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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Museums, Theatres and Historical Buildings

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Where to stay in London

Kensington
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Kensington

Museums, Historical Buildings, Architecture

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.

Kings Cross St. Pancras
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Kings Cross St. Pancras

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.

Paddington
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Paddington

Architecture, Urban, Shopping

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

Mayfair
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Mayfair

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.

Soho
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Soho

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.

Victoria
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Victoria

Castles, Architecture, Urban

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

Top hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Point A Kensington Olympia
3.5 out of 5
42-48 West Cromwell Road, London, England
NZ$108/night
1 Sep. - 2 Sep.
4/5Very Good! (42 reviews)

Located in Kensington, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kensington High Street, Natural History Museum, and Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace and Victoria ...

4/5Very Good! (42 reviews)

"For a new hotel the staff were very good still learning, but good. They explained everything and asked if we had any questions."…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug. 2019

Point A Kensington Olympia
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The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
NZ$169/night
26 Aug. - 27 Aug.
4.3/5Excellent! (3,840 reviews)

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower Bridge, Tower of London, and HMS Belfast. Tower Gateway Station is 6 minutes by ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,840 reviews)

"Loved the location right by the London Tower. Room was clean and nice lobby area."…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug. 2019

The Tower Hotel
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Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2
3.5 out of 5
Heathrow T2, Hounslow, England
NZ$208/night
1 Sep. - 2 Sep.
4.5/5Wonderful! (93 reviews)

Located in Hillingdon, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Stockley Park and 3 mi (4.9 km) from London Motor Museum. Brunel University and Twickenham Stadium ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (93 reviews)

"This is a brand new hotel is located on Heathrow Airport property near International Arrivals. If you are a plane buff this is a great place to stay..awesome sound proofing, I hear more airplane noise at my home when planes are in the landing pattern and I live 20 miles from the airport...If you ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug. 2019

Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2

Popular activities in London

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

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

Big Ben
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Big Ben

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

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

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

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

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$18

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$46

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 Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

NZ$56

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$177

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.

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$159

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.

The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions
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The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions

NZ$119

Access over 80 attractions including a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, while saving money. Visit cultural treasures like The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. No tickets, no hassle! The London Pass® is a sightseeing credits package giving you access to over 80 top London attractions, tours and museums in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 10 consecutive days.

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The ultimate traditional English food guide
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The ultimate traditional English food guide

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An American’s take on London street style

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5 extraordinary parks in London

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