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Traditional London is alive and well—with a healthy dose of experimental theater, haute cuisine, and techno beats mixed in. Today, lesser-known gems like Spitalfields Market and the Wallace Collection complement the more popular things to do in London. Though the weather can be dreary, a visit to this thriving city is anything but.

While there are hundreds of great hotels in London, its luxury hotels are especially good places to get the royal treatment you deserve. If you’re feeling more economical, the Allen House is a comfortable and convenient option, and there is no lack of hostels. Once you’re settled and get your visit to the queen at Buckingham Palace over with, you may want to get outdoors to enjoy some of the hiking trails outside London.

And after you walk the city or the moorlands nearby, you will want to eat. London may not be a world-renowned dining destination, but there are plenty of world-class ... Read More
Traditional London is alive and well—with a healthy dose of experimental theater, haute cuisine, and techno beats mixed in. Today, lesser-known gems like Spitalfields Market and the Wallace Collection complement the more popular things to do in London. Though the weather can be dreary, a visit to this thriving city is anything but.

While there are hundreds of great hotels in London, its luxury hotels are especially good places to get the royal treatment you deserve. If you’re feeling more economical, the Allen House is a comfortable and convenient option, and there is no lack of hostels. Once you’re settled and get your visit to the queen at Buckingham Palace over with, you may want to get outdoors to enjoy some of the hiking trails outside London.

And after you walk the city or the moorlands nearby, you will want to eat. London may not be a world-renowned dining destination, but there are plenty of world-class restaurants. Many diners declare that London’s Indian restaurants, especially those on Brick Lane, serve England’s national cuisine—and serve it well—and there’s always Wagamama if you’re in the mood for Pan-Asian.

No matter where you eat or what you do, getting a feel for London Town is easy with our travelers’ photos, and so is finding a flight to London. We recommend doing that before you go—unless you’re planning to swim the Channel from France.    Close

Stories and Tips London

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A Fantastic Drive Around London

Written by chrisandmark on 05 Aug, 2012

My partner works around London sometimes but it tends to be on the outskirts, recently however he had some stuff to deliver around the Spitalfields Market area and his sat nav took him along the 'scenic' route - he came home full of talk about…Read More


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Kings Cross and St Pancras

Written by Joy S on 20 Jun, 2012

Our son is very keen on the Harry Potter books and films, so we promised him we would take him to Kings Cross Railway Station during our visit to London. Believe it or not, they do actually have a Platform nine and three quarters…Read More


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Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

Written by Joy S on 20 Jun, 2012

We went to see the Lion King at the theatre in London quite a number of years ago when it first opened, and well before our son was born. I had always wanted to go back and see this show again, so this trip…Read More


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Greenwich

Written by Joy S on 18 Jun, 2012

Greenwich is a little way out of the centre of London, but it is well worth the effort to go there. It is really beautiful and is the home of several very interesting attractions - Greenwich Park, the Royal Observatory, the Queen's House and…Read More


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Stratford

Written by Joy S on 16 Jun, 2012

We had never really visited this area of London before, but decided to explore as this is where the majority of the Olympic events will be taking place. We took a Blue Badge guided tour and got a great overview from our guide about…Read More


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Olympic Park

Written by Joy S on 16 Jun, 2012

There are now less than 100 days to go to the Olympic Games and the excitement and anticipation is building dramatically in the UK, but even more so when you visit London. It is a very exciting time in the capital, this is a…Read More


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Jubilee Celebrations

Written by Joy S on 15 Jun, 2012

Everyone in the UK could not have failed to be swept up in the wonderful atmosphere of celebration surrounding the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. We were definitely amongst those and watched everything on television - the Thames river pageant being the highlight.On the bank holiday…Read More


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A Walk Along the Southbank - Part 3

Written by Joy S on 13 Jun, 2012

As you walk further along the Southbank, the sights and things to see get no less interesting. Quite the opposite - there is literally some iconic thing to see absolutely every step of the way.The Tate Modern is very impressive. It was originally…Read More


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A Walk Along the Southbank - Part 2

Written by Joy S on 12 Jun, 2012

There are a lot of cultural buildings and things to see on the Southbank - the Southbank Centre is here, which houses a series of art galleries and theatres.The Hayward Gallery is the first of these you come to. It is a art gallery…Read More


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SWEENEY TODD (THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET)

Written by lak11 on 11 Jun, 2012

BIRTHDAY TREATI love going to the theatre so when I heard Sweeney Todd was opening in London, in 2012, I thought this an ideal treat for my daughter’s nineteenth birthday. The icing on the cake was Michael Ball playing the starring role as the infamous…Read More


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