London

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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

Zedwell Piccadilly
Zedwell Piccadilly
3 out of 5
Great Windmill Street, London, England
The price is $95 per night from Jan 8 to Jan 9
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is steps from Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, and Piccadilly. Theatreland and Shaftesbury Avenue are also within ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (436 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Zedwell Piccadilly
Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2 and 3
Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2 and 3
3.5 out of 5
Heathrow T2, Hounslow, England
The price is $134 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Located in Heathrow Villages, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Stockley Park and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from London Motor Museum. Twickenham Stadium and Windsor Castle ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,658 reviews)
"Convenient to the airport."

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2 and 3
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
4 out of 5
7 Pepys Street, London, England
The price is $101 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District and The Gherkin. Tower Bridge and Liverpool Street are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,210 reviews)
"Lovely rooms, very clean, excellent service, wonderful breakfast (make sure you don't arrive last minute though). Staff all very helpful and friendly, will be coming back."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London -Tower of London
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.
Locke At Broken Wharf
Locke At Broken Wharf
4 out of 5
Broken Quay House, 2 Broken Wharf, London, England
The price is $114 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Tate Modern. Museum of London ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (88 reviews)
"Great location, amazing team and a brilliant place to stay."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

Locke At Broken Wharf
Leman Locke
Leman Locke
4 out of 5
15 Leman St, London, England
The price is $118 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Gherkin and Tower Bridge. Tower of London and London Bridge are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (902 reviews)
"Great staff, fantastic attention to detail. The room was super clean, with DW and washer/dryer! The bed could have been less lumpy and the furniture had stains but understandable as it is in a student reaidence area."

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2021

Leman Locke
Bermonds Locke
Bermonds Locke
4.5 out of 5
157 Tower Bridge Road, London, England
The price is $114 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
Located in London City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tower Bridge, The Shard, and HMS Belfast. Tower of London and Borough Market ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (61 reviews)
"Absolutely loved this hotel - great location - great studio apartment with an amazing shower - very clean - fantastic atmosphere and the staff are very friendly - only thing was that the bar was only open when we arrived - we wanted to have a drink on another evening but it was closed"

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2021

Bermonds Locke
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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