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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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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.
Park Plaza County Hall London - Penthouse Bedroom View
Check into the sophisticated Park Plaza County Hall London to explore the South Bank of the River Thames.
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.
Park Plaza London Riverbank - One Bedroom Suite River View lounge
Park Plaza London Riverbank welcomes travellers to Central London with an ideal location on the South Bank of the River Thames.
Park Plaza London Waterloo - One Bedroom Suite With Terrace
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.
Park Plaza Victoria London - Executive Studio Double living room
Ideally located on the West End within walking distance of the Victoria London train station, the stylish Park Plaza Victoria London provides guests with a convenient transportation link to Gatwick Airport.
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.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Berkshire Hotel - Junior Suite
The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Berkshire is London's only hotel with an Oxford Street address, in the centre of the West End, moments from Marylebone. The hotel is just a few minutes' walk from Bond Street tube station, on the Jubilee and Central Lines and Crossrail.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel - Bloomsbury One Bed Suite
The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street area's literary heritage is brought to life in the Bloomsbury Street hotel, with its spacious lobby displaying Virginia Woolf's famous works, modern artwork and stylish look and feel.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel - Junior Suite
The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Grafton hotel's 19th century heritage and trendy Fitzrovia location makes it the perfect base to explore famous London attractions, close to the West End.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel - Exterior
5-star hotel in Leicester Square near theatreland, Soho and Piccadilly Circus with luxury bedrooms, restaurant, lounge, bar and meeting rooms.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel - Lobby
The Heathrow hotel has over 400 luxury bedrooms, three different restaurants and spa with first-rate facilities, a short drive from Heathrow Airport and Central London.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel - Junior Suite
Characterful, cultured and calm, the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Kenilworth hotel is warmly inviting and quietly stylish in the heart of Bloomsbury. Traditional British cuisine is served in the restaurant, Scoff & Banter, with a range of tasty classics and indulgent afternoon teas.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel - Lobby Lounge
Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street is a boutique hotel distinguished by an unrivalled location.
Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf Hotel - Premium River View
4-star hotel in Canary Wharf with luxury bedrooms, Scoff and Banter restaurant and bar, spa, gym, meeting rooms and easy access to the City.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Sussex Hotel - Junior Suite
4-star Marble Arch hotel in London, moments from Oxford Street, Edgware Road and Selfridges with luxury bedrooms, Steak & Loster restaurant and meeting spaces.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel - Vanderbilt Bedroom Studio Suite
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.
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.
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.
Radisson RED London Heathrow - Guest Room
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.
Radisson Collection Strand Hotel, Stockholm - Meeting room candles
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Stay in London’s trendy borough of Greenwich near the O2 Arena and Greenwich Park, with stylish rooms just 15 minutes from central London.
The May Fair London, A Radisson Collection Hotel - Schiaparelli Suite
Relax in a contemporary and historic boutique hotel in the heart of London. Explore the city while you stay in the Mayfair neighborhood, one of London's most upscale and elegant areas.