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Visit London

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

Explore the lovely canals and intriguing architecture of this historic neighborhood made famous by a fictional bear from Peru.

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

Kings Cross St. Pancras

See cultural exhibits, relax in the Champagne bar and visit Platform 9 and 3/4 in this international hub that connects London to mainland Europe.

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

Victoria

4.5/5Wonderful!(10 area reviews)

See a theater production or visit London’s iconic royal residence in this bustling neighborhood.

Victoria
Kensington Gardens showing a garden

Kensington

4.5/5Wonderful!(618 area reviews)

Relax in the stunning park with a view of the palace, explore the upscale high street and visit the galleries and museums of this affluent neighborhood.

Kensington
The City of London featuring modern architecture, a river or creek and heritage architecture

The City of London

4.5/5Wonderful!(150 area reviews)

Discover a compelling blend of modern culture and rich heritage in London’s financial heart.

The City of London
Canary Wharf which includes a river or creek, city views and a bridge

Canary Wharf

4/5Very Good!(31 area reviews)

Wander around London’s financial district in the scenic docklands with the tallest skyscrapers in the city. They are home to some of the world’s biggest companies.

Canary Wharf

Top Hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $202
per night
Jan 24 - Jan 25

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus and London Dungeon. Big Ben and ...

4/5Very Good! (11,922 reviews)

"Room was a good size for one person, hotel has all been kept nice and updated looking. Bed was comfortable, shower had good water pressure. The only issue was the wait sometimes for an elevator (there's four) but not a major problem."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 14, 2020

The Strand Palace Hotel
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
CA $215
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (12,481 reviews)

"pr0perty was in a very good location, staff was very friendly. hotel was very well maintained"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
4 out of 5
The Grove, Bath Road, West Drayton, England
CA $77
per night
Feb 7 - Feb 8

Located in Hillingdon, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Stockley Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Brunel University and London Motor Museum. Windsor Castle ...

4.3/5Excellent! (8,493 reviews)

"Spacious rooms, comfortable bed and very friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2020

Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport

Popular things to do in London

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(1,009 reviews)

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

Big Ben
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Big Ben

3.5/5(902 reviews)

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

Tower of London
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Tower of London

4.5/5(996 reviews)

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

O2 Arena
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O2 Arena

4/5(104 reviews)

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

St. Paul's Cathedral
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St. Paul's Cathedral

4.5/5(527 reviews)

Visit this cathedral to learn about the history behind London’s most iconic church and its Baroque dome that overlooks the city.

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(976 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. 

Top activities in London

Tower of London Tickets with Beefeater Tour & Crown Jewels
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Tower of London Tickets with Beefeater Tour & Crown Jewels

CA $19

Get a firsthand look at more than 1,000 years of British royal history with a visit to the storied castle grounds at the Tower of London. Marvel at the glittering Crown Jewels and coronation regalia of monarchs past, and roam the ramparts with the famous Beefeaters who still protect the tower.

London Eye Experience Tickets
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London Eye Experience Tickets

CA $50

Fly high above the slow-moving waters of the Thames for a bird's-eye vantage point over London's historical landmarks and modern architecture. Take in far-reaching views of St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London on this relaxed revolution over the British metropolis.

Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour
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Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

CA $146

The world of Harry Potter awaits. Explore the extravagant sets and props that helped bring the magic to life in the Warner Bros. films at the studio where Hogwarts and Diagon Alley were created for the big screen.

Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal
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Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal

CA $49

Kick up your travel-weary feet with a first-class relaxation experience in the Plaza Premium Lounge. This peaceful oasis offers a convenient escape from the airport bustle. Plus, get access to amenities that run the gamut from useful to luxurious, from Wi-Fi and showers to a champagne and tapas bar.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

CA $117

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is an absolute must for fans of the Harry Potter series of books and films. Go behind the scenes to discover the secrets behind the filming of all 8 films as you explore the actual sets used to film scenes in Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Privet Drive—to name but a few.

Arsenal FC Football Tickets
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Arsenal FC Football Tickets

CA $524

Visit: Emirates Stadium, Hornsey Rd Holloway, London N7 7AJ England Fans will be able to watch the entire Premier League game

Reviews of London

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Top Destination

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Jan 17, 2020

Love London...even in Storm Brendan!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Busy but enjoyable.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 9, 2020

London is a really cool place to visit FOR SURE, the culture is so diverse. Everyone dresses pretty Chic. Uber in the UK is so so clean.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

It makes Toronto look like a suburb with blocks of shopping malls, complex underground transit system, theatres, museums, dining venues and entertainment activities for all ages.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

Christmas street lighting absolutely spectacular. My daughter and I walked all over and felt very safe. Amazing new buildings with architectural interest. The city is continuing to grow. so happy to have been in London—great holiday

5/5 - Excellent

CC

Jan 5, 2020

London sparkles at Christmas! There are always lots of amazing exhibitions to choose from at the museums and galleries.

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Top London Travel Tips
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Top London Travel Tips

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