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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

Queensway and Kensington Gardens are top sights in Paddington, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Paddington (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines) Station or Paddington Underground Station to see more sights in the area.

Paddington
Kensington Gardens showing a garden

Kensington

4.5/5Wonderful!(365 area reviews)

Kensington High Street and Kensington Palace are a few top attractions in Kensington. Hop around the city on the metro at High Street Kensington Station or Gloucester Road Underground Station and check out the area's fascinating museums, beautiful gardens and charming cafes.

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 is highly notable for its fascinating museums, and you might want to visit top sights like Russell Square and British Library. See more of London by jumping on the metro at King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station or Russell Square Underground Station.

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

Victoria

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

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

Travellers love Mayfair for its popular shops, and you can see more of London by jumping on the metro at Green Park Underground Station or Bond Street Underground Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Piccadilly and Oxford Street.

Mayfair
London which includes markets, heritage elements and signage

Covent Garden

The lively bars and colourful gardens are just a few top-rate features of the neighbourhood. 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

Leonardo London Heathrow Airport
Leonardo London Heathrow Airport
4 out of 5
Bath Road, West Drayton, England
Free cancellation
The price is AU$81 per night from 31 Oct. to 1 Nov.

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! (2,742 reviews)

"Very nice hotel Great location clean and good fridge in room with lots of cable tv options thick quality bath towels and clean new bathroom. Only negative was the restaurant evening meal...mucriwaved neals unacceptable inedible for the price paid waste of money should yave eaten at McDonald's"…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct. 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 AU$101 per night from 8 Nov. to 9 Nov.

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

4.2/5Excellent! (1,778 reviews)

"Close to the airport there are free shuttle bus just beside and the condition of the room was excelent, breakfast superb"…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 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 AU$144 per night from 6 Nov. to 7 Nov.

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! (931 reviews)

"Like the fact that the Hotel was beautiful well spacious. I was very disappointed that they don't do cooked breakfast. The take away breakfast are repetitive at some point you get fed up with it. The Hotel should provide a choice of menu for breakfast. The Hotel did not have a smoking area. People ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2020

Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
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.

Holiday Rentals in London

Leman Locke
Leman Locke
4 out of 5
15 Leman St, London, England
The price is AU$108 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Gherkin and Tower Bridge. Tower of London and London Bridge are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (832 reviews)

"Lovely staff, clean and nice studia. The reception and corridors are beautifully decorated. One moment I did not write about the deposit for a couple of days"…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2020

Leman Locke
SACO Fitzrovia
SACO Fitzrovia
4 out of 5
21 Tottenham Street, London, England
The price is AU$219 per night from 23 Nov. to 24 Nov.

Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Piccadilly Circus. Hyde ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (117 reviews)

"really lovely staff and easy check in They also offered me early check in and took very good care of my group"…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep. 2020

SACO Fitzrovia
City Courtyard Apartments & Penthouse
City Courtyard Apartments & Penthouse
5 out of 5
253 Commercial Road, Cheltenham House, London, England
The price is AU$320 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

Located in Whitechapel, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Brick Lane and Financial District. The Gherkin and Tower Bridge are also ...

2.7/5 (293 reviews)

"There was many holes in the walls and the glass table was cracked which was very dangerous. There was also food left on a plait under a bed from a past visitor. The cleanliness was very very bad."…"

Reviewed on 30 Mar. 2020

City Courtyard Apartments & Penthouse
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.

Popular places to visit in London

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Tour with London Eye & Cruise Option
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with London Eye & Cruise Option

AU$81
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions
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The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions

AU$143
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Full-Day Tour with Lunch
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Full-Day Tour with Lunch

AU$206
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

AU$161
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

AU$45
Per adult
London Black Cab Taxi Airport Pickup & Dropoff Transfers
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London Black Cab Taxi Airport Pickup & Dropoff Transfers

AU$101
Per adult

Reviews of London

4.4

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 5.4603174603174605%
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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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