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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 Hotels

From $163

1 Strand Palace Hotel London

4 stars
3.8 / 5 274 reviews

372, Strand Map

Free Wifi

The Strand Palace Hotel London is ideally located within walking distance of many of London's major tourist attractions. Guests visiting the city on business can make use of the hotel's nine conference rooms. There are excellent transport links right outside the door,... More

From $428

2 Covent Garden Hotel

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

10 Monmouth Street Map

Covent Garden Hotel is located in the heart of Londons theatre district - The hotel comprises of 58 bedrooms and suites - a state-of-the-art screening room - fully equipped gym and spa treatment rooms - A favourite meeting place for Londoners - Covent Garden Hotel... More

From $98

3 Club Quarters St. Pauls

4 stars
4.3 / 5 91 reviews

24 Ludgate Hill Map

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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 hotel designed for business travelers, with options for day, overnight or extended stays.  Free Internet, fitness center, private club room,... More

From $187

4 The Grosvenor

4 stars
4.2 / 5 134 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

From $137

5 Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley

4 stars
4.4 / 5 76 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

From $129

6 Thistle Euston

4 stars
4.2 / 5 60 reviews

Thistle Euston Hotel Map

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Exploring the culture-rich and vibrant England capital can be convenient by opting to stay at the stylish accommodation units of Thistle Euston, strategically set close to public transport options and must-visit city attractions. This plush London retreat provides... More

From $98

7 Club Quarters Gracechurch

4 stars
4.2 / 5 62 reviews

7 Gracechurch Street Map

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Private - full service club-like hotel with 203 rooms located within London s historic and financial district. Minutes from Leaden Hall Market shopping area and close to the Tower of London - London Bridge and St. Paul s Cathedral. Nestled among charming pedestrian... More

From $140

8 The Wesley

4 stars
3.8 / 5 6 reviews

81-103 Euston St Map

Make yourself at home at The Wesley, a small independent 4 star hotel with big personality located in an art deco building in Euston, Central London. Set just away from the traffic of Euston Road The Wesley Hotel is an oasis of calm in the busy city. Our hotel can offer... More

From $195

9 Radisson Blu Edwardian, Kenilworth

4 stars
3.9 / 5 32 reviews

97 Great Russell Street Map

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Characterful, cultured and calm, the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Kenilworth is warmly inviting and quietly stylish in the heart of book savvy Bloomsbury. Light floods the airy lobby and laid-back bar through elegant arched windows, and a striking original art collection adds... More

From $346

10 Charlotte Street Hotel

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

15 Charlotte Street Map

Charlotte Street Hotel is a member of Design Hotels - Charlotte Street Hotel is located in the vibrant media district of Bloomsbury with buzzing nearby theatres- galleries- bars and restaurants - All 52 rooms and suites have been individually designed by Kit Kemp in her... More

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  • 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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