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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Leonardo London Heathrow Airport
Leonardo London Heathrow Airport
4 out of 5
Bath Road, West Drayton, England
The price is AU$94 per night

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! (2,838 reviews)

"A comfortable stay in a pleasant enough hotel. The room was a good size and clean. However, there was no hot water in the shower during my stay. The breakfast was a little disappointing, even considering for the recent restrictions. If you are flying early, I would save eating until the airport if ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 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
Free cancellation
The price is AU$108 per night

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

4.2/5Excellent! (1,720 reviews)

"It was a great facility and very tidy room. We had nice stays."…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 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

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! (980 reviews)

"Very clean and comfortable room. The swimming pool was open when we visited and was larger than we expected. Our only quibble was that we paid extra for a room with breakfast included, and breakfast was just a takeaway bag. I understand why this is the case but think there could have been some customer ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug. 2020

Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge

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

AU$56
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Roman Bath & Ancient Stonehenge Full-Day Tour
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Roman Bath & Ancient Stonehenge Full-Day Tour

AU$134
Per adult
90% 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
Lunch in the Cotswolds Full-Day Tour from London
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Lunch in the Cotswolds Full-Day Tour from London

AU$172
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Jack the Ripper, Haunted London & Sherlock Holmes Tour
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Jack the Ripper, Haunted London & Sherlock Holmes Tour

AU$61
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Private Transfer from Central London to Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World
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Private Transfer from Central London to Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World

AU$344
Per adult

Reviews of London

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.4603174603174605%
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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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