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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.

Tonight

From £29 per night

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From £70 per night

Most popular time to visit August–October
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency GBP
Language English
Average weekend price £106 per night
Average weekday price £97 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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London reviews

What other travellers say about London

8.0

Lots to see do and experience.

31 May 2021

Lots to see do and experience. I love the parks dotted in the middle of the city, mini oasis of greenery, people and silence all rolled into one. Everything is CLOSER than you think. You don't always have to use the tube, just get our your phone maps and walk... there are some real hidden gems just around that corner.

Alan Spicer
Alan Spicer United Kingdom
10

We love visiting London I go with my partner atleast 2/3...

23 May 2021

We love visiting London I go with my partner atleast 2/3 times a year. We only tend to stay for 1 night as prices can be so high. We love visiting Oxford street and Westfield shopping centres. It’s so easy to get around by using the tube- can be a little intimidating at first but we find using directions on our phones for our public transport it makes it so much more simpler.

Courtney
Courtney United Kingdom
10

We usually come to London between Christmas and New Year and...

4 January 2018

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.

Jade
Jade United Kingdom
8.0

The hotel overall was good.

26 August 2017

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.

Karla
Karla Spain
10

To tell you the truth, I was not our first visit to London.

20 February 2017

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!

Katarína
Katarína United Kingdom
8.0

I've been to London several times and have felt cramped...

29 October 2016

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.

Melissa
Melissa United States

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