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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

Queensway and Kensington Gardens are top sights in Paddington, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Paddington (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines) Station or Paddington Underground Station to see more sights in the area.

Paddington
Kensington Gardens showing a garden

Kensington

4.5/5Wonderful!(365 area reviews)

Kensington High Street and Kensington Palace are a few top attractions in Kensington. Hop around the city on the metro at High Street Kensington Station or Gloucester Road Underground Station and check out the area's fascinating museums, beautiful gardens and charming cafes.

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 is highly notable for its fascinating museums, and you might want to visit top sights like Russell Square and British Library. See more of London by jumping on the metro at King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station or Russell Square Underground Station.

Kings Cross St. Pancras
Victoria which includes heritage architecture, a garden and a city

Victoria

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Known for its fascinating museums and beautiful river views, there's plenty to explore in Victoria. You can visit top attractions like Apollo Victoria Theatre and Buckingham Palace, and jump on the metro at Victoria Underground Station or St. James's Park Underground Station to see more of the city.

Victoria
Mayfair

Mayfair

Travellers love Mayfair for its popular shops, and you can see more of London by jumping on the metro at Green Park Underground Station or Bond Street Underground Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Piccadilly and Oxford Street.

Mayfair
London which includes markets, heritage elements and signage

Covent Garden

The lively bars and colourful gardens are just a few top-rate features of the neighbourhood. Make a stop by Royal Opera House or Covent Garden Market while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Covent Garden Underground Station to get around town.

Covent Garden

Top hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Leonardo London Heathrow Airport
Leonardo London Heathrow Airport
4 out of 5
Bath Road, West Drayton, England
The price is NZ$85 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.

Located in Hillingdon, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Stockley Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Twickenham Stadium and Brunel University. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,772 reviews)

"Convenient location . Very good value for money. I recommend"…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2020

Leonardo London Heathrow Airport
Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1 T2 and T3
Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1 T2 and T3
4 out of 5
234 Bath Road, Heathrow Point West, Hayes, England
The price is NZ$103 per night from 25 Sep. to 26 Sep.

Located in Hillingdon, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Twickenham Stadium, Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle. Richmond Park and Thorpe Park are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,749 reviews)

"Good location, clean room and friendly staff. Easy check in and out."…"

Reviewed on 4 Sep. 2020

Novotel London Heathrow Airport T1 T2 and T3
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
4 out of 5
45 Prescot Street, London, England
The price is NZ$161 per night from 4 Oct. to 5 Oct.

Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tower Bridge and Tower of London. Borough Market and Museum of London are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (947 reviews)

"The hotel is very nice everything is all up-to-date and lovely the food is very nice. The hotel is in a very good location and there’s so much to do around the hotel. There is a Sainsbury’s and a Tesco near the hotel which is very helpful. The only problem is in the spa swimming pool there is no ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Sep. 2020

Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge

Popular places to visit in London

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(518 reviews)

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

NZ$157
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

NZ$50
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

NZ$177
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Roman Bath & Ancient Stonehenge Full-Day Tour
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Roman Bath & Ancient Stonehenge Full-Day Tour

NZ$149
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
See London By Night Bus Tour
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See London By Night Bus Tour

NZ$48
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
London airport transfer from Heathrow Airport (LHR) to London City Centre
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London airport transfer from Heathrow Airport (LHR) to London City Centre

NZ$189
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of London

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 40.95238095238095%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.4603174603174605%
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2 - Disappointing 0.8253968253968254%
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1 - Terrible 0.31746031746031744%

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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