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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 $70 per night

This weekend

From $159 per night

Next weekend

From $159 per night

Most popular time to visit September-November
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency £1 = $1.32
Language English
Average weekend price $204 per night
Average weekday price $190 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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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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London entertainment: a day in the life

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London reviews

What other travelers say about London

10

Best city in the world, ,what's not to love.

November 26, 2021

Best city in the world, ,what's not to love. Everything is so easily accessible. You'll never be bored. There are so many places to visit and eat. If you are visiting the Tower of London ( A.J is a star there as one of the Yeoman guards) it is worth visiting a restaurant called Coppa. Again great staff, service and beautiful food.

Tracy
Tracy United Kingdom
10

London is the greatest ever city I have ever seen in my life.

November 11, 2021

London is the greatest ever city I have ever seen in my life. The city is quite active, international, and full of energy. People are so nice, and they turn any situation into a nice conversation. This city is full of stories, history and old places. Nice buildings, great museums to visit, and they are free. Public transportation is unique and amazing—lots of different Pubs and restaurants for different tastes.

Alireza
Alireza Netherlands
10

The free museums.

November 5, 2021

The free museums. The reliable underground. The Eye. Train trip to Brighton---Pavilion and Pier, Sir John Soans museum. Tate Modern, British Museum, National Art museums .St. James Pub. Location by Victoria stations. Friendly people. Whenever asked for a direction, always helped and once a man drove us to our covid test since we couldn't walk that far.

Anonymous United States of America
10

Central London has a good uniformed police presence which...

October 29, 2021

Central London has a good uniformed police presence which makes it a very safe area. We found it easy to hail a passing Black Cab taxi, and we found moving around the city in that way to be very interesting in itself. One can see so much more than when using the Tube / Subway. If traveling by car you should be aware that it costs £15 per day to drive in the central London charging zone.

Robert
Robert France
10

Recommend travelers to wait til the Day 2 required COVID...

October 25, 2021

Recommend travelers to wait til the Day 2 required COVID testing is waived; otherwise, you will have to coordinate a purchase of the Day 2 or Day 2 and Day 8 covid test from a certified testing facility in order to use that confirmation number in the locator form. Loved the Broadway shows and encourage you to pack all the shows you can while there. The shows are in a smaller theater, which makes most of the seats GREAT value for the price. The customer service in the train station and on the busses were amazing. We had one bus driver on the night bus, who parked his bus at the stop, got out of his driver seat, went looking for us - as we sat on the second level - to ensure that we did not miss our bus stop. Although you can take the underground train from the airport to London (and pay no more than 9 GBP), the Heathrow Express (35 GBP round trip) is a quicker option. When we go back, we will try to stay in the Covent area, SOHO, or Piccadilly Circus area - since we are more interested in the broadway offerings in London.

Diane
Diane Germany
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

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