18 Apex London Wall Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 17 reviews

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In the heart of the Londons old City, Apex London Wall is a 4 star boutique luxury hotel with free WiFi, local calls, 24hr room service and a gym. 3 Tube stations are within a few minutes walk. ... More

Fantastic stay
From arriving to leaving the staff where exstreamley pleasant And helpfull.the hotel very smart and rooms very spacesious for a londin hotel. Under ground close by and many resteraunts and food...
Dec 9, 2014
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19 Rathbone Hotel London

4 stars
3.8 / 5 35 reviews

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Intimate boutique-style hotel in London’s West End The Rathbone Hotel London is an intimate, boutique-style hotel located in the heart of London's West End, the perfect location for discovering... More

Great location, great staff
I've stayed at this hotel quite a few times, and that is what keeps me returning. The location is a short walk to Oxford Street and the staff is hospitable and accommodating. The hotel is very well...
Sep 4, 2014
From $186

20 Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 66 reviews

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Contemporary luxury in London's South Bank, steps to Big BenContemporary luxury meets hip, high-tech in the stylish Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London hotel that's directly opposite Big Ben and... More

Very "posh" hotel
After spending a week out in the Oxford countryside, we booked a room in London for two nights at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge. What this hotel lacks in country charm, it makes up for in...
Nov 17, 2014