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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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Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley
West End - Covent Garden
3 minutes ago 4 stars $130
Park Plaza County Hall London
South Bank - Waterloo
29 minutes ago 4 stars $150
Citadines Trafalgar Square London
West End - Covent Garden
1 hour ago 4 stars $159
Studios 2 Let
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1 hour ago 4 stars $97
London Elizabeth Hotel
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1 hour ago 4 stars $93
The Cumberland Hotel
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1 hour ago 4 stars $177
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
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1 hour ago 4 stars $150
The Windermere Hotel
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1 hour ago 4 stars $141
The Mandeville Hotel
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2 hours ago 4 stars $177
Strand Palace Hotel London
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2 hours ago 4 stars $146

Recently Rated London Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Gloucester Place
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3.2 / 5
10 reviews
3 stars $80
Pullman London St Pancras
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4.1 / 5
59 reviews
4 stars $193
Holiday Inn LONDON - HEATHROW ARIEL
3.5 / 5
50 reviews
3 stars $59
The Bloomsbury Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection
West End - Covent Garden
4.6 / 5
30 reviews
4 stars $176
Sofitel London St James
West End - Covent Garden
4.7 / 5
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Danubius Hotel Regents Park
Marylebone - Regent's Park
3.6 / 5
29 reviews
4 stars $138
Club Quarters St. Pauls
City of London
4.3 / 5
79 reviews
4 stars $103
K West Hotel London
Kensington - Chelsea
4.0 / 5
99 reviews
4 stars $124
Studios 2 Let
Kings Cross - St Pancras
4.1 / 5
53 reviews
4 stars $97
Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton
Kings Cross - St Pancras
3.8 / 5
34 reviews
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From $224

1 The Cavendish London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 202 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

romantic trip
excellent accomendation , great location excellent staff
Jan 20, 2015
From $186

2 St. Ermin's Hotel Autograph Collection

4 stars
4.5 / 5 56 reviews

2 Caxton Street Map

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... More

Wonderful hotel for a family vacation
We loved this hotel. It was wonderfully situated next to the St. James' Underground stop and was in easy walking distance to Westminster Abbey as well as sights on the south side of the Thames. The...
Apr 27, 2014
From $150

3 Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 67 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

couple
lovely hotel great view of london ye and great staff highly reccommend
Jan 9, 2015
From $176

4 The Bloomsbury Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection

4 stars
4.6 / 5 30 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

Excellent vacation
The hotel was in a perfect location. Although I arrived 5 hours before check-in, the staff was able to get me in my room within an hour and served me complimetary tea while I waited. There were...
Jan 24, 2015
From $217

5 Amba Hotel Charing Cross

4 stars
4.3 / 5 101 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

Excellent Stay
We could not fault the service or the quality of the Amba Hotel. It was luxurious and had lots of character. Nothing was too much trouble. All the staff were very attentive and made our stay feel...
Dec 17, 2014
From $103

6 Club Quarters St. Pauls

4 stars
4.3 / 5 79 reviews

24 Ludgate Hill Map

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Personalized service, chic design steps away from St. Paul’s Cathedral Located on the west side of the city, steps away from St. Paul's Cathedral, the Club Quarters, St. Paul's is a full-service... More

Good location
Nice location facing the St Paul's Cathedral. Close to the tube and many attractions in walking distance. The rest is OK. Room is on the small size side.
Dec 6, 2014
From $177

7 The Mandeville Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 267 reviews

Mandeville Place Map

15% off your stay

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 $250

8 Flemings Mayfair

4 stars
4.2 / 5 123 reviews

7 - 12 Half Moon Street Map

Complimentary Breakfast & Wifi

Perfectly located in central London, Flemings Mayfair is renowned for its friendly, personal service. The 4-star boutique hotel offers guests a luxurious home from home and is located 300 meters... More

Delightful - albeit a very short stay in London
This was just the briefest of stays -- unfortunately only for an overnight in London. However --the staff, the ambiance and the decorative hotel style -made it a real treat. The room -a single...
Jan 20, 2015
From $130

9 Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley

4 stars
4.3 / 5 52 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

Good stuff
Recommended. Staff were friendly and very helping.
Dec 6, 2014
From $159

10 Citadines Trafalgar Square London

4 stars
4.2 / 5 103 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

My Hotel in London from that one!
Best value, everything went well and the staff is just great! I will always come back and recommend to all!
Jan 5, 2015
From $128

11 Club Quarters Trafalgar Square

4 stars
4.2 / 5 99 reviews

8 Northumberland Avenue Map

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Affordable, club-like hotel in Trafalgar Square for business travelers Set in the heart of Trafalgar Square, the Club Quarters, Trafalgar Square is a full-service hotel designed for business... More

Great location
The hotel is located in Trafalgar Square with a lot of restaurants close by. It's walking distance from a lot of attractions. The room was very clean and sound proof. They let us check in early and...
Dec 29, 2014
From $78

12 Go Native - Earls Court London

4 stars
3.9 / 5 64 reviews

181 Warwick Road Map

Stay 3 Nights or More & Save 25%

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

Girls weekend
Hi I booked this apartment for one night on the weekend with my friends as we were having a touristy trip to london. The apartment is cosy- could be more sofas but it was fine as it was. The rooms...
Jan 16, 2015
From $197

13 The Marylebone Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection

4 stars
4.4 / 5 31 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

Great hotel, amazing gym.
The hotel was great. Very modern, decent size for London, great service. But one of the best things was the gym. They have a great, full-service fitness club in the building available for guests....
Jan 20, 2015
From $223

14 The Rubens At The Palace Hotel London

4 stars
4.3 / 5 42 reviews

39 Buckingham Palace Road Map

Complimentary English Breakfast Friday to Sunday!

Regal residence in the heart of London 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... More

Lovely friendly weekend away
The staff were wonderful so friendly and helpful, rooms were a little small but clean and comfortable, excellent value for money, overall it's the lovely staff who made the stay so pleasurable
Dec 8, 2014
From $113

15 Club Quarters Gracechurch

4 stars
4.2 / 5 53 reviews

7 Gracechurch Street Map

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Private - full service club-like hotel with 203 rooms located within London s historic and financial district. Minutes from Leaden Hall Market shopping area and close to the Tower of London -... More

Cool little hotel..
Very clean, friendly staff, and nice bar/restaurant attached.. Would definatly stay here again for the price..
Jan 5, 2015
From $164

16 The Grosvenor

4 stars
4.1 / 5 124 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

Magical Stay!!!
Absolutely magical from the moment we walked in having booked to stay here as an 11 year anniversary celebration. Upon checking in we was upgraded from a standard double to the Grosvenor Suite on...
Dec 15, 2014
From $220

17 The Beaufort

4 stars
4.3 / 5 30 reviews

33 Beaufort Gardens, Map

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Intimate luxury and indulgence in a boutique Knightsbridge hotel The Beaufort, just steps away from Harrods and Harvey Nichols, in Knightsbridge is a pristine presentation of intimacy and luxury,... More

In the middle of Old Lodon
Especially if you dly in with Cityjet, sas we did, it is not a long trip to the hotel using the subway. It was our second time and we enjoyed it as much as the first time. It is only a few meters...
Dec 23, 2014
From $158

18 Hilton London Tower Bridge

4 stars
4.5 / 5 16 reviews

5 More London Place, Tooley Street Map

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Contemporary luxury in LondonStay at the prestigious Hilton London Tower Bridge and be prepared for top quality service and comfort. Its leather interiors and dashes of color brighten up the decor,... More

Terrific hotel in a great location
This is my second time at this hotel. Its location--a five-minute walk to London Bridge Underground, and within easy walking distance of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London--is fantastic. The...
Jul 19, 2014
From $141

19 Apex London Wall Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 17 reviews

7 - 9 Copthall Avenue Map

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
From $150

20 Park Plaza County Hall London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 21 reviews

1 Addington Street Map

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Sophistication and hospitality near the London EyeThe Park Plaza County Hall London is a contemporary and sophisticated hotel. Guests enjoy comfortable rooms and quality services. Have a meal in... More

Photoshoot that was location and time sensitive
The hotel exceeded my expectations. Start was as polite as can be. Will do this again. The same goes for Paris. Thank you.
Jan 22, 2015