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London
Travel Guide

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 Rs12,443 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

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! (4,399 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Jurys Inn London Croydon
Jurys Inn London Croydon
3.5 out of 5
Wellesley Road, Croydon, England
The price is Rs3,550 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar

Located in Fairfield, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Surrey Hills, Clapham Common and O2 Academy Brixton. The Oval and St. Thomas' Hospital ...

4.1/5Very Good! (978 reviews)

"Comfortable and secured, cleaned well and peaceful"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2021

Jurys Inn London Croydon
Hilton London Croydon
Hilton London Croydon
4 out of 5
101 Waddon Way, Croydon, England
The price is Rs5,999 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in Waddon, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Surrey Hills, Clapham Common and O2 Academy Brixton. St. Thomas' Hospital and London Dungeon are also ...

3.7/5Good! (992 reviews)

"Room service food took over an hour and was cold Staff not helpful"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2021

Hilton London Croydon
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 Rs6,376 per night from 10 Mar to 11 Mar

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! (856 reviews)
Best value for money you can get in London

"It was the most comfortable, convenient and luxurious stay. One of the best places I have stayed across the world! Well designed. Everything you need is there. Appliances are amicable. Love the locations. Felt like home! Will definitely recommend and go back again"…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2020

Leman Locke
Imperial Court Suites
Imperial Court Suites
4 out of 5
81-83 Inverness Terrace, London, England
The price is Rs3,825 per night from 17 Mar to 18 Mar

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! (438 reviews)
Good

"Overall It was good Indian guy at reception was very friendly and helpful I stayed in basement studio very clean only negative was no access to balcony"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jun 2020

Imperial Court Suites
Citadines Barbican London
Citadines Barbican London
4 out of 5
7-21 Goswell Road, London, England
The price is Rs7,632 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb

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. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,268 reviews)

"Staying during a covid lockdown, the kitchenette was very useful. Without it I would have had to eat delivered takeaways throughout my stay. Rooms reasonable size for London accommodation. Great location, on the edge of the City of London but close to the more residential area of clerkenwell which ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2021

Citadines Barbican 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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