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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 Grosvenor
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8 minutes ago 4 stars $164
Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley
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19 minutes ago 4 stars $130
Apex City Of London Hotel
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27 minutes ago 4 stars $128
Citadines Trafalgar Square London
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1 hour ago 4 stars $159
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BEST WESTERN The Cromwell
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The Royal Horseguards
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3 hours ago 5 stars $247
Ambassadors Bloomsbury
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4 hours ago 4 stars $94
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Recently Rated London Hotels

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Gloucester Place
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3.2 / 5
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4.1 / 5
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4 stars $97
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3.1 / 5
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2.6 / 5
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Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar
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4.1 / 5
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Park Plaza County Hall London
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4.4 / 5
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Millennium Hotel London Knightsbridge
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3.6 / 5
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Mercure London Bridge
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3.7 / 5
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BEST WESTERN The Boltons
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3.8 / 5
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1 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 $136

2 Strand Palace Hotel London

4 stars
3.8 / 5 247 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

Central Location
Hotel seems big with lots of rooms. The room was nice and clean. A bit small but as we were out and about most of the time it didn't matter. Very short walk from the tube station Embankment and...
Jan 19, 2015
From $224

3 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 $142

4 St James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London

4 stars
4.3 / 5 13 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

london in 9 days
Great staff great location, walk to the room was a little long but seemed shorter as time went by..
Nov 27, 2014
From $184

5 The Bloomsbury Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection

4 stars
4.6 / 5 29 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

Not worth the price
The housekeeping was terrible. The heat kept turning off. My room was freezing every morning.
Jan 6, 2015
From $164

6 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 $159

7 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 $78

8 Go Native - Earls Court London

4 stars
3.9 / 5 64 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

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 $133

9 The Tower Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 70 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

Great for a weekend away
The hotel is in a lovely location. Our original room on the 10th Floor had an issue with the central heating which we notified the staff of when we were going out for dinner on the Saturday night....
Dec 2, 2014
From $126

10 Thistle Euston

4 stars
4.0 / 5 42 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

location
best part of this hotel is its location - right across the street from the subway and many restaurants in the area.
Jan 20, 2015
From $179

11 Thistle Marble Arch

4 stars
3.9 / 5 67 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

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 $97

12 Royal National

3 stars
3.0 / 5 17 reviews

Bedford Way Map

This hotel is a good and famous property located in and unbeatable location. A very important part of the hotel was renovated during 2006/2007 so this property is one the best value for money... More

Father/Daughter vacation
First arrival to the hotel the check in line was about 45 minutes long. They would not accept my reservation on my smart phone and needed a printed copy to check me in. There was no internet in the...
Sep 17, 2014
From $220

13 The Montague on the Gardens Hotel London

4 stars
4.1 / 5 14 reviews

15, Montague Street Map

Complimentary Wi-Fi For All Guests

Timeless glamour with a modern flavor in LondonEntering the hotel feels like stepping into an old movie where whitewashed walls and old English-style streetlights adorn the entrance. The Montague... More

Family trip to London
The hotel was terrific. The highlights were the attractiveness of the hotel and the exceptional service. The rooms were reasonably sized and the location was good - right next to the British Museum.
Oct 20, 2014
From $150

14 Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar

4 stars
4.1 / 5 62 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

Great location
This is the perfect hotel! The staff were great! The location was perfect !!
Jan 22, 2015
From $181

15 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 $150

16 Park Plaza County Hall London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 20 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 $88

17 BEST WESTERN The Cromwell

4 stars
3.7 / 5 140 reviews

110-112 Cromwell Road Map

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Contemporary convenience near top London museums and shops The Best Western The Cromwell offers convenience and comfort close to London's top museums and shops, in a distinctive, white Victorian... More

Great Location near Metro
This hotel is only 3-4 minute walk from the Glaucaster Metro stop, making it a super convinient location. It is also a 15 minute walk to the super hip areas Chelsea and Notting Hill where there are...
Jan 15, 2015
From $141

18 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 $166

19 Citadines Apart'hotel Holborn Covent Garden London

4 stars
4.0 / 5 41 reviews

94-99 High Holborn Map

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Quality studios and apartments very close to Covent Garden, London The Citadines Holborn-Covent Garden provides guests with a prime location in the busy hub of central London, just a short walk... More

Wonderful business trip stay
I would most certainly recommend to my colleagues. First trip to London for business and the rooms are quiet roomy for European standards with a kitchenette. Not an impressive view as my view was...
Jan 18, 2015
From $128

20 Apex City Of London Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 48 reviews

1 Seething Lane Map

Everything guests need while staying near the Tower BridgeCentrally located and extremely convenient, the Apex City of London Hotel offers guests contemporary yet luxurious style. When visiting... More

Great holiday getaway
Our stay at Apex was great! The hotel is located within walking distance to many tube stations which makes getting around the city very convenient. We went around Christmas so the neighboring...
Dec 31, 2014