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London

Travel Guide
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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

DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
4 out of 5
100 Cromwell Road, London, England
The price is Rs9,091 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
Located in London City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall. Hyde ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (920 reviews)
"Great stay for a week with the kids. Nice and easy walk to all museums. Lovely garden area with cover to keep them happy on the day it chucked down with rain Bar staff were a bit overwhelmed which meant took ages to get to our order. Other than this it was a clean and friendly environment for myself ..."

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is Rs14,600 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,476 reviews)
"Good location and friendly staff, helpful following late arrival."

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2021

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
The price is Rs13,732 per night from 18 Aug to 18 Aug
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! (3,119 reviews)
"The refurbishment of the hotel is excellent and in good taste and in keeping with the age of the hotel. The location is ideal for being in central London. The room we stayed in was spacious and modern. The staff were lovely. We will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2021

The Strand Palace Hotel
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.
Imperial Court Suites
Imperial Court Suites
4 out of 5
81-83 Inverness Terrace, London, England
The price is Rs5,210 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Queensway and Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace and Hyde Park are also ...
3.5/5Good! (448 reviews)
"Excellent location. Helpful housekeeping. Very good service. Excellent reception services. The room was cleaned very well. The room was comfortable with AC. The housekeeping staff came daily and were very cooperative. Good value for money."

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2021

Imperial Court Suites
Citadines Barbican London
Citadines Barbican London
4 out of 5
7-21 Goswell Road, London, England
The price is Rs8,732 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, Museum of London, and Barbican Arts Centre. St. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,278 reviews)
"Great location, kitchenette facilities and fridge were a gods sent. Very compact room."

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2021

Citadines Barbican London
Chigwell Poolhouse
Chigwell Poolhouse
Located in Redbridge, this holiday home is within 9 miles (15 km) of Westfield Stratford City, London Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. White Hart Lane ...
Chigwell Poolhouse
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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