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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

Paddington
Kensington Gardens showing a garden

Kensington

4.5/5Wonderful!(651 area reviews)

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

Kings Cross St. Pancras

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

Victoria

4.5/5Wonderful!(10 area reviews)

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

The City of London

4.5/5Wonderful!(155 area reviews)

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

Canary Wharf

4/5Very Good!(34 area reviews)

Canary Wharf

Top Hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
CA $260
per night
Apr 3 - Apr 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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (13,082 reviews)

"Beautiful room! Very nice staff who were attentive to all of our needs."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Clayton Hotel City of London
Clayton Hotel City of London
4 out of 5
10 New Drum Street, London, England

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Tower of London, and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Shard and Coca-Cola London Eye. The British ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (596 reviews)

"This facility was so clean and the staff was amazing"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 24, 2020

Clayton Hotel City of London
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 $265
per night
Mar 31 - Apr 1

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! (12,258 reviews)

"The hotel is located at a very good place where you can walk to Big Ben (20 mins). Many restaurants nearby and the staffs are very helpful. However, the rooms a little small. Thank you, team! ❤️"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2020

The Strand Palace Hotel

Popular things to do in London

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(1,007 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(319 reviews)

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

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(1,046 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(941 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(1,025 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(111 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 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

88% of travellers recommend
CA $17
Per adult
London Eye Experience Tickets
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London Eye Experience Tickets

82% of travellers recommend
CA $48
Per adult
Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour
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Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

94% of travellers recommend
CA $136
Per adult
Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal
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Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal

76% of travellers recommend
CA $52
Per adult
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

94% of travellers recommend
CA $122
Per adult
Skip the Line: Arsenal FC Football Ticket
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Skip the Line: Arsenal FC Football Ticket

CA $549
Per adult

Reviews of London

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1615
5 - Excellent 61.61770316673026%
4 - Good
851
4 - Good 32.468523464326594%
3 - Okay
129
3 - Okay 4.9217855780236555%
2 - Disappointing
22
2 - Disappointing 0.8393742846241893%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.15261350629530712%

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)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 20, 2020

Dont use the ATMs in public squares like covert gardens or trafalgar. Card skimmers and hidden cameras used by crooks. Its bad. Dont flash or leave your phone lying about and pockpockets are busy in touriat areas. Other than that London is great

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