Escape to London! Enjoy its theater, museums, and castle.

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

Her Majesty's Theatre and Piccadilly Circus are a few top attractions in London City Centre. Hop around the city on the metro at Piccadilly Circus Underground Station or Green Park Underground Station and check out the area's fascinating museums, stunning river views, and acclaimed art galleries.

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

The great bars and picturesque gardens are just a few popular features of the neighborhood. Make a stop by Royal Opera House or Covent Garden Market while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Covent Garden Underground Station to get around town.

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.

City of Westminster
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City of Westminster

Urban, Theaters, Museums

Known for its fascinating museums, popular shops, and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in City of Westminster. Top attractions like Marble Arch and Park Lane are major draws. Catch the metro at Marble Arch Underground Station or Bond Street Underground Station to see more of the city.

Top Hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Queens Park Hotel
3 out of 5
48 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
¥5,825
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
3.1/5 (2,037 reviews)

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and Kensington Palace. Kensington High Street and Royal ...

3.1/5 (2,037 reviews)

"Close to Kensington Palace. Just opposite the park entrance where we can talk a short cut to Kensington Palace."…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

Queens Park Hotel
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Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T4
3.5 out of 5
Terminal 4, 1 Swindon Road, London Heather, Hounslow, England
¥6,808
per night
Oct 3 - Oct 4
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,225 reviews)

Located in Hillingdon, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Kempton Racecourse, Twickenham Stadium, and Stockley Park. London Motor Museum and Bushy Park are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,225 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly and very convenience location with a direct access to Heathrow airport terminal 4. Very convenience for early flights."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T4
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The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
¥12,205
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.3/5Excellent! (3,976 reviews)

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower Bridge, Tower of London, and HMS Belfast. Tower Gateway Station is 6 minutes by ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,976 reviews)

"The suite was excellent. The incredible view of the tower bridge cannot be beaten. Within a 15-20 min walk is an underground so you can get anywhere that you need and many restaurants and bars."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

The Tower Hotel

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

Tower of London Tickets with Beefeater Tour & Crown Jewels
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Tower of London Tickets with Beefeater Tour & Crown Jewels

¥1,458

Get a firsthand look at more than 1,000 years of British royal history with a visit to the storied castle grounds at the Tower of London. Marvel at the glittering Crown Jewels and coronation regalia of monarchs past, and roam the ramparts with the famous Beefeaters who still protect the tower.

The London Eye Experience Tickets
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The London Eye Experience Tickets

¥3,809

Fly high above the slow-moving waters of the Thames for a bird's-eye vantage point over London's historical landmarks and modern architecture. Take in far-reaching views of St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London on this relaxed revolution over the British metropolis.

Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour
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Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

¥11,295

The world of Harry Potter awaits. Explore the extravagant sets and props that helped bring the magic to life in the Warner Bros. films at the studio where Hogwarts and Diagon Alley were created for the big screen.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

¥8,931

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is an absolute must for fans of the Harry Potter series of books and films. Go behind the scenes to discover the secrets behind the filming of all 8 films as you explore the actual sets used to film scenes in Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Privet Drive—to name but a few.

Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal
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Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal

¥4,278

Kick up your travel-weary feet with a first-class relaxation experience in the Plaza Premium Lounge. This peaceful oasis offers a convenient escape from the airport bustle. Plus, get access to amenities that run the gamut from useful to luxurious, from Wi-Fi and showers to a champagne and tapas bar.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter Day Tour
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter Day Tour

¥11,163

Step into the magical world of Harry Potter with a behind-the-scenes look at film sets, props, and costumes at Warner Bros. Studios in London. Scope out treasures from your favourite scenes and uncover the secrets behind the cinema' dazzling special effects as well as a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props with this 4-hour visit.

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The ultimate traditional English food guide

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An American’s take on London street style

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5 extraordinary parks in London
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5 extraordinary parks in London

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