London

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London is dizzyingly vast, thrillingly cosmopolitan and packed with culture at every turn; there is no other city quite like it.

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

The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England, E1W 1LD
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs10,254 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,744 reviews)
"Friendly staff and speedy service. Overall great experience."

Reviewed on 10 May 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 Rs11,303 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
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 their ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (587 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 17 May 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 Rs12,108 per night from 29 May to 30 May
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! (344 reviews)
"Excellent location, walking distance to the subway, and bus services. Very friendly staff, responded quickly to our requests. Our room was clean and nice. Outstanding breakfast. I will come back whenever I visit London again. Thanks"

Reviewed on 16 May 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 Rs6,394 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Hayes. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet rooms in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,216 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 12 May 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 Rs15,405 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
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! (2,975 reviews)
"Great location, rooms are okay and clean."

Reviewed on 22 May 2022

Citadines Trafalgar Square London
Leman Locke
Leman Locke
4 out of 5
15 Leman St, London, England, E1 8EN
The price is Rs12,837 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in London. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre 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 2 May 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.

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