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

Caesar Hotel
Caesar Hotel
4 out of 5
26-33 Queens Gardens, Hyde Park, London, England
The price is Rs6,617 per night from 21 Nov to 21 Nov
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hyde Park, Natural History Museum and Queen Mary's Gardens. Oxford Circus and National Gallery ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (832 reviews)
"Excellent hotel, brilliant staff who were all friendly and helpful. Fantastic breakfast, just absolutely beautiful place to stay and I will definitely be returning."

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2021

Caesar Hotel
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is Rs17,298 per night from 14 Nov to 14 Nov
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (3,071 reviews)
"Fabulous location and fabulous studio room. Absolutely perfect for family stay"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2021

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Assembly House Hotel
Assembly House Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27 - 31 Charing Cross Road, London, England
The price is Rs9,584 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, London Eye and Big Ben. Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,285 reviews)
"The location is superb! The room was very clean and quaintly. However, sparse on amenities such as tv & direct phone to hotel - I guess they figured everyone has a phone so watch tv on it too! I would definitely recommend this hotel, very affordable and it gives you the basics: bed & bath 😁 what ..."

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2021

Assembly House 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.
Chelsea Bridge Apartments
Chelsea Bridge Apartments
4 out of 5
124 Prince of Wales Drive, London, England
The price is Rs9,987 per night from 14 Nov to 14 Nov
Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of King's Road, Sloane Square and The Oval. Victoria Palace Theatre and Clapham Common ...
4/5 Very Good! (405 reviews)
"It could benefit from more maintenance . EG toilet roll holder loose in bathroom, extractor fan in bathroom didn't work, one lamp in the sitting room didn't work, at least one of the small windows wouldn't open, Light in entrance by lift didn't work, windows need cleaning outside . Generally clean ..."

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2021

Chelsea Bridge Apartments
The Lincoln Suites
The Lincoln Suites
4 out of 5
37-39 Kingsway, London, England
Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is steps away from Theatreland and Aldwych Theatre. The Strand and Theatre Royal Drury Lane are also within 5 ...
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Central location, very good value for money, staff very nice and helpful"

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2021

The Lincoln Suites
Presidential Apartments - Kensington
Presidential Apartments - Kensington
4 out of 5
6-12 Barkston Gardens, Kensington, London, England
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cromwell Road, Kensington High Street, and Natural History Museum. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,501 reviews)
"Needs a Breakfast bar"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2021

Presidential Apartments - Kensington
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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