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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 £43 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 £167 per night
Average weekday price £156 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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What other travellers say about London

6.0

In general, it is a good hotel for a short break if you are...

17 January 2022

In general, it is a good hotel for a short break if you are not looking for a top range accommodation. Really friendly people working there. It is also well located. Bathroom was tiny but you don't have to be worried about shampoo, conditioner or body/hand cream. A heated rail for drying the towel should get added to the bathroom. We had to hang the towels on the chairs and they didn't dry fully. The room could have been spacious but, in my opinion, they fit too many units in the room which wouldn't be needed with a better furniture arrangement. Nevertheless, the size of the room was good and the bed was comfy. However, the lighting was really poor. The room was clean but could be improved (cleaners should look up!). The pictures make the room look more premium that it is and it would be nice to get some biscuits at least for arrival.

ana
ana United Kingdom
10

The museums are always so extraordinary and free!

11 January 2022

The museums are always so extraordinary and free! Due to Covid, you h ave to book your entrance by time, so please do this in advance! Because of this, we didn't have the chance to see some exhibitions we wanted to as they were sold out of "time slots" , so please book these well in advance! There was a tube strike this weekend and maintenance on some lines, but they didn't affect our commutes and contingencies were in place everywhere making it easy to find out how to get around this. We went to 3 different restaurants all of a different cuisine and we were NOT disappointed! There are so many options, you don't really have to plan this in advance, but I enjoy the research!

Ann
Ann United Kingdom
10

I tend to visit London for shows and the museums so use...

5 January 2022

I tend to visit London for shows and the museums so use public transport a lot. I would recommend that you plan journeys whenever possible before going to London. Buses are great as they cost only £1.55 however long your journey.

Elaine
Elaine United Kingdom
8.0

London was as good as we can remember given that this city...

15 December 2021

London was as good as we can remember given that this city holds many beautiful memories for my wife and me, but sadly the stay in 9a craven was way below our expectations. We stayed in the paddington area for the conveniences of airport transfer through express train from airport. But this time 9a craven was the worst property and we will not recommend it for anyone to stay there ever, neither will we return to stay there.

MATHEW
MATHEW Singapore
10

Best city in the world, ,what's not to love.

26 November 2021

Best city in the world, ,what's not to love. Everything is so easily accessible. You'll never be bored. There are so many places to visit and eat. If you are visiting the Tower of London ( A.J is a star there as one of the Yeoman guards) it is worth visiting a restaurant called Coppa. Again great staff, service and beautiful food.

Tracy
Tracy United Kingdom
10

London is the greatest ever city I have ever seen in my life.

11 November 2021

London is the greatest ever city I have ever seen in my life. The city is quite active, international, and full of energy. People are so nice, and they turn any situation into a nice conversation. This city is full of stories, history and old places. Nice buildings, great museums to visit, and they are free. Public transportation is unique and amazing—lots of different Pubs and restaurants for different tastes.

Alireza
Alireza Netherlands

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