Destination Pages - River and City View London


Live the high life in London. Hit the shops on Oxford Street, stroll in Hyde Park, visit Buckingham Palace, and explore the city's wealth of restaurants and bars. Finish up your trip on a high note with a spin in the London Eye and a visit to the superb Tate Modern.

Looking to explore London’s most secret spots? Check out our top choices/favorites.

As the capital of England and the United Kingdom, London is that ever-changing metropolitan melting pot that everyone looks forward to visiting. Legend has it that London houses over 8 million residents speaking over 300 languages. 

With such diversity, this city attracts millions of foreign tourists, students and new residents every year, making it one of the most international and most visited cities in the world. 

London is home to some of Britain’s most beloved sites: the majestic Buckingham Palace, the British Royal Family’s humble abode; the iconic Big Ben, London’s most famous landmark; Hyde Park, the largest of four Royal Parks located below central London’s Marble Arch and Oxford Street; and lastly, the panoramic view of the Thames River and the city skyline seen from the impressive London Eye or far-reaching Emirates Air Line cable car near Canary Wharf

With a long and interesting history, London boasts plenty of historical and cultural sites, as well as modern and unusual attractions, to keep you busy no matter what time of year you are visiting. 

Reasons to go 

From an exciting and varied food scene to exceedingly good entertainment, London has something to offer everyone. 

Here are some of our favorite secret spots in this exciting and modern city: 

  • Hidden London Tours: In the London Transport Museum, you can take a hidden London tours where you can explore the uncharted side of the London Underground and visit disused stations and secret sites across London. 

  • Chin Chin Labs: Visit this unusual ice-cream parlor in three London locations, including a Soho branch just moments from Leicester Square, to indulge in an ice cream made using the freezing properties of liquid nitrogen and see how it is made. 

  • Dennis Severs' House: Deemed one of London’s most original and immersive experiences, the rooms in this home-turned-museum were recreated by Dennis Severs as a time capsule of what life would have been like in that house in a former century. 

  • Camden Passage: Located behind Upper Street in Islington, this small tucked away street is filled with cute cafes, independent boutiques, antique markets and vintage shops. 

  • Speakeasies and secret cafes: London is known for its many secret bars and hidden venues and places like The Luggage Room and The Little Yellow Door are some of the most beloved speakeasies. And if you are not in the mood for an alcoholic beverage, you can visit London's hidden cafes, such as People’s Place on Regent Street or Swans Bar on Piccadilly.

  • Lewisham Micro Library: Head to the corner of Tyrwhitt Road in South London to find a phone box turned miniature library. It's free, you can pop in and take any book, just make sure to leave one behind. 

  • High Street Kensington Farmers’ Market: Undiscovered and new for 2020, this outdoor market features 30 stalls with fresh seasonal produce and delicious lunch bites, set in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 

  • Stephen Wright's House of Dreams: Every surface inside and outside this London home is adorned with outsider art – found objects collected over 20 years, including everything from dolls' heads and false teeth to wigs and trinkets. 

  • One-of-a-kind neighborhoods: London has some of the most unique and picturesque neighborhoods. Neighborhoods like Soho feature a variety of dining, nightlife, and shopping options, including popular spots like Soho Theatre and Kingly Court. For a little bit of retail therapy, you can head over to Covent Garden, the shopping and entertainment hub in London's West End, or visit some of the city's most beloved and popular shopping streets, such as Carnaby Street and Oxford Street. For a more tranquil and posh experience, you can explore Mayfair, one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, and experience some of the best things in fashion, art and gastronomy that London has to offer. 

When to go 

No matter when you choose to visit, you're bound to run into heaps of tourists. 

Months like December are always particularly busy due to the holiday season. However, during this time, the festive atmosphere in the capital is truly magical as the city is adorned and lit up with Christmas lights decorations. 

Despite being another one of London’s prime tourist seasons, late spring is the best time to visit this busy city. From March through May/June, you can enjoy mild temperatures and the season’s colorful foliage. 

Travel tip 

The capital can be a confusing – and expensive – place to navigate but if you are using the London Underground to explore the city’s many attractions, make sure to purchase your tickets using your contactless card or an Oyster (which you can preorder online) instead of a travelcard. The London Underground is the best way to explore the city as it is not only an extensive network that covers London and its surrounding areas, but it also perhaps the most budget-friendly means of transportation available. If you’re arriving into Heathrow, The Underground also takes you all the way from its terminals into central London on the Piccadilly Line. 

One final and important travel tip to keep in mind while in London is to remember to always stand on the right when travelling on escalators. Remember, the left side is reserved for walking riders. 

So, are you ready to wander through London Town? Check out our area hotels to find your ideal base for exploring.


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83 Chiltern Street 1.56 miles/2.52 kilometers from downtown
Holmes Hotel London - Heritage Deluxe
The Holmes Hotel London offers a delightfully original stay, with 118 elegant rooms and luxurious loft suites, a lounge, library and a gym, all spread across four beautifully restored Georgian buildings in Marylebone.
Tripadvisor Rating 5.0

353 reviews

1 Addington Street 0.64 miles/1.03 kilometers from downtown
Park Plaza County Hall London - Superior Room Twin
Check into the sophisticated Park Plaza County Hall London to explore the South Bank of the River Thames.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.5

646 reviews

628 Western Avenue 6.81 miles/10.96 kilometers from downtown
Park Plaza London Park Royal - Lounge
Offering 212 hotel rooms, Park Plaza London Park Royal blends contemporary style with premium amenities that include a restaurant, bar and well-equipped fitness centre.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.0

1233 reviews

18 Albert Embankment 1.12 miles/1.8 kilometers from downtown
Park Plaza London Riverbank - One Bedroom Suite River View with Balcony
Park Plaza London Riverbank welcomes travellers to Central London with an ideal location on the South Bank of the River Thames.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.0

4327 reviews

6 Hercules Road 0.87 miles/1.41 kilometers from downtown
Park Plaza London Waterloo - Swimming pool
An ultramodern hotel ideal for families, the stylish Park Plaza London Waterloo is within walking distance of some of London's most-visited attractions, including the London Eye and the Imperial War Museum.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.5

3788 reviews

239 Vauxhall Bridge Road 1.07 miles/1.72 kilometers from downtown
Park Plaza Victoria London - Entrance
The stylish Park Plaza Victoria London is ideally located in the West End, within walking distance of Buckingham Palace and Victoria London train station.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.0

5806 reviews

200 Westminster Bridge Road 0.64 miles/1.03 kilometers from downtown
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London - One Bedroom Suite London Eye view
Conveniently situated on the South Bank of the Thames, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London features contemporary design throughout its 1,019 rooms and suites.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.5

23251 reviews

350 Oxford Street 1.01 miles/1.63 kilometers from downtown
Radisson Blu Edwardian Berkshire Hotel, London - Studio Suite
Radisson Blu Edwardian Berkshire Hotel, London invites guests to a lounge bar and a comfortable dining experience at Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms. It is just a few minutes' walk from Bond Street tube station, on the Jubilee and Central Lines.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.0

2571 reviews

9-13 Bloomsbury Street, Bloomsbury 0.7 miles/1.13 kilometers from downtown
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel, London - Exterior
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel, London is set in the literary area of Bloomsbury, moments from British Museum and close to Covent Garden.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.0

3877 reviews

130 Tottenham Court Road London 1.24 miles/1.99 kilometers from downtown
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, London - Junior Suite
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, London is close to Euston station, St. Pancras international and Regent's Place.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.0

5847 reviews

31-36 Leicester Square London 0.2 miles/0.32 kilometers from downtown
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel, London - Exterior
5-star hotel in Leicester Square near Theatreland with a Peruvian and Mexican restaurant, Leicester Square Kitchen, lounge bar and meeting rooms.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.5

4002 reviews

140 Bath Road, Heathrow, London 13.61 miles/21.9 kilometers from downtown
Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel & Conference Centre, London - Lobby
The hotel has over 400 luxury bedrooms, three restaurants and a spa with first-rate facilities, by Heathrow Airport and moments from Central London.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.0

6617 reviews

97 Great Russell Street Bloomsbury London 0.72 miles/1.16 kilometers from downtown
Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel, London - Junior Suite
Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel, London is set in the literary area of Bloomsbury, moments from Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Street and close to Covent Garden.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.0

3829 reviews

20 Mercer Street 0.46 miles/0.74 kilometers from downtown
Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel, London - Lobby Lounge
Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel, London is a boutique hotel on Seven Dials in Covent Garden.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.5

4474 reviews

5 Fairmont Avenue Canary Wharf London 5.29 miles/8.52 kilometers from downtown
Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf Hotel, London - Premium River View Room
4-star hotel in Canary Wharf with luxury bedrooms, Scoff and Banter restaurant and bar, spa, gym, meeting rooms and easy access to ExCel and London City Airport.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.5

4766 reviews

19-25 Granville Place London 1.28 miles/2.07 kilometers from downtown
Radisson Blu Edwardian Sussex Hotel, London - Junior Suite
4-star Marble Arch hotel in London, with Steak & Lobster restaurant and meeting spaces, moments from Oxford Street, Hyde Park and Selfridges.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.0

2328 reviews

68-86 Cromwell Road London 2.47 miles/3.98 kilometers from downtown
Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel, London - Premium Room
The 4-star Vanderbilt hotel is a 19th century, Grade II-listed townhouse situated in leafy South Kensington, close to numerous museums and Hyde Park.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.0

5010 reviews

Waltham Close, London Stansted Airport 31.44 miles/50.6 kilometers from downtown
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport - Hotel Exterior
Welcome to the Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport, where convenience meets style for both business meetings and leisure stays.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.0

6257 reviews

Bath Road (Building A), West Drayton, Heathrow 14.02 miles/22.56 kilometers from downtown
Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre London Heathrow - Exterior
Book into our airport hotel that’s connected internationally and Scandinavian at heart. Get the balance right with our calm rooms, productive spaces, and modern fitness facilities.
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Church Rd, Lowfield Heath, Gatwick 25.03 miles/40.29 kilometers from downtown
The Radisson RED sign on the exterior of a hotel
Enjoy style and convenience at Radisson RED London Gatwick Airport. Ideally located just a few miles from Gatwick Airport, the hotel features 185 rooms, a fitness center, buffet breakfast, bar, and restaurant.
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228 Tunnel Avenue 5.93 miles/9.54 kilometers from downtown
Radisson RED - Guest room
Stay in London’s trendy borough of Greenwich near the O2 Arena and Greenwich Park, with stylish rooms just 15 minutes from central London.
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Bath Road (Building B), West Drayton, Heathrow 13.98 miles/22.51 kilometers from downtown
Radisson RED London Heathrow - Groups check-in desk
Just landed in London? Flying out from Heathrow? Book into our vibrant hotel with no restrictions and a pool, steam room, and sauna—just minutes from the airport.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.0

79 reviews

Stratton Street 0.69 miles/1.12 kilometers from downtown
The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel, Mayfair London - One Bedroom Signature Suite - Schiaparelli Suite
Relax in a contemporary and historic boutique hotel in the heart of London’s Mayfair.
Tripadvisor Rating 4.0

6212 reviews