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Ancient monuments rub shoulders with gleaming modern skyscrapers in this historic city, where every street holds a story of its own.

From the narrow passageways of the historic City of London to the relaxed riverside atmosphere of the South Bank, the capital of the United Kingdom has an impressive amount to see and do.

Originally a collection of villages and towns, the various parts of the city have retained their own distinctive identity. This lends a fascinating flavour to the teeming Metropolis, as hidden amongst the urban tumult you can still find hints of rural charm.

London is perhaps most well-known as the official residence of the British Royal Family. Aim to visit Buckingham Palace at 11:15 am if you want to catch the changing of the guard, a daily ceremony carried out by the red-liveried Queen’s Guard. On Parliament Square, the white stones of Westminster Abbey have played host to centuries of royal occasions, from christenings to coronations. Their catacombs have even provided a place of sanctuary during the battles of the past.

A stroll along the banks of the River Thames will take you past some of London’s most famous landmarks. The towering clock-face of Big Ben tops the Houses of Parliament, whilst the city’s biggest collection of modern art is housed in a former power station – now Tate Modern – across the river from St Paul’s Cathedral. Situated on the southern riverbank between the two, the London Eye never stops turning, offering unparalleled views over the city. Crossing the river is easy, as it is spanned by a series of bridges. Perhaps the most eminent of these is the majestic Tower Bridge, whose elaborate gothic towers are lit up at night.

Head to Trafalgar Square to see the famous fountains and get your photo taken with the brass lions at the base of Nelson’s Column, before taking a stroll towards the bright lights and bustle of Piccadilly Circus. See treasures from around the world at the British Museum or simply relax with a picnic under the ancient trees of Hyde Park.

Getting around is easy – just hop on a tube train or catch a double-decker bus and be at your destination in minutes. You can buy tickets as you go or get a refundable oyster card which can be topped up in shops and train stations across London.

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Where to stay in London

Paddington which includes 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 featuring a garden

Kensington

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,515 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 featuring a city, heritage architecture and a garden

Victoria

5/5Exceptional!(6 area reviews)

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 featuring 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
The price is SG$78 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

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! (2,764 reviews)

"Close to airport. Taxis from terminal 5 £16. Clean, comfortable modern rooms. Quiet. Would definitely come again."…"

Reviewed on 24 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
The price is SG$90 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct

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! (1,758 reviews)

"Overall the hotel is a lot better then I expected for the price. Clean, friendly, lovely layout and the rooms are very comfortable, modern and large. Would highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on 26 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 SG$132 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! (938 reviews)

"Lovely hotel, Bed super comfy, windows blocked out the noise brilliantly, curtains were sumptuous and blocked out the light, nice coffee machine, great staff, well adapted for covid. Can’t fault it! Would highly recommend and will be returning."…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep,2020

Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge

Holiday Rentals in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Leman Locke
Leman Locke
4 out of 5
15 Leman St, London, England
The price is SG$104 per night from 5 Oct to 6 Oct

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (823 reviews)

"Nice apartment, very clean, helpful staff and good location"…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug,2020

Leman Locke
SACO Fitzrovia
SACO Fitzrovia
4 out of 5

Located in London City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of The British Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Piccadilly Circus. Hyde ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (115 reviews)

"really lovely staff and easy check in They also offered me early check in and took very good care of my group"…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep,2020

SACO Fitzrovia
City Courtyard Apartments & Penthouse
City Courtyard Apartments & Penthouse
5 out of 5
The price is SG$293 per night from 11 Oct to 12 Oct

Located in Whitechapel, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Brick Lane and Financial District. The Gherkin and Tower Bridge are also ...

2.7/5 (290 reviews)

"Stay was very fun the owner was good and nice and we had fun"…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar,2020

City Courtyard Apartments & Penthouse

Popular places to visit in London

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(1,004 reviews)

The official residence of Queen Elizabeth II as well as the lavish home of the British monarchy for nearly two centuries.

Tower of London
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Tower of London

4.5/5(910 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(1,861 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

4.5/5(419 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

4/5(1,061 reviews)

One of Britain’s treasured national symbols, home of the bells which can be heard ringing across the heart of the capital every 15 minutes.

O2 Arena
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O2 Arena

4.5/5(625 reviews)

Created as the focal point of Britain’s millennium celebrations, today this architectural wonder offers a world of entertainment under one enormous roof.

Top things to do in London

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

SG$142
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
London Eye Experience Tickets
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London Eye Experience Tickets

SG$50
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

SG$56
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

SG$173
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour
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Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

SG$190
Per adult
94% 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

SG$172
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of London

4.4

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Jun 2020

Love London

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Jun 2020

Interesting place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 May 2020

BEST SAFEST CITY IN THE WORLD U ARE NOT LIKELY TO BE SHOT BY A COLT 45!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 May 2020

I’m a Londoner and love London.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

24 Apr 2020

The apartment ruined my holiday

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Apr 2020

But this hotel ruined my stay