London Travel Guides

London’s 600 square miles encompass more than 2,000 years of incredible history, from the Roman era to the days of William Shakespeare to its third time hosting the Olympics in 2012. The British capital’s incredible cultural diversity is represented by its more than 19 million annual visitors — only Bangkok has more — as well as nearly 9 million residents of many nationalities who speak more than 300 languages within the city.

Where to Stay

Hotels in London range from budget-friendly to top shelf, and can be found throughout the city’s diverse neighborhoods. London’s West End is where you’ll see the most four- and five-star hotels, as well as an abundance of art galleries, theaters and restaurants. North of the West End are the Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia neighborhoods, which are somewhat quieter and have lower-priced hotels. Covent Garden is perfect for foodies looking to stay within walking distance of the amazing food destinations of Chinatown and Soho, as well as tourist attractions like Parliament and the National Gallery. Those traveling with kids may want to check out family-friendly accommodations in South Kensington and Marylebone, which are close to museums, Hyde Park and the London Zoo.

Airports

London boasts the busiest international airport system in the world, with an incredible six airports: London City, Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and Southend. London City is closest to central London, but is a much smaller airport, mainly used by business travelers. Heathrow is London’s largest airport, and has more passenger traffic than any other airport in Europe. It’s about 14 miles west of central London, and has six runways, shops, restaurants and live entertainment.

Top Things to Do

There’s so much to do, see and experience in London that it will be difficult to narrow down your choices! Among the city’s most popular and iconic free attractions are Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. There’s no shortage of museums, gardens and zoos, with the Science Museum, Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Holland Park, the British Museum, the London Zoo and so much more. For nightlife, there are restaurant tours, pub crawls and plenty of evening entertainment. If you’re traveling with kids — or adults — who love Harry Potter, everyone will get a kick out of visiting Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station.

Weather/Seasonal Information

You’ll need to pack warm clothes when you visit London because its balmy weather averages in the mid-60s to low 70s from May to September, and is considerably colder in winter and early spring. Although it’s occasionally a bit warmer in the summer months, be sure to bring your galoshes and umbrella because London averages more than 100 rainy days annually, with December as its wettest month.

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