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London
Travel Guide

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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

The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
St Katharine's Way, London, England
The price is NZ$172 per night from 17 May to 17 May
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! (2,685 reviews)
"Lovely hotel with great staff. Would highly recommend."

Reviewed on 14 Dec. 2020

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$233 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The British Museum and Oxford Street. St. Paul's Cathedral and London Eye are ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"Fantastic hotel! Great job with the refurbishment what a great transformation, loving it! Very friendly and helpful stuff."

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2020

NYX Hotel London Holborn by Leonardo Hotels
DoubleTree by Hilton London Angel Kings Cross
DoubleTree by Hilton London Angel Kings Cross
4 out of 5
60 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, England
The price is NZ$146 per night from 20 May to 20 May
This family-friendly London hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Sadler's Wells Theatre and Business Design Centre. Barbican Arts Centre ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,258 reviews)
Great Deal
"Location was great. Staff was friendly and awesome. Breakfast was great."

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton London Angel Kings Cross
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.
Chatham Cozy Home
Chatham Cozy Home
62 hartington street, Chatham, ENG
The price is NZ$133 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Situated in Chatham, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brook Theatre and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Chatham Naval Memorial and Fort Amherst are also ...
Chatham Cozy Home
The Wharf Medway
The Wharf Medway
4 out of 5
Situated in Chatham, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Engineers Museum and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Fort Amherst and Brook Theatre are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Checking in was confusing. Would have been fine if we knew the process and the area, but we didnt. Had to go to a fish&chip shop to pick up the keys (meant to pick up a parking permit but one wasn't provided) then had to find the parking space. Told to right a note to leave on the car dashboard. ..."

Reviewed on 29 Sep. 2020

The Wharf Medway
Quantock Lodge 1
Quantock Lodge 1
finsbury Road, 24, Rochester, ENG
The price is NZ$209 per night from 19 May to 19 May
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
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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Reviews of London

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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

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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

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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

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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

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4 Mar. 2020

Busy !

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