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LONDON TRAVEL GUIDE

A CITY THAT NEVER STOPS

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LONDON Travel Guide:
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

We have gathered and answered the most frequently asked question about London

January – February: if you are looking for a culture trip, the best time to secure last minute theater tickets to West End shows is January – February.

April- August: Personally, we would recommend to visit any time between April till early September. Despite the stereotypical English weather spring in London is extremely charming ( but it’s fair to say that the weather isn’t predictable as much as in the summer). If you are looking to experience summer in London, aim to visit between June-August. Apart from a more predictable weather you can benefit from London’s summer sales time ( late June), Queen’s birthday ( June) or visit  royal sites that are open for one month only (August)however, don’t forget that it’s a peak of a season in England which equals higher crowds. 

 

If you want to get a proper grasp of the city we would recommend staying at least 3-4 full days. With London being one of the biggest cities in Europe the longer you stay the better. 

So if you do stay in London for a minimum 5 days, we would recommend to pay a visit to the surrounding countryside. Consider visiting one of the majestic University towns of Oxford and Cambridge, or a magnificent Georgian city of Bath or historical Stonehenge

Like a film set: this truly unique neighborhood of Notting Hill will most likely make you feel like on a film set. Explore endless streets with Victorian townhouses, antique shops, street-food vendors, small cafes and pubs!

Overall London is a very safe place, but just like every big city it does have a small sections with a questionable reputation, so common precautions should be taken. While you should be absolutely fine during the day, try to stick to populated areas at night. Take an extra care of your belongings if you are planning to wander at night, especially in the areas like Hackney, Shoreditch or parts of Camden.

London is well known for its excellent public transport, which at the same time goes with higher cost too. Using public transport in London is extremely accessible – the cheapest and the most convenient way is to use a Pay as You go system – using your contactless bank card ( alternatively your phone or other device equipped with Google / Apple Pay).

Alternatively, you can get a Visitor Oyster Card at the cost of £5 ( refundable), with a manually topped-up credit.

Public transport fares in London operate on a set-price basis and cap system.  It practice it means that while a single bus journey cost £1.50 per ride, unlimited bus travel cost a day will not exceed £4.50. The same system applies for an underground journey – depending on the zone traveled,  you daily cost will not exceed a set travel cap per day.

Low cost:  If you are tight on budget you can expect to spend around £50/ day. This budget includes a bunk bed in a lively hostel, public transport, street/market food and spending some time cooking by yourself, and free attractions ( such as majority of museums)

Mid- range: Bringing your budget up to £100 will cover a private room in Airbnb, eating out in a low to medium ranged restaurants/cafes, public transport and some paid attractions.

High budget:  on a luxury budget of £350 a day you can choose to stay in a comfortable 4-start hotel, eat out including one sophisticated meal in a high-end restaurant, get around with a taxi, and enjoy majority of paid attractions. 

KEY LONDON AREAS

MAYFAIR

FOR LUXURY LOVERS

CAMDEN

UNDERGROUND, LOCAL VIBE

SOUTH KENSINGTON

LONDON WITH A FAMILY

KENSINGTON

FOR A CULTURE TRIP

SHOREDITCH

FOR THE BEST NIGHTLIFE

SOUTHWARK

FOR FOODIES

NOTTING HILL

LIKE A FILMSET

HOTELS IN LONDON

LONDON HOTELS BY AREA 

MAYFAIR AND COVENT GARDEN

London at its best: If you are looking for a vibrant London feeling the best area for you to say is Mayfair and Covent GardenFilled with great restaurants, cafes, luxury, and boutique hotels make it a perfect base for visitors who wants to fully indulge in their London Experience. 

 

The Connaught *****

FROM $678/NIGHT

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The Henrietta Hotel  ****

FROM $274/NIGHT

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The Piccadilly West End  *****

FROM $170/NIGHT

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CAMDEN

Local Vibe:  If you are looking for more of an underground local vibe choose Camden – the birthplace of the British Rock, or East End  ( Jack the Ripper’s old haunt). You can definitely expect great nightlife and benefit from the lively Soho located nearby.

PLUM GUIDE ****

FROM $362/NIGHT

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ITALIAN FLAT  ****

FROM $236/NIGHT

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MIRABILIS APARTMENTS ****

FROM $183/NIGHT

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CAMDEN ENTERPRISE HOTEL (9.0)

FROM $131/NIGHT

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SOUTH KENSINGTON / MARYLEBONE

London with kids:  choose a little bit quieter neighborhoods such as South Kensington or Marylebone, conveniently located in close proximity to Hyde Park- especially if visiting in Winter – Hyde Park is a host of the family-friendly Winter Wonderland.

THE MARYLEBONE HOTEL*****

FROM $400/NIGHT

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THE HARI LONDON *****

FROM $247/NIGHT

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MONTAGU PLACE HOTEL****

FROM $239/NIGHT

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SONDER – CHELSEA GREEN ****

FROM $235/NIGHT

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KENSINGTON

For History & Museums: If you are looking for a culture and art-filled visit then Kensington is your place. The are is so-called London’s Museum Quarter including places like the Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum or Science Museum. 

BUCKINGHAM & LLOYDS*****

FROM $737/NIGHT

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THE QUEEN’S GATE GARDEN ****

FROM $520/NIGHT

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MELIA LONDON ****

FROM $309/NIGHT

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THE GORE HOTEL ****

FROM $248/NIGHT

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SHOREDITCH

Best neighborhood for nightlife: If you are looking for a visit filled with nightlife fun choose up and coming area of  Shoreditch/ Spitalfields in East London. The abundance of outdoor markets, vintage clothing stores, bars, restaurants, and artsy streets make it one of the liveliest districts in town. 

HART SHOREDITCH HOTEL ****

FROM $326/NIGHT

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REDCHURCH TOWNHOUSE *****

FROM $318/NIGHT

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BATTY LANGLEY’S *****

FROM $287/NIGHT

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BOUNDARY LONDON *****

FROM $285/NIGHT

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SOUTHWARK

For Foodies: the historic district of Southwark located right by the river Thames will not disappoint those who are looking to enrich their visit with some real foodie experience. The area is home not only to the Tate Modern but also several food markets – such as Borough Market – definitely a happy place for all foodies. 

SHANGRI-LA AT THE SHARD *****

FROM $629/NIGHT

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HILTON – TOWER BRIDGE ****

FROM $385/NIGHT

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THE DIXON – TOWER BRIDGE ****

FROM $360/NIGHT

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LONDON BRIDGE HOTEL ****

FROM $280/NIGHT

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NOTTING HILL

Like a film set: this truly unique neighborhood of Notting Hill will most likely make you feel like on a film set. Explore endless streets with Victorian townhouses, antique shops, street-food vendors, small cafes, and pubs!

THE LASLETT LONDON *****

FROM $336/NIGHT

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GRAND ROYALE HYDE PARK *****

FROM $261/NIGHT

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THE PREMIER NOTTING HILL ****

FROM $200/NIGHT

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DAWSON PLACE (BB) (8.9)

FROM $194/NIGHT

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LONDON HOTEL GUIDE

London HOTEL GUIFR

9 HOTELS IN LONDON WITH A POOL

5 UNIQUE HOTELS IN LONDON

8 TOP SPA HOTELS IN LONDON

LONDON – TOP 5 ACTIVITIES 

London Travel Guide

1

Explore Covent Garden >>

Explore Covent Garden

Explore the lively area of Covent Garden with its quirky stalls, artsy markets. unique pubs and coffee shops, all accompanied by busking musicians, comedians, and performers.

2

Visit Tate
Modern Museum >>

VISIT TATE MODERN MUSEUM

Tate Modern is a British national gallery of international modern art holding collections from 1900 to the present times including modern and contemporary art. The entrance is free of charge leaving visitors in London with no excuse from stopping by this cultural center.

3

Stroll alongside the River Thames and Tower Bridge >>

WALK ALONGSIDE SOUTHWARK AND TOWER BRIDGE

Don't miss out on a picturesque walk alongside the River Thames starting from the London bridge all the way up to the Tower Bridge - a combined bascule and suspension bridge built between 1886 and 1894 that has become a world-famous symbol of London.

4

Visit Big Ben and the House of Parliament >>

Visit Big Ben and the House of Parliament

Explore the political hub of London with its Houses of Parliament and Big Ben clock tower. The Parliament tour cost around £25
( we recommend to book online in advance or get there early )

5

Go for a ride on the London Eye >>

RIDE THE LONDON EYE

The London Eye - the signature of London, is a 500-feet tall Ferris wheel providing the best view of the city. The attraction is quite pricey (£27 for an adult ticket), but who could miss out on the top tourist attraction in London?

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