London

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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

Caesar Hotel
Caesar Hotel
4 out of 5
26-33 Queens Gardens, Hyde Park, London, England
The price is CA $119 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hyde Park, Natural History Museum, and Queen Mary's Gardens. Oxford Circus and National Gallery ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (851 reviews)
"Location for all of the sightseeing was excellent, on the whole very good hotel, however daily room cleaning let it down slightly, there was a letter in the room to say they were short staffed, however housekeeping did go into the rooms everyday but didn't clean everything or replenish tea/milk ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 4, 2021

Caesar Hotel
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
45 Prescot Street, London, England
The price is CA $169 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 6
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tower Bridge and Tower of London. Borough Market and Museum of London are also within ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,072 reviews)
"The staff was pretty friendly. The lobby had a strong perfumed smell that became a pleasant reminder of home for our stay, but would be too much for those with sensitivities or allergies. The bar and restaurant were really nice to have in house and there are lots of places to sit and connect with ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2021

Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
The Royal National Hotel
The Royal National Hotel
4 out of 5
38-51 Bedford Way, London, England
The price is CA $212 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Russell Square and The British Museum. Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road are also ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (68 reviews)
"Breakfast was so efficient, plenty of choice, good staff helping. Very clean hotel. Radiator was on and the room was very hot, felt bad opening the window. Great location walking distance from attractions and the tube."

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2021

The Royal National Hotel
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.
Staycity Aparthotels London Heathrow
Staycity Aparthotels London Heathrow
4 out of 5
High Point Village, Station Approach, Hayes, England
The price is CA $85 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Located in Botwell, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Stockley Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Twickenham Stadium and Wembley Stadium. Ealing Broadway ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,162 reviews)
"There's a restaurant in the hotel"

Reviewed on Nov. 14, 2021

Staycity Aparthotels London Heathrow
Citadines Trafalgar Square London
Citadines Trafalgar Square London
4 out of 5
18/21 Northumberland Avenue, London, England
The price is CA $221 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Strand, Trafalgar Square, and Whitehall. Theatreland and The Mall ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,888 reviews)
"Nice to have a Bath as well as a shower. Pay as you go gym next door. Comfy bed. Nice shower gel / shampoo!"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2021

Citadines Trafalgar Square London
Chelsea Bridge Apartments
Chelsea Bridge Apartments
4 out of 5
124 Prince of Wales Drive, London, England
The price is CA $296 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sloane Square, The Oval, and Victoria Palace Theatre. Harrods and Buckingham Palace are ...
4/5 Very Good! (419 reviews)
"Great value, very clean, great facilities"

Reviewed on Nov. 20, 2021

Chelsea Bridge Apartments
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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