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London

London is the cultural, political and economic heart of Britain, famous for world-class museums, galleries, royal palaces, shopping destinations, West End theatre shows and award-winning restaurants.

Visiting London? Start planning your trip right here, from booking your accommodation to creating your perfect itinerary. Whether you want to stay in a 5-star luxury hotel and sip Champagne on the London Eye, or find a cheap hostel and stroll in one of London's beautiful Royal Parks, you'll find something to suit your budget and interests.

London is a world-class city and the heart of British politics, culture and commerce. Its' history stretches back thousands of years, and remnants of this fascinating past can still be found across the capital – from the Tower of London, a gruesome site of Medieval torture, to the majestic Buckingham Palace.

A captivating mix of old and new, London is also renowned for its creativity, innovation and originality in art, theatre, music, design and cuisine. It is home to countless art galleries and museums, including the Tate Modern, National Gallery and British Museum, which possesses some of the world's finest treasures. And best of all, entry to most of these museums and galleries is free!

To catch all the 'big-hitters' in one go, you can't beat a walk along the River Thames. Strolling from Tower Bridge to the Houses of Parliament you'll pass the Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe, Tate Modern, the Southbank Centre, the National Theatre, the London Eye, the SEA LIFE London Aquarium and London Dungeon. In addition to these world famous attractions, there are many more to discover during your stay.

The West End is the place to go to see London's top theatre shows and musicals. Alongside classics including Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera and The Woman in Black, you will find hit contemporary shows, such as Billy Elliot, The Lion King and Thriller – Live. Don't forget to explore the many off-West End venues too, such as the National Theatre, The Old Vic and (during the summer months) Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

In the West End you will also find some of London's top shopping destinations, from Oxford Street to Seven Dials. Different neighbourhoods are known for other unique opportunities for shopping: Notting Hill is renowned for its antiques and Portobello Market, Greenwich has an excellent arts and crafts markets, while Westfield London City and Westfield Stratford are the city's most famous malls.

If you would rather save money than spend it, the eight Royal Parks are well worth a visit – and a great spot for a picnic. Visit Greenwich Park to drop in on the Royal Observatory, walk through Kensington Gardens to see Kensington Palace, take a paddle on the Hyde Park boating lake, see Buckingham Palace from scenic St James's Park, spot deer at Richmond Park and Bushy Park, and meet the animals at London Zoo, which lies within Regent's Park.

Along the way indulge your taste buds with delicious food at one of London's many restaurants, gastropubs and pop-up eateries. You can eat food prepared by a celebrity chef, discover modern British cuisine, or eat food from anywhere in the world – be it Indian, Chinese, Persian, Greek, Italian or Lebanese. Top off your perfect day with a fancy cocktail, excellent wine or locally brewed beer at a top London pub or bar – and maybe a boogie at one of the capital's buzzing nightspots and clubs.

Population: 8.3 million

London has a full calendar of events, covering many different interests. This guide highlights the must-see events that take place in London throughout the year.

London is a city of culture and any visit to the British capital would not be complete without a night at the theatre. West End musicals are the most popular form of stage performance in town, mixing enchanting stories and spectacular special effects with good old song and dance.

London is a diverse, exciting city filled with the world's best sights, attractions and activities. With such a broad range of choice, the hardest part is deciding what to do first. Here are 10 great reasons to love London.

Follow the trail of London's historical, cultural and entertainment treasures with a guided tour through some of the city's most famous landmarks. From laid-back and on foot, to full-throttle and on water, London's guided tours offer a slice of life for everyone to enjoy.

London is full of things to see and do; from famous attractions such as the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the Tower of London and the Tate Modern; to great shopping opportunities; to wide open urban green spaces and much, much more.

Read on for inspiration and handy tips on the unmissable places to visit while you're in London. Many attractions on this list are to free to enter; another great reason to fall in love with London.

Thanks to London's rich mix of cultures, the capital's restaurants serve up delicious food from all corners of the globe. Whatever cuisine you fancy, you're sure to find it in London – be it Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Caribbean, Polish, French, Italian, Afghan, Ethiopian, American, Spanish, South African, Persian… the list goes on.

There's also an exciting buzz on the British culinary scene in London, with innovative chefs rethinking traditional British classics and creating new favourites – all with an emphasis on fresh, local produce.

Plus with Michelin-starred restaurants, family-friendly eateries, cosy gastropubs, fast food joints and quirky cafes dotted all over the city, there's something for every budget too.

Delicate finger sandwiches, tempting cakes, pots of steaming tea, scones with lashings of jam and cream. With so many delicious ingredients, it's no wonder traditional afternoon tea remains as popular in London as ever. There are many top hotels, restaurants and cafes serving afternoon tea in London today, with many varieties available – from classic afternoon tea to low-calorie alternatives and even gentleman's afternoon teas.

Hyde Park Boutique Hotel is a charming 2-star property offering comfortable accommodation in the heart of London. Highlights include free Wi-Fi and an excellent location close to Paddington train station and Hyde Park. Bayswater and Paddington are cosmopolitan..
Hyde Park Court Hotel is a 2 star residence ideally located in Norfolk Square, a charming part of London with Oxford Street only a few minutes walking distance for some retail therapy, and Hyde Park with green open spaces and historical monuments also..
Ibis London City is in an ideal location for both business and leisure travellers, its in the heart of the financial district of London. Amenities:
The hotel booking puts you a 15 minute drive from the ExCel Exhibition Centre and London City Airport.Inviting, modern and cosy, with a comfortable bed and a functional bathroom. The ibis room has got everything you need for a pleasant stay. Hotel is..
This is an excellent budget property, completed in 2003 and of a very high standard. Amenities:
Ibis London Gatwick Airport Hotel is an economy London hotel located 5 minutes' drive from Gatwick Airport. Book the hotel for easy access to Gatwick Airport, via airport transfer. There are 141 contemporary guest rooms, each with TV and Free Wifi throughout...
Ibis London Luton Airport is an economy hotel 10 minutes' walk from Luton Airport. There are 162 modern rooms with TV and free WIFI. The cafe serves snacks and light meals, the restaurant offers fulfilling main meals in the evening and the 24hr bar has..
Ibis London Thurrock hotel is an economy London hotel located 15 minutes' drive from Ebbsfleet International Station.There are 102 rooms. This is 100% non smoking hotel.CAFE - In the evening, the Cafe offers a themed approach to dining, with themes varying..
This modern- air-conditioned property hosts 162 rooms- 5 meeting rooms- a restaurant- a bar with a terrace offering light meals and snacks 24 hours a day- 7 days a week and private outdoor parking (fees apply). The hotel also has a lobby- which provides..
The Imperial Hotel has a good location for the area known as The City and the law courts. The hotel offers value for money with basic accommodation in a central location. * Please note that the Imperial Hotel Group do not allow name changes on already..

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Ibis London Thurrock M25

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