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London
Travel Guide

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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

The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
The price is ¥12,697 per night from May 24 to May 24
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower Bridge, Tower of London, and HMS Belfast. The Shard and Excel Exhibition Centre ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,685 reviews)
"Lovely hotel with great staff. Would highly recommend."

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

The Tower Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton London Angel Kings Cross
DoubleTree by Hilton London Angel Kings Cross
4 out of 5
60 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, England
The price is ¥8,961 per night from May 15 to May 15
This family-friendly London hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Sadler's Wells Theatre and Business Design Centre. Barbican Arts Centre ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,257 reviews)
Great Deal
"Location was great. Staff was friendly and awesome. Breakfast was great."

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton London Angel Kings Cross
Thistle Piccadilly
Thistle Piccadilly
4 out of 5
Coventry Street, London, England
The price is ¥12,812 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. Big Ben and Hyde Park are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (853 reviews)
Surpassed our expectations
"I was really impressed by the room in particular. A massive and comfortable bed, lovely big and modern bathroom and quality shower. We also had a great view of Leicester Square that we weren't expecting! It was extremely good value and a great experience. The staff were friendly and helpful too."

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Thistle Piccadilly
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.
The Wharf Medway
The Wharf Medway
4 out of 5
25 The Wharf, Dock Head Road, Chatham, England
Situated in Chatham, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Engineers Museum and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Fort Amherst and Brook Theatre are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Checking in was confusing. Would have been fine if we knew the process and the area, but we didnt. Had to go to a fish&chip shop to pick up the keys (meant to pick up a parking permit but one wasn't provided) then had to find the parking space. Told to right a note to leave on the car dashboard. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

The Wharf Medway
Chatham Cozy Home
Chatham Cozy Home
Chatham, ENG
The price is ¥9,219 per night from May 13 to May 13
Situated in Chatham, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brook Theatre and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Chatham Naval Memorial and Fort Amherst are also ...
Chatham Cozy Home
NEW Spacious 2BD House With Garden Gillingham Kent
NEW Spacious 2BD House With Garden Gillingham Kent
3 out of 5
5 tennyson road, Gillingham, England
Situated in Gillingham, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Chatham Naval Memorial and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Historic Dockyard Chatham. Gillingham ...
NEW Spacious 2BD House With Garden Gillingham Kent
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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Reviews of London

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

S.Brewer

May 12, 2020

I Love London it's my favorite city to visit, I would live in or near there if I was ever given the chance!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 27, 2020

This is a very beautiful country. The gateway to Europe.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 9, 2020

I love London as a city. I grew up near New York City and it reminds me a lot of New York. We have direct flights from Orlando to London so Its not too much of a hassle to get there. Love it and looking forward to returning!

5/5 - Excellent

Remy

Apr 1, 2020

Go with someone special to you. it makes all the difference :)

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 28, 2020

If you are using tube/underground for getting around be prepared for a lot of stairs!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2020

This was our first time in London and we loved it. It was unfortunate that it was just before the COVID-19 shutdown, but that worked to our advantage since it was less crowded than usual. We loved staying in Trafalgar Square and loved the sites.

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