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London

Travel Guide
London showing night scenes, skyline and a skyscraper

From Buckingham Palace to Abbey Road, London has a rich history and culture ready and waiting to be discovered.

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.

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Where to stay in London

DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
4 out of 5
100 Cromwell Road, London, England
The price is NZ$166 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Located in London City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall. Hyde ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (945 reviews)
"I didn’t like the fact that there wasn’t a mirror near a plug in the bedroom to dry my hair. The mirrors in the bathroom were behind the basin and toilet so you couldn’t get close enough to them either."

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton London Kensington
The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
The price is NZ$195 per night from 25 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower Bridge, Tower of London and HMS Belfast. The Shard and Excel Exhibition Centre ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,615 reviews)
"Great room with a fantastic view over the marina. The room was a perfect size for our stay. Breakfast was good, if a little chaotic. All the staff we dealt with were courteous, professional and friendly and the hotel is in a great location. I wouldn't hesitate to stay again."

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

The Tower Hotel
NYX Hotel London Holborn by Leonardo Hotels
NYX Hotel London Holborn by Leonardo Hotels
4 out of 5
50-60 Southampton Row, London, England
The price is NZ$266 per night from 24 Aug. to 24 Aug.
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The British Museum and Oxford Street. St. Paul's Cathedral and London Eye are also ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (27 reviews)
"Very funky decor. Lovely bed and shower. Pool a wee bit dark but otherwise great."

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

NYX Hotel London Holborn by Leonardo Hotels
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Quantock Lodge 1
Quantock Lodge 1
finsbury Road, 24, Rochester, ENG
The price is NZ$219 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Located in the heart of Rochester, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Guildhall Museum and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Historic Dockyard Chatham. Rochester ...
Quantock Lodge 1
Cosy and Clean Second Floor Apartment
Cosy and Clean Second Floor Apartment
50 Beaconsfield Rd, Chatham, ENG
Situated in Chatham, this holiday home is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Brook Theatre and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Historic Dockyard Chatham. Chatham Naval Memorial and Fort ...
Cosy and Clean Second Floor Apartment
Sleeps 6 With Fantastic Views
Sleeps 6 With Fantastic Views
10 New Rd Ave, Chatham, ENG
Situated in Chatham, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brook Theatre and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Fort Amherst and Chatham Naval Memorial are ...
Sleeps 6 With Fantastic Views
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.

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