London

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London featuring a city, a skyscraper and night scenes

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.

Where to stay in London

The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England, E1W 1LD
The price is $130 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,740 reviews)
"Friendly staff and speedy service. Overall great experience."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

The Tower Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
4 out of 5
38-51 Bedford Way, London, England, WC1H 0DG
The price is $144 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this 4-star eco-friendly hotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the WiFi and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (570 reviews)
"This hotel is a great price and in a great location. Just be advised that the rooms are a bit small and not air conditioned. The staff and service are exceptional. The rooms are also clean. Exceptional location."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

The Royal National Hotel
The President Hotel
The President Hotel
3.5 out of 5
56-60 Guildford Street, London, England, WC1N 1DB
The price is $163 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (326 reviews)
"Great convenient location. Very friendly and helpful staff. Hotel was clean but in need of a serious update."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

The President Hotel
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Staycity Aparthotels London Heathrow
Staycity Aparthotels London Heathrow
4 out of 5
High Point Village, Station Approach, Hayes, England, UB3 4FL
The price is $79 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Hayes. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,210 reviews)
"The place was very clean. The front desk was very welcoming. Right next to train station. A Tesco express is right next door."

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Staycity Aparthotels London Heathrow
Citadines Trafalgar Square London
Citadines Trafalgar Square London
4 out of 5
18/21 Northumberland Avenue, London, England, WC2N 5EA
The price is $193 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,968 reviews)
"Great location, no instructions for using Tv remote."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Citadines Trafalgar Square London
Leman Locke
Leman Locke
4 out of 5
15 Leman St, London, England, E1 8EN
The price is $179 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (947 reviews)
"The Leman Locke was awesome. You realize quickly you don't need all the hotel hoopla, and having your own room with a kitchen and washer/ dryer was excellent. I have one kid, so maybe with one kid it's easier. If it was just me and my hubby, I would have equally happy. The only thing I would say ..."

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

Leman Locke
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.

Getting around London

Travel all over the city on the vast London Underground subway system. For certain attractions and areas, making use of the comprehensive public bus network may get you there more quickly. Various above-ground rail options are also available throughout the city, including the Overground, the DLR, National Rail trains and TfL trains. You can pay for all transportation with a reloadable Oyster card. Visit the Transport for London (TfL) website. Browse London rental cars.

Best time to visit

The sun is at its hottest in London from early June to early September. This can be a good thing, but temperatures can sometimes get uncomfortably high, and the lines to get into popular attractions will often be very long at this time of year. Aim to travel in spring or fall for a quieter visit. In these seasons, pack for moderate temperatures during the day but bring a coat for the cooler evenings.

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