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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

Regent Street featuring heritage architecture and street scenes

London City Centre

5/5Exceptional!(33 area reviews)

Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square 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.

London City Centre
Paddington showing a city and a square or plaza

Paddington

Enjoy the popular shops in Paddington. Kensington Gardens is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Paddington (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines) Station or Paddington Underground Station to see more of London.

Paddington
Kensington Gardens which includes a park

Kensington

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,797 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, beautiful gardens, and charming cafés, there's plenty to explore in Kensington. Top attractions like Kensington High Street and Kensington Palace are major draws. Catch the metro at High Street Kensington Station or Gloucester Road Underground Station to see more of the city.

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

Kings Cross St. Pancras

Enjoy the fascinating museums in Kings Cross St. Pancras. Russell Square is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station or Russell Square Underground Station to see more of London.

Kings Cross St. Pancras
Admiralty Arch featuring heritage architecture

City of Westminster

4.5/5Wonderful!(4,572 area reviews)

Marble Arch and Park Lane are a few top attractions in City of Westminster. Hop around the city on the metro at Marble Arch Underground Station or Bond Street Underground Station and check out the area's fascinating museums, popular shops, and acclaimed art galleries.

City of Westminster
Victoria featuring heritage architecture, a city and a park

Victoria

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and beautiful river views, there's plenty to explore in Victoria. You can visit top attractions like Apollo Victoria Theatre and Victoria Palace Theatre, and jump on the metro at Victoria Underground Station or St. James's Park Underground Station to see more of the city.

Victoria

Top Hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Clayton Hotel City of London
Clayton Hotel City of London
4 out of 5
10 New Drum Street, London, England
¥10,932
per night
May 3 - May 4

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Tower of London and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Shard and Coca-Cola London Eye. The British Museum ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (620 reviews)

"This facility was so clean and the staff was amazing"…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Clayton Hotel City of London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
¥20,112
per night
May 2 - May 3

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (13,109 reviews)

"Beautiful room! Very nice staff who were attentive to all of our needs."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1 T2 and T3
Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1 T2 and T3
4 out of 5
234 Bath Road, Heathrow Point West, Hayes, England
¥8,989
per night
Apr 16 - Apr 17

Located in Heathrow Villages, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Twickenham Stadium, Windsor Castle, and Hampton Court Palace. Richmond Park and Thorpe Park ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,554 reviews)

"Didn’t have us sockets , very clean small rooms , super accommodations"…"

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2020

Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1 T2 and T3

Popular things to do in London

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(4,527 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. 

The Shard
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The Shard

4.5/5(1,361 reviews)

Ascend to the observation deck of one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe for unparalleled views of the London cityscape.

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(4,742 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(4,357 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(4,854 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(587 reviews)

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

Top activities in London

The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions
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The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions

72% of travellers recommend
¥10,124
Per adult
Fully guided Paris Day Trip with Cruise & Eiffel Tower Lunch
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Fully guided Paris Day Trip with Cruise & Eiffel Tower Lunch

80% of travellers recommend
¥35,830
Per adult
London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

78% of travellers recommend
¥4,998
Per adult
London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

¥3,204
Per adult
WWII Secrets of Westminster & Churchill’s War Rooms Tour
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WWII Secrets of Westminster & Churchill’s War Rooms Tour

78% of travellers recommend
¥7,814
Per adult
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath Day Tour with Lunch Pack
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath Day Tour with Lunch Pack

84% of travellers recommend
¥11,388
Per adult

Reviews of London

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
8429
5 - Excellent 67.63219128620717%
4 - Good
3438
4 - Good 27.585653534462008%
3 - Okay
504
3 - Okay 4.043970151648881%
2 - Disappointing
63
2 - Disappointing 0.5054962689561101%
1 - Terrible
29
1 - Terrible 0.23268875872582845%

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.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

Without a doubt, one of the 5 must visit cities in the world!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

It's great here. Just don't try to relocate across the globe to a foreign city during a global pandemic and you'll be fine.

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