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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 £60 per night

This weekend

From £120 per night

Next weekend

From £120 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency GBP
Language English
Average weekend price £153 per night
Average weekday price £154 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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What other travellers say about London

10

Hotel is ideally located for walking to London attractions...

16 May 2022

Hotel is ideally located for walking to London attractions and excellent cafe and restaurants within few minutes walk. Always plenty of staff around who were friendly +helpful. Hotel was clean and nicely decorated.

Nicola
Nicola United Kingdom
10

Great place for a romantic vacation.

16 May 2022

Great place for a romantic vacation. Lots to do. Excellent cuisine, fantastic theaters and very impressive museums. The weather was great so the parks were also very nice to walk. Kew gardens are very much recommended.

Avi
Avi Israel
10

What a treat to visit London and enjoy the sights.

16 May 2022

What a treat to visit London and enjoy the sights. So much to see and do. When the sun is shining, London is alive with people enjoying life in the city. To see such a diverse city of culture, food, shops, entertainers and people is exquisite. London is a must to visit .

Anonymous
4.0

Our stay would have been excellent but unfortunately the air...

15 May 2022

Our stay would have been excellent but unfortunately the air conditioning was not working I told the hotel our room was stiflingly and the only thing they offered was a fan which made little difference, the single window was secured shut we were told it was for safety reasons, My family shared the quad room 559 we got very little sleep due to the fact the temperature of our room never dropped below 27.3 degrees and at night was 28 degrees. On checking out being asked how was our stay when I started to explain the manager was in the background and quickly disappeared (so unprofessional) the person on the desk apologised but no offer of discount or any gesture of goodwill, I was flabbergasted and to tired to complain .

Philip
Philip United Kingdom
10

London is amazing!

15 May 2022

London is amazing! It’s also huge so get your walking shoes on, there’s so much to see and do. If you don’t fancy the underground and it’s a lovely day, you can walk everywhere. Head down to the Embankment for gorgeous views of the river and great restaurants.

Angela
Angela United Kingdom
6.0

Here are some tips from my own experience.

15 May 2022

Here are some tips from my own experience. Get a rain jacket and an umbrella (always) Be prepared for wind, rain and cold any time of the year. Get familiar with the train-tram-bus and underground network and planning. Uber is used widely and is a good alternative to taxi Use a bank ATM to get currency. In London everything is expensive to almost any other European city. (with a few exceptions of course)

Georgios
Georgios Germany

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