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Enjoy our guide to all things London

One of the elite few that can legitimately call itself a global city, London is rich in history, packed with places of interest and truly somewhere where there is a story to discover around almost every corner.

Home to more than 8m people, including the most well-known Royal Family in the world, London is a fascinating city where wonderful history and the cutting edge collide. Indeed, it is a city where you can quite literally be looking at the world famous Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, only to turn around to see the enormous and futuristic Shard skyscraper looming over the city with viewing platforms situated on the 68-72nd floors make this a must see.

Of course, history is a big draw for almost anyone visiting London so be sure to collect a local guide book to help you find the best sights dotted around the city – although thankfully many of the main examples can be found either lining the River Thames or just beyond it. Indeed, a trip on the London Eye observation wheel is an excellent way to get a feel for the London skyline.

For lovers of fine architecture, Westminster Abbey – famously the centre of attention during the Royal Wedding – is well worth a visit, as is St. Paul’s Cathedral. Those interested in royalty would also do well to make time to visit the Tower of London to inspect the Crown Jewels – and of course no trip to London is complete without visiting Buckingham Palace.

Science and culture is also extremely well provided for in London, with many museums and galleries playing host to collections of global importance. The British Museum with its world collection is an obvious starting point, but the Victoria & Albert Museum is also an excellent choice – although setting a few hours aside for both is a must. Lovers of contemporary art will certainly enjoy the Tate Modern, an exceptional modern collection situated on the South Bank.

London is also a major shopping capital, home to celebrated department stores such as Harrods as well as a wealth of local, independent boutiques and even major outdoor markets such as the one in Camden. Foodies would do well to seek out Borough Market for its mix of street food and fresh produce.
Speaking of food, London is also renowned for the quality and diversity of its restaurants. From fine dining in exclusive areas such as Knightsbridge to finding a casual bite to eat, London is a gourmand’s dream come true. Why not try the city’s famous local delicacy – pie, mash and parsley sauce? A side of jellied eels is optional!


Guide to Exploring London


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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

200 Westminster Bridge Road, London
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This fantastic new hotel is located on the South Bank, near London Eye. Waterloo and Westminster stations are within 5 minutes walk, making easier to travel and ideal choice for city break or business trip.

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Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport

Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport

The Grove, West Drayton
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Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Stockley Park, London Motor Museum, and Brunel University. Windsor Castle and Twickenham Stadium are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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BLOC Hotel Gatwick

BLOC Hotel Gatwick

South Terminal, Gatwick Airport, Gatwick
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Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Archway Theatre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Crawley Town Hall and County Mall Shopping Centre. Gatwick Aviation Museum and Hawth Theatre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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Hilton London Gatwick Airport

Hilton London Gatwick Airport

South Terminal Gatwick Airport, Gatwick
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Hilton London Gatwick Airport is linked to Gatwick Airport's South Terminal via a covered walkway and to the North Terminal by way of free transit service. Central London and the South Coast are within 30 minutes by train.

Kings Cross Guesthouse

Kings Cross Guesthouse

36E Outram Place, London
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Located in Islington, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of KoKo London and British Library. University of London and Russell Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Lord Kensington Hotel

Lord Kensington Hotel

38 Trebovir Road, London
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Located in Earl's Court, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall, and Kensington Palace. Stamford Bridge Stadium and Imperial College London are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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Sofitel London Heathrow

Sofitel London Heathrow

Terminal 5, West Drayton
4.6
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Connected via a covered walkway to Terminal 5, this London Heathrow Airport hotel is a 20-minute train ride to Central London. Windsor Castle, Uxbridge, Legoland, Stockley Park, and Thorpe Park are nearby.

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Point A Hotel London Kings Cross – St Pancras

Point A Hotel London Kings Cross – St Pancras

324 Gray's Inn Road, London
3.7
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Point A Hotel London Kings Cross – St Pancras places guests a 5-minute walk from Kings Cross St. Pancras Tube Station, and 3 minutes more to the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras International. From these hubs, guests can reach most corners of central London within 15 minutes, not to mention Paris in just over 2 hours.

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