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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!(21 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, stunning river views and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in London City Centre. Top attractions like Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square are major draws. Catch the metro at Piccadilly Circus Underground Station or Green Park Underground Station to see more of the city.

London City Centre
Paddington showing a city and a square or plaza

Paddington

Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are top sights in Paddington, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Paddington (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines) Station or Paddington Underground Station to see more sights in the area.

Paddington
Kensington Gardens featuring a park

Kensington

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,509 area reviews)

Kensington High Street and Kensington Palace are a few top attractions in Kensington. Hop around the city on the metro at High Street Kensington Station or Gloucester Road Underground Station and check out the area's fascinating museums, beautiful gardens and charming cafes.

Kensington
Kings Cross St. Pancras showing interior views and heritage architecture as well as a small group of people

Kings Cross St. Pancras

Kings Cross St. Pancras is highly notable for its fascinating museums, and you might want to visit top sights like Russell Square and British Library. See more of London by jumping on the metro at King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station or Russell Square Underground Station.

Kings Cross St. Pancras
Admiralty Arch showing heritage architecture

City of Westminster

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,560 area reviews)

Marble Arch and Park Lane 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 which includes a city, a park and heritage architecture

Victoria

5/5Exceptional!(6 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 Victoria Palace Theatre, 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

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
Rs13,907
per night
3 Apr-4 Apr

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (13,082 reviews)

"Beautiful room! Very nice staff who were attentive to all of our needs."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Clayton Hotel City of London
Clayton Hotel City of London
4 out of 5
10 New Drum Street, London, England

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Tower of London, and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Shard and Coca-Cola London Eye. The British ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (596 reviews)

"This facility was so clean and the staff was amazing"…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Clayton Hotel City of London
The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Rs14,162
per night
31 Mar-1 Apr

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus and London Dungeon. Big Ben and ...

4/5Very Good! (12,257 reviews)

"The hotel is located at a very good place where you can walk to Big Ben (20 mins). Many restaurants nearby and the staffs are very helpful. However, the rooms a little small. Thank you, team! ❤️"…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

The Strand Palace Hotel

Popular things to do in London

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(1,858 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(417 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(1,000 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(1,058 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(908 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(623 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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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar 2020

Had a wonderful time in London! Checked out lots of art, artist run centres and youth centres. So much going on at one time.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Mar 2020

London is a great cosmopolitan city.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

My first time to Europe so not sure what to expect but I guess since I went in March the weather put a damper on seeing the sights

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

I love London. Used to live there but i enjoy it more in smaller doses now that i've moved away and visit often, makes you appreciate it more.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

I wouldn’t stay in East Finchley again but London is always good. Camden especially.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Improving all the time.

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