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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 $49 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 $11 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 $43 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 $12 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 $31 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 $16 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 $92 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 $55 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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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||February-April|
|Local currency||£1 = $1.22|
|Average weekend price||$162 per night|
|Average weekday price||$158 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
I would warn any London visitors that the manner in which tourists are treated by certain apartment rental companies is appauling. No decency. The mere thought of London evokes now a SOUR taste in my mouth and my face becomes hot to the touch. GO ELSEWHERE!!! Plenty of other fine European destinations!
Oh, it was just perfect. I loved London. I was passing by for a couple of days only, so I couldn't enjoy it at its fullest, so we did the basic tourist places. I am coming back soon for an extended period of time.
London is not cheap, but is a great place for families. Many of the museums are free, so we were able to keep our 10 and 6 year old completely entertained while they were also learning. The Museum of Natural History and the Science Museum are literally next door to each other, which meant we could go to both of them back to back without any travel required. There were a lot of cool interactive displays, which my kids loved. If you plan well, you can save money on daily transport costs (don't be afraid of the Tube!) which is good. I think we spent more on meals than anything else. If you love history, this is a GREAT place to go. There is so much to see and do!
I have been fortunate to have traveled to London twice, 2007 and 2020. It was nice how a couple of historical places I saw the second time around had changed and/or grew in their attractions. To optimize your stay, organize your history attractions and entertainment by sections of the city for each day before you leave for London. Find a place to stay in about the middle of your attractions so you can walk. Or close to a train or underground transportation system; they are easy enough to use. In 2020, we each purchased an "Oyster" card to use for the Tube & it gave us a discount each time we used the Tube. I believe you get a discout for the buses, just ask the attendant. The day tour to Windsor, Stonehenge, & Bath was AWESOME! We took the tour that allowed us to see inside the Bath museum where the Romans bathed. Also have seen: Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Belfast, The Clink, Shakespeare Globe, Big Ben, Parliment, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, The Royal Mews, Churchill underground War rooms, British Museum, Ben Franklin's residence, Abbey Road,.... Look up attractions for London and there is a list to behold!
Beautiful city, very easy to go everywhere. The tube is fantastic, it takes you everywhere and it is so easy to navigate the transportation system. British people are adorable, very friendly, well mannered and helpful!
You shouldn't charge to use the bathrooms. All the tube stations should have lifts available to handicap and elderly not just certain ones. And what is with all the gum on the sidewalks, for a beautiful city it makes it unattractive to roll my luggage over. On the positive note I loved the transportation bus, hop on hop off busses and the trains and tubes. I love the free museums I've never seen that before. I would love to come back and visit again after the virus goes away.
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