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From Big Ben, Nelson’s Column, to the Tower of London and Abbey Road, London has a story to tell behind every corner of this sprawling metropolis.

Home to more than 8 million people, the city of London is one of the world’s most iconic metropolises. Boasting the oldest Underground service in the world, London’s vast subterranean networks are the arteries of this extraordinary city, constantly on the move.

An eclectic mix of old and new, the London city skyline carries an incomparable outline. Whilst the city’s old treasures; Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and Tower Bridge still sit majestically along the banks of the River Thames, London has a variety of slim and chic new structures that inject a sense of immortality into this stunning skyline. Truly the pinnacle of innovative architectural engineering, the recently developed Shard building and the affectionately named “Gherkin” skyscraper are not to be missed. View all of this from the comfort of the city’s largest observation wheel, the London Eye.

Art and history buffs will not be disappointed with what London has on offer. Visitors are treated to the world famous British Museum displaying hundreds of artefacts from around the world. The Tate Modern is an absolute must-see for art lovers.

With over 270 different nationalities living in the city, this multi-cultural hub is a paradise for food lovers. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out in London, from the Michelin-star restaurants in Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge to the lively bistros in Notting Hill and Soho, there is a taste to satisfy every palate. Grab a plate of paella in Covent Garden or tuck into an authentic Indian curry on Brick Lane.

With thousands of shops and outlets, from Harrods in Knightsbridge to Selfridges on Oxford Street, shopping enthusiasts will be in their element in this cosmopolitan retail paradise.

Watch the world roll by at Trafalgar Square or witness the chaos at Piccadilly Circus from the comfort of a nearby café. As one of London’s largest green spaces, Hyde Park is the perfect place to relax, take a picnic or to rest weary feet after a hard day’s sightseeing.

Finally, for a true taste of tradition, take a trip down to Buckingham Palace at 11:15 a.m. sharp, and witness the changing of the guard.

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Where to stay in London

Paddington featuring a city and a square or plaza

Paddington

Paddington
Kensington Gardens showing a garden

Kensington

4.5/5Wonderful!(365 area reviews)

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

Kings Cross St. Pancras

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

Victoria

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Victoria
The City of London showing heritage architecture, a city and modern architecture

The City of London

4.5/5Wonderful!(80 area reviews)

The City of London
Mayfair

Mayfair

Mayfair

Top hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Clayton Hotel City of London
Clayton Hotel City of London
4 out of 5
10 New Drum Street, London, England
AU$198
per night
3 May - 4 May

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! (608 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020

Clayton Hotel City of London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$366
per night
10 Apr. - 11 Apr.

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! (13,106 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Grand Paddington Court
Park Grand Paddington Court
4 out of 5
27 Devonshire Terrace, Paddington, London, England
AU$160
per night
20 Apr. - 21 Apr.

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Kensington Palace and Kensington High Street are also ...

3.7/5Good! (1,876 reviews)

"Fantastic staff, great location. Clean and modern room, and it even had a north american electrical outlet which was great, since I forgot to bring a converter."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020

Park Grand Paddington Court

Popular activities in London

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(627 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(74 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(518 reviews)

This luxury residence of the oldest royal family in the world is still a national icon, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Big Ben
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Big Ben

3.5/5(485 reviews)

Arguably one of London’s most famous monuments, this prominent landmark is a national icon, adored by generations of Britons.

Tower of London
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Tower of London

4.5/5(495 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(75 reviews)

Attend music and sports events, see a movie or go bowling in one of the busiest arenas in the world, situated inside this iconic dome by the River Thames.

Top activities in London

London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

AU$51
Per adult
Fully guided Paris Day Trip with Cruise & Eiffel Tower Lunch
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Fully guided Paris Day Trip with Cruise & Eiffel Tower Lunch

78% of travellers recommend
AU$519
Per adult
London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

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

72% of travellers recommend
AU$157
Per adult
The Medieval Banquet
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The Medieval Banquet

78% of travellers recommend
AU$100
Per adult
Street Art Walking Tour
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Street Art Walking Tour

92% of travellers recommend
AU$20
Per adult

Reviews of London

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
826
5 - Excellent 52.44444444444444%
4 - Good
645
4 - Good 40.95238095238095%
3 - Okay
86
3 - Okay 5.4603174603174605%
2 - Disappointing
13
2 - Disappointing 0.8253968253968254%
1 - Terrible
5
1 - Terrible 0.31746031746031744%

4/5 - Good

Kaela

19 Mar. 2020

Coronavirus wrecker the trip but it was great to be here!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Mar. 2020

Hop on hop off buses are great to give you an idea about where to go.Dont expect to be able to do too many things in one day. Most shops in Oxford St dont open until 10am. There will be a bit of walking and steep stairs .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Mar. 2020

Seemed less stressed this trip. Customer service everywhere was friendly, people smiled and generally were helpful when you asked questions. Was a nice sunny crisp spring day. Cleaner streets than usual too.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Mar. 2020

We have been to London many times before and there was no need to visit any tourists attractions. We went for our mother’s 90th birthday. London was cold, windy and raining.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Mar. 2020

We didn't plan to go here but decided to add the city to our trip and was really glad we did. Had an amazing time. Extrmely expensive however.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Mar. 2020

Busy !

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