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 $61 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 $23 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 $34 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 $150 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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|Most popular time to visit||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||£1 = $1.37|
|Average weekend price||$189 per night|
|Average weekday price||$173 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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