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London

Travel Guide
London featuring a city, a skyscraper and night scenes

Big Ben, Nelson’s Column, the Tower of London and Abbey Road; every corner in London has a tale to tell.

London is home to more than 8 million people, including the world's most famous royal family. It’s a city constantly on the move, in part due to the exceptional London Underground, red double-decker buses and famous black cabs.

Lining the banks of the River Thames, London’s skyline is a hybrid of historical and contemporary architectural treasures. Some of the old-world gems include Westminster Abbey, the iconic Big Ben clock, and Tower Bridge. Visit the London Eye observation wheel for the perfect bird’s-eye view of the city. You won't miss the skyscraper nicknamed “The Gherkin” for its distinctive shape or the most recent addition to the skyline, the futuristic-looking Shard.

For art and science institutions, the city is a goldmine. Put aside at least a few hours for the British Museum, where treasures from around the world are on display. Join more than 4 million other art lovers that visit Tate Modern every year. Dramatically set in the old Bankside Power Station, it displays modern artworks from paintings and installations to performance, light art and music.

Divided into a wide variety of culturally diverse districts, London is a favorite for foodies. Choose from Michelin-star restaurants in Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge. In Notting Hill and Soho you’ll find innovative bistros and gastropubs. Feast on dim sum in Chinatown, sit down to a spicy Indian curry along Brick Lane, or grab a plate of paella in Covent Garden.

Those in need of retail therapy won’t be disappointed either. London is home to some of the world’s most celebrated department stores. These range from luxury specialists such as Harrods in Knightsbridge to Selfridges, the largest department store on Oxford Street.

When the sun breaks through the clouds, head to Trafalgar Square or Piccadilly Circus, where people-watching is at its best. Soak up the sun on the lawn at one of London’s largest green spaces, Hyde Park.

And of course, a visit to London would be incomplete without a trip to Buckingham Palace. Head here at 11:15 a.m. to see the age-old tradition of the changing of the guard, which happens every day except during the winter months.

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Where to stay in London

DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
4 out of 5
100 Cromwell Road, London, England
The price is $114 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in London City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall. Hyde ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (870 reviews)

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
Holiday Inn London - Kensington High St.
Holiday Inn London - Kensington High St.
4 out of 5
Wrights Lane, Kensington, London, England
The price is $116 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kensington Palace, Olympia Conference and Exhibition Centre, and Royal Albert Hall. Buckingham ...
3.9/5Very Good! (933 reviews)
"Staff are really good and helpful and breakfast was amazing"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Holiday Inn London - Kensington High St.
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is $196 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London ...
4.2/5Excellent! (3,321 reviews)
"Fantastic location, literal stones throw from Westminster Bridge, London Eye and all the attractions of the south bank. Great room with wonderful views and would highly recommend for families (location/room/swimming pool/breakfast all excellent)"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
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Imperial Court Suites
Imperial Court Suites
4 out of 5
81-83 Inverness Terrace, London, England
The price is $70 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Queensway and Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace and Hyde Park are also ...
3.5/5Good! (451 reviews)
"Excellent location. Helpful housekeeping. Very good service. Excellent reception services. The room was cleaned very well. The room was comfortable with AC. The housekeeping staff came daily and were very cooperative. Good value for money."

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

Imperial Court Suites
Citadines Barbican London
Citadines Barbican London
4 out of 5
7-21 Goswell Road, London, England
The price is $143 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, Museum of London, and Barbican Arts Centre. St. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,279 reviews)
"Great location, kitchenette facilities and fridge were a gods sent. Very compact room."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Citadines Barbican London
Chigwell Poolhouse
Chigwell Poolhouse
Manor Rd, Chigwell, England
Located in Redbridge, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Westfield Stratford City, London Stadium, and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. White Hart Lane ...
Chigwell Poolhouse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around London

Travel all over the city on the vast London Underground subway system. For certain attractions and areas, making use of the comprehensive public bus network may get you there more quickly. Various above-ground rail options are also available throughout the city, including the Overground, the DLR, National Rail trains and TfL trains. You can pay for all transportation with a reloadable Oyster card. Visit the Transport for London (TfL) website. Browse London rental cars.

Best time to visit

The sun is at its hottest in London from early June to early September. This can be a good thing, but temperatures can sometimes get uncomfortably high, and the lines to get into popular attractions will often be very long at this time of year. Aim to travel in spring or fall for a quieter visit. In these seasons, pack for moderate temperatures during the day but bring a coat for the cooler evenings.

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Reviews of London

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S.Brewer

May 12, 2020

I Love London it's my favorite city to visit, I would live in or near there if I was ever given the chance!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 27, 2020

This is a very beautiful country. The gateway to Europe.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 9, 2020

I love London as a city. I grew up near New York City and it reminds me a lot of New York. We have direct flights from Orlando to London so Its not too much of a hassle to get there. Love it and looking forward to returning!

5/5 - Excellent

Remy

Apr 1, 2020

Go with someone special to you. it makes all the difference :)

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 28, 2020

If you are using tube/underground for getting around be prepared for a lot of stairs!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2020

This was our first time in London and we loved it. It was unfortunate that it was just before the COVID-19 shutdown, but that worked to our advantage since it was less crowded than usual. We loved staying in Trafalgar Square and loved the sites.

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