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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 Piccadilly Theatre 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. Queensway 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!(2,799 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!(4,574 area reviews)

Marble Arch and Hyde Park 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 Buckingham Palace, 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

Leonardo London Heathrow Airport
Leonardo London Heathrow Airport
4 out of 5
Bath Road, West Drayton, England
The price is $55 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Located in Hillingdon, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Stockley Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Twickenham Stadium and Brunel University. Windsor ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,742 reviews)

"Very nice hotel Great location clean and good fridge in room with lots of cable tv options thick quality bath towels and clean new bathroom. Only negative was the restaurant evening meal...mucriwaved neals unacceptable inedible for the price paid waste of money should yave eaten at McDonald's"…"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2020

Leonardo London Heathrow Airport
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
The price is $69 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7

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

4.2/5Excellent! (1,778 reviews)

"Close to the airport there are free shuttle bus just beside and the condition of the room was excelent, breakfast superb"…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2020

Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1 T2 and T3
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
45 Prescot Street, London, England
The price is $99 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7

Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tower Bridge and Tower of London. Borough Market and Museum of London are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (930 reviews)

"Brilliant Stay very centrally located!! Beds are super comfortable! Spa is really nice"…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
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

Leman Locke
Leman Locke
4 out of 5
15 Leman St, London, England
The price is $83 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

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! (831 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
SACO Fitzrovia
SACO Fitzrovia
4 out of 5
21 Tottenham Street, London, England
The price is $139 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Piccadilly Circus. Hyde ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (117 reviews)

"really lovely staff and easy check in They also offered me early check in and took very good care of my group"…"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

SACO Fitzrovia
City Courtyard Apartments & Penthouse
City Courtyard Apartments & Penthouse
5 out of 5
253 Commercial Road, Cheltenham House, London, England
The price is $219 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Whitechapel, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Brick Lane and Financial District. The Gherkin and Tower Bridge are also ...

2.7/5 (292 reviews)

"Stay was very fun the owner was good and nice and we had fun"…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

City Courtyard Apartments & Penthouse
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.

Popular places to visit in London

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.

Tower of London
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Tower of London

4.5/5(4,857 reviews)

One of the world’s most well-preserved medieval castles, this historic building is known for its fascinating and gruesome history.

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(4,529 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.

Big Ben
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Big Ben

3.5/5(4,358 reviews)

One of London’s most resounding landmarks is a treasured emblem of England.

O2 Arena
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O2 Arena

4.5/5(588 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.

Top things to do in London

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Full-Day Tour with Lunch
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Full-Day Tour with Lunch

$147
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
London Eye Experience Tickets
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London Eye Experience Tickets

$32
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with London Eye & Cruise Option
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with London Eye & Cruise Option

$50
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions
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The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions

$102
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

$115
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
London Black Cab Taxi Airport Pickup & Dropoff Transfers
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London Black Cab Taxi Airport Pickup & Dropoff Transfers

$72
Per adult

Reviews of London

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 27.57597626493465%
3 - Okay
505
3 - Okay 4.049394595461471%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.5051719990377677%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.2325394916205597%

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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