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London
Travel Guide

Big Ben, Nelson’s Column, the Tower of London and Abbey Road; every corner in London has a tale to tell.

London is home to more than 8 million people, including the world's most famous royal family. It’s a city constantly on the move, in part due to the exceptional London Underground, red double-decker buses and famous black cabs.

Lining the banks of the River Thames, London’s skyline is a hybrid of historical and contemporary architectural treasures. Some of the old-world gems include Westminster Abbey, the iconic Big Ben clock, and Tower Bridge. Visit the London Eye observation wheel for the perfect bird’s-eye view of the city. You won't miss the skyscraper nicknamed “The Gherkin” for its distinctive shape or the most recent addition to the skyline, the futuristic-looking Shard.

For art and science institutions, the city is a goldmine. Put aside at least a few hours for the British Museum, where treasures from around the world are on display. Join more than 4 million other art lovers that visit Tate Modern every year. Dramatically set in the old Bankside Power Station, it displays modern artworks from paintings and installations to performance, light art and music.

Divided into a wide variety of culturally diverse districts, London is a favorite for foodies. Choose from Michelin-star restaurants in Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge. In Notting Hill and Soho you’ll find innovative bistros and gastropubs. Feast on dim sum in Chinatown, sit down to a spicy Indian curry along Brick Lane, or grab a plate of paella in Covent Garden.

Those in need of retail therapy won’t be disappointed either. London is home to some of the world’s most celebrated department stores. These range from luxury specialists such as Harrods in Knightsbridge to Selfridges, the largest department store on Oxford Street.

When the sun breaks through the clouds, head to Trafalgar Square or Piccadilly Circus, where people-watching is at its best. Soak up the sun on the lawn at one of London’s largest green spaces, Hyde Park.

And of course, a visit to London would be incomplete without a trip to Buckingham Palace. Head here at 11:15 a.m. to see the age-old tradition of the changing of the guard, which happens every day except during the winter months.

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Where to stay in London

Top Hotels in London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is CA $189 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,372 reviews)

"Great place! The room service could be better but overall an awesome experience!"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 13, 2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Jurys Inn London Croydon
Jurys Inn London Croydon
3.5 out of 5
Wellesley Road, Croydon, England
The price is CA $62 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Fairfield, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Surrey Hills, Clapham Common, and O2 Academy Brixton. The Oval and St. Thomas' Hospital ...

4.1/5Very Good! (978 reviews)

"Comfortable and secured, cleaned well and peaceful"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 14, 2021

Jurys Inn London Croydon
Hilton London Croydon
Hilton London Croydon
4 out of 5
101 Waddon Way, Croydon, England
The price is CA $104 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Waddon, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Surrey Hills, Clapham Common, and O2 Academy Brixton. St. Thomas' Hospital and London Dungeon are also ...

3.7/5Good! (992 reviews)

"Room service food took over an hour and was cold Staff not helpful"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 14, 2021

Hilton London Croydon
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in London

Leman Locke
Leman Locke
4 out of 5
15 Leman St, London, England
The price is CA $117 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Gherkin and Tower Bridge. Tower of London and London Bridge are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (856 reviews)
Best value for money you can get in London

"It was the most comfortable, convenient and luxurious stay. One of the best places I have stayed across the world! Well designed. Everything you need is there. Appliances are amicable. Love the locations. Felt like home! Will definitely recommend and go back again"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 21, 2020

Leman Locke
Imperial Court Suites
Imperial Court Suites
4 out of 5
81-83 Inverness Terrace, London, England
The price is CA $65 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Queensway and Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace and Hyde Park are also ...

3.5/5Good! (438 reviews)
Good

"Overall It was good Indian guy at reception was very friendly and helpful I stayed in basement studio very clean only negative was no access to balcony"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 3, 2020

Imperial Court Suites
Citadines Barbican London
Citadines Barbican London
4 out of 5
7-21 Goswell Road, London, England
The price is CA $117 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, Museum of London, and Barbican Arts Centre. St. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,268 reviews)

"Staying during a covid lockdown, the kitchenette was very useful. Without it I would have had to eat delivered takeaways throughout my stay. Rooms reasonable size for London accommodation. Great location, on the edge of the City of London but close to the more residential area of clerkenwell which ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 10, 2021

Citadines Barbican London
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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