Escape to London! Enjoy its theatre, museums and art.

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.

Known for

Museums, Theatres and Historical Buildings

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Where to stay in London

London City Centre
West End featuring a city and street scenes as well as a large group of people

London City Centre

Known for Theatres, Museums, Urban

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Her Majesty's Theatre and Piccadilly Circus are a few top attractions in London City Centre. Hop around the city on the metro at Piccadilly Circus Underground Station or Green Park Underground Station and check out the area's fascinating museums, stunning river views and acclaimed art galleries.

Paddington
Paddington showing a city and a square or plaza

Paddington

Known for Architecture, Urban, Shopping

Explore the lovely canals and intriguing architecture of this historic neighborhood made famous by a fictional bear from Peru.

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

Kings Cross St. Pancras

Known for Architecture, Urban, Museums

See cultural exhibits, relax in the Champagne bar and visit Platform 9 and 3/4 in this international hub that connects London to mainland Europe.

City of Westminster
West End featuring a city and street scenes as well as a large group of people

City of Westminster

Known for Urban, Theatres, Museums

4.5/5(1,723 reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, popular shops and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in City of Westminster. Top attractions like Marble Arch and Park Lane are major draws. Catch the metro at Marble Arch Underground Station or Bond Street Underground Station to see more of the city.

Victoria
Victoria which includes a city, a park and heritage architecture

Victoria

Known for Castles, Architecture, Urban

4.5/5(3 reviews)

See a theater production or visit London’s iconic royal residence in this bustling neighborhood.

Kensington
Kensington Gardens featuring a park

Kensington

Known for Museums, Historical Buildings, Architecture

4.5/5(1,011 reviews)

Relax in the stunning park with a view of the palace, explore the upscale high street and visit the galleries and museums of this affluent neighborhood.

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
Rs12,154
per night
20 Oct-21 Oct

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (12,310 reviews)

"Love this hotel, everyone was very professional and made you feel special. Room was nice and the bed was amazing, so comfortable. I had a massage with Charlene, whoow it was the best massage I've had. I wish I'd stayed longer, location is great too....Highly recommend this hotel."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2019

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
Rs8,704
per night
27 Oct-28 Oct

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower Bridge, Tower of London and HMS Belfast. Tower Gateway Station is 6 minutes by ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,157 reviews)

"Loved, loved to go through a toll bridge and a lovely Riverwalk in front of the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2019

The Tower Hotel
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
4 out of 5
The Grove, Bath Road, West Drayton, England
Rs4,153
per night
25 Oct-26 Oct

Located in Hillingdon, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Stockley Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Brunel University and London Motor Museum. Windsor Castle ...

4.3/5Excellent! (8,108 reviews)

"Good location.The property is very well presented, rooms were very clean and quiet.Restaurant and bar areas were also clean and modern.All staff we interacted with were very courteous and pleasant. Will definitely stay there when we use Heathrow again."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2019

Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport

Popular things to do in London

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(769 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(805 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(707 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(419 reviews)

Created as the focal point of Britain’s millennium celebrations, today this architectural wonder offers a world of entertainment under one enormous roof.

St. Paul's Cathedral
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St. Paul's Cathedral

4.5/5(448 reviews)

Visit this cathedral to learn about the history behind London’s most iconic church and its Baroque dome that overlooks the city.

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(1,367 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. 

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