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London
Travel Guide

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

Top hotels in London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is NZ$229 per night from 19 Mar. to 20 Mar.

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

4.3/5Excellent! (4,399 reviews)

"Great place! The room service could be better but overall an awesome experience!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec. 2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Jurys Inn London Croydon
Jurys Inn London Croydon
3.5 out of 5
Wellesley Road, Croydon, England
The price is NZ$85 per night from 8 Mar. to 9 Mar.

Located in Fairfield, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Surrey Hills, Clapham Common and O2 Academy Brixton. The Oval and St. Thomas' Hospital ...

4.1/5Very Good! (978 reviews)

"Comfortable and secured, cleaned well and peaceful"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2021

Jurys Inn London Croydon
Hilton London Croydon
Hilton London Croydon
4 out of 5
101 Waddon Way, Croydon, England
The price is NZ$119 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

Located in Waddon, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Surrey Hills, Clapham Common and O2 Academy Brixton. St. Thomas' Hospital and London Dungeon are also ...

3.7/5Good! (992 reviews)

"Room service food took over an hour and was cold Staff not helpful"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2021

Hilton London Croydon
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.

Holiday Rentals in London

Leman Locke
Leman Locke
4 out of 5
15 Leman St, London, England
The price is NZ$142 per night from 28 Mar. to 29 Mar.

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Gherkin and Tower Bridge. Tower of London and London Bridge are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (856 reviews)
Best value for money you can get in London

"It was the most comfortable, convenient and luxurious stay. One of the best places I have stayed across the world! Well designed. Everything you need is there. Appliances are amicable. Love the locations. Felt like home! Will definitely recommend and go back again"…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov. 2020

Leman Locke
Imperial Court Suites
Imperial Court Suites
4 out of 5
81-83 Inverness Terrace, London, England
The price is NZ$76 per night from 11 Mar. to 12 Mar.

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

3.5/5Good! (438 reviews)
Good

"Overall It was good Indian guy at reception was very friendly and helpful I stayed in basement studio very clean only negative was no access to balcony"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jun. 2020

Imperial Court Suites
Citadines Barbican London
Citadines Barbican London
4 out of 5
7-21 Goswell Road, London, England
The price is NZ$150 per night from 5 Mar. to 6 Mar.

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, Museum of London, and Barbican Arts Centre. St. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,268 reviews)

"Staying during a covid lockdown, the kitchenette was very useful. Without it I would have had to eat delivered takeaways throughout my stay. Rooms reasonable size for London accommodation. Great location, on the edge of the City of London but close to the more residential area of clerkenwell which ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2021

Citadines Barbican London
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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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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