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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

Paddington featuring a city and a square or plaza

Paddington

Paddington
Kensington Gardens showing a garden

Kensington

4.5/5Wonderful!(365 area reviews)

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
Victoria which includes heritage architecture, a garden and a city

Victoria

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Victoria
The City of London showing heritage architecture, a city and modern architecture

The City of London

4.5/5Wonderful!(80 area reviews)

The City of London
Mayfair

Mayfair

Mayfair

Top hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Clayton Hotel City of London
Clayton Hotel City of London
4 out of 5
10 New Drum Street, London, England
NZ$203
per night
3 May - 4 May

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Tower of London, and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Shard and Coca-Cola London Eye. The British ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (603 reviews)

"This facility was so clean and the staff was amazing"…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020

Clayton Hotel City of London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$374
per night
10 Apr. - 11 Apr.

Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life ...

4.4/5Excellent! (13,096 reviews)

"Beautiful room! Very nice staff who were attentive to all of our needs."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Grand Paddington Court
Park Grand Paddington Court
4 out of 5
27 Devonshire Terrace, Paddington, London, England
NZ$163
per night
16 Apr. - 17 Apr.

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Kensington Palace and Kensington High Street are also ...

3.7/5Good! (1,876 reviews)

"Fantastic staff, great location. Clean and modern room, and it even had a north american electrical outlet which was great, since I forgot to bring a converter."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020

Park Grand Paddington Court

Popular activities in London

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.

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(518 reviews)

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

Big Ben
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Big Ben

3.5/5(485 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(495 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(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

Tower of London Tickets with Beefeater Tour & Crown Jewels
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Tower of London Tickets with Beefeater Tour & Crown Jewels

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$20
Per adult
London Eye Experience Tickets
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London Eye Experience Tickets

82% of travellers recommend
NZ$58
Per adult
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

94% of travellers recommend
NZ$147
Per adult
Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour
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Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

94% of travellers recommend
NZ$165
Per adult
Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal
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Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal

76% of travellers recommend
NZ$59
Per adult
75 minutes - London River Thames High-Speed Cruise from Embankment Pier
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75 minutes - London River Thames High-Speed Cruise from Embankment Pier

NZ$115
Per adult

Reviews of London

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
825
5 - Excellent 52.41423125794155%
4 - Good
645
4 - Good 40.978398983481576%
3 - Okay
86
3 - Okay 5.463786531130877%
2 - Disappointing
13
2 - Disappointing 0.8259212198221093%
1 - Terrible
5
1 - Terrible 0.3176620076238882%

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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