0.9 miles from city centre
The glamorous residents of Mayfair have money to burn. Come and ogle at their sprawling mansions, exclusive shops, auction houses and rarefied art galleries. If a bespoke 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.
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2.8 miles from city centre
Kensington is a mix of residential and commercial areas that ooze 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.
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0.4 miles from city centre
The ornamental pineapples adorning the market’s lamps are a reminder of the fruit and vegetable stalls that once occupied Covent Garden, an important centre 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 adorn the street corners.
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1.1 miles from city centre
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 bells 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.
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0.2 miles from city centre
St James's is a sophisticated neighbourhood filled with mature parks, galleries and high-end restaurants. Edged by Buckingham Palace, Green Park, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, St James's plays host to a range of cultural and artistic events throughout the year including London Fashion Week. Head to Jermyn Street for luxury shopping.
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1.6 miles from city centre
Lined with beautiful Victorian terraces, the traditional streets of Marylebone contain acres of parks and garden. Amateur sleuths 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 upmarket shops.
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1.7 miles from city centre
Knightsbridge is a honeypot for wealthy shoppers - and the postcode of choice for the even wealthier. Harrods is the centrepiece, a unique department store with five acres of shopping. The nearby Harvey Nichols food court is legendary for its gourmet delights. The park behind The Brompton Oratory provides an oasis among the stucco-fronted edifices.
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1.4 miles from city centre
This is one of the world's most elegant - and wealthy - residential neighbourhoods. Belgravia’s palatial Georgian-style houses are peppered with delightful garden squares, including Belgrave Square and Eaton Square. Elizabeth Street holds a number of quirky delights, like stationers, luxury chocolatiers, bakeries and antique shops.
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London's inherent uniqueness and mix of cultures have made it one of the most visited cities in the world. Its diverse bundle of boroughs are often like mini cities in their own right, with each one offering something different to the last.
London's iconic skyline is an eclectic combination of instantly recognisable landmarks, from the historic Tower of London to the ultra-modern skyscrapers of The Shard and 20 Fenchurch (better known as 'The Walkie-Talkie'). A walk through the ‘Square Mile’ immerses you in the original Roman settlement, with parts of the ancient defensive wall still visible. You'll also find some of the London's cosiest (and oldest) pubs around there, such as Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a former haunt of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain.
For lovers of the arts, look no further than the world-class theatres of London's West End and the live music venues of Camden, Soho and Shoreditch. You'll also find endless galleries and museums dotted around, such as the free-to-visit British Museum, Natural History Museum and the National Gallery.
Amongst all the impressive architecture and endless points of interest, it's easy to forget how green London is. 47% of the city is made up of public green space, including 3,000 parks. The most popular spots include Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Green Park, but it's worth venturing out to places like Richmond where you can walk amongst roaming 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 links, as well as private coach services.
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|Most popular time to visit||October–December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Average weekend price||£143 per night|
|Average weekday price||£142 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
London is always a pleasure to visit as there are so much to see and do there. Also there are lots of individual places to eat and drink and each time we come back there are new places being opened. If only transport and accommodation are more affordable it would be the best city in the world to visit and shop.
Amazing City, walked from Westminster bridge up to Oxford street through Trafalgar square, Leicester square, China Town, Soho and loved the walk so many interesting things to see, Hard Rock café serves great food and welcoming staff, good place to eat, oxford street has a very good selection of shops. London Eye is busy all the time but best to catch a trip early when it opens. Big Bus is an experience and helps you see most sights and a walk to Buckingham Palace through the park feeding the squirrels and birds on the way was really pleasant.
The streets were very much cleaner than when I last visited the city. Theatre was great,tube travel easy off peak,but not cheap,nothing is in London.BEWARE THIEVES I had my purse stolen from my backpack.
We went especially to see the car design exhibition at the V&A which we enjoyed very much and also had plenty of time to look around the museum. We enjoyed eating out in the evening from a good selection of restaurants and all the food was good.
I love london, definitely my favourite city to visit. The top tourist attractions are a must like buckingham palace, tower bridge, trafalgar square and convent gardens which are all easy to get to via tube or bus for a reasonable price. If you intend to go shopping, Oxford street and westfield white city is perfect with plenty of shops. There are some great places to eat around kings cross station which is such a beautiful area with lots of photos opportunities.
Great to see all the famous land marks, the shard was amazing although I scared of heights I went up it,.. Albert hall a must Fantastic great time to go when no to busy.. We also went to Covent gardens a must with all it wee indepentand stalls and of course Harrods We went to the cafe in Harrods a must lovely cream tea was had by all... There was so much we never seen. We Alsace changing of the guards
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