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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

Top Hotels in London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is ¥15,627 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,666 reviews)

"No cumplen con los beneficios VIP no hicieron upgrade ni tampoco descuento en los alimentos"…"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
The Rembrandt
The Rembrandt
4 out of 5
11 Thurloe Place, Kensington, London, England
The price is ¥13,621 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria and Albert Museum and Natural History Museum. Imperial College London and Harrods ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,019 reviews)

"The location of the hotel is unique & extremely convenient which we liked. The staff are very attentive & friendly, always ready to help. Our stay was during the second lockdown, so the restaurant & the spa facilities were closed. The price included English & continental breakfast, which was brought ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2020

The Rembrandt
Point A Hotel London Shoreditch
Point A Hotel London Shoreditch
3.5 out of 5
8-10 Paul Street, London, England
The price is ¥4,620 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District and Liverpool Street. The Gherkin and Brick Lane are also within 15 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,429 reviews)

"- Very central hotel, close to Old Street underground station (for those coming in from Euston) - Quick check in, very helpful staff - Clean room, quite small but perfect place to sleep - Allowed us to store our suitcases on the last day which saved us a lot of money (looked at Euston storage - £25!!) ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

Point A Hotel London Shoreditch
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.

Vacation Rentals in London

Staycity Aparthotels London Heathrow
Staycity Aparthotels London Heathrow
4 out of 5
High Point Village, Station Approach, Hayes, England
The price is ¥5,609 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Hillingdon, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Stockley Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Brunel University and Twickenham Stadium. Pinewood Studios ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,117 reviews)

"Very nice comfortable place to stay, staff is friendly and very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2020

Staycity Aparthotels London Heathrow
Leman Locke
Leman Locke
4 out of 5
15 Leman St, London, England
The price is ¥9,503 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Gherkin and Tower Bridge. Tower of London and London Bridge are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (840 reviews)

"Lovely staff, clean and nice studia. The reception and corridors are beautifully decorated. One moment I did not write about the deposit for a couple of days"…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Leman Locke
Citadines Apart'hotel Holborn-Covent Garden London
Citadines Apart'hotel Holborn-Covent Garden London
4 out of 5
94-99 High Holborn, London, England
The price is ¥12,934 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Russell Square, The British Museum, and Aldwych Theatre. Royal Opera ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,898 reviews)

"Great location close to Covent Garden nice spacious rooms underground car park a bonus"…"

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Citadines Apart'hotel Holborn-Covent Garden London
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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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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