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Visit London

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
Paddington featuring a city and a square or plaza

Paddington

Known for Architecture, Urban, Shopping

Explore the lovely canals and intriguing architecture of this historic neighborhood made famous by a fictional bear from Peru.

Kings Cross St. Pancras
Kings Cross St. Pancras which includes heritage architecture and interior views as well as a small group of people

Kings Cross St. Pancras

Known for Architecture, Urban, Museums

See cultural exhibits, relax in the Champagne bar and visit Platform 9 and 3/4 in this international hub that connects London to mainland Europe.

Victoria
Victoria which includes heritage architecture, a garden and a city

Victoria

Known for Castles, Architecture, Urban

5/5(1 review)

See a theater production or visit London’s iconic royal residence in this bustling neighborhood.

Kensington
Kensington Gardens showing a garden

Kensington

Known for Museums, Historical Buildings, Architecture

4.5/5(338 reviews)

Relax in the stunning park with a view of the palace, explore the upscale high street and visit the galleries and museums of this affluent neighborhood.

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

The City of London

Known for Architecture, Urban, Cathedrals

4.5/5(69 reviews)

Discover a compelling blend of modern culture and rich heritage in London’s financial heart.

Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf showing a city, a bridge and a river or creek

Canary Wharf

Known for Urban, Architecture, Skyscrapers

4/5(14 reviews)

Wander around London’s financial district in the scenic docklands with the tallest skyscrapers in the city. They are home to some of the world’s biggest companies.

Top hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
NZ$297
per night
5 Jan. - 6 Jan.

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (12,481 reviews)

"Enjoyed the stay. Perfect location to most attractions."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec. 2019

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
The Strand Palace Hotel
The Strand Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
372 The Strand, London, England
NZ$282
per night
20 Dec. - 21 Dec.

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus and London Dungeon. Big Ben and ...

4/5Very Good! (11,776 reviews)

"Great location. The room I stayed in was a basic single. No frills whatsoever but it was in good shape, clean, with a modern bathroom. Certain areas were under construction while I was there but no issues with noise or dirt."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec. 2019

The Strand Palace Hotel
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport
4 out of 5
The Grove, Bath Road, West Drayton, England
NZ$102
per night
21 Dec. - 22 Dec.

Located in Hillingdon, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Stockley Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Brunel University and London Motor Museum. Windsor Castle ...

4.3/5Excellent! (8,335 reviews)

"Smart rooms and Inca convenient location for Heathrow"…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec. 2019

Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport

Popular activities in London

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(480 reviews)

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

Big Ben
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Big Ben

3.5/5(454 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(461 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(69 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.

St. Paul's Cathedral
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St. Paul's Cathedral

4.5/5(327 reviews)

Visit this cathedral to learn about the history behind London’s most iconic church and its Baroque dome that overlooks the city.

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(592 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. 

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

NZ$22

Get a firsthand look at more than 1,000 years of British royal history with a visit to the storied castle grounds at the Tower of London. Marvel at the glittering Crown Jewels and coronation regalia of monarchs past, and roam the ramparts with the famous Beefeaters who still protect the tower.

London Eye Experience Tickets
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London Eye Experience Tickets

NZ$58

Fly high above the slow-moving waters of the Thames for a bird's-eye vantage point over London's historical landmarks and modern architecture. Take in far-reaching views of St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London on this relaxed revolution over the British metropolis.

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$160

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is an absolute must for fans of the Harry Potter series of books and films. Go behind the scenes to discover the secrets behind the filming of all 8 films as you explore the actual sets used to film scenes in Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Privet Drive—to name but a few.

Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour
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Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

NZ$172

The world of Harry Potter awaits. Explore the extravagant sets and props that helped bring the magic to life in the Warner Bros. films at the studio where Hogwarts and Diagon Alley were created for the big screen.

Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal
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Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal

NZ$62

Kick up your travel-weary feet with a first-class relaxation experience in the Plaza Premium Lounge. This peaceful oasis offers a convenient escape from the airport bustle. Plus, get access to amenities that run the gamut from useful to luxurious, from Wi-Fi and showers to a champagne and tapas bar.

London River Thames High-Speed Cruise from Embankment Pier
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London River Thames High-Speed Cruise from Embankment Pier

NZ$88

The super-powered Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB's) are specially designed to operate on the River Thames. One minute you're cruising gently under Tower Bridge, the next you are racing out towards the Thames Barrier at a rate of 50 knots on a speed boat.

Reviews of London

4.4

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Dec. 2019

It’s my old home so I know it very well

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Dec. 2019

I have been to London quite a few times, it has got a lot busier but always lots to see and do

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Nov. 2019

Have had great holiday

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Nov. 2019

Very beautiful great contrast of old and new

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Nov. 2019

Hop on hop off bus excellent way to get your bearings! Need to book before you arrive for some tours as they book out fast

4/5 - Good

Ange

18 Nov. 2019

Easy to get to and has an elevator.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting London

Top London Travel Tips
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Top London Travel Tips

Hop across the pond and you’ll arrive in lovely London. Yes, Londoners may speak the same language as us, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to uncover the many splendid differences between the states and the UK. For example, did you …

The Top 10 Museums in London
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The Top 10 Museums in London

From the somber Imperial War Museum, to the majestic British Museum, this list features 10 of London’s unparalleled museums.

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Where to Celebrate World UFO Day and Seek Extraterrestrials

Do aliens exist? Draw your own conclusion this World UFO Day at these top destinations for extraterrestrial seekers.

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