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.

Where to stay in London

London City Centre
Regent Street featuring heritage architecture and street scenes

London City Centre

Known for Theaters, Museums, Urban

5/5(30 reviews)

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
Kensington Gardens which includes a park

Kensington

Known for Museums, Historical Buildings, Architecture

4.5/5(2,464 reviews)

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
London featuring signage, heritage elements and markets

Covent Garden

Known for 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.

Paddington
Paddington showing a city and a square or plaza

Paddington

Known for Architecture, Urban, Shopping

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

Kings Cross St. Pancras
Kings Cross St. Pancras showing interior views and heritage architecture as well as a small group of people

Kings Cross St. Pancras

Known for 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.

Mayfair
Mayfair

Mayfair

Known for Shopping, Museums, Sports

Find some of London’s best shopping, famous auction houses and five-star hotels in this London neighborhood surrounded by pretty parks.

Top Hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
¥20,286
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (12,428 reviews)

"This place is great and good value for money too. An all round excellent stay."…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2019

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Sofitel London Heathrow
Sofitel London Heathrow
5 out of 5
Terminal 5, London Heathrow Airport, West Drayton, England
¥16,262
per night
Dec 6 - Dec 7

Located in Hillingdon, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Stockley Park, London Motor Museum, and Windsor Castle. Legoland is 11.7 mi (18.8 km) away. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5,971 reviews)

"A very convenient location and excellent room - made for a great stay"…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2019

Sofitel London Heathrow
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
4 out of 5
The Grove, Bath Road, West Drayton, England
¥6,458
per night
Dec 8 - Dec 9

Located in Hillingdon, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Stockley Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Brunel University and London Motor Museum. Windsor Castle ...

4.3/5Excellent! (8,242 reviews)

"The hotel location was very convenient. The staff there were friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2019

Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport

Popular things to do in London

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(4,384 reviews)

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

3.5/5(4,029 reviews)

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

Tower of London
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Tower of London

4.5/5(4,495 reviews)

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

4.5/5(537 reviews)

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

4.5/5(2,270 reviews)

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

4.5/5(4,097 reviews)

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

¥1,557

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.

London Eye Experience Tickets
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London Eye Experience Tickets

¥4,069

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

¥12,067

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

¥11,225

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

¥4,363

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.

Private Chauffeured Minivan Tour to Cambridge from London
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Private Chauffeured Minivan Tour to Cambridge from London

¥19,085

Your service can start at your selected time from any central London hotels. Maximum disposal time is 8 hours per day. You can personalize your entire day with the assistance of our knowledgeable chauffeur whether its for a business trip to London, meetings, sightseeing or even a shopping day out.

Reviews of London

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 67.66011414077362%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 27.638373041036324%
3 - Okay
445
3 - Okay 4.03116224295679%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.471057160974726%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.19929341425853792%

5/5 - Excellent

Jason

Nov 18, 2019

So many restaurants, shops and quaint little pubs that you will have a hard time deciding where to go. The historical aspect speaks for itself.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 17, 2019

London is one of my favorite places. There is something for everyone! The tube stations are easy to navigate which makes travel easy. Overall, such a pleasant place to be! Can’t wait to go back!

5/5 - Excellent

Lora

Nov 17, 2019

I went because I consider London a world class city with world class art and I was not disappointed... The breadth of exhibits / artworks / antiquities that I was able to pack in within 1 week was outstanding!

5/5 - Excellent

PartyOf3

Nov 17, 2019

Loved every minute of it, especially when spent with family and a good friend! BTW, Found out in the airport (on the day that we leave) that our Flight was cancelled and moved to another time AND to another location. British airways took care of us.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 17, 2019

We truly loved London, it exceeded our expectations! Very friendly people, too!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 17, 2019

Love everything about London and never bored

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