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London

London

Your London vacation

From Royal Families to Roman history, and charming accents to the River Thames, Old Blighty draws globetrotters year-round. Wake up to Big Ben and a swirl of double-decker busses, black cabs and Brits. Wander up the Mall to Buckingham Palace, and channel your Beatlemania across the infamous zebra crossing at Abbey Road. Spend a day in the British Museum and a night at an Olde English pub.

Whatever you fancy on a London vacation, let Orbitz give you the A to Zed, starting with the best time to go, top 10 highlights and insider tips.

  • If chats about the weather were an Olympic sport, Londoners would win the gold. So pack everything -- Queen Mum's climate is moody: The day can go from blazing sunshine to raining buckets all before afternoon tea. Winter brings cold, damp and Burberry peacoats, plus Christmas crowds and queues.

    2012 Olympics (July 27 to August 12) are the talk of the town, so prepare for heavy tourism, and higher rates. Wimbledon -- the oldest tennis tournament in the world -- draws crowds annually from late June to early July.

    Though London is busy year-round, high season peaks from June to August and again at Christmas, while January and February are a little slower. The crown jewel: bank holidays. They vary throughout the year, and the city is eerily quiet. Translation: cheap hotel rates, few(er) crowds.

  • St. John's Wood

    Walk the world-famous Lord's Cricket Ground and Hampstead Heath. Be on the lookout for celebs and tucked-away pubs nearby.

  • The Gilbert Scott

    Located in the Renaissance St. Pancras London Hotel -- a Victorian masterpiece -- this is your stop for proper authentic Olde English grub. (Think: Quail, Yorkshire puddings, orange marmalade).

  • Fitness Gallery at the Savoy

    Curb your jetlag at famed Savoy hotel's Fitness Gallery. Scrub, polish and dip your way into the Greenwich time zone with a massage and mani/pedi, or swim in the rooftop pool.

  • Oscar Bar

    After a few hours' at the British Museum, scope out the ultra-cool Oscar Bar nearby. The scene: the unpretentious yet oh-so-stylish types, plus the sommeliers and generous portions.

  • Medieval London

    Winding cobbled streets, mews and Tudor style. Visit Saint Bartholomew the Great, then take a candlelit tour of Sir John Sloane's Museum.

London Vacation Packages

Hotel only $66

1 Comfort Inn Victoria

3 stars
3.2 / 5 23 reviews

18 - 24 Belgrave Road Map

Comfortable rooms. 1 minute walk from Victoria British Rail and Underground Stations - 2 minute walk to Victoria Coach Station and Buckingham Palace - 10 minutes to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and London Eye. Local Phone Charge: 20 pence per unit. Required extra bedding... More

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2 Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley

4 stars
4.3 / 5 61 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 home to EM Forster, one of the famous 'Bloomsbury Group', who worked on A Room... More

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3 The Grand at Trafalgar Square

4 stars
4.1 / 5 55 reviews

8 Northumberland Ave Map

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Boutique hotel within a restored, historic landmark at Trafalgar SquareSteps away from Nelson's Column, the National Gallery and Big Ben and located with a historic landmark, the Grand at Trafalgar Square is a boutique hotel where opulence and functionality co-exist.... More

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4 Thistle Kensington Gardens

4 stars
4.1 / 5 56 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 makes for an ideal starting point for exploring the heritage-rich England... More

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5 Staunton Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 10 reviews

13-15, Gower Street Map

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Hotel is housed in a grade 2 listed Georgian townhouse, this city-centre boutique hotel is located within one mile of Soho and three miles from the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Guests can start the day with a full english breakfast in the bright, modern breakfast... More

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6 Somerset Hotel

3 stars
3.0 / 5 6 reviews

Gloucester Place Map

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Somerset Hotel was established during the Georgian Times in 1885, it is a traditional, comfortable and safe hotel ideally located in the heart of Central London Situated in the leafy and affluent borough of Marylebone, Somerset Hotel is a charming 2 star Bed &... More

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7 The Grosvenor

4 stars
4.1 / 5 127 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 its distinctive Victorian architecture and character, yet offers guests all... More

Hotel only $113

8 Club Quarters Trafalgar Square

4 stars
4.2 / 5 100 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 travelers with options for day, overnight or extended stays. Free Internet,... More

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9 Tophams Hotel London Belgravia

4 stars
2.4 / 5 16 reviews

24-32 Ebury Street Map

Free Wi Fi

Situated just minutes away from Victoria station, in the heart of the fashionable and historic Belgravia district, this deluxe boutique hotel is newly open following a £4 million refurbishment. The hotel has the distinct advantage of the excellent travel links available... More

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10 Sheriff Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

115 - 117 Warwick Way Map

We are a family owned and run "beyond" bed and breakfast hotel located in the heart of London within walking distance of major sightseeing attractions including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, Tate... More

  • Buckingham Palace

    Catch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, and relive the Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey. View masterpieces at the nearby Tate Britain or Saatchi Gallery. Stroll by Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

  • Mayfair-Knightsbridge

    Posh spiced with London's swankiest, find Harvey Nichols, Harrods and its famed Food Halls here. Stroll Oxford Street, take in a show at Royal Albert Hall, shop on Saville Row or dally 'round Piccadilly Circus.

  • The West End

    This drama hub offers easy access to Soho, Covent Garden and Leicester Square. While theater takes center stage, enjoy great shopping, dining and museums, including the National Portrait Gallery and famed St Martin-in-the-Fields church.

  • City of London

    One-square-mile marks London's Roman days and now it's the city's financial hub (London Stock Exchange, Bank of England). Bordered by the River Thames, the City features the iconic "Gherkin."

  • Bayswater-Paddington

    This glamorous haven near Hyde Park attracts paparazzi, fashionistas and foodies. But if you're keen on natural beauty, you can bike, walk or rollerblade along Serpentine Road, or visit Kensington Gardens.

  • London Bridge

    Often mistaken for neighbor Tower Bridge, London Bridge is the ancient elder. Shop and be awestruck in Old Spitalfields, a nearly 400-year-old covered market. Meet the macabre on a dungeon tour.

  • Kensington

    Home of Kensington Palace (Princess Diana's home), this area is chock-a-bloc with smart shops along Kensington High Street. Museum goers, this is your stop for the Natural History Museum, the V&A, and the Science Museum.

  • St. Paul's Cathedral

    Towering high over the City of London, this belled beauty is Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece. Psst! No secrets in the Whispering Gallery -- they're audible across the dome.

  • London Eye Experience

    Queue up for an eye-conic view of the city from the luxury of your own glass capsule. (Champagne optional.) Photo ops: River Thames, Tower Bridge, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

  • Portobello Market

    Sorry, Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, Notting Hill's real claim to fame is the Portobello Market. Prepare to drop some British pounds at the bohemian shops and mega-watt jewelers.

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