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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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16 minutes ago 4 stars $123
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Thistle Kensington Gardens
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Recently Rated London Hotels

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4.0 / 5
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4.0 / 5
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From $155

1 Strand Palace Hotel London

4 stars
3.8 / 5 232 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

Well-Located Hotel
The location of the hotel could not be better. The room was clean, small and perfectly comfortable and satisfactory. The water pressure in the bathroom was amazing. The staff were friendly and...
Oct 15, 2014
From $126

2 K West Hotel London

4 stars
4.0 / 5 90 reviews

Richmond Way Map

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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

Clean and comfortable. Nothing more, nothing less
I was really looking forward to staying the K West Hotel because of all of the reviews, but in the end, I would have been just as happy staying at a 3 star hotel. The bed was super comfortable...
Nov 24, 2014
From $149

3 Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley

4 stars
4.3 / 5 50 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

Week in London
Excellent services. Had sound issues and was moved to a new room with no hesitation from manager.
Oct 10, 2014
From $153

4 Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar

4 stars
4.1 / 5 55 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

Location doesn't get any better!
Staying at the Royal Trafalgar couldn't have been better. The location, while close to the tourist-y places like Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, was just enough out of the way that it was a...
Nov 24, 2014
From $129

5 Thistle Kensington Gardens

4 stars
4.0 / 5 45 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

Good, clean, small
Holiday Inn style. Very clean. Great rates for London. If you don't what to drink or workout, and you're not going to do laps in your room, a good value.
Nov 19, 2014
From $167

6 Citadines Trafalgar Square London

4 stars
4.2 / 5 101 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

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 $204

7 The Grosvenor

4 stars
4.1 / 5 119 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

Brilliant stay - highly receommend!
One night stay to attend a friend's party. Needed somewhere near Hyde Park/Park Lane but not at Park Lane prices! Got what I thought was an OK deal for flights and accomodation. Having read some...
Nov 17, 2014
From $172

8 Thistle Marble Arch

4 stars
3.9 / 5 66 reviews

Bryanston Street, Map

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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

Perfect break
The hotel is located in a perfect location. Perfect for either business or shopping. The hotel is clean, very friendly staff and generally the staff makes you feel at home.
Oct 2, 2014
From $198

9 The Bloomsbury Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection

4 stars
4.6 / 5 24 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

The Bloomsbury Hotel - was perfect.
Could not have asked for more. From the minute I arrived to my departure, the hotel, my room and the staff, was perfect.
Nov 3, 2014
From $253

10 The Royal Horseguards

5 stars
4.4 / 5 66 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

Incredible
Our visit was spectacular! We had a room with a view of the London Eye, and it was gorgeous. We had to change our reservations at the last moment due to a child's illness, and the hotel changed our...
Nov 20, 2014
From $180

11 Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 66 reviews

200 Westminster Bridge Road Map

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- Modern hotel on the vibrant South Bank, directly opposite Big Ben, London Eye and Houses of Parliament - Conveniently located near to Waterloo and Westminster stations - The Mandara Spa offering... 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
From $130

12 The Arbor Hyde Park

3 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

36 Lancaster Gate Map

The Arbor Hyde Park Hotel is a lovingly restored 19th century Townhouse opening in August 2014. This 4* deluxe boutique hotel has just 40 bedrooms and overlooks the peaceful green expanse of Hyde... More

Couple Winter getaway
We were so surprised when we arrived at the hotel as it far surpassed our expectations. The welcome was super and they offered to store our luggage as we arrived before check in and it was waiting...
Nov 24, 2014
From $258

13 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 $158

14 Melia White House

4 stars
3.7 / 5 37 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

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 $170

15 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 $149

16 Club Quarters Trafalgar Square

4 stars
4.2 / 5 98 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

Well Kept Hotel and Great Location!
This Club Quarters location is a great base to get our and explore much of what London has to offer. I arrived a couple of hours before check-in and was given a room without waiting. Within steps...
Sep 14, 2014
From $158

17 The Cumberland Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 120 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

Nice room in a great location
Very nice overall. The rooms are quite tight by most standards, but probably nice size for London. Only stayed one evening but check in and out was easy enough.
Nov 22, 2014
From $134

18 Rathbone Hotel London

4 stars
3.8 / 5 35 reviews

30 Rathbone Street Map

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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 $212

19 Washington Mayfair Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 14 reviews

5 Curzon Street Map

15% Off Your Stay

Welcome to The Washington Mayfair Hotel, a distinguished hotel with a history dating back to 1913. Renovation, design touches and modernization have made this hotel a favoritism for the many... More

Getaway
We had a lovely night at the Washington, would recommend.
Sep 16, 2014
From $157

20 The Westbury Mayfair

5 stars
4.2 / 5 13 reviews

Bond Street,Mayfair Map

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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

awesome place !
grat room, best location...since the moment we arrived, we were welcomed by a most fiendly staff who made everything possible to place us.
Aug 15, 2014