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About London

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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 £13 per night

This weekend

From £61 per night

Next weekend

From £83 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency GBP
Language English
Average weekend price £143 per night
Average weekday price £142 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Record hunting, scoring the best antiques, and uncovering vintage clothing gems.

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A seasonal guide to London

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London reviews

What other travellers say about London

8.0

London is always a pleasure to visit as there are so much to...

15 February 2020

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.

Jennifer
Jennifer United Kingdom
10

Amazing City, walked from Westminster bridge up to Oxford...

15 February 2020

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.

DACK2810
DACK2810 Bahrain
8.0

The streets were very much cleaner than when I last visited...

15 February 2020

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.

Anonymous United Kingdom
10

We went especially to see the car design exhibition at the...

15 February 2020

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.

susan
susan United Kingdom
10

I love london, definitely my favourite city to visit.

14 February 2020

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.

Shardae
Shardae United Kingdom
10

Great to see all the famous land marks, the shard was...

14 February 2020

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

Elizabeth
Elizabeth United Kingdom

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