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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

Paddington showing a square or plaza and a city

Paddington

Enjoy the popular shops in Paddington. Queensway is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Paddington (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines) Station or Paddington Underground Station to see more of London.

Paddington
Kensington Gardens showing a garden

Kensington

4.5/5Wonderful!(653 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, beautiful gardens, and charming cafés, there's plenty to explore in Kensington. Top attractions like Kensington High Street and Kensington Palace are major draws. Catch the metro at High Street Kensington Station or Gloucester Road Underground Station to see more of the city.

Kensington
Kings Cross St. Pancras which includes interior views and heritage architecture as well as a small group of people

Kings Cross St. Pancras

Enjoy the fascinating museums in Kings Cross St. Pancras. Russell Square is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station or Russell Square Underground Station to see more of London.

Kings Cross St. Pancras
Victoria showing heritage architecture, a garden and a city

Victoria

4.5/5Wonderful!(10 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and beautiful river views, there's plenty to explore in Victoria. You can visit top attractions like Apollo Victoria Theatre and Buckingham Palace, and jump on the metro at Victoria Underground Station or St. James's Park Underground Station to see more of the city.

Victoria
Mayfair

Mayfair

Mayfair is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Piccadilly and Oxford Street. See more of London by jumping on the metro at Green Park Underground Station or Bond Street Underground Station.

Mayfair
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Covent Garden

The lively bars and colorful gardens are just a few top-rate features of the neighborhood. Make a stop by Royal Opera House or Covent Garden Market while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Covent Garden Underground Station to get around town.

Covent Garden

Top Hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Leonardo London Heathrow Airport
Leonardo London Heathrow Airport
4 out of 5
Bath Road, West Drayton, England
The price is CA $75 per night

Located in Hillingdon, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Stockley Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Twickenham Stadium and Brunel University. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,836 reviews)

"Easy to get to the airport on a public bus. Close to terminals 2/3"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

Leonardo London Heathrow Airport
Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1 T2 and T3
Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1 T2 and T3
4 out of 5
234 Bath Road, Heathrow Point West, Hayes, England
The price is CA $98 per night

Located in Hillingdon, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Twickenham Stadium, Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace. Richmond Park and Thorpe Park are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,708 reviews)

"It was a great facility and very tidy room. We had nice stays."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1 T2 and T3
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
45 Prescot Street, London, England
The price is CA $156 per night

Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tower Bridge and Tower of London. Borough Market and Museum of London are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (979 reviews)

"Very nice place. No smart tv though"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 16, 2020

Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge

Popular places to visit in London

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(1,048 reviews)

Britain’s most famous home, the luxurious personal residence and workplace of Queen Elizabeth II, is open to all.

Tower of London
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Tower of London

4.5/5(1,027 reviews)

One of the world’s most well-preserved medieval castles, this historic building is known for its fascinating and gruesome history.

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(1,008 reviews)

Once the private hunting grounds of a king, London's most famous park is today a place where everyone can enjoy gardens, monuments and music performances. 

The Shard
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The Shard

4.5/5(321 reviews)

Ascend to the observation deck of one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe for unparalleled views of the London cityscape.

Big Ben
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Big Ben

3.5/5(943 reviews)

One of London’s most resounding landmarks is a treasured emblem of England.

O2 Arena
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O2 Arena

4/5(112 reviews)

Created as the focal point of Britain’s millennium celebrations, today this architectural wonder offers a world of entertainment under one enormous roof.

Top things to do in London

London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

CA $53
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions
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The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions

CA $135
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
London Eye Experience Tickets
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London Eye Experience Tickets

CA $48
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

CA $43
Per adult
See London By Night Bus Tour
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See London By Night Bus Tour

CA $41
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
London Black Cab Taxi Airport Pickup & Dropoff Transfers
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London Black Cab Taxi Airport Pickup & Dropoff Transfers

CA $94
Per adult

Reviews of London

4.5

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 32.47049866768177%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.910544347164065%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 12, 2020

London is just beautiful London is Life!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 24, 2020

Was alot of fun. alot of interesting things to see and wish to go back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 20, 2020

Churchill Museum and Churchill Bunker 5 out of 5

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 20, 2020

Love London! We will be back soon.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 20, 2020

Really enjoy London only complaint everything is so expensive compared to Canada

5/5 - Excellent

Payitforward

Mar 20, 2020

Use the double decker buses over the train if you have the chance! Beautiful way to see the city and you can use your credit or debit card to tap payment! (Maximum charge is 4.50 pounds per day)

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