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Visit London

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

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 heritage architecture and interior views 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 which includes heritage architecture, a garden and a city

Victoria

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

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!(342 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 showing heritage architecture, a city and modern architecture

The City of London

4.5/5Wonderful!(69 area reviews)

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

The City of London
Canary Wharf showing a city, a bridge and a river or creek

Canary Wharf

4/5Very Good!(14 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
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
AU$278
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

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)

"It’s convenient, close to the subway and the Big Ben"…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec. 2019

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
AU$231
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

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! (11,796 reviews)

"Room was lovely and clean and bed was very comfortable. The room was a bit on small size for two adults with luggage! Found it difficult to move around!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec. 2019

The Strand Palace Hotel
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
4 out of 5
The Grove, Bath Road, West Drayton, England
AU$99
per night
Jan 3 - Jan 4

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! (8,365 reviews)

"The front desk and restaurant employees went out of their way to help us any way they can."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2019

Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport

Popular things to do in London

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(484 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(457 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(464 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(70 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.

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

4.5/5(331 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(593 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

AU$21

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.

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

AU$164

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

AU$59

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.

London Eye Experience Tickets
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London Eye Experience Tickets

AU$55

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.

London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

AU$37

Zip around London town like a local on one of the city's iconic double-decker buses. Hop off to explore the city's historic sights and iconic architecture on foot, and glide down the River Thames on a sightseeing cruise to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the English capital.

V&A Museum Treasure Hunt
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V&A Museum Treasure Hunt

AU$3

Itinerary Exploring the V&A Museum is now even better. You will be taken on a journey, exploring the museum and seeing all the unmissable exhibits as you solve one clue after another. We'll show you some hidden gems around this unique museum, during our fun, challenging and educational treasure hunt.

Reviews of London

4.4

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Laura

Dec 14, 2019

London never gets old.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 14, 2019

Always love coming back to London it feels like home.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

Soooo busy and exprnsive. Amazing christnass lightcand loved greenwich

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 4, 2019

It’s my old home so I know it very well

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 2, 2019

I have been to London quite a few times, it has got a lot busier but always lots to see and do

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 29, 2019

Have had great holiday

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Top London Travel Tips
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Top London Travel Tips

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The Top 10 Museums in London
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