London

Travel Guide
London featuring a city, a skyscraper and night scenes

Big Ben, Nelson’s Column, the Tower of London and Abbey Road; every corner in London has a tale to tell.

London is home to more than 8 million people, including the world's most famous royal family. It’s a city constantly on the move, in part due to the exceptional London Underground, red double-decker buses and famous black cabs.

Lining the banks of the River Thames, London’s skyline is a hybrid of historical and contemporary architectural treasures. Some of the old-world gems include Westminster Abbey, the iconic Big Ben clock, and Tower Bridge. Visit the London Eye observation wheel for the perfect bird’s-eye view of the city. You won't miss the skyscraper nicknamed “The Gherkin” for its distinctive shape or the most recent addition to the skyline, the futuristic-looking Shard.

For art and science institutions, the city is a goldmine. Put aside at least a few hours for the British Museum, where treasures from around the world are on display. Join more than 4 million other art lovers that visit Tate Modern every year. Dramatically set in the old Bankside Power Station, it displays modern artworks from paintings and installations to performance, light art and music.

Divided into a wide variety of culturally diverse districts, London is a favorite for foodies. Choose from Michelin-star restaurants in Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge. In Notting Hill and Soho you’ll find innovative bistros and gastropubs. Feast on dim sum in Chinatown, sit down to a spicy Indian curry along Brick Lane, or grab a plate of paella in Covent Garden.

Those in need of retail therapy won’t be disappointed either. London is home to some of the world’s most celebrated department stores. These range from luxury specialists such as Harrods in Knightsbridge to Selfridges, the largest department store on Oxford Street.

When the sun breaks through the clouds, head to Trafalgar Square or Piccadilly Circus, where people-watching is at its best. Soak up the sun on the lawn at one of London’s largest green spaces, Hyde Park.

And of course, a visit to London would be incomplete without a trip to Buckingham Palace. Head here at 11:15 a.m. to see the age-old tradition of the changing of the guard, which happens every day except during the winter months.

London Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in London

Zedwell Piccadilly
Zedwell Piccadilly
3 out of 5
Great Windmill Street, London, England
The price is $92 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is steps from Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, and Piccadilly. Theatreland and Shaftesbury Avenue are also within ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (361 reviews)
"Nice, clean hotel with friendly staff :)"

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

Zedwell Piccadilly
Sofitel London Heathrow
Sofitel London Heathrow
5 out of 5
Terminal 5, London Heathrow Airport, West Drayton, England
The price is $176 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
Located in Heathrow Villages, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Stockley Park, London Motor Museum, and Windsor Castle. LEGOLAND® Windsor is 11.3 mi ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,897 reviews)
"The hotel was very accessible to the terminal. Room was clean and cozy. The food in the restaurant was very tasty. Would definitely return, and would highly recommend this property."

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2021

Sofitel London Heathrow
Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2 and 3
Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2 and 3
3.5 out of 5
Heathrow T2, Hounslow, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $131 per night from Jan 15 to Jan 15
Located in Heathrow Villages, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Stockley Park and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from London Motor Museum. Twickenham Stadium and Windsor Castle ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,600 reviews)
"Property couldn't be closer to Heathrow's Terminal 2 and is very well soundproofed."

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2 and 3
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.
Cove Landmark Pinnacle
Cove Landmark Pinnacle
4 out of 5
15 Westferry Rd, London, England
The price is $105 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 6
Located in Canary Wharf, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Financial District, Tower Bridge, and O2 Arena. Tower of London and Brick Lane are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
"Wonderful stay and beautiful building and apartments. Only criticism was finding it, the directions on the map take you to a different building and then we spend the next 40 minutes walking around trying to find it. So maybe just phone up first and ask for clear directions. Other than that we loved ..."

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

Cove Landmark Pinnacle
Chelsea Bridge Apartments
Chelsea Bridge Apartments
4 out of 5
124 Prince of Wales Drive, London, England
The price is $152 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 22
Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sloane Square, The Oval, and Victoria Palace Theatre. Harrods and Buckingham Palace are ...
4/5 Very Good! (423 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

Chelsea Bridge Apartments
Leman Locke
Leman Locke
4 out of 5
15 Leman St, London, England
The price is $108 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Gherkin and Tower Bridge. Tower of London and London Bridge are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (897 reviews)
"Lovely staff, quiet location and very comfortable bed. Buckle street studios is newly renovated and is so beautiful- if you love the wooden scandi aesthetics, this place is for you! Micro studios are definitely micro but perfect for a short stay. Very happy!"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

Leman Locke
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.

Getting around London

Travel all over the city on the vast London Underground subway system. For certain attractions and areas, making use of the comprehensive public bus network may get you there more quickly. Various above-ground rail options are also available throughout the city, including the Overground, the DLR, National Rail trains and TfL trains. You can pay for all transportation with a reloadable Oyster card. Visit the Transport for London (TfL) website. Browse London rental cars.

Best time to visit

The sun is at its hottest in London from early June to early September. This can be a good thing, but temperatures can sometimes get uncomfortably high, and the lines to get into popular attractions will often be very long at this time of year. Aim to travel in spring or fall for a quieter visit. In these seasons, pack for moderate temperatures during the day but bring a coat for the cooler evenings.

Popular places to visit in London

Top things to do in London

Read travel guides and advice on visiting London

Cities near London