I love this vibrant capital. The city is simply amazing!
You can visit London in two days or spend a week and enjoy everything it has to offer, in this guide we are going to help you to choose your itinerary, where to stay in London and the best restaurants to eat at in London!
Whether you are traveling with children, friends, as couples or alone you will always find a way to have a great time. We all know the highlights; Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower if we want to be completely correct), the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Camden Town, Hyde Park, Notting Hill…
There are so many iconic places that must be visited on your trip. We’re going to give you our recommendations, some secrets and some spots that are not so well known so you get to know the city as if you were a Londoner.
The best area to stay in London depends on you preferences. We’re going to recommend you the best hotels in every neighborhood so you can decide what is your best fit!
We’ll start this guide with the most popular neighborhoods, those that are on your to-do list.
What to see in Camden Town, London
Camden Town is the alternative neighborhood in London. Vintage, Punk, Funk, futuristic… all styles have a place in this neighborhood.
Wander around the district, look at the curious shops and people-watch! The Camden Lock Market is a must. The smell of food and a delicious curry from the courtyard makes for an experience you'll never forget.
Apart from great and original shops, bars, pubs and restaurants with all types of food, Camden Town is the perfect place to take a ride through Regent’s Canal.
Did you know there is a Little Venice in London? You can take a boat from Camden Lock and visit this lovely area north of Paddington, the ride takes about 50 minutes. You can do it with the London Waterbus Company. The canal has plenty of caffés, restaurants and pubs located in narrowboats.
You can also step out the boat and walk along.
What to see in Notting Hill, London
This great neighbourhood northeast of London has became famous thanks to the movie it is named after. The colored Victorian houses, shops and cosmopolitan atmosphere make for a pleasant morning visit on a sunny day. At the Portobello Road Market you can find everything,
it is an antiques market where you can find everything. It’s better if you go on a Saturday morning because you’ll get to enjoy the shops in the street and a livelier crowd.
Notting Hill is also famous for its carnival in August,
during the last weekend the neighborhood turns into a big celebration. With Caribbean roots, the carnival is a party that takes over the streets and fills them with music and color for three days of fun.
A visit to Historic London
A walk through historic London will take you to the most iconic places of the city. You can start at the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. If you want to take a few shots of this outstanding building, the best place is Westminster Bridge. Visit Westminster Abbey, the medieval cathedral where the big events of the Royal family take place and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Buckingham Palace is another great attraction. The solemnity of the building and it’s important role in British history make a great visit. Make sure to stick around for the changing of the guard (daily at 11:30 from April to July and alternate days the rest of the year), an official ceremony converted into a really touristic attraction.
You have to go along the Thames River to find the Tower of London
. It’s a historic mediaeval castle that hosts in its interior the Crown jewels and some stories about rolling heads. Another important building along the River is the London Bridge, a spectacular Victorian bridge of architectural interest that offers you exclusive views of London
. If you want to have a view from a higher point, go to the exhibit on top of the tower. Near these two attractions there is St. Paul’s Cathedral, which is one of the largest churches in the world and has a stunning dome that dominates the skyline of this part of London.
Trafalgar Square and surroundings
Trafalgar Square has two of the most important museums in the World, the British Museum and the National Gallery. At the British Museum you can find more Egyptian treasures than in Egypt itself, if you don’t have that much time (the museum is huge) you can visit the marvelous pieces they host from Greece and Egypt. The National Gallery hosts paintings of all styles;
it has a wide collection, including impressionists and renaissance masterpieces. Two of the most famous paintings are Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” and Botticelli’s “Mars and Venus.”
Close to these attractions you’ll find Picadilly Circus. Five roads converge at this intersection that's close to shops, restaurants and nightlife; in fact the popular Oxford Street is just a few blocks away. You can go at night to enjoy the neon lights and the bustling crowds on your way to attend a musical in the West End Theatre District. The plays are fantastic.
Covent Garden District
This central area of London near Leicester Square is well known for its restaurants, shops, theatres and bars. It’s within walking distance of the National Gallery and it’s a good place to spend an afternoon. The Covent Garden market piazza and the Opera Quarter are the main attractions. The Opera Quarter is a historic food quarter that offers many of the best restaurants in London.
We recommend two French restaurants, Chez Antoinette and Clos Maggiore. Inside the Piazza Covent Garden you should grab a cookie at Ben’s cookies!
London with Kids
Traveling with kids can be a challenge but they ability to be amazed at everything is something that we love about taking them to new places. To enjoy London with kids, mix in visits to the London Transport Museum, which is very interactive and fun. Kids love parks and when you are touring Hyde Park you can stop at the Diana Memorial Playground, it even has a pirate ship!
We are sure your kids will enjoy the Changing of the Guard as Buckingham Palace but be aware that it can be too busy for the little ones. Instead, try The Mall, near St. James Palace.
East End: The hip neighborhoods of Shoredicht and Hoxton
These two London districts are the place to be. You can’t tell where one finishes and the next starts. New cool restaurants and bars are opening in these areas. Take time to just wander around, looking at the graffiti on the walls that add a pop of color to the streets, and the lively atmosphere. You can start at High Street Shoreditcht and walk along the adjoining streets. Make a stop at the Geoffrey Museum and the museum of the home.
In a Victorian market hall you’ll find the Spitalfields Market, where you can find design shops and organic food. On Sundays all stalls are open and make the experience much more enriching, Fridays are also great because you can catch a fantastic art and fashion market.
Nightlife in this neighborhood is also an attraction itself so you can end your walk with a pint in one of the cool pubs and having a great dinner in one of the trendy restaurants.
Our favorite hip hotel in this area of London is the Hoxton Hotel, which also has a cool bar.
Best area to stay in London
Best area to stay in London: City Center
If you are staying in the heart of London, you are close to everything. London's public transport is great and is a great way to make the most of your stay in the city.
Best hotels in the City Center
Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Hotel
: Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Hotel is a stylish hotel located in London, England. In the immediate vicinity of the hotel guests can visit Bloomsbury Square, Convent Garden, and Piccadilly Circus.
It is a 4 stars hotel which offers good services and location, making the place a suitable option for those interested in visiting the capital, and also for those on corporate purposes.
: This luxury hotel has been awarded as “AA London Hotel of the Year”, Dukes London provides you with a privileged service in the heart of St. James. The sophisticated hotel has the privilege of occupying an old palace built in the 16th century by the King Henry 8th.
Corinthia Hotel London
: this luxury hotel is in a great Victorian building and offers you a spa, luxurious rooms and helpful staff that will make your stay easier and more comfortable.
Best area to stay in London: Marylebone
This area is located between two iconic parks: Hyde Park and Regent's Park. By, staying in this area of London you'll be near the Marble Arch, Selfridges, the Madam Tussaud Museum and the Sherlock Homes Museum. The Marble Arch metro station (central line) is a great way to get around the city.
The area is perfect for those who love shopping. Here you can find chic boutiques and fashionable attractions, plus the famous shopping areas of Oxford Street and Bond Street.
Best hotels in Marylebone
The Arch London Hotel
: This elegant hotel takes up 7 Georgian townhouse buildings is located in a residential and quite street where you can rest after a long and fun day of exploring the city.
The Marble Arch By Montcalm Hotel
: situated at the beginning of Oxford Street this luxury boutique hotel offers you great service in a perfect location. The hotel offers you a retreat in a chic and contemporary atmosphere.
Best area to stay in London: Belgravia
The neighborhood is perfectly located to explore London and has a iconic landmarks and chic shopping.
Belgraves A Thompson Hotel:
A boutique hotel with a cool design that offers you a unique experience. The hotel merges social spaces with few rooms and a great interior architecture and design.
Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel
: this is a chic, contemporary retreat.
Best area to stay in London: South Kensington
Staying in this area of London will keep you close to Hyde Park, Knightsbidge and Earl's Court.
Best hotels in South Kensington
The Kensington Hotel
: featuring a great renovation, this elegant and stylish luxury hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a well-equipped gym and luxurious air-conditioned rooms.
Best area to stay in London: Leicester Square
If you are passionate about theatre, there is no better place to enjoy what the West End has to offer than the area close to Leicester Square. The art scene in London is alive and well and presents some of the best plays from around the world. The area is also centrically located to Trafalgar square, the London Coliseum, home of the English National Opera and Covent Garden.
St Martin's Lane Hotel
: This boutique hotel
is a dramatic and daring reinvention of the urban resort. Smart, witty and sophisticated you'll love the deco and the service. The Light Bar is a unique and breathtaking space that takes the concept of atmospheric lighting to new heights.
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