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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

Top hotels in London

Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2 and 3
Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2 and 3
3.5 out of 5
The price is Rs8,017 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan

Located in Hillingdon, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Stockley Park and within 9 miles (15 km) of Brunel University and Twickenham Stadium. Windsor Castle ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,267 reviews)

"Easy access to T2 at Heathrow. Felt comfortable with all new Covid protocol"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2021

Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2 and 3
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is Rs11,330 per night from 18 Feb to 19 Feb

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

4.3/5Excellent! (4,675 reviews)

"Great place! The room service could be better but overall an awesome experience!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel & Conference Centre, London
Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel & Conference Centre, London
4 out of 5
140 Bath Road, Hayes, England
The price is Rs6,867 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb

Located in Hillingdon, this spa hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from London Motor Museum, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Osterley Park and House and Royal Botanic Gardens, ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,553 reviews)

"Good Service Clean rooms Pleasant staff Good location"…"

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2020

Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel & Conference Centre, London
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in London

Leman Locke
Leman Locke
4 out of 5
15 Leman St, London, England
The price is Rs6,872 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Gherkin and Tower Bridge. Tower of London and London Bridge are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (851 reviews)

"Amazing stay."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2020

Leman Locke
PremierLux Serviced Apartments
PremierLux Serviced Apartments
3 out of 5
The price is Rs2,021 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb

Located in Redbridge, this apartment building is within 6 miles (10 km) of Westfield Stratford City, London Stadium and Excel Exhibition Centre. Olympic Park ...

4.1/5Very Good! (73 reviews)

"It was very good and clean Mattresses need to be upgraded current ones are bad for back. Other than that was a good stay."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul 2020

PremierLux Serviced Apartments
Aparthotel Adagio London Brentford
Aparthotel Adagio London Brentford
4 out of 5
Great West Road, Brentford, England
The price is Rs5,057 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Located in London Borough of Hounslow, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Griffin Park Stadium and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Syon Park and Twickenham ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (836 reviews)

"The front desk team was amazing and very helpful. The gym faclity was excellent. The room was big and worth the money. The location was very convenient."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2020

Aparthotel Adagio London Brentford
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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