London Travel Guide
Welcome to London, the capital city of England, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Whether you're interested in history, art, the theatre, or football, London has it all. Throughout its 2,000-year history, it has become a sophisticated and intriguing metropolis with something for everyone. Today, London is home to some of the most luxurious hotels and world-class shopping, not to mention numerous cultural opportunities. With so much to see and do, it's worth taking a few minutes to read our London travel guide to help you plan your holiday and get the most of out of your visit to the capital.
8 things to see and do in London
1. Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Queen of England, and for eight weeks each summer, nineteen state rooms are open to the public and it is also possible to tour the extensive grounds. Buckingham Palace is perhaps the most famous building in the UK and is home to a seriously impressive art collection. And if you don't go inside, well, the Changing of the Guard outside the palace is an iconic ritual and great for Instagrammable pictures.
2. Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament - also known as The Elizabeth Tower and the Palace of Westminster - are instantly recognisable and are synonymous of the culture and history of London. You can book organised tours are possible. Architecturally impressive inside and out, you may even be able to sit on on a House of Commons meeting and witness live action politics!
3. The National Art Gallery
The National Art Gallery is home to some of the best-loved works of art in the world, such as Turner's 'Fighting Temeraire' and Leonardo Da Vinci's cartoons. Entrance is free for 361 days a year, although ticket exhibitions are also available. Located on Trafalgar Square, just by Nelson's Column, no visit to the capital is complete without a visit to this well-loved institution.
4. City cruise along the Thames
Admire the city's most iconic landmarks from the river. There is a range of options from hop-on hop-off boat rides to luxurious Thames dinner cruises. The Thames is intrinsic to the history of London and its fame and fortune, and the chance to see the capital from the water should not be missed.
5. Madame Tussauds
London is home to the original and best Madame Tussauds, the perfect place for a fun day out. Star in immersive experiences, such as Star Wars and Marvel Superheroes 4D and get within touching distance of over 250 incredibly realistic wax figures of your favourite stars!
6. Book a West End Show
If you love theatre, London's West End offers some of the best entertainment in the world. There are always exciting shows and musicals, such as The Lion King, Hamilton and the Phantom of the Opera. Last-minute tickets can sometimes be snapped up for a bargain.
7. Shop 'til you drop
Harrods in Knightbridge is one of the most famous department stores in the world, selling designer clothing and a plethora of luxury goods. Selfridges, the designer shops along Bond Street and Covent Garden are also ideal shopping destinations, not forgetting Oxford Street, the home of Hamleys, perhaps the best top shop in the world.
8. The British Museum
The British Museum houses a collection of fascinating and priceless objects from around the world. Entrance is free apart from temporary ticketed exhibitions.
When to go to London?
One of the best things about London is that it is a city that can be enjoyed all year round. Go for a walk in Hyde Park on a crisp autumn day; plan a day's shopping or a show in the depths of winter; enjoy lunch al fresco in a park in the summer.
How to get to London?
London is served by three airports; Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted, all within easy reach of the capital. London is encompassed by the M25, a motorway that provides quick and easy access to and from the rest of the country. There are also excellent rail connections and the Eurotunnel provides a quick link to Europe, with a terminus in the heart of the capital.
Which hotel to choose in London?
Ideally positioned in well-heeled Chelsea, The Draycott Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel with elegant Edwardian rooms. With afternoon teas and decadent breakfasts, the Draycott offers a quintessentially English experience.
The LUMA Concept Hotel is a thoroughly modern hotel that welcomes guests with spacious rooms and innovative solutions designed to guarantee an enjoyable stay. The LUMA is located in Hammersmith a vibrant West London neighbourhood, near to Hyde Park, Riverside Studios, Harrods and more!
In the heart of the City of London, within walking distance of the Tower of London and Big Ben, the Clayton Hotel provides modern rooms and all the amenities a traveller could want. Tasteful decorations, superb customer service and comfortable beds await you.
4. Andaz London Liverpool Street
Conveniently located next to Liverpool Street Station, the five-star luxury Andaz Hotel is an impressive red-brick Victorian building. Guests can relax in modern spacious rooms or suites with a deceptively local feel. Excellent restaurants and bars are on your doorstep.
Annual events in London
Whatever time of year you go to London, there's sure to be something interesting going on. Each year starts with a bang with the New Year's Eve fireworks and then the New Year's Day Parade along Westminster. Later in the year, you can attend the Chelsea Flower Show, Trooping the Colour, the London Marathon, Crufts, London Film Festival, and Notting Hill Carnival.