London

Travel Guide
London showing night scenes, skyline and a skyscraper

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

Caesar Hotel
Caesar Hotel
4 out of 5
26-33 Queens Gardens, Hyde Park, London, England
The price is NZ$143 per night from 21 Nov. to 21 Nov.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hyde Park, Natural History Museum and Queen Mary's Gardens. Oxford Circus and National Gallery ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (847 reviews)
"Friendly staff,good prices and location, the staff speaks several languages and they are’s always available to help.thanks"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2021

Caesar Hotel
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
The price is NZ$363 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (3,070 reviews)
"the swimming pool and breakfast in bed"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2021

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Assembly House Hotel
Assembly House Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27 - 31 Charing Cross Road, London, England
The price is NZ$215 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, London Eye and Big Ben. Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,309 reviews)
"The location is superb! The room was very clean and quaintly. However, sparse on amenities such as tv & direct phone to hotel - I guess they figured everyone has a phone so watch tv on it too! I would definitely recommend this hotel, very affordable and it gives you the basics: bed & bath 😁 what ..."

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2021

Assembly House Hotel
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Chelsea Bridge Apartments
Chelsea Bridge Apartments
4 out of 5
124 Prince of Wales Drive, London, England
The price is NZ$188 per night from 14 Nov. to 14 Nov.
Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of King's Road, Sloane Square and The Oval. Victoria Palace Theatre and Clapham Common ...
4/5 Very Good! (404 reviews)
"It could benefit from more maintenance . EG toilet roll holder loose in bathroom, extractor fan in bathroom didn't work, one lamp in the sitting room didn't work, at least one of the small windows wouldn't open, Light in entrance by lift didn't work, windows need cleaning outside . Generally clean ..."

Reviewed on 23 Sep. 2021

Chelsea Bridge Apartments
The Lincoln Suites
The Lincoln Suites
4 out of 5
37-39 Kingsway, London, England
Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is steps away from Theatreland and Aldwych Theatre. The Strand and Theatre Royal Drury Lane are also within 5 ...
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Central location, very good value for money, staff very nice and helpful"

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2021

The Lincoln Suites
Presidential Apartments - Kensington
Presidential Apartments - Kensington
4 out of 5
6-12 Barkston Gardens, Kensington, London, England
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cromwell Road, Kensington High Street, and Natural History Museum. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,501 reviews)
"Needs a Breakfast bar"

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2021

Presidential Apartments - Kensington
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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