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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.

With a stay at Tune Hotel - Westminster, London in London (London City Centre), you'll be minutes from Imperial War Museum and close to London Dungeon With a stay at Tune Hotel - Westminster, London in London (London City Centre), you'll be minutes..
Facilities and services include a restaurant, bar, elevator, safety box at the reception, parking (extra charge), wireless Internet access (extra charge) and 24-hour reception. Rooms feature air conditioning, TV, telephone and hairdryer. Address: 3-5..
Facilities and services include a restaurant, bar, elevator, safety box at the reception, parking extra charge, wireless Internet access extra charge and 24-hour reception.Rooms feature air conditioning, TV, telephone and hairdryer.Address: 3-5 Putney..
This 38-room hotel offers cosy accommodation and is ideal for business and leisure travellers. Guests are welcomed into a lobby with a 24-hour reception and breakfast area, as well as complimentary Internet access. Those arriving by vehicle can make use..
President Hotel is in the Bloomsbury area of London and within walking distance of Covent Garden, Oxford Street, The British Museum and Theatreland.* Please note that the Imperial Hotel Group do not allow name changes on already confirmed bookings, therefore..
This hotel is located in Paddington, housed in a beautiful Georgian building from 1880. This excellent location has great public transportation links, providing an affordable way to visit this remarkable city. Paddington and Lancaster metro stops are..
Prince William Hotel welcomes everyone to experience the comfort of an old town house, in the heart of London, with the right quality facilities for both leisure and business travelers.Enjoy the charm of this surrounding in the renovated building. Its..
A stay at Princess Hotel places you in the heart of London, walking distance from British Library and Cartwright Gardens. This hotel is close to King's College London and Trafalgar Square.Rooms Stay in one of 31 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions...
Queensway is a small and simple 2-star hotel situated near the Paddington Station and Heathrow Express. Also, from the hotel it is not far till Hyde Park, shopping at Marble Arch and the Oxford Street. The hotel has a restaurant, laundry service and parking..
The closest tube station to the hotel is Holland Park on the Central line, which is just a minute from the hotel. Attractions nearby include Notting Hill (about 500 metres away), Hyde Park (200 metres), Oxford Street (3.2 km) and Big Ben (7 km). The airports..
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