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Find something new in London

London is one of the most visited cities in the world, no surprise when you appreciate its diverse culture, cuisine and historical attractions. Full of art and creativity, it continues to aspire and seek out new innovations that invite discovery.

London’s skyline ostentatiously displays both its history and modernity – Big Ben dominates Westminster, while the Shard casts a shadow over Tower Bridge. Focus the lens and a city of villages starts to emerge, culminating in a metropolitan melting pot of ideas and beliefs, of sights and sounds, from all corners of the globe. From the grandiose mansions of Kensington to the pop-up bars of Brixton, its vast and distinctive green spaces, and everything in between – you will find something to suit your holiday in this magnificent capital.

London street.

Find out what's on in London this November

Before the city turns festive with pop-up ice-skating rinks and Santa's grottos, the skies light up with firework displays to commemorate Guy Fawkes, and later the Lord Mayor's Show. Remembrance Sunday brings a glorious show of red poppies, to mark those who lost their life in the line of duty.

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London brighton veteran car.

1-6 November

On 1 November over 500, pre-1905 vehicles, will take part in the Bonhams London To Brighton Veteran Car Run. These vintage car enthusiasts will depart from Hyde Park between 6am and 8:30am, ready for their picturesque, 60 mile journey to the south coast. If you’re not up for the early start, waving them off – you can get an up-close-glimpse of more than 100 old cars on 31 October at The Regent Street Motor Show

From 2 to 8 November the Winter Fine Arts & Antiques Fair welcomes around 125 exhibitors and over 200,000 visitors. Celebrating its quarter of a century anniversary this year, this popular annual event invites both antique enthusiasts and window shoppers to hunt for hidden gems.

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London rememberance.

7-13 November

Commemorate Remembrance Sunday on 8 November at the Cenotaph Parade in Whitehall. The march past takes place along Whitehall and Parliament Street from 8am – a fitting tribute to all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.

The Lord Mayor's Show takes place on 14 November from 11am until 2:30pm. Find a space to spectate along the three and a half miles between Bank and Aldwych, and watch the huge procession of marching bands, floats and acrobats pass by. Or gather at 5pm for the Lord Mayor's Firework display.

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London jazz festival.

14-20 November

Acclaimed as one of the best jazz festivals in the world, EFG London Jazz Festival runs all week up until 22 November. This is a great opportunity to see a variety of world-class artists and emerging stars perform in fantastic locations across London, from the Royal Festival Hall to the London Barbican.

Book tickets to attend the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, at The O2, taking place all week up until 22 November. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see the world’s greatest players compete for the last title of the season.

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winter wonderland.

21-27 November

Get in the festive spirit with free entry to the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland from the 20 November until 3 January 2016. Browse the Bavarian markets for yuletide gifts, warm up with a mulled wine and enjoy a bratwurst in the Grand Hall. Or book tickets to some of the best attractions including The Magical Ice Kingdom or Santa Land.

For a magical interpretation of the beautifully-illustrated book by Raymond Brigg’s, book tickets to see The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre from 25 November to 3 January 2016. Suitable for children aged four and over, this much-loved festive tale is told through dance, song and mesmerising lighting effects.

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Christmas at kew.

28-30 November

On 27, 28 and 29 November the Foodies Festival Christmas comes to the Old Truman Brewery. Enjoy festive-themed-foodie-fun as you shop for artisan treats, sample produce from the cheese village or sip a craft beer at a pop-up brewery. Live demos from top chefs make this an ideal event for keen cooks… but it’s not all about food, there are plenty of ways to get into the festive spirit.

From the 25 November up until 2 January 2016 Christmas at Kew transforms the already breathtaking botanic gardens into one of the most magical displays in London. The winter trail is a magical after-dark experience. Follow the one-mile winding path as it meanders around the gardens – passing illuminated fountains, glowing waterside reflections and a scented Fire Garden.

Find out what's on in London this December

December brings the festive season, so expect parties, pantomimes and mince pies galore. But it isn’t all canapés and cocktails, there are still some brilliant art exhibitions and concerts not related to everything Christmas. Then, at the end of the month, New Year’s Eve brings in 2016 with a bang.

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The London Santa Run.

1–7 December

It's your last chance to see the wonderful Enchanted Woodland, at Syon Park in West London - historic home of the Duke of Northumberland and family. Visitors to the estate will experience the beautiful sculpted gardens lit by coloured floodlights. Enjoy an ethereal journey through the impressive grounds until 6 December.

A truly Christmassy treat for children takes place on 5 December through Battersea Park, where hundreds of Father Christmases take to their heels for the The London Santa Run. Alternatively, the Pantomime Horse Race takes place at the DeVere Davenport on 14 December, for some four-legged action.

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Ai Weiwei.

8-14 December

Ai Weiwei, China’s foremost contemporary artist and a cultural phenomenon, has a fantastic exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. His works, with themes including creative freedom and censorship, take over the main galleries until 13 December. His powerful and unforgettable style will amaze both fans and newcomers alike.

Another winter warmer takes place at Spitalfield’s Winter Festival this Christmas. Taking place between 4 and 15 December and hosting a smorgasbord of choirs, orchestras and artists, this festival brings everyone into the spirit, just in time for the xmas parties.

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Matthew Bournes Sleeping Beauty.

15–21 December

The world-famous Sadler’s Wells plays host to Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – a spectacular re-imagining of the classic tale. First performed in 2012, and back by popular demand for seasonal run, this is a stunning ballet. Playing 1 December to 24 January, Bourne returns again to Tchaikovsky, as his previous ballets include Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

The International Horse Show is perfect for both equine enthusiasts and neophytes, with show jumping and dressage competitions taking place all week at London Olympia. Between 15 and 21 December professional riders will impress you with the grace and flair of these beautiful creatures, a great time for all the family.

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The Musical.

22–28 December

Starting in November (exact dates TBC) until the new year, the Natural History Museum opens its Ice Rink to the public again. Skate to your heart’s delight under the twinkling of 80,000 lights and around a beautiful Christmas tree. Experience a winter haven at the iconic Kensington landmark.

Made famous by comedian Will Ferrell, the 2003 film Elf takes on a melodic twist in Elf: The Musical. This fun and funny musical tale about Buddy, a man who grew up in the North Pole, will have you laughing in the aisles. Playing at the Dominion Theatre between 21 December and 2 January, this is a perfect show for the festive season.

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Star Wars at Madame.

29–31 December

With a new film about to hit the big screen, this is your last chance to see Star Wars at Madame Tussauds. Visit fan favourites Yoda, Han Solo, and of course the dark lord, Darth Vader at London’s famous waxwork museum, Madame Tussauds. Open until 31 December this is the ideal way to get excited about the film’s release.

And finally for 2015, the epic Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks and party at Westminster and the London Eye will bring in the new year in style. This is one firework display you don’t want to miss on 31 December, but don’t forget to buy a ticket as it is a very popular event.

Find out what's on in London in January

The New Year gets off to a spectacular start in London, with the world-renowned New Year’s Day Parade. Then there’s plenty for culture vultures to enjoy – from film festivals to art fairs. A dash of Disney, a spoonful of Cirque du Soleil and other delights, make January an irresistible dish.

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New Year Day Parade.

1 – 7 January

Join the hordes of cheering spectators lining the streets around Piccadilly as the London New Year’s Day Parade celebrates the arrival of 2016, on 1 January. Thousands of performers, awe-inspiring floats, marching bands and more contribute to this fantastic feast of colour and fun.

Then on the 2 and 3 of January, it’s your last chance to see Elsa and Anna, Ariel, Lighting McQueen, Buzz Lightyear and a host of other Disney favourites in the high-octane Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment at The O2. Don’t miss this live-on-ice spectacular.

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London Short Filim Festival.

8 - 14 January

Film fans should hurry to snap up tickets for the prestigious London Short Film Festival, on 8 to 17 January. The UK’s leading showcase for independent short films – the LSFF sees screenings of ground-breaking work from both British and international talent at multiple venues across the city.

Then get ready to see the capital’s iconic architecture in a brand new light – literally – as Lumiere London illuminates the city from 14 to 17 January. Featuring innovative installations and dazzling 3D projections by an array of artists – it is guaranteed to wow.

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15 - 21 January

The incredible Cirque du Soleil returns to the magnificent Royal Albert Hall from 16 January to 14 February, with the UK premiere of Amaluna. Prepare to be mesmerised, as an almost entirely female cast perform in this tribute to the work and voice of women.

Then art lovers won’t want to miss the UK’s premier modern art event – the London Art Fair – at Islington’s Business Design Centre from 20 to 24 January. A host of British and international contemporary artists will be exhibiting at the fair, with the opportunity to browse and buy.

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The corrs.

22 - 28 January

We haven’t heard from them since their 2004 album Borrowed Heaven. Now Ireland’s most attractive musical family, The Corrs, are back and bringing their unique Celtic folk rock sound to The O2, on 23 January.

It’s one of the biggest nights in Scotland’s calendar, and London likes to be a part of the fun when Burns Night is celebrated on 25 January… Toast the birthday of late Scottish poet Robert Burns with a ‘wee dram’ of whisky, or sample ‘haggis with tatties’ at restaurants and bars around the city.

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Cancer research.

29 - 31 January

Let the world renowned London Philharmonic Orchestra take you on a musical odyssey by way of Beethoven and Alexander Raskatov, on 30 January. In the wonderful setting of the Royal Festival Hall, sit back and enjoy the world premiere of Raskatov’s Green Mass, with Beethoven’s beautiful (Pastoral) Symphony No.6.

Then cheer on the participants of the Cancer Research UK Winter Run, as they brave the elements on 31 January and pound the 10km route through Central London in aid of the cancer charity.

London neighbourhood guide

If you’re planning a trip to London, one of the most important considerations you’ll make is where to stay. London is like a city of villages, each providing a different city break experience. Our hotels in London are spread across many of London's neighbourhoods. For entertainment there’s no better place than the West End. Westminster is at the heart of politics and royalty. Or stay around Tower Bridge and soak up quintessential London and the ‘city life’.

St Pancras train station

Bloomsbury & St Pancras

Bloomsbury has attracted writers and liberal thinkers for centuries. Streets lined with Victorian architecture and beautiful garden squares contribute to its distinctive village feel. Our bestselling hotel in this area is 3* Royal National – it’s basic but, as a comfortable base in a great location, it is ideal. King's Cross St Pancras is one of London’s most newly regenerated areas and it’s now an exciting place to be. Here you’ll find The British Museum, The British Library and the much underrated Charles Dickens’ Museum. Fantastic transport links provide easy access around London and across the UK, with Eurostar serving London's high-speed rail link with Paris, Brussels and continental Europe too.

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Marble Arch & Oxford Street

This central London neighbourhood is a magnet for shopping enthusiasts. Department stores, including Selfridges and Liberty, nestle alongside fantastic high street shops on Oxford Street and Regent Street. While premium designer brands surround Old and New Bond Street. We recommend staying at 4* Cumberland, offering a perfect base for the avid shopper – the reception boasts one of London’s most exciting art galleries too.

The Mall leading to Buckingham Palace

Victoria & Westminster

At the heart of London’s monarchy and politics, and a favourite for locals and visitors alike, this area is brimming with culture and enviable views of iconic landmarks. Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace are to name but a few. Enjoy the best of London from the 4* The Grosvenor, which is perfectly located next to London Victoria Station.

Colourful houses in London

Paddington & Notting Hill

Known as the leafy neighbourhoods of London, Paddington is bordered by Hyde Park and fashionable Notting Hill is characterised by its distinctive green squares. A haven for antiques, second hand books and the weekly Portobello Road Market. 4* Hilton London Paddington is a popular choice, adjacent to Paddington train station – providing easy access to Heathrow Airport, and only three blocks from the shopping district along Oxford Street.

The Natural History Museum

Kensington & Earls Court

One of the most beautiful areas of London and great for history and the arts. Kensington is surrounded by stunning Georgian and Edwardian architecture. Visit the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum while you’re here. Earl’s Court is a lively area offering a true taste of London lifestyle, with plenty of pubs to frequent. 4* K+K Hotel George provides a quiet retreat, where you can experience great service and an excellent buffet breakfast.

Park Lane.

Park Lane & Mayfair

Our finest luxury hotels luxury hotels and London’s Michelin starred restaurants gravitate towards the most exclusive addresses in London. Enjoy award-winning afternoon tea, browse the designer shops on Bond Street and admire the affluent houses in Berkley Square. 5* Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel is an iconic resident on Park Lane, providing the biggest of all hotel rooms in London.

The Kings Road.

Knightsbridge & Chelsea

This exclusive royal neighbourhood is a great place to shop for designer or vintage pieces. Knightsbridge is the home of Harrods, the world famous department store. And Chelsea is famous for the Kings Road, with its fashionable roots from the 60s. 4* Rembrandt is a firm favourite in this area – perfectly located adjacent to the V&A and Natural History Museum.

The West End.


From musicals to dramas, comedies to tragedies, London’s Theatreland provides the best in entertainment. The lively areas of Covent Garden and Leicester Square are bursting with bars, restaurants and talented street performers who vie for your attention. 5* Waldorf Hilton enjoys an enviable location at the top of the Strand, perfect if you want to be right in the heart of the action.

The O2.

Southbank & Waterloo

The year-round festival atmosphere on the Southbank makes this one of the most vibrant areas in London. Browse galleries in the South Bank Arts Centre and play your part in the outdoor art installations. Spectate at the skateboard-friendly underpass and enjoy the views from the EDF London Eye – this pedestrian-friendly area along the River Thames is a cultural delight. We recommend 5* Hilton London Bankside for its fantastic location on the ‘design trail’.

Tower Bridge at dusk.

Tower Bridge & St Pauls

London's Financial District beautifully showcases this city’s historical past. Iconic landmarks, like the Tower of London, the magnificent Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral dominate London’s skyline. Cross the Millennium Bridge and visit the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe, or stroll over to sample the gourmet food stalls at Borough Market. 5* Grange Hotel St Paul’s offers incredible views and designer shopping at One New Change offers a nice distraction too.

A London view.

City airport & Docklands

Conveniently located within 20 minutes’ from London City Airport – East London offers a great alternative to central London, especially if you’re looking for a cheap hotel. Stratford is home to the Olympic Park, at the centre of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Westfield – the largest urban shopping centre in Europe. Canary Wharf and the London Docklands can also rival the West End, with glam bars, restaurants and the O2 Arena putting on the world’s most popular live events. The 4* DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside enjoys a unique location, with fabulous views over the Thames and Canary Wharf and excellent facilities including an indoor swimming pool and health club.

London weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • 10°Mar
  • 13°Apr
  • 17°May
  • 20°Jun
  • 22°Jul
  • 21°Aug
  • 19°Sep
  • 14°Oct
  • 10°Nov
  • Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 54
  • 40
  • 37
  • 37
  • 46
  • 45
  • 57
  • 59
  • 49
  • 57
  • 64
  • 48
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 1
  • 2
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  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

London: An insiders guide

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London: An insiders guide

Author and resident Saska Graville unearths off-the-radar places to eat, sleep and shop.

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