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London
Travel Guide

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.

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Where to stay in London

The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
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Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower Bridge, Tower of London and HMS Belfast. The Shard and Excel Exhibition Centre ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,763 reviews)

"Lovely hotel with great staff. Would highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2020

The Tower Hotel
Shangri La Hotel At The Shard London
Shangri La Hotel At The Shard London
5 out of 5
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Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Borough Market, London Bridge and HMS Belfast. Globe Theatre and Tate Modern are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (994 reviews)
Stunning view, excellent room, dining in room best

"Room excellent - a private viewing platform over the London skyline for the night. Room service very good. Restaurant / bar overpriced, mediocre service. Best to dine in room."…"

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2020

Shangri La Hotel At The Shard London
Sofitel London Heathrow
Sofitel London Heathrow
5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,269 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr

Located in Hillingdon, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Stockley Park, London Motor Museum and Windsor Castle. Legoland is 11.7 mi (18.8 km) away. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,639 reviews)

"Had a very comfortable stay and the hotel took precautions around social distancing"…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2021

Sofitel London Heathrow
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Staycity Aparthotels London Heathrow
Staycity Aparthotels London Heathrow
4 out of 5
The price is HK$457 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr

Located in Hillingdon, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Stockley Park and within 9 miles (15 km) of Brunel University and Twickenham Stadium. Pinewood ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,138 reviews)

"Helpfulness of the staff, accessibility to local stores."…"

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2020

Staycity Aparthotels London Heathrow
Citadines Barbican London
Citadines Barbican London
4 out of 5
The price is HK$721 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, Museum of London, and Barbican Arts Centre. St. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,265 reviews)

"Staying during a covid lockdown, the kitchenette was very useful. Without it I would have had to eat delivered takeaways throughout my stay. Rooms reasonable size for London accommodation. Great location, on the edge of the City of London but close to the more residential area of clerkenwell which ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2021

Citadines Barbican London
Leman Locke
Leman Locke
4 out of 5
15 Leman St, London, England
The price is HK$782 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (860 reviews)
Creme de la creme

"Second time staying here. Fell in love with it all over again. Deffo my favourite hotel 💖 The hotel smells amazing, the front staff are really lovely, the rooms are clean, spacious and with comfortable large beds."…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2020

Leman Locke
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Interesting place to visit

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10 May 2020

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

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4 May 2020

I’m a Londoner and love London.

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24 Apr 2020

The apartment ruined my holiday

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2 Apr 2020

But this hotel ruined my stay