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.
Places to stay from £46 per night
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||£121 per night|
|Average weekday price||£122 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
Covid-19 meant we were locked down. The purpose of our trip was my treatment at The Royal Marsden which was literally 2 minutes away. South Kensington station nearby. Excellent location for London with all its attractions.
London is an amazing city! A trip into the west end is truly awe inspiring....Wonderful architecture and so much to do and see! I’d recommend that people review the areas before booking stay, as there are some not so nice parts.... Must see places are all the known historical locations... Grab a travel card and off you go!
We love London and we go there most years for a long weekend. There is so much to do and see and while it can be expensive there is still value for money. Getting around the city is relatively with a great transport network. There is a great buzz around Covent Gardens where there are many street entertainers on show every day, it is nice to walk around and soak in the atmosphere. There are plenty of coffee shops, pubs and restaurants in the area to enjoy. You can walk from there to many of the other landmarks such as Leicester Square, Westminster, Piccadilly Circus, China Town, Buckingham Palace, St James Park and down the Embankment by the Thames is a lovely walk. Of course you are right in the middle of the West End and theatre-land and no trip to London would be complete without a trip to the theatre, the choice is endless. One of my favourite places to visit is Camden Town Market where you will find lots of bargains and all sorts of street food at the various stalls. A good idea is to purchase an Oyster Card which you can us on the Tube and Bus etc. There are always sporting events on and you can catch a football match or a rugby match during the seasons. In relation to accommodation I would suggest that you shop around but make sure you are in a central location as London is a vast city.
Beautiful city, great affordable shopping and tour buses! Was not as cold as I thought, though high density in many things Very reasonable rates for calling and roaming. Buy a sim card on arrival to get your directions right, there are thousands of streets, buildings.
It wasn't long enough but where we stayed and what we were able to do in the time that we were in London, I absolutely loved. I love the arts, so I truly felt like I was in heaven being able to attend the theatre so freely and without having to book months in advance. London is a very interesting city with lots to do and see. Our family did enjoy the historical sights, art galleries, theatre, the pubs... we really enjoyed all of what we did in London. Great transport. We chose to stay in a luxurious large apartment that just catered for everything that we needed and was located in a gorgeous area of Kensington. We felt like we were a part of the Kensington community, a little like booking home away from home. We would book an apartment again, it suited us and gave us the space that we like. Definitely will be returning to London and will stay longer so that we can also visit outside of London. My daughter and I also need to do some serious shopping the next time we come back! This was not a shopping holiday although I was able to buy shoes and a coat, but didn't go crazy.
There is always something to do in London. Been in this city more than 65 times and I never get tired of it. Always returning. Hopefully already in June. I did go to a concert at Royal Festival Hall för the 15th time. I had dinner in Fullers at The Wellington Hotel. Very tasty. Good service on all tube lines.
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