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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.

Located in the centre of Hounslow, close to Heathrow Airport and with easy access the Centre of London, 2 minutes walk from Hounslow Central Tube Station on the Piccadilly Line only 3 stops to Heathrow Airport Terminals and approximately 45 minutes by..
This hotel benefits from a total refurbishment which has just been completed October 2008. Ideally located close to Heathrow Airport and also with very easy access to Central London by Underground.
Featuring excellent service, high standards of comfort and a friendly atmosphere, Days Hotel Hounslow Heathrow East is an ideal place to reside for both business as well as leisure travellers to Hounslow. Amenities:
The Hotel has 24 hrs reception- bar- restaurant and conference facilities for up to 130 delegates. Safety boxes available in the reception (extra charge).The 195 guest bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning and have en-suite bathroom facilities...
This hotel comes highly recommended in its category, ideally located close to the exciting South Bank area yet within easy reach of the centre of the city. Limited parking available, a small fee may apply payable directly to hotel. (07/08 LP)
Situated south of the river Thames, close to the Imperial War Museum, the Days Hotel Waterloo provides an excellent base for exploring the capital. Many of Londons top attractions including the London Eye, Festival Hall, National Theatre, Houses of Parliament..
Property Location With a stay at Days Inn Cobham M25 in Cobham, you'll be convenient to The Medicine Garden and Cobham Training Centre. This hotel is within close proximity of Drift Golf Club and Painshill Park.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the..
The hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar, 24-hour front desk, meeting rooms, dry cleaning (extra charge) and parking (extra charge). The bedrooms feature air conditioning, TV, telephone, safety box, hairdryer and wireless Internet access. Address:..
Offering comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities, the Days Inn Hyde Park London provides you with all of the quality amenities to make your stay a memorable one. Amenities: 24 Hour Check-In, Internet Access, Laundry Service, Bar
This is small and pleasant hotel, well kept to the Days Inn brand Standard, with a great location , where Clients are well looked after (01/09 VM)

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