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London's inherent uniqueness and mix of cultures have made it one of the most visited cities in the world. Its diverse bundle of boroughs are often like mini cities in their own right, with each one offering something different to the last.

London's iconic skyline is an eclectic combination of instantly recognisable landmarks, from the historic Tower of London to the ultra-modern skyscrapers of The Shard and 20 Fenchurch (better known as 'The Walkie-Talkie'). A walk through the ‘Square Mile’ immerses you in the original Roman settlement, with parts of the ancient defensive wall still visible. You'll also find some of the London's cosiest (and oldest) pubs around there, such as Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a former haunt of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain.

For lovers of the arts, look no further than the world-class theatres of London's West End and the live music venues of Camden, Soho and Shoreditch. You'll also find endless galleries and museums dotted around, such as the free-to-visit British Museum, Natural History Museum and the National Gallery.

Amongst all the impressive architecture and endless points of interest, it's easy to forget how green London is. 47% of the city is made up of public green space, including 3,000 parks. The most popular spots include Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Green Park, but it's worth venturing out to places like Richmond where you can walk amongst roaming wild deer.

London is served by several major airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, City, Stansted, Luton and Southend. Travel is made easy by the extensive public transport links, as well as private coach services.

Tonight

From £425 per night

This weekend

From £1,062 per night

Next weekend

From £482 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency GBP
Language English
Average weekend price £175 per night
Average weekday price £179 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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What other travellers say about London

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We usually come to London between Christmas and New Year and...

4 January 2018

We usually come to London between Christmas and New Year and it’s lovely but this year was extremely busy so we couldn’t do as much. We gave up on madame tussauds even though we prebooked our tickets as the queues were 3hrs long! Instead we got a cab to Covent Garden where we ambled around listening to street opera and magicians which always make it worth going there. This time we visited a restaurant called Tuttons and only waited 10-15 minutes for a table for five so pretty good. Beautiful carpaccio starter but I chose badly the main course and should have kept it Italian! They make some lovely cocktails which I recommend! Cable cars over the river were a thrill as they’re much higher than we imagined. Our accommodation was the Sunborn Yacht Hotel at Canary Wharf which I’ve reviewed also. Fantastic place to stay instead of a normal hotel and will return for a romantic weekend next time, leaving the rest of the family at home 😆. The only way to travel is by cab as they know everything and you rarely get ripped off especially if it’s a real Londoner driving. River taxis are also a great ride for sightseeing and they certainly do move fast. Of course everywhere you go there is something to see especially when it comes to beautiful architecture through the ages. The new Lego store is awesome!!! All in all a great visit.

Jade
Jade United Kingdom
8.0

The hotel overall was good.

26 August 2017

The hotel overall was good. Room was small but it seems like ALL rooms mostly are limited in space but we were able to move around comfortably. For my first time in London it might have been far from the major tourist areas and it was always a 20 min metro ride but it was walking distance to Notting Hill. The neighborhood its in is really nice and quiet so sleep was great.

Karla
Karla Spain
10

We enjoyed so much in just a few days!

29 June 2022

We enjoyed so much in just a few days! We highly recommend: Afternoon Tea at The Brown’s Hotel!!! It doesn’t get. T better. We tried Fortnum & Mason the next day. Absolutely the worst! Bad, bad service and nothing tasted that good. Brown’s service here is impeccable!!! As was the delicious finger sandwiches and pastries!! Perfection!! Go Pubbing! All around the area near the Brown’s was fun. Walk!! Go to Picadilly, Covent Gardens, Trafalgar Square! Go to the Churchill War Room! Go IN the National Gallery, take a tour in an open top bus…WORTH IT!! Have dinner at SeaFresh Fish n Chips! Cheap and delicious. For a fancy dinner the OXO Tower restaurant cannot be beat. Enjoy!!

Lewis
Lewis United States
10

London is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

28 June 2022

London is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The British Museum and the Petrie Museum are authentic jewels for history lovers. The Thames river and Westminster Abbey are a pleasure to walk around. Public transportation is great. If you have a card (an Oyster or a credit card), you can reach any place by bus or underground. I recommend the hop-on hop-off bus if you are visiting for the first time (I prefer BigBus over Golden and Toot tours). Enjoy a conversation with a local and do not hesitate to ask people for directions. Londoners are extremely polite and helpful. The only setback of London are the prices!

Alejandra
Alejandra Argentina
8.0

Lots of things to do if you’re going for a few days but...

28 June 2022

Lots of things to do if you’re going for a few days but wouldn’t want to stay any longer. So easy to travel on the tube and go to lots of different places in one day as we learned tube travel is capped at £7.40 per day on Oyster Card. Easy to travel to Camden Market, Covent Garden, Oxford, Piccadilly and Hyde Park from Canary Wharf where we stayed and managed to get last minute tickets to see Grease for a good price so it’s worth the stay.

Anonymous
8.0

i’ve always loved London spent many years visiting family...

27 June 2022

i’ve always loved London spent many years visiting family there. This time i didn’t need to use transport as we could walk to the places we’d planned to go. The rail strike meant we travelled on a coach which was very good. Buckingham Palace always worth seeing and a bonus of the changing of the guard by sheer good luck.

Miriam
Miriam United Kingdom

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