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London is England’s fantastic capital and is located in the British Isles just off the Europe mainland. When visiting enjoy the city’s many highlights such as visiting Buckingham Palace and watching the impressive Changing of the Guards, or admiring the city from viewpoints such as The Shard, The London Eye or the “Walkie Talkie”.

Be sure to explore and relax in some of the Royal Parks from Greenwich in the East, Richmond in the West, or Hyde Park in the city’s centre. If you like shopping then London also has you covered, with major retail areas including Oxford and Regent Street where you’ll be able to find everything from budget outlets to major high-end fashion stores.

London really has something for everyone including activities for families, those wanting to learn more about the history of the city, relaxing cruises along the River Thames, shows at the West End and so much more. Whatever type of traveller you are, you’ll be sure to find something in London that’ll take your fancy.

Read some of our suggestions on the best areas to book in London as well as some top accommodation ideas. If you’re still not sure whether or not to book a trip then read more top reasons to visit London.

Below you can find our articles that include London, as well as a map of London hotels, top activities to do in the city and more to help plan your trip.


Articles, tips and inspiration on London

Here are some recent articles about or that include London:


5 top reasons to book a trip to London

Why should you book a trip and visit London? Here are some top reasons:

  • To see Buckingham Place – Buckingham Palace is one of the best-known landmarks in London and is also the home of the Queen. Surrounding the palace you’ll also find wonderful (and Royal) parks which are great to stroll through before reaching other parts of central London.
  • For walks along the River Thames – The River Thames runs through London and a walk along the paths on either side is a great experience. You’ll get to see plenty of landmarks too, such as Tower Bridge, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. See London Skyline and Attractions  – Self-guided Photo Walk for inspiration.
  • To shop along Oxford Street – If you love shopping then London is a top place to visit. From Oxford Street and Regent Street to massive shopping centres such as Westfield you’ll find a huge range of brands as well as flagship stores.
  • For fantastic views – London has one of the tallest buildings in Europe (The Shard), as well as heaps of other viewpoints throughout the city – all of which are perfect for those looking to relax with a view or to snap some great photographs. See The Best Viewpoints in London for top locations.
  • For a West End Experience – If you’re looking for a great night out then London is a top choice. Within central London and the West End you’ll find heaps of bars and theatres, as well as fantastic restaurants which will be sure to help you have an experience to remember.

London hotel map

Find your perfect London accommodation below. Use this interactive map to search for both London hotels and apartments. Use the filters to adjust your search, such as dates, number of guests, cost and more. You can also enter attractions or areas that you know of to find somewhere to stay nearby.

Note: Please wait a moment for the map to load as well as the suggestions of places to stay. Sometimes you may also have to just move the map slightly or zoom into your desired location to see additional properties which are available.


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Best areas in London to book accommodation

London is split into zones with zone 1 being the most central part of the city. When visiting we’d recommend you book your accommodation in either zone 1 or zone 2 as this will mean you should be able to reach many of the attractions a lot faster and also find it easier to enjoy the nightlife too.

You’ll find some great accommodation between Tower Bridge (such as the Shangri-la mentioned below) and the Houses of Parliament which is perfect for walks along the river. Accommodation around Soho, Mayfair would be great too as you’d be close to shopping areas such as Oxford Street, as well as bars and theatres.

London like any major city comes with accommodation for all budgets so you’ll find everything from high-end suites and luxury hotels to dorms and hostels.


5 top luxury hotels and places to stay in London

Here are 5 great places to stay in London:

  • Shangri-la at the Shard Located in London’s tallest building and offering 202 beautiful rooms the Shangri-La is a top choice if you’re looking for a luxury hotel. Complete with restaurants, bars and even an infinity pool, this hotel is packed with features and those staying will be in for a special experience.
  • Ham Yard Hotel A beautiful hotel offering stylish rooms and great facilities. Also located close to Piccadilly Circus and London’s Chinatown. Within the hotel you’ll find 91 bedrooms and suites as well as 24 apartments.
  • W London  – Right in the heart of London’s West End in Leicester Square, the W London is perfect for those visiting London for its nightlife. After enjoying a few tasty cocktails from its bar then simply step out the front doors and you’ll be dazzled by the city’s lights and atmosphere.
  • Sheraton London Park Lane  A beautiful luxury hotel with great rooms and restaurants and only a short walk from highlights such as Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park as well as major shopping streets including Bond Street, Piccadilly and Regent Street.
  • The Westbury Mayfair, a Luxury Collection HotelThis ultra-luxurious hotel is located just off Regent Street in downtown London. The hotel offers a great range of rooms including standard rooms through to suites and comes with a great bar and several high-end restaurants.

Here are some popular and famous attractions to enjoy when visiting London:

  • Tower Bridge
  • The London Eye
  • Buckingham Palace
  • The Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament), including Big Ben/Elizabeth Tower
  • Oxford Street and Regent Street
  • The Royal Parks, including Regent Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park.
  • The West End
  • The Shard

London activities and tours

Here are some of the best tours and activities in London that you may like. These are provided through our partners. You can also use the blue-button a little below where you can be more specific with your search, including adding your dates, filtering by type of tour and many more options.


Transport

Below are services for finding transport. You can start searching for flights via Skyscanner.

Here are some other services that can help you get around, such as by using trains, buses and cars.

  • Omio - Perfect for helping you search across providers for trains and buses
  • Trainline - Another provider that'll help you to search across providers for trains
  • Interrail (European residents) or Eurail (non-European residents) - For a rail card to use across Europe
  • Flixbus - For bus travel across Europe
  • RentalCars - For car hire

Airport transfers

You can get trains from airports in and around London. However, if you’d prefer a shuttle bus or private transfer by car then have a look on HolidayTaxis or consider some of the options through GetYourGuide below:


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Good things to know when visiting London

Here is some helpful information when planning a trip and visiting London:

  • Transport – The city’s transport system is managed by TFL and includes a subway (called the Tube), overground trains, buses and a few other services. The transport network is split into zones with zone one being the central district where you’ll find the likes of Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Oxford Street and much more.
  • London from the airports – You can get to London from the airports using National Rail, certain buses/coaches and also by car. It generally takes around 30 minutes to one hour to get to the main train stations in the city.
  • Visiting places outside of London – As well as going into London you can also do the reverse and visit other places in the country, including on day trips, as well as places in England along the coast with some accessible in only a few hours.
  • Currency – The currency in London is Great British Pounds. Bank cards are widely used. Cash isn’t always accepted now in some places.
  • Things to do – London has heaps of attractions and things to do. If you’re wanting to see and do as much as possible then consider getting a London Pass, as well as check out some of our top suggestions.
  • Shopping – Some of the best places to shop include around Oxford Street and Bond Street, as well as shopping centres such as Westfield.
  • Parks –  It’s definitely worth enjoying some of London’s Royal Parks during your visits, such as Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Green Park and Regents Park.

Common Questions

How to get from The Tower of London to London Eye?

The easiest way to get from Tower of London to the London Eye is to get the District or Circle Tube line from Tower Hill and then take it westbound. You can then get off the tube at either Embankment or Westminster stations and then walk across the bridge.

You can use the same route to get from the London Eye to The Tower of London.

How to get from London Bridge to London Eye?

To get from Tower Bridge or London Bridge to London Eye then take the Jubilee Line westbound and then get off at Waterloo. It’s then a short walk. You can also get off north of the River at Westminster and then walk across the bridge.

What attractions are near the London Eye?

The London Eye is centrally located close to Westminster and around this area you’ll find attractions such as the below. These are some of the best things to do near the London Eye:




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