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||£121 per night|
|Average weekday price||£122 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
Easy access to public transport but likewise easy to walk to everywhere of note if you don't mind a short hike now and then. Lots to do, parks were very tidy and well kept, stores were kept relatively tidy, museums were large and I would definitely plan 2-3 hours each for just a brief walk around each one. Lots of Mcdonalds, Tesco and Sainsburys around the main shopping areas for a quick bite for the whole family, with lots of other places to eat dotted about. I did however go in the days prior to the Coronavirus lockdown so I am assuming it would be busier normally.
London is just as amazing in person as what it is in photos. A city that never sleeps, there are endless opportunities to sightsee, dine and embrace the arts. Great nightlife supported by convenient public transport. West London is the place to be for a fantastic dining/ nightlife experience as well as theatre, but don't forget to see some hidden gems (like the Sherlock Holmes Museum located very close to Madame Tussauds also!) all easily accessible with the tube.
I liked London and friends who came too and liked to have been here at a different time not while the restrictions going on anyway we new what to expect and we will wait when the corona virus stuff is all over and come to London again.
Does London miss something? I think is one of the most complete cities in the world. I came with few expectations (I'm a Paris lover) and London is always clean, green and well keeped in every corner. Bad food in London? No way! I ate very well and cheap in different indian, greek or even local food places. And riding a city bike for 2 pounds a day is a great pleasure and enough to came again to London.
This was a theatre trip. We took the train from the Midlands which was fast and reasonably priced in January. The hotel price was also reasonable in the winter. We ate dinner on both evenings at Café Rouge, Covent Garden. The manager was really helpful when he knew we were going to the theatre, and the food is always good there. As well as the theatre we were also able to visit the Saatchi Gallery, walk in the parks and visit places such as Fortnum and Mason for morning coffee. All on a two night break.
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.
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