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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
Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar
West End - Covent Garden
28 minutes ago 4 stars $180
The Marylebone Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection
Marylebone - Regent's Park
37 minutes ago 4 stars $230
Thistle Euston
Kings Cross - St Pancras
1 hour ago 4 stars $154
St James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London
Victoria - Westminster
1 hour ago 4 stars $153
The Tower Hotel
City of London
2 hours ago 4 stars $168
Corus Hotel Hyde Park
Bayswater - Paddington
2 hours ago 4 stars $115
Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley
West End - Covent Garden
2 hours ago 4 stars $133
The Mandeville Hotel
Marylebone - Regent's Park
3 hours ago 4 stars $226
Gainsborough Hotel London
Kensington - Chelsea
3 hours ago 4 stars $140
The Royal Horseguards
West End - Covent Garden
3 hours ago 5 stars $262

Recently Rated London Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton
Kings Cross - St Pancras
3.9 / 5
40 reviews
4 stars $189
Novotel London Greenwich
Canary Wharf - Docklands
4.0 / 5
7 reviews
4 stars $122
Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley
West End - Covent Garden
4.3 / 5
72 reviews
4 stars $133
Tune Hotel - Kings Cross, London
Kings Cross - St Pancras
4.0 / 5
14 reviews
3 stars $82
Club Quarters Trafalgar Square
West End - Covent Garden
4.2 / 5
108 reviews
4 stars $127
Citadines Trafalgar Square London
West End - Covent Garden
4.1 / 5
118 reviews
4 stars $180
Days Inn London Hyde Park
Bayswater - Paddington
3.6 / 5
29 reviews
3 stars $126
Rydges Kensington London
Kensington - Chelsea
4.0 / 5
58 reviews
4 stars $159
Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington
Kensington - Chelsea
3.9 / 5
89 reviews
4 stars $122
SO Arch
Camden - Hampstead
4.3 / 5
10 reviews
4 stars $82

Featured London Hotels

From $180

1 Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar

4 stars
4.2 / 5 75 reviews

Whitcomb Street

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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...

Fabulous Hotel Location
The Thistle Hotel at Trafalgar Square was the perfect hotel in the perfect location within walking distance of National Gallery, Churchill War Museum, Piccadilly Circus, theaters, pubs galore! It...
May 2, 2015
From $168

2 The Grosvenor

4 stars
4.2 / 5 133 reviews

Buckingham Palace Road

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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...

great location, staff, room
love this hotel. it has a great location, great staff, and the executive room is beautiful. that room also includes breakfast.
May 26, 2015
From $195

3 every hotel Piccadilly

4 stars
3.9 / 5 42 reviews

Coventry Street

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...

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 $133

4 Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley

4 stars
4.3 / 5 72 reviews

Bloomsbury Way

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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...

Nice hotel in a great location
Pros: 1) Great location - close to British Museum and Tube stations 2) Very nice and helpful staff (both front desk and house keeping) 3) Clean and comfortable room Cons: 1) Room is small 2) Sound...
May 29, 2015
From $153

5 St James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London

4 stars
4.6 / 5 23 reviews

45 Buckingham Gate

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...

Great business trip
The hotel is very nice and has great location. Very clean and friendly staff.
Jun 1, 2015
From $239

6 St. Ermin's Hotel Autograph Collection

4 stars
4.5 / 5 60 reviews

2 Caxton Street

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...

Girls short break
Its just a very nice hotel in a very nice location. Wish our stay had been longer.
May 2, 2015
From $186

7 Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 75 reviews

200 Westminster Bridge Road

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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...

Great place to stay
Lovely hotel clean and comfortable beds Large studio room with view of the londoneye
Apr 29, 2015
From $165

8 Strand Palace Hotel London

4 stars
3.8 / 5 272 reviews

372, Strand

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...

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 $138

9 The Academy Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 28 reviews

21 Gower St

Complimentary Early Check In & Late Check Out

This excellent small boutique hotel is based in the centre of London, very close to the British Museum & all the attractions of the West End. It's an elegant 4 star townhouse where your...

A Lovely Hotel!
The hotel (former residences that have been converted into a hotel) and the room were excellent. The room was quite lovely, very quiet, and very comfortable with a window that looked out to the...
Aug 29, 2014
From $193

10 The Cumberland Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 153 reviews

Great Cumberland Place

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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...

short visit in London
Sorry but I had a problem when I arrived at my hotel. My reservation was canceled! After a long while I got a room! For the rest my stay was perfect.
May 21, 2015
From $82

11 Tune Hotel - Kings Cross, London

3 stars
4.0 / 5 14 reviews

324 Gray's Inn Rd

Special Rate

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...

Great stay! Highly recommended!
The hotel staff was excellent from the front desk to the housekeeping. Lobby allows for coffee and tea. The location is about two blocks from king's cross where you can easily grab food and shop....
May 29, 2015
From $168

12 The Tower Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 83 reviews

St Katharine's Way

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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...

Location Marginal
A good value but a bit off e beaten path - near the Tower of London, but shopping and most other areas somewhat remote.
May 25, 2015
From $226

13 The Mandeville Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 286 reviews

Mandeville Place

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...

a little disappointing
I should say two of the staff members were fantastic i.e. the guy on the door and a girl named Anya on reception who has a very good way with people. I told her that the lack of a kettle in the...
May 14, 2015
From $217

14 The Bloomsbury Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection

4 stars
4.6 / 5 32 reviews

16-22 Great Russell Street

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...

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 $154

15 Thistle Euston

4 stars
4.2 / 5 56 reviews

Thistle Euston Hotel

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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,...

Great
Great hotel, helpful staff, real close to Euston station. Lovely rooms and restraurant clean and attentive staff .
May 16, 2015
From $225

16 The Cavendish London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 228 reviews

81 Jermyn Street

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...

Best location for your Money
It is just in the middle of all the action...about 10 minutes or less form Buckingham, Piccadilly, Big Ben, Hide Park,....two underground stations to chose very close to the hotel
May 20, 2015
From $259

17 Amba Hotel Charing Cross

4 stars
4.3 / 5 111 reviews

Charing Cross, The Strand,

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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...

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 $230

18 The Marylebone Hotel, a member of The Doyle Collection

4 stars
4.4 / 5 36 reviews

47 Welbeck Street

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...

Business Trip
Very enjoyable stay. Great location and excellent staff.
May 26, 2015
From $115

19 Corus Hotel Hyde Park

4 stars
3.5 / 5 117 reviews

1-7 Lancaster Gate

FREE WIFI

Central London hotel in a 200-year-old Georgian building The Corus Hotel Hyde Park is ideally located and smartly priced for a weekend break, business trip or special event. The hotel offers every...

Great hotel option
I chose the hotel for its proximity to Paddington (Heathrow Express) and Hyde Park, nearby tube station, and good bus route. After reading reviews of 10+ hotels in this Lancaster Gate area, this...
May 26, 2015
From $155

20 Apex City Of London Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 54 reviews

1 Seething Lane

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...

short break away
The hotel was excellent. The situation was perfect for us as we wanted to explore that part of london. The staff were helpful and most pleasant. We would be very happy to stay again
Mar 3, 2015