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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Museums, Theaters and Historical Buildings

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Where to stay in London

London City Centre
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London City Centre

Theaters, Museums, Urban

London City Centre is a welcoming neighborhood. The neighborhood's charm comes through with its architecture. You can experience the local theater scene and museums, or enjoy the natural beauty of the riverfront.

Kensington
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Kensington

Museums, Historical Buildings, Architecture

Relax in the stunning park with a view of the palace, explore the upscale high street and visit the galleries and museums of this affluent neighborhood.

Covent Garden
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Covent Garden

Gardens, Theaters, Urban

Covent Garden is a welcoming neighborhood that's popular for its bars. The neighborhood's charm comes through with its architecture. You can experience the local theater scene and shopping, or enjoy the natural beauty of the gardens.

Central London
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Central London

Urban, Architecture, Theaters

Central London is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors. The neighborhood has many appealing features, among them its architecture and rich culture. Other highlights include the local theater scene and monuments, as well as the natural splendor of the riverfront.

Kings Cross St. Pancras
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Kings Cross St. Pancras

Architecture, Urban, Museums

See cultural exhibits, relax in the Champagne bar and visit Platform 9 and 3/4 in this international hub that connects London to mainland Europe.

Paddington
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Paddington

Architecture, Urban, Shopping

Explore the lovely canals and intriguing architecture of this historic neighborhood made famous by a fictional bear from Peru.

Top Hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London
¥11,447/night
Aug 4 - Aug 5
4.2/5Excellent! (3,677 reviews)

"Double room was tiny and cramped. Only able to get out one side of the bed, as it was tight against the walk, so no bedside table, night light etc."…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2019

The Tower Hotel
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The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London
¥16,834/night
Aug 11 - Aug 12
4/5Very Good! (10,990 reviews)

"The staff were fantastic and could not have been more helpful or friendly"…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

The Strand Palace Hotel
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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London
¥18,764/night
Jul 21 - Jul 22
4.4/5Wonderful! (11,883 reviews)

"The accommodations were fantastic, the staff including the valet parking personnel went out of their way to see that were taken care of in first class fashion"…"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Popular things to do in London

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

Britain’s most famous home, the luxurious personal residence and workplace of Queen Elizabeth II, is open to all.

Big Ben
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Big Ben

One of London’s most resounding landmarks is a treasured emblem of England.

Tower of London
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Tower of London

One of the world’s most well-preserved medieval castles, this historic building is known for its fascinating and gruesome history.

O2 Arena
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O2 Arena

Created as the focal point of Britain’s millennium celebrations, today this architectural wonder offers a world of entertainment under one enormous roof.

St. Paul's Cathedral
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St. Paul's Cathedral

Visit this cathedral to learn about the history behind London’s most iconic church and its Baroque dome that overlooks the city.

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

Once the private hunting grounds of a king, London's most famous park is today a place where everyone can enjoy gardens, monuments and music performances. 

Top activities in London

Heathrow Express - Airport to Paddington Train Station
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Heathrow Express - Airport to Paddington Train Station

¥2,981

The Heathrow Express is the fastest and most convenient way to travel from Heathrow Airport, connecting to Central London in just 15 minutes.

London at Your Leisure: Day Trip from Paris by Eurostar
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London at Your Leisure: Day Trip from Paris by Eurostar

¥28,324

Add a little British flair to your French vacation by taking a day trip across the Channel to London. A quick and easy ride on the Eurostar makes for a hassle-free outing, leaving you to focus on enjoying the trip, whether you want to sip high tea, grab a pint in a pub, or look down over Parliament from the London Eye.

See London By Night Bus Tour
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See London By Night Bus Tour

¥2,846

Hop on an open-top tour bus to explore London by night. Be amazed at the way the city comes to life under the light of the streetlamps. Keep your camera at hand to snap a photo of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the Parliament Buildings, and the spinning and colorful London Eye.

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Full-Day Tour with Lunch
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Full-Day Tour with Lunch

¥12,752

Venture outside of London to soak up the history and culture beyond the city limits. Step onto the royal grounds of Windsor Castle early in the morning to avoid the crowds, ponder the mysteries of Stonehenge, and roam the UNESCO-listed stone streets of Bath after lunch in traditional English pub.

Romantic Paris Trip via Train with Louvre, Eiffel Tower & Lunch
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Romantic Paris Trip via Train with Louvre, Eiffel Tower & Lunch

¥62,611

Stroll along the fashion-packed windows of the Champs-Élysées, admire the architecture of the Arc De Triomphe, and get up-close looks at masterpieces lining the halls of the Louvre. Travel by train from London to Paris and enjoy a 3-course lunch in the iconic Eiffel Tower on this romantic day trip.

Full-Day Tour & Lunch in the Cotswolds
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Full-Day Tour & Lunch in the Cotswolds

¥12,988

Spend a day soaking up the pastoral scenery and bucolic landscapes of the Cotswolds, touring picture-perfect stone villages like Burford and Bourton-on-the-Water. Sip tea in riverside cafes, enjoy lunch in an old-fashioned inn, and explore the history of this charm-soaked region.

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