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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

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Strand Palace Hotel London
West End - Covent Garden
1 hour ago 4 stars $121
St James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London
Victoria - Westminster
2 hours ago 4 stars $171
Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley
West End - Covent Garden
4 hours ago 4 stars $117
Rydges Kensington London
Kensington - Chelsea
5 hours ago 4 stars $117
The Grosvenor
Victoria - Westminster
5 hours ago 4 stars $139
ME London
West End - Covent Garden
5 hours ago 5 stars $269
Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar
West End - Covent Garden
7 hours ago 4 stars $151
The Mandeville Hotel
Marylebone - Regent's Park
8 hours ago 4 stars $172
every hotel Piccadilly
West End - Covent Garden
8 hours ago 4 stars $138
Citadines Barbican London
City of London
8 hours ago 3 stars $136

Recently Rated London Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Thistle Euston
Kings Cross - St Pancras
4.1 / 5
44 reviews
4 stars $123
Lancaster London
Bayswater - Paddington
4.1 / 5
89 reviews
4 stars $123
London Marriott Hotel West India Quay
Canary Wharf - Docklands
4.6 / 5
21 reviews
5 stars $128
Holiday Inn Express LONDON - LIMEHOUSE
Canary Wharf - Docklands
3.4 / 5
7 reviews
3 stars $90
ME London
West End - Covent Garden
4.6 / 5
11 reviews
5 stars $269
Park Grand London Hyde Park
Bayswater - Paddington
3.1 / 5
14 reviews
4 stars $108
Shaftesbury Hyde Park International Hotel
Bayswater - Paddington
3.6 / 5
27 reviews
4 stars $112
Pembury Hotel
Camden - Hampstead
3.6 / 5
5 reviews
3 stars $49
Holland Court Hotel
Kensington - Chelsea
2.8 / 5
5 reviews
3 stars $46
Avni Kensington Hotel
Kensington - Chelsea
3.0 / 5
25 reviews
3 stars $70

Featured London Hotels

From $117

1 Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley

4 stars
4.3 / 5 61 reviews

Bloomsbury Way Map

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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

WEEKEND BREAK
Lovely Hotel in the center of London.Excellent friendly staff. Ideal hotel for a weekend break..
Apr 10, 2015
From $172

2 The Cavendish London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 206 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

Location!Location!Location
Clean and comfortable room but on the small side - common for London. but can't beat location
Apr 8, 2015
From $119

3 Thistle Kensington Gardens

4 stars
4.1 / 5 56 reviews

104 Bayswater Road Map

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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 trip with friends
Hotel is very chic as expected for this area but the staff were very welcoming and helpful. After hours drinks were a pleasure although very expensive and came with a hefty service charge - better...
Mar 19, 2015
From $179

4 Amba Hotel Charing Cross

4 stars
4.3 / 5 103 reviews

Charing Cross, The Strand, Map

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Timeless elegance near Trafalgar SquareAmba Hotel Charing Cross is a modern boutique offering convenient distance to The Strand and Trafalgar Square. This deluxe hotel offers elegant accommodations... More

Location couldn't be better
We have been several times to this hotel. Beautiful Building in a perfect central location. The rooms are tastefully decorated, but on our last visit, our bathroom had a very deep bath tub which...
Apr 10, 2015
From $139

5 The Grosvenor

4 stars
4.1 / 5 127 reviews

Buckingham Palace Road Map

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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... More

Work Meetings
Excellent position Clean Tidy and will return again and again for sure. Be warned however staying on the wing rooms requires two lifts and a longish walk Overall as good as it gets for the price...
Apr 6, 2015
From $191

6 Citadines Trafalgar Square London

4 stars
4.2 / 5 109 reviews

18/21 Northumberland Avenue Map

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

Great Location!
This hotel is located in one of the most perfect locations in London! You can walk to almost any tourist attraction on your list! There are also tons of restaurants and pubs to chose from. It was a...
Apr 10, 2015
From $172

7 The Mandeville Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 267 reviews

Mandeville Place Map

Comp upgrade, continental bfast, early check in

Personalized service, chic design in an indulgent West End oasisLuxury meets practical in this stylish West End hotel that's both affordable and full-featured. Lavishly designed rooms are equipped... More

Perfect location
The location of this hotel is ideal. There are a number of good restaurants nearby and it is also very close to high street shops. The hotel is small and staff are friendly.
Jan 19, 2015
From $142

8 Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 70 reviews

200 Westminster Bridge Road Map

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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

Excellent stay
The hotel met my expectations and was exactly like the images online. The staff were always on hand to help and everyone in the hotel was very friendly. I throughly enjoyed my stay in this hotel...
Mar 18, 2015
From $123

9 Thistle Euston

4 stars
4.1 / 5 44 reviews

Thistle Euston Hotel Map

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Strategic stylish base for exploring London Exploring the culture-rich and vibrant England capital can be convenient by opting to stay at the stylish accommodation units of Thistle Euston,... More

Fantastic hotel fabulous staff
The staff were very welcoming on our arrival. We got a lovely room as it was my birthday. I took ill on the Monday Morning and the staff / Hotel Manager were fantastic. They had to call the...
Apr 15, 2015
From $201

10 The Marylebone Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection

4 stars
4.4 / 5 32 reviews

47 Welbeck Street Map

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The Marylebone Village home away from home A refreshingly intimate atmosphere awaits guests at The Marylebone Hotel. Relaxed and informal, the hotel is centered in the Marylebone district of... More

City Break
All perfect, very comfortable. Pricey but as to be expected given loaction and London etc
Jan 26, 2015
From $121

11 Strand Palace Hotel London

4 stars
3.8 / 5 249 reviews

372, Strand Map

Free Wifi

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

Standard single is tiny
I have now stayed twice in this hotel. The first time I booked a standard single and the second time I stayed in a cosy single. Both are tiny. The website is misleading as to the size of the...
Apr 13, 2015
From $139

12 The Tower Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 72 reviews

St Katharine's Way Map

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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... More

Excellent hotel and lovely location
Staff very friendly and helpful throughout. Small niggle that the aircon was not very good so had to open window and was woken by outside noise during the night.
Apr 6, 2015
From $187

13 The Bloomsbury Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection

4 stars
4.6 / 5 32 reviews

16-22 Great Russell Street Map

COMPLIMENTARY WIFI

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 location, comfortable stay
My partner and I stayed three nights at the Bloomsbury Hotel in December 2014. We were immediately greeted with an offer of mulled wine while we checked in (good start). Staff were friendly and...
Feb 4, 2015
From $117

14 Rydges Kensington London

4 stars
4.0 / 5 51 reviews

61 Gloucester Road Map

Breakfast Inclusive Rates

Rydges Kensington London is located in one of the most exclusive areas of London. Ideally situated near Hyde Park, Earls Court & Olympia exhibition centres, Royal Albert Hall, Harrods,... More

London for 1 Week
We had an Amazing time in London. The staff was so amazing and always went out of there way to be helpful. Thanks for a great week and making our trip even better then we could imagine :) We will...
Apr 6, 2015
From $93

15 Tune Hotel - Kings Cross, London

3 stars
4.1 / 5 7 reviews

324 Gray's Inn Rd Map

Whether you have missed the last train home, heading on a business trip to Europe or spending a night in the capital for business or pleasure, Tune Hotel Kings Cross is the ideal base. The hotel... More

Value for money. Recommend.
Staff were friendly throughout our stay. The hairdryer in our room was broken but staff was able to lend us another one. Room is clean and close to few convenience stores. Highly recommended.
Mar 4, 2015
From $143

16 The Westbury Mayfair

5 stars
4.3 / 5 19 reviews

Bond Street,Mayfair Map

The Westbury leads a new direction of unrivalled luxury. The excellent location in the heart of Mayfair means it is walking distance to Regent Street, Oxford Circus, Buckingham Palace & the... More

Advanced Booking
The hotel is in a great location and as a frequent London business traveller you will find it difficult to beat. I thought the room was ok but required upgrading especially the old wood work in the...
Apr 8, 2015
From $138

17 every hotel Piccadilly

4 stars
3.8 / 5 37 reviews

Coventry Street Map

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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

Very good
Well located. Clean. Friendly staff. Well located. Clean. Friendly staff. Well located. Clean. Friendly staff. Well located. Clean. Friendly staff. Well located. Clean. Friendly staff.
Mar 4, 2015
From $151

18 Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar

4 stars
4.1 / 5 66 reviews

Whitcomb Street Map

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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

very high level
High Level of service.Spacious and clean room.Excellent shower.perfect breakfast.perfect location.
Apr 12, 2015
From $163

19 The Cumberland Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 135 reviews

Great Cumberland Place Map

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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

wonderful hotel
location service and staff at this hotel is all amazing we had very good time and we enjoy staying at this hotel
Apr 12, 2015
From $155

20 Melia White House

4 stars
3.7 / 5 38 reviews

Albany Street, Regents Park Map

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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

great hotel value for money
all was fine will return again, staff was very nice Thank you
Apr 6, 2015