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Visit London

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

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.

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

Paddington

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

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

Kings Cross St. Pancras

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.

Kings Cross St. Pancras
Victoria featuring heritage architecture, a city and a park

Victoria

See a theater production or visit London’s iconic royal residence in this bustling neighborhood.

Victoria
Admiralty Arch featuring heritage architecture

City of Westminster

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.

City of Westminster
Kensington Gardens which includes a park

Kensington

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.

Kensington

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
¥15,203
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (12,692 reviews)

"The space, location, amenities and staff. The venue is very central and is a fantastic location for getting around."…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
4 out of 5
The Grove, Bath Road, West Drayton, England
¥6,495
per night
Feb 7 - Feb 8

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! (8,510 reviews)

"The front desk staff that helped us was very helpful and knowledgeable about options for transportation. Very clean hotel and the food at the bar was very good."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
Sea Containers London
Sea Containers London
5 out of 5
20 Upper Ground, London, England
¥15,547
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tate Modern and Coca-Cola London Eye. The Shard and Big Ben are also within 1 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,775 reviews)

"The breakfast service is poor. The hot food items ran out and no one was monitoring what needed replenishment."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Sea Containers London

Popular things to do in London

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(4,406 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(1,310 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(4,606 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(4,239 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(4,723 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(571 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

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

¥1,569

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

¥4,100

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

¥12,018

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.

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

¥4,070

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

¥11,386

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.

Iphone Filmmaking Masterclass
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Iphone Filmmaking Masterclass

¥7,293

We will take a walk through the coolest spots of East London. The vibrant neighbourhood of shoreditch to end around the busy brick lane area. From Graffiti Walls to hidden alleys to hipster markets and many more...

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8 Lit Places to Celebrate Hanukkah Around the World
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8 Lit Places to Celebrate Hanukkah Around the World

Discover how Hanukkah is celebrated around the world.

8 Tours Dedicated to Historic Women
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8 Tours Dedicated to Historic Women

From astounding authors to fearless freedom fighters, see how women from all over the globe have been changing the course of history for centuries.

Top London Travel Tips
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Top London Travel Tips

Hop across the pond and you’ll arrive in lovely London. Yes, Londoners may speak the same language as us, but …

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