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About London

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London's rich history and mix of cultures have made it one of the most visited cities in the world. Its distinct boroughs are like small cities, each one offering something different from the last.

London's iconic skyline is an eclectic combination of instantly recognizable landmarks, from the historic Tower of London to ultra-modern skyscrapers like The Shard and 20 Fenchurch – more commonly known as "The Walkie-Talkie." Walking through the Square Mile immerses you into the original Roman settlement, with parts of the ancient defensive wall still visible. You'll also find some of the London's coziest (and oldest) pubs there, like Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, frequented by Charles Dickens and Mark Twain.

For art lovers, head to the West End's world-class theaters, as well as the concert halls throughout Camden, Soho, and Shoreditch. You'll also find countless galleries and museums around the city, like the free British Museum, Natural History Museum, and the National Gallery.

Among all the impressive architecture and endless landmarks, it's easy to forget how green London is. The city consists of 47% public green space including 3,000 parks. The most popular are Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, and Green Park, but it's worth venturing out to places like Richmond to walk alongside 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 connections, as well as private shuttle services.

Tonight

From $71 per night

This weekend

From $163 per night

Next weekend

From $130 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency £1 = $1.37
Language English
Average weekend price $189 per night
Average weekday price $173 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Shopping tips from London locals

Record hunting, scoring the best antiques, and uncovering vintage clothing gems.

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A seasonal guide to London

With each season offering its own unique charm there’s never a bad time to visit London.

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Top 10 hotels with the best WiFi in London

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London entertainment: a day in the life

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London reviews

What other travelers say about London

8.0

Great city but very much expensive !

October 18, 2021

Great city but very much expensive !! I could spend the money in other places for more days . The food was very expensive , the underground is great with all those coloured lines and information. London can be great for rich people and stylish folks.

Haider Al Hraishawi
Haider Al Hraishawi Sweden
8.0

It's a great place to visit at least once, twice at most.

October 14, 2021

It's a great place to visit at least once, twice at most. You quickly get bored of having to use the train so much and it's quite costly. If you visit London for the first time for at least a week or two you'll see all the sights and you won't need to go back. I've been to London twice now. Next time we go to England, we're going outside of London. The hefty cost of a hotel makes it a location that you don't need to visit more than twice. If you can afford to stay at a more expensive hotel and get Uber everywhere then you'll have a much more pleasant experience, I think. Make sure if there are things you want to do (ex Sky Garden) book them at least two weeks prior to your trip.

Anevickie
Anevickie United States of America
10

I loved wandering around and exploring.

October 11, 2021

I loved wandering around and exploring. The area around the Southbank and near Tower Bridge is worth a visit. Don't miss Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market. Try to get free tickets for Sky Garden and also discover little hidden treasures such as St. Dunstan's in the East for a bit of peace amongst the hustle and bustle. Don't forget a wander through Leadenhall Market.

Mary
Mary United Kingdom
10

Wonderful city and every area has something new to see other...

October 11, 2021

Wonderful city and every area has something new to see other than the Westminister cultural area. Get a weekly bus pass for about 27 pounds so you do not pay more and use the bus which is the cheapest otherwise the tube is the most expensive. Food is very cheap and M & S has buffet and take away meals. it's a great walking city. Shoreditch is great for nite life and walking around.

Azar
Azar United States of America
10

Room was extremely small even by European standards.

October 9, 2021

Room was extremely small even by European standards. Shower drain wouldn’t drain when we took the first shower and water was all on the floor. They did remedies this quickly but had to wait for the next guest to be able to shower for about an hour. Doesn’t seem so bad but after an overnight international flight and having to wait till 1400 to check in. It was a lil more then inconvienent.

Justin
Justin United States of America
10

Plan ahead.

October 8, 2021

Plan ahead. There are so many things to do and so many interesting places to explore, many that you'll just stumble on! Get an Oyster card for the tube and make use of it. It makes getting around quick and easy. I went there alone and never once felt uncomfortable. Folks are always so very warm and helpful.

Nancy
Nancy United States of America

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