LondonUnited Kingdom

4.6/5Top Destination

Escape to London! Enjoy its theater, museums, and castle.

Take a trip in the London Eye, the giant wheel that sits on the banks of the River Thames, to get a sense of what makes London such an amazing city. Look below you to see immediately recognizable landmarks and streets bursting with life. As well as offering unparalleled sightseeing and culture, London today also promises a thriving foodie scene and peaceful parks, for when you need to escape the restless rush of the city.

Visit the Museum of London to find out about the fascinating story of Britain’s capital city. Learn about its origins at the Roman settlement Londinium, as well as the invasions and occupations that shaped the city in the following two millennia.

One of the best ways to spend your time in London is hopping between its numerous world-class museums and galleries, most of which are free to enter. The British Museum and the National Gallery are two of the most famous, but there are dozens more to discover. Learn about the history of healthcare in the Wellcome Collection or chart the story of design in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Saatchi Gallery also offer hours of entertainment.

The U.K.’s capital has no shortage of iconic landmarks, from Trafalgar Square to St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Houses of Parliament. Meet the silent, stoic soldiers that stand outside Buckingham Palace and encounter the crown jewels at the Tower of London.

Modern London hosts a thriving arts scene that every visitor needs to experience. Amble along Southbank to pass the Tate Modern, the British Film Institute and the National Theatre. Book tickets to see world-famous musicals in the theatres of the West End. Alternatively, seek out something more classical at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden for a night of extravagant entertainment.

Travel to London at any time of year, although wrap up in waterproofs if visiting in the rainy winter months between November and February. While the London Underground makes getting around easy, the city center is also an exciting area to explore on foot.

Known for

Museums, Theaters and Historical Buildings

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Where to stay in London

London City Centre
West End showing street scenes and a city as well as a large group of people

London City Centre

Known for Theaters, Museums, Urban

5/5(28 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.

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.

City of Westminster
West End showing street scenes and a city as well as a large group of people

City of Westminster

Known for Urban, Theaters, Museums

4.5/5(3,833 reviews)

Theaters and museums are a few notable features of the neighborhood.

Victoria
Victoria featuring heritage architecture, a city and a park

Victoria

Known for Castles, Architecture, Urban

4.5/5(15 reviews)

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

Kensington
Kensington Gardens which includes a park

Kensington

Known for Museums, Historical Buildings, Architecture

4.5/5(2,317 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.

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
$167
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21
4.4/5Wonderful! (12,286 reviews)

"Great location and lots of nearby attractions which are walking distance."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
$115
per night
Oct 18 - Oct 19
4.3/5Excellent! (4,147 reviews)

"It was excellent, given my many disappointments with London hotels over the past half century, the Tower was a very pleasant surprise. I shall certainly return."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

The Tower Hotel
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
4 out of 5
The Grove, Bath Road, West Drayton, England
$64
per night
Oct 18 - Oct 19
4.3/5Excellent! (8,097 reviews)

"The place is very close the airport, easy commute, if you're from US and lived in places like NY, traveling to central london is not an issue. The room i had was cozy and very tidy. It really felt like a second home. Till next time! Thank you"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport

Popular things to do in London

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(4,162 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(3,816 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(4,266 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(507 reviews)

Attend music and sports events, see a movie or go bowling in one of the busiest arenas in the world, situated inside this iconic dome by the River Thames.

St. Paul's Cathedral
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St. Paul's Cathedral

4.5/5(2,099 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(3,878 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

$14

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.

The London Eye Experience Tickets
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The London Eye Experience Tickets

$36

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.

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

$105

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

$40

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.

London Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$43

Zip around London town like a local on one of the city's iconic double-decker buses. Hop off to explore the city's historic sights and iconic architecture on foot, and glide down the River Thames on a sightseeing cruise to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the English capital.

Planet Hollywood Dining & 24hr Thames River Cruise Pass
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Planet Hollywood Dining & 24hr Thames River Cruise Pass

$38

Visit: City Cruises Westminster Pier, Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK 24 hour hop-on hop-off river cruise pass Duration: 5 hours Visit: Planet Hollywood, 57-60 Haymarket, St. James's, London SW1Y 4QX, UK Two Course Planet H

Reviews of London

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.096247493554856%
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2 - Disappointing 0.45832139788026355%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

Chilly but overall welcoming

4/5 - Good

Michael

Oct 15, 2019

The underground made traveling very easy. Plus we bought a London Pass before leaving the US. And an Oyster Card for travel upon arrival in LHR.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

I love everything about London

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

This was business, didn’t get enough time to check London out

5/5 - Excellent

Rob

Oct 14, 2019

Rain the entire time..did a lot of indoor activities, museums etc

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

London is no longer the London of memory, much of what was courteous and genteel long gone. It remains a pleasant city, especially if one knows London well.

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Top London Travel Tips
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Top London Travel Tips

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The Top 10 Museums in London
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The Top 10 Museums in London

From the somber Imperial War Museum, to the majestic British Museum, this list features 10 of London’s unparalleled museums.

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