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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.

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10 minutes ago 4 stars $184
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Strand Palace Hotel London
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Recently Rated London Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
every hotel Piccadilly
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3.8 / 5
37 reviews
4 stars $184
Thistle Kensington Gardens
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4.1 / 5
57 reviews
4 stars $135
Citadines Trafalgar Square London
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4.2 / 5
110 reviews
4 stars $205
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4.4 / 5
20 reviews
4 stars $174
H10 London Waterloo
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4.0 / 5
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4.8 / 5
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London Premier Kensington
Kensington - Chelsea
3.3 / 5
23 reviews
3 stars $72
Strand Palace Hotel London
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3.8 / 5
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4 stars $178
The Belgrave
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3.7 / 5
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Novotel London Waterloo
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4.1 / 5
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Featured London Hotels

From $132

1 Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley

4 stars
4.3 / 5 64 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 $153

2 Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar

4 stars
4.1 / 5 68 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 $145

3 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 $142

4 The Grosvenor

4 stars
4.2 / 5 128 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 $130

5 St James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 15 reviews

45 Buckingham Gate Map

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... More

Great Property with a Wonderful Staff
I stayed at this wonderful hotel last summer. I found the staff and hotel to be fabulous. The morning breakfast buffet was excellent. I loved my stay, and could have just hung out in the main lobby...
Apr 22, 2015
From $242

6 The Cavendish London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 209 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

Great extended weekend away.
A great hotel in a great location. Easily accessible by tube. A short stroll to Piccadilly Circus. 12 minute walk to gates of Buckingham Palace. Lovely Restaurant. Bar prices are expensive and...
Apr 21, 2015
From $179

7 The Mandeville Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 268 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

Big shout out to the staff
What would have been a very pleasant stay was put over the top by an outstanding act of customer service by the staff. I left this hotel and traveled out to Horsham about an hour away for a...
Apr 21, 2015
From $178

8 Strand Palace Hotel London

4 stars
3.8 / 5 253 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

Awesome stay
The staff was superb. They went out of theirway to give directions for the underground so we could meet up with friends.The room overlooked all the action of London.
Apr 23, 2015
From $237

9 St. Ermin's Hotel Autograph Collection

4 stars
4.5 / 5 59 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

Romantic getaway
A very pleasant stay at this hotel.We couldn't fault it at all and will defiantly be coming back soon
Apr 20, 2015
From $184

10 every hotel Piccadilly

4 stars
3.8 / 5 37 reviews

Coventry Street Map

Complimentary Wi-Fi For All Guests

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 $255

11 The Royal Horseguards

5 stars
4.5 / 5 79 reviews

2 Whitehall Court Map

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Charm, elegance and comfort on the banks of the River ThamesThe unique blend of 21st century and Victorian decor makes The Royal Horseguards an attraction in itself. Conveniently located near to... More

Lovely base in London
Pleasure to stay in hotel and staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Quality of rooms does vary considerably but the Exec. room allocated on this occasion was superb.
Mar 11, 2015
From $135

12 Thistle Kensington Gardens

4 stars
4.1 / 5 57 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 $216

13 The Marylebone Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection

4 stars
4.4 / 5 33 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

Excellent business lodging
Lovely and central quiet neighborhood and well equipped comfortable room, really quiet. Staff very friendly and helpful and except for a weird snafu of coming back at 5:30 after a day of meetings...
Apr 21, 2015
From $204

14 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 $239

15 Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street

4 stars
4.0 / 5 17 reviews

9-13 Bloomsbury Street Map

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Close by the chic boutiques of Covent Garden and Oxford Street's celebrated stores, this beguiling Bloomsbury landmark brings style and comfort together beautifully. In the shadow of the British... More

Good value
Hotel is ideally situated for museums and West End. Room is modern and comfortable BUT inadequate light in the darkly appointed bathroom. The lobby decor aims for hip: has a huge red seated deer on...
Dec 20, 2014
From $145

16 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
From $205

17 Citadines Trafalgar Square London

4 stars
4.2 / 5 110 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 $143

18 Club Quarters Trafalgar Square

4 stars
4.2 / 5 102 reviews

8 Northumberland Avenue Map

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

Amazing location
Fantastic hotel ideally located to Westminster, soho, theatre land and all other tourist locations. Great staff and lovely rooms.
Apr 17, 2015
From $117

19 Club Quarters St. Pauls

4 stars
4.3 / 5 83 reviews

24 Ludgate Hill Map

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

Family trip
It was a lovely experience. Very good hotel, perfect service, very good located. Everything that you might need just nearby. We will definitely recommend this hotel to stay
Apr 22, 2015
From $125

20 Thistle Euston

4 stars
4.1 / 5 50 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

first time in London
I wanted a central location (tube, good restaurants, etc.) with close access to Eurostar and I got exactly what I wanted. Was bargained up to a park view larger room on arrival, but held out until...
Apr 17, 2015