A thriving hub of theater, music and fashion, London is a global capital of culture. Museums and galleries steeped in iconic, captivating artefacts, portraits and installations are always close to hand. A trip to London also means you’re only a brief meander away from a shoppers’ paradise of soap-scented covered markets, funky fashion-laden stalls or designer-laden department stores. Post-splurge, the city’s sensory overload of global cuisines and trend-setting nightspots will be sure to hit the spot too.
Accommodation in London
London excels at the art of hospitality, with some of the world’s most famous hotels jostling politely for affection. If you want luxury hotels, you’ll find it in top end landmarks where you can expect butler-like service, triangular sandwiches and sumptuous afternoon teas. If your budget won’t stretch to those excesses, a wealth of mid-range London hotels offer a family friendly environment, central locations and impressive mod-cons and amenities such as WiFi and satellite television, all at reasonable prices. You can cut costs further with a variety of B&Bs and cheap hotels, but may find yourself in a more suburban setting and with only the most basic room.
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Where to stay in London
Just beyond Marble Arch sit the leafy squares of Bayswater, a hugely popular area for visitors to London thanks to its central location and the attractive Victorian stucco buildings lining its streets. Another convenient tourist hotspot is the area surrounding Kensington’s museums and parks, especially the more modestly priced Earls Court, which is only a short walk away from the glamor of High Street Kensington but considerably less costly. Victoria is a similarly well placed base, offering easy access to both the West End and Westminster, not to mention excellent transport links, but avoiding their more off-putting price-tags.
Be sure to using the Hotels.com map search facilities to find the best priced London hotel for your stay, on the maps we highlight the hotel plus all the major London landmarks. So if you're planning an evening at the theatre, a concert or a night out, check out an overnight stay in a hotel near the venue and for the additional cost, remember that most hotels will offer a free breakfast option - perfect for after a night out.
Things to see in London
London may be one of the world’s busiest cities but a visit to Hyde Park will guarantee you plenty of greenery, with over 2.5 square kilometres of Royal Park to take in as you lick your ice-cream cone. It’s not all grass, however, with the 40 acre Serpentine Lake offering free swimming during summer courtesy of its Lido. If shopping’s more your bag, a visit to Covent Garden is a must. Whether checking out the painted street mimes or impromptu opera in the arcade, or poring over the arts and crafts knick-knacks in the covered market, Covent Garden’s bohemian vibe is hard to better for quirky charm. History comes to life in style in Trafalgar Square, and in the shade of the towering Nelson’s Column sits a pedestrianized square complete with fountain and café for contemplating the finer things. A visit to Buckingham Palace will top it all in royal style.
Most central hotels will have sightseeing information for you and some of the bus tours will offer a hop on, hop off service which is a convenient way to travel. If you're travelling into London by train, some operators offer money off coupons such as 2 for 1 entry on major London attractions.
How to get to London
Every major train line and motorway lead to London. Avoid driving a car in central London if you can, you'll end up paying the congestion charge, find difficulty in parking and then face high parking costs. Motorbikes on the otherhand are much more suited to London, there tends to be more parking available and there's no congestion charge, just keep an eye out for the bus lanes - some let you ride in them, some don't. Otherwise if you have to drive by car then park in one of the outer suburbs and commute in via train/ underground.
All mainline train stations are well connected via the underground but avoid travelling on the mainline trains between 7-10am and 4-7pm, these are the rush hour times and the cheap fairs are not valid on most trains during this time. Weekend travel is also cheaper than during the week. The London underground however has no restrictions or cheaper fares, but most trainfares offer a travelcard extension which can work out cheaper for day trips. If you're travelling a lot on the underground then look at getting an Oyster card as it may work out cheaper and like the travelcard train ticket it's also valid on the buses.
The underground will operate until just after midnight, but if you've missed the last tube then don't worry, there are plenty of night buses available where your tickets will still be valid. In central London you'll often find most locations such as Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square typically within 5 to 10 minutes walk of each other, so avoid the cost and congestion of the tube and simply walk - don't worry about getting lost, there are plenty signposts and maps located along most streets.