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London: the city's best neighborhoods

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About London

Including tips for the best time to visit London

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 $39 per night

This weekend

From $63 per night

Next weekend

From $39 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit February-April
Local currency £1 = $1.22
Language English
Average weekend price $162 per night
Average weekday price $158 per night
Average stay 2 nights

Points of interest in London

Stay near the top sightseeing spots in London

Latest articles featuring London

Inspiration and insider tips for things to do in London

London in the autumn

Autumn blankets London in a mix of cosiness, colours and contrasts.

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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

From luxury hotels in East London’s Tech City through to unassuming guest houses.

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London entertainment: a day in the life

Jonny Kennedy's photo diary of a day in London.

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London reviews

What other travelers say about London

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I would warn any London visitors that the manner in which...

May 17, 2020

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!

Adam
Adam United States of America
10

Oh, it was just perfect.

May 7, 2020

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.

Anonymous Brazil
10

London is not cheap, but is a great place for families.

April 26, 2020

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!

Juanita
Juanita Ukraine
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I have been fortunate to have traveled to London twice, 2007...

March 22, 2020

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!

Anonymous United States of America
10

Beautiful city, very easy to go everywhere.

March 15, 2020

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!

Maria-Gracia
Maria-Gracia United States of America
10

You shouldn't charge to use the bathrooms.

March 15, 2020

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.

Anonymous United States of America

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