LondonUnited Kingdom

4.4/5Top Destination

With over 8 million inhabitants, London is the largest capital city in Europe, and home to the most recognised royal family in the world. It’s easy to get around the UK’s famous capital thanks to the iconic red double-decker buses, black cabs and exceptional underground rail network.

London is where tradition and history meet modernity and innovation. This is showcased by the London skyline along the River Thames. Here you’ll find architectural treasures such as Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and Tower Bridge, world-famous buildings all in the Gothic style, alongside recent additions such as the skyscraper nicknamed The Gherkin (its shape explains all!) and The Shard, an unmistakable glass spire that is the tallest building in Europe. A ride on the London Eye observation wheel on the banks of the River Thames will give you one of the best views over the city.

Visit the British Museum, renowned for its permanent collection of treasures and artefacts from all over the world. Lovers of modern art will be inspired by the Tate Modern, housed in the old Bankside Power Station on the South bank of the River Thames.

Cultural diversity is the key to London’s identity, and this is in evidence with the wide choice of cuisine on offer. Sample some of the best authentic Indian curries in one of the restaurants along Brick Lane. Or head to Soho for dim sum in London’s Chinatown, or pop over to Covent Garden for a wide choice of street food. Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge have many Michelin-starred restaurants, but if you are in the mood for something more laid-back, try the innovative bistros and gastropubs in Notting Hill.

If you’re in the mood for shopping, London’s celebrated department stores will exceed your expectations. Try the luxury of Harrods and Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, or Selfridges on Oxford Street.

If the sun comes out, spend some time people-watching in Trafalgar Square or Piccadilly Circus, or head to the calm of London’s many parks, most notably Hyde Park, the city’s largest. And whatever you decide to do, Buckingham Palace is a must-visit. Witness the changing of the guard at 11:15 am every day except during winter.

Known for

Museums, Theatres and Historical Buildings

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Where to stay in London

Kensington
Kensington Gardens showing a garden

Kensington

Known for Museums, Historical Buildings, Architecture

4.5/5(300 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.

Paddington
Paddington featuring a city and a square or plaza

Paddington

Known for Architecture, Urban, Shopping

Explore the lovely canals and intriguing architecture of this historic neighborhood made famous by a fictional bear from Peru.

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

Kings Cross St. Pancras

Known for Architecture, Urban, Museums

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.

Mayfair
Mayfair

Mayfair

Known for Shopping, Museums, Sports

Find some of London’s best shopping, famous auction houses and five-star hotels in this London neighborhood surrounded by pretty parks.

Victoria
Victoria which includes heritage architecture, a garden and a city

Victoria

Known for Castles, Architecture, Urban

5/5(1 review)

See a theater production or visit London’s iconic royal residence in this bustling neighborhood.

Soho
Soho

Soho

Known for Theatres, Urban, Entertainment

Enjoy the dynamism amid the sex shops, the bright lights of the gay-friendly village and the glimmer of red carpet premieres.

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
NZ$318
per night
10 Nov. - 11 Nov.
4.4/5Wonderful! (12,279 reviews)

"Great location, nice lobby and restaurants Super helpful concierge staff 10 out of 10 - thanks you guys If you book atrium view room, be aware that privacy could be an issue. walking distance to water Loo station We didn't enjoy the room's lighting, very bright or too dark for us"…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2019

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
NZ$217
per night
18 Oct. - 19 Oct.
4.3/5Excellent! (4,113 reviews)

"Nice hotel, in a central place. We have got a very nice view for the tower bridge"…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2019

The Tower Hotel
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
4 out of 5
The Grove, Bath Road, West Drayton, England
NZ$121
per night
18 Oct. - 19 Oct.
4.3/5Excellent! (8,095 reviews)

"The place is very close the airport, easy commute, if you're from US and lived in places like NY, traveling to central london is not an issue. The room i had was cozy and very tidy. It really felt like a second home. Till next time! Thank you"…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2019

Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport

Popular activities in London

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(443 reviews)

Explore the magnificent royal residence, home to Queen Elizabeth II.

Big Ben
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Big Ben

3.5/5(420 reviews)

Since first sounding in 1859, Big Ben has been one of the most treasured symbols of Britain.

Tower of London
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Tower of London

4.5/5(430 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(65 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(302 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(529 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

NZ$22

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.

The London Eye Experience Tickets
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The London Eye Experience Tickets

NZ$56

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.

Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal
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Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal

NZ$64

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.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

NZ$155

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is an absolute must for fans of the Harry Potter series of books and films. Go behind the scenes to discover the secrets behind the filming of all 8 films as you explore the actual sets used to film scenes in Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Privet Drive—to name but a few.

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

NZ$69

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.

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Full-Day Tour with Lunch
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Full-Day Tour with Lunch

NZ$217

Venture outside of London to soak up the history and culture beyond the city limits. Step onto the royal grounds of Windsor Castle early in the morning to avoid the crowds, ponder the mysteries of Stonehenge, and roam the UNESCO-listed stone streets of Bath after lunch in traditional English pub.

Reviews of London

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 40.73789392774788%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.611068408916219%
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1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.23059185242121444%

4/5 - Good

RJ

13 Oct. 2019

Great city to visit, 5 days is not enough :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

13 Oct. 2019

Amazing!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

13 Oct. 2019

Loved London, food is expensive, rained most days, public transport is frequent and easy to use.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

12 Oct. 2019

London is good to see the sights but as a tourist it is very disappointing to have to search high and low for a toilet and then have to pay. This can upset tourists and other countries have no problem providing the necessity of a toilet for free.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

11 Oct. 2019

Lively buzzing safe great shopping

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

10 Oct. 2019

The V&A Museum is an excellent place to visit.

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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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The Top 10 Museums in London

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