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

Caesar Hotel
Caesar Hotel
4 out of 5
26-33 Queens Gardens, Hyde Park, London, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,064 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hyde Park, Natural History Museum, and Queen Mary's Gardens. Oxford Circus and National Gallery ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (832 reviews)
"Excellent hotel, brilliant staff who were all friendly and helpful. Fantastic breakfast, just absolutely beautiful place to stay and I will definitely be returning."

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Caesar Hotel
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is ¥26,376 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (3,070 reviews)
"the swimming pool and breakfast in bed"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Assembly House Hotel
Assembly House Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27 - 31 Charing Cross Road, London, England
The price is ¥14,593 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, London Eye, and Big Ben. Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,285 reviews)
"The location is superb! The room was very clean and quaintly. However, sparse on amenities such as tv & direct phone to hotel - I guess they figured everyone has a phone so watch tv on it too! I would definitely recommend this hotel, very affordable and it gives you the basics: bed & bath 😁 what ..."

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Assembly House Hotel
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Chelsea Bridge Apartments
Chelsea Bridge Apartments
4 out of 5
124 Prince of Wales Drive, London, England
The price is ¥15,227 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of King's Road, Sloane Square, and The Oval. Victoria Palace Theatre and Clapham Common ...
4/5 Very Good! (404 reviews)
"It could benefit from more maintenance . EG toilet roll holder loose in bathroom, extractor fan in bathroom didn't work, one lamp in the sitting room didn't work, at least one of the small windows wouldn't open, Light in entrance by lift didn't work, windows need cleaning outside . Generally clean ..."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Chelsea Bridge Apartments
The Lincoln Suites
The Lincoln Suites
4 out of 5
37-39 Kingsway, London, England
Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is steps from Theatreland and Aldwych Theatre. The Strand and Theatre Royal Drury Lane are also within 5 minutes. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Central location, very good value for money, staff very nice and helpful"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

The Lincoln Suites
Presidential Apartments - Kensington
Presidential Apartments - Kensington
4 out of 5
6-12 Barkston Gardens, Kensington, London, England
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cromwell Road, Kensington High Street, and Natural History Museum. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,501 reviews)
"Needs a Breakfast bar"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

Presidential Apartments - Kensington
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.

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