0.9 miles from downtown
The glamorous residents of Mayfair have money to burn. Come and check out their sprawling mansions, exclusive shops, auction houses and unique art galleries. If a custom suit from Savile Row doesn't tempt you, survey the fine Victorian architecture around the garden squares, or the intricate design of the Royal Arcade.
Places to stay from $62 a night
2.8 miles from downtown
Kensington is a mix of residential and commercial areas that exude class. Stretching from Old Brompton Road to Kensington High Street, you’ll find bistros, cafés and boutiques galore. Stop to admire Kensington Palace, or visit the nearby Victoria and Albert and Natural History Museums. The streets around Holland Park are perfect for walking.
Places to stay from $25 a night
0.4 miles from downtown
The ornamental pineapples adorning the market’s lamps are a reminder of the fruit and vegetable stalls that once occupied Covent Garden, an important center for London’s vibrant creative arts scene. See the 17th-century St. Paul’s Church or explore the boutiques that line the alleys. Parisian-style cafés with terraces spill out onto the street corners.
Places to stay from $55 a night
1.1 miles from downtown
Westminster, home to some of London's best-known landmarks and the seat of government. Slip through the shadows of history at The Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square with the ringing of Big Ben marking the passage of time. Stroll past Whitehall to Downing Street (the Prime Minister's official home and office) and on to Buckingham Palace.
Places to stay from $10 a night
0.2 miles from downtown
St. James' is a sophisticated neighborhood filled with mature parks, galleries and high-end restaurants. Surrounded by Buckingham Palace, Green Park, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, St. James' plays host to a range of cultural and artistic events throughout the year, including London Fashion Week. Head to Jermyn Street for some luxury shopping.
Places to stay from $24 a night
1.6 miles from downtown
Lined with beautiful Victorian terraces, the traditional streets of Marylebone contain acres of parks and garden. Amateur detectives shouldn’t miss Sherlock Holmes’ legendary residence at 221b Baker Street. You’ll spot the beautiful, circular All Souls Church with its striking conical tower. From here, wander towards Bond Street’s upscale stores.
Places to stay from $35 a night
1.7 miles from downtown
Knightsbridge is a mecca for luxury shopping, and the residence of choice for the incredibly wealthy. Harrods is the centerpiece – this unique department store spans five acres of shopping, and the nearby Harvey Nichols food court is legendary. The park behind The Brompton Oratory provides an oasis among the stucco facades.
Places to stay from $138 a night
1.4 miles from downtown
This elegant, residential neighborhood is one of the world’s most wealthy residential districts. Belgravia’s palatial Georgian style houses are interspersed with delightful garden squares including Belgrave Square and Eaton Square. There are quirky shops to explore on Elizabeth Street – stationery shops, luxury chocolatiers, bakeries and antique stores.
Places to stay from $27 a night
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.
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|Average weekend price||$139 per night|
|Average weekday price||$130 per night|
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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.
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.
To tell you the truth, I was not our first visit to London. There are several special places and landmarks to see. This time, we stayed on the corner Notting Hill corner of Hyde Park. Due to that fact, we explored this part of the city - Hyde park, Natural museum, Science museum and the Westfield shopping mall. Moreover, we walked through Oxford street until we reached the Hunterian Museum and back around Buckingham palace in the hotel. Everything on foot. I never used the public transport in the city :D PS: If you love greek food like me, visit The real greek!
I've been to London several times and have felt cramped in the typical room you get at named brand hotel chain so I thought I'd give The Cleveland a try. I was very happy with the room size and kitchenette. Unfortunately, the room we were given did not have the charm you see in the pictures. Our room was in the below ground floor (it did have a large window but the view was 1/2 HVAC and 1/2 patio. However, since I wasn't there for "the view" and was not in my room except to sleep, it wasn't the end of the world. The bed and pillows were super comfortable. The bathroom was small but very functional. A nice sized closet with a safe. Decent selection of cable TV stations. The kitchenette was good--I mostly used the refrigerator and tea kettle. There was a stove top, toaster, microwave, small sink, silverware, glasses and plates. Overall, the location was great--about a 10 min. walk to Paddington Station (Heathrow Express) and a slightly shorter walk to Bayswater Tube station-each had a numerous amount of shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and pharmacy.
Working long hours in London means I only had chance to explore during the weekends. Over several weekends me and my girlfriend stayed in various London Accommodation depending on our plans and what was Local. I would recommend staying in more expensive Hostel rooms as a young couple over Hotels. We experienced both and came to the realisation that, if youre willing to pay a bit more for a private en-suite room in a Hostel, if you choose correctly, they can turn out to be nicer than a hotel. One Hostel we would recommend is St James Backpackers. Nearest tube: Earls Court. Easy to get to and the facilities were great, the stairs were a bit of a hike but not an issue if youre able. Very clean double room and about 1/3 of the price of a budget hotel room with Holiday Inn that we had the week before. The best way to get around London is definitely the Tube (goes without saying) the ease of this service is unparalleled. Do not rule out the London bus service also however, your oyster card will work on these as well and they're great for getting around Zones 2-3. Ultimately i would suggest that the best way to see London is to explore every corner. Dont just stay in Zone 1 and do the tourist-y sights. Get out to Brixton or Camden for Nightlife. Visit the more niche museums rather than the swamped Natural History or Tower of London. I would suggest the Imperial War Museum if youre visiting with young teenagers, my little brother loved it.
This time we visited Kew Gardens which is worth the long underground trip. Also, near the hotel there is a great little passage with small shops and super Italian style restaurant (towards the "Gherkin").
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