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Timeless, traditional and titillating: Discover London
Discover London this winter, where the lights sparkle across the city’s supreme sights. Wrap up warm and wander along the River Thames, coffee cup in hand. Ride the London Eye, gaze at the grand Houses of Parliament, stroll down to the Tate Modern, then cosy up in a traditional pub.
Book a holiday in London and dart along Oxford Street for a spot of shopping – Liberty is a must-visit. Next, swoon through Britain’s iconic department store, Harrods, and meet up for a British treat of afternoon tea with friends. Still feeling peckish? Borough Market has plenty of tasty bites to try, while the foodie scenes of Camden and Dalston markets are great for the whole family.
Spend time wandering through the enchanting Kew Gardens, discover the lively atmosphere around South Bank and make your way to The National Gallery. Lap up London’s history with a trip to the British Museum and see the masterpieces of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Visit Buckingham Palace, then hop on the Underground and see Tower Bridge. It’s time to visit the UK’s characterful capital. Why wait, book your flight to London today.
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Discover the best of the big city with our expertise, whether you want to live London life like a local or squeeze the capital’s most iconic features into your trip, our guides will help you make the most of your holiday. From its unique world of experiences, seasonal highlights, and the quizzically unexpected – see the very best of London with us.
Arriving in London
Book your Heathrow Express Return ticket and travel the fastest way to Central London. The non-stop journey time is only 21 minutes from Terminal 5, giving you more time to do the things you love. Book now
London hotels for every traveller
Whether you’re looking for a couples stay in the capital, a budget break in the heart of London or the perfect hotel for all the family – you’ll find brilliant accommodation for your big city trip. Discover simple, sleek rooms for solo travel, the best hotel for your business trip, or a touch of luxury in a sprawling suite. Whatever you are looking for, find it with us.
Things to do in London
See the hottest attractions the city has to offer from the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and the historic wonders of the British Museum to the magic of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. See doubles of your favourite celebrities at Madame Tussauds, before exploring more museums along Exhibition Road.
Classic: Take afternoon tea in London
There’s always time for tea when you visit London. Discover our sweet and savoury collection of hotels, offering truly scrumptious experiences. Whether you want a chance to eat edible art, to tuck into plates of planet-shaped cakes or simply sit back with a glass of Champagne – come and try it for yourself.
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Where to shop in London
The royals have always been known for their timeless, elegant British style, partly thanks to London and its shopping credentials. But there's far more to buy in London than just the latest fashions. From designer trainers to iconic literature, discover the best places to spend your cash in the capital.
Fashion assistant at the Financial Times
Family day trips from London
If you’re stuck for things to do with the kids in the school holidays, why not take a break from the city and have a fun-filled day out? With cities to explore, trips to the seaside and country escapes, our pick of day trips are guaranteed to keep the entire family happy.
London based journalist and writer
London for families
With a new arrival adding to the royal household, London has never been a more wonderful city for families to explore with your own little princes and princesses. From the lofty heights of the London Eye – discover the capital’s must-see sights when you’ve got kids in tow.
Family travel expert
Quirky London: a weekend guide
No matter how many times you visit, there’s always something new to discover. Look beyond the tourist hotspots with our guide to London’s unexpected. Wander away from the classics and find your bearings along aromatic Brick Lane, or park up for a pint in one of the microbreweries of Walthamstow. See another side of London, which is just as fascinating.
London based writer
Five iconic facts about London
The London Eye
Move aside Kate Moss (she’s looped the Millennium Wheel at least 25 times), it’s time for you to hop aboard the London Eye, the world’s fourth-largest Ferris wheel. Climb into one of 32 capsules (one for each borough of London) and cycle around the sky in around 30 minutes. The ride moves at a leisurely pace of 0.6 miles an hour. You will see London’s skyline, and on really clear days you may even spy Windsor Castle.
The Tower of London
The Tower of London has an engrossing history, including some gruesome tales; and it houses ravens, who are cared for by a designated Ravenmaster. While you’re there, you can learn about the superstitious reasons for their presence… Wander through the chambers, home to over 23,500 jewels and see the glistening Crown Jewels – then take a tour and keep an eye out for the restless ghosts and ghouls who have been spotted here.
The London Underground
Experience the capital like a Londoner with a ride on the Underground. Stretching across the heart of London and its peripheries, the Tube is the oldest and largest underground rail work. With an average of 2.7million Tube journeys made a day, it’s popular for commuters and tourists alike. Grab a copy of the London Underground map and navigate between the stations and zones, listening for talented buskers – you might just hear the next Ed Sheeran.
Museums of London
See as many of the city’s 250+ museums as you can. Visit Dippy (the 26-metre Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton) at The Natural History Museum, experience the Red Arrows 3D simulator at The Science Museum and see the 2018 award-winning Design Museum. You can also discover the past that shaped the nation at The Imperial War Museum and explore the world’s oldest national museum – The British Museum.
Parks in London
See London’s leafy side when you visit the city’s green spaces. Amble through the 650 acres of Hyde Park, with its 275 acres of beautiful Kensington Gardens. Be sure to look out for the statues and monuments scattered throughout Hyde Park, including the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Stroll through the Royal Regents Park and take a seat on Primrose Hill, where Renee Zellweger once sat in the Bridget Jones film.
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London visa and entry requirements
Despite the recent referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union, visa-free travel is still in place for citizens of the EU to and from the UK.
Those arriving from some countries outside the EU may need to apply for a visa. To check if one is required, and for information on how to apply, please visit the UK Border Agency website.
If you are a national of some countries (including Australia and the USA) you can join the ‘Registered Traveller’ scheme and enjoy faster entry into the UK, as long as you have a biometric passport. Read the full list of eligible countries and conditions on the ‘Registered Traveller’ website.
Remember, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you have the right visa and documents to be allowed entry into the UK when flying into London.