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 $148 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (902 reviews)
"Convenience and affordability."

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2021

Caesar Hotel
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is CA $248 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London ...
4.2/5Excellent! (3,275 reviews)
"This was my second stay at this hotel, and the first time I've been on any kind of trip since the pandemic hit. I was very impressed by the attentiveness of the staff as well as openness about what the hotel had done to keep everything as Covid-secure as possible (e.g. a date and time of when the ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2021

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DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
4 out of 5
100 Cromwell Road, London, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $197 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in London City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall. Hyde ...
4.4/5Excellent! (873 reviews)
"The staff here were super helpful, couldn’t do enough for you. We were able to check in slightly early (a godsend for a pregnant woman who had been on her feet all day). The room was really clean and comfortable and we had a lovely view of the garden. My only comment is that when we had a drink in ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
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Citadines Barbican London
Citadines Barbican London
4 out of 5
7-21 Goswell Road, London, England
The price is CA $193 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Brides' Church, Royal Exchange, and Leadenhall Market. Russell Square ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,280 reviews)
"The check in was swift & efficient. The room was spacious with everything we needed, everything worked was presented well (even the iron & hairdryer cord was neat) We asked for recommendations to eat & they were given good choices & we had an excellent evening meal. The hotel is ideally situated ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 12, 2021

Citadines Barbican London
The Lincoln Suites
The Lincoln Suites
4 out of 5
37-39 Kingsway, London, England
Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Oxford Street. Russell Square and National Gallery ...
5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Floor
"I found the room comfortable and quiet. My only slight concern was the floor wasn’t clean. But other than that the cleanliness was excellent"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2021

The Lincoln Suites
Chigwell Poolhouse
Chigwell Poolhouse
Manor Rd, Chigwell, England
Situated in Chigwell, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of King George Hospital, Goodmayes Hospital, and Ilford Golf Club. London Stadium and Eastbury ...
Chigwell Poolhouse
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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