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London

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

Paddington
Kensington Gardens featuring a garden

Kensington

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,511 area reviews)

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
Victoria featuring a city, heritage architecture and a garden

Victoria

5/5Exceptional!(6 area reviews)

Victoria
The City of London which includes a skyscraper, heritage architecture and a river or creek

The City of London

4.5/5Wonderful!(668 area reviews)

The City of London
Mayfair

Mayfair

Mayfair

Top hotels in London

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Clayton Hotel City of London
Clayton Hotel City of London
4 out of 5
10 New Drum Street, London, England
SG$143
per night
3 May-4 May

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Tower of London, and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Shard and Coca-Cola London Eye. The British ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (603 reviews)

"This facility was so clean and the staff was amazing"…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar,2020

Clayton Hotel City of London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
4 out of 5
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
SG$263
per night
10 Apr-11 Apr

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (13,106 reviews)

"Beautiful room! Very nice staff who were attentive to all of our needs."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar,2020

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London
Park Grand Paddington Court
Park Grand Paddington Court
4 out of 5
27 Devonshire Terrace, Paddington, London, England
SG$115
per night
16 Apr-17 Apr

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

3.7/5Good! (1,876 reviews)

"Fantastic staff, great location. Clean and modern room, and it even had a north american electrical outlet which was great, since I forgot to bring a converter."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar,2020

Park Grand Paddington Court

Popular things to do in London

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(1,858 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(417 reviews)

Ascend to the observation deck of one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe for unparalleled views of the London cityscape.

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(1,000 reviews)

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

Big Ben
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Big Ben

4/5(1,058 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.

Tower of London
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Tower of London

4.5/5(908 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

4.5/5(623 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 activities in London

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

72% of travellers recommend
SG$133
Per adult
London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

78% of travellers recommend
SG$66
Per adult
ZSL London Zoo Tickets
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ZSL London Zoo Tickets

84% of travellers recommend
SG$39
Per adult
Fully guided Paris Day Trip with Cruise & Eiffel Tower Lunch
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Fully guided Paris Day Trip with Cruise & Eiffel Tower Lunch

80% of travellers recommend
SG$452
Per adult
London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

SG$42
Per adult
London Explorer Pass: Pick 3, 4, 5 or 7 Tours & Attractions
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London Explorer Pass: Pick 3, 4, 5 or 7 Tours & Attractions

76% of travellers recommend
SG$117
Per adult

Reviews of London

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
4911
5 - Excellent 48.12818502548021%
4 - Good
4281
4 - Good 41.954135633085066%
3 - Okay
848
3 - Okay 8.31046648373187%
2 - Disappointing
101
2 - Disappointing 0.9898079184633477%
1 - Terrible
63
1 - Terrible 0.6174049392395139%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Apr 2020

But this hotel ruined my stay

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar 2020

Had a wonderful time in London! Checked out lots of art, artist run centres and youth centres. So much going on at one time.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Mar 2020

London is a great cosmopolitan city.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

My first time to Europe so not sure what to expect but I guess since I went in March the weather put a damper on seeing the sights

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

I love London. Used to live there but i enjoy it more in smaller doses now that i've moved away and visit often, makes you appreciate it more.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

I wouldn’t stay in East Finchley again but London is always good. Camden especially.

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