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Visit London

Come to London and you'll find a city where old and new amiably clash, high culture rubs shoulders with pearly queens – with its streets paved with regal glory.

London is a city crackling with the energy of a centre of world finance; filled with the magic of a town ruled by the on-going twists of a millennium of monarchy; charmingly cluttered by centuries of piece-by-piece hoisting skywards of grand palaces, historic monuments and quirky skyscrapers; a city bustling with English good-natured humour – and a buzzing international community of unparalleled diversity.

There's so much to do and see, it's difficult to know where to start. Head to Trafalgar Square, where all the roads lead outwards to one of London's many star attractions. Then under the shadow of Nelson's Column, simply pick a road at random.

Head west, and you pass through the leafy glades of St. James’s Park, bringing you straight into the heart of London's pomp and ceremony – the Mall, Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace. For a dose of culture, head to the British Museum. Then on to the centre of Great Britain's ancient democracy – Westminster, with the Houses of Parliament and the towering charm of Big Ben. Here is where London's oldest abbey quietly sits in an elegant repose – Westminster Abbey – a church where royals get married and the great and good of the kingdom are buried.

Cross Westminster Bridge to the London Eye, where you can see the city from a different perspective. Head north from Trafalgar Square and you're quickly in the entertainment capital of the eastern hemisphere, the West End. Here you can shop-til-you-drop along Oxford Street, pick up a souvenir at Covent Garden's charming markets, and then give the town 'a spin', at one of its many theatres and playhouses. And if you decide instead to take the route eastwards, you're in for a cultural treat. At the Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall and the Royal National Theatre, the capital's finest art, dance, drama and music is performed by national companies of repute.

And this is also here where the industrial monolith of the Tate Modern pokes the banner of modern art into the sky. Keep heading east and you'll come to a reminder of medieval London, the Tower of London, which lies back north across the river, over Tower Bridge. This is where the kings and queens of England kept their enemies. It now houses splendid collections of armour and swords, as well as many cruel devices of torture and torment.

The story of London doesn't stop there – further east towards the sea are the old docklands of the East End, now split between crowded London squares, towering towers of finance and trendy lanes of alternative art. As is the case across all of London, the beauty of this city lies in its apparent casual chaos, its wonderful contradictions – and its timeless stories.

Where to stay in London

Regent Street featuring street scenes and heritage architecture

London City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(20 area 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.

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 which includes a city, a park and heritage architecture

Victoria

5/5Exceptional!(6 area reviews)

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

Victoria
Admiralty Arch showing heritage architecture

City of Westminster

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,344 area reviews)

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 featuring a park

Kensington

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,376 area 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.

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
Rs9,262
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (12,729 reviews)

"The guy in the Spa, he’s short like 5’7 blonde, I said good morning to him and he didn’t responded and he just walked away. I was planning to have massage and facial that day because it was birthday. I wanted to treat myseft, I left and I went to Marriott instead. Housekeeping didn’t give me fresh ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan 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
Rs4,227
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

Located in Hillingdon, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Stockley Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Brunel University and London Motor Museum. Windsor Castle ...

4.3/5Excellent! (8,531 reviews)

"I loved this property! The rooms were beautiful, the beds were super comfy and the staff were friendly. I will definitely return next time I’m in London and need lodging near Heathrow."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2020

Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
Sea Containers London
Sea Containers London
5 out of 5
20 Upper Ground, London, England
Rs11,017
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! (2,788 reviews)

"A very unique hotel with extremely friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2020

Sea Containers London

Popular things to do in London

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(1,781 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(375 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(937 reviews)

This is a place adorned with tradition, spectacle and moments of national joy – and a palace that opens its doors during the summer months.

Big Ben
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Big Ben

4/5(995 reviews)

The timeless time-piece that has rung out over the Thames, Parliament and central London for 150 years.

Tower of London
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Tower of London

4.5/5(854 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(582 reviews)

Created as the focal point of Britain’s millennium celebrations, today this architectural wonder offers a world of entertainment under one enormous roof.

Reviews of London

4.4

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

London is always nice ❤

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

Shopped Oxford street. Pleasant shopping experience especially Selfridges.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

Best city in the world. No. Really.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

Know London well and we were visiting family for a birthday celebration 

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

Business meeting in city

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

London is going down the pan along with most other cities in Europe, rubbish discarded everywhere by young people

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