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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

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is Rs11,133 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec

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! (4,691 reviews)

"No cumplen con los beneficios VIP no hicieron upgrade ni tampoco descuento en los alimentos"…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Point A Hotel London Shoreditch
Point A Hotel London Shoreditch
3.5 out of 5
8-10 Paul Street, London, England
Free cancellation
The price is Rs3,284 per night from 17 Dec to 18 Dec

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District and Liverpool Street. The Gherkin and Brick Lane are also within 15 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,431 reviews)

"- Very central hotel, close to Old Street underground station (for those coming in from Euston) - Quick check in, very helpful staff - Clean room, quite small but perfect place to sleep - Allowed us to store our suitcases on the last day which saved us a lot of money (looked at Euston storage - £25!!) ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2020

Point A Hotel London Shoreditch
Sofitel London Heathrow
Sofitel London Heathrow
5 out of 5
Terminal 5, London Heathrow Airport, West Drayton, England
The price is Rs10,225 per night from 25 Dec to 26 Dec

Located in Hillingdon, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Stockley Park, London Motor Museum and Windsor Castle. Legoland is 11.7 mi (18.8 km) away. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,780 reviews)

"Clean hotel, very convenient being at Terminal 5 and easy to get to even from any other terminal. Clean and quiet."…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2020

Sofitel London Heathrow
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

Citadines Apart'hotel Holborn-Covent Garden London
Citadines Apart'hotel Holborn-Covent Garden London
4 out of 5
94-99 High Holborn, London, England
The price is Rs9,215 per night from 14 Dec to 15 Dec

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Russell Square, The British Museum, and Aldwych Theatre. Royal Opera ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,895 reviews)
Relaxing stay.

"Very relaxed atmosphere, very quiet and comfortable room. Great amenities around. Will be coming back."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Citadines Apart'hotel Holborn-Covent Garden London
Leman Locke
Leman Locke
4 out of 5
15 Leman St, London, England
The price is Rs6,770 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

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

4.6/5Exceptional! (839 reviews)

"Lovely staff, clean and nice studia. The reception and corridors are beautifully decorated. One moment I did not write about the deposit for a couple of days"…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

Leman Locke
Citadines Trafalgar Square London
Citadines Trafalgar Square London
4 out of 5
18/21 Northumberland Avenue, London, England
The price is Rs10,225 per night from 25 Nov to 26 Nov

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Strand, Charing Cross, and Trafalgar Square. National Gallery and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,812 reviews)
Perfect Location

"Very happy with the apartment,. Check in was very secure given current pandemic and overall very happy!"…"

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2020

Citadines Trafalgar Square 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.

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Reviews of London

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5/5 - Excellent

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3 Jun 2020

Love London

5/5 - Excellent

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2 Jun 2020

Interesting place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

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10 May 2020

BEST SAFEST CITY IN THE WORLD U ARE NOT LIKELY TO BE SHOT BY A COLT 45!!

5/5 - Excellent

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4 May 2020

I’m a Londoner and love London.

3/5 - Okay

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24 Apr 2020

The apartment ruined my holiday

4/5 - Good

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2 Apr 2020

But this hotel ruined my stay

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