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London travel guide

Whether it’s winding your way up the centuries-old spiral staircase in the Tower of London, enjoying the city views from Level 31 at Aqua Shard (signature ‘Elizabeth Line’ cocktail in hand) or taking your time to pore over the collectibles at Portobello Road market, there’s a London experience for everyone. Very few cities roll history, culture, nightlife, a foodie scene, shopping and sheer personality into a world-class package quite the way London does.  If you’re planning a visit, explore our London travel guide and find out how to make the most of your time in this incredible city. We’ve collected the best tips from our travel experts, and have all sorts of suggestions for things to do, the best time to travel (and what you can expect from that London weather!), where to stay in London, getting around and more. We even have a guide to Heathrow Airport at your fingertips.
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Where to stay
Where to stay in London? In such a big city, with each neighbourhood offering something unique, you need to consider what you want to see and do when choosing a location to rest the night. Whether history and sightseeing, stage shows or fine food are on your priority list, there’s a London neighbourhood to match. 
Things to do
When searching for the best things to do in London, it’s easy to see why you could spend weeks in the British capital alone. From historic places to visit in London to the city’s modern attractions, your to-do list is bound to be long!  Between British politics and royal palaces, London is filled with must-see landmarks. Explore inside the historic Tower of London, rise about the city on the London Eye and wander the historic streets between.
Getting Around
London transport is nothing if not comprehensive. Its fast, efficient underground system, iconic black cabs and red double-decker buses mean getting around is simple and generally stress free. 
Where to eat
London’s dining scene has a little bit of everything, from traditional British pub grub to celebrity chefs and multicultural market stalls; and the quality is almost always excellent. Find a cosy booth in a pub for a Sunday roast, order a traditional curry on Brick Lane, or sit down for a long brunch in a Covent Garden cafe. 
Shopping
Splendid department stores such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges are an integral part of London shopping. Yet there is also a vibrant mix of boutique stores, outdoor markets and emerging fashion designers to discover in London. 
Best time to travel
The best time to travel to London depends on a number of factors, including activities, tours and price. London enjoys four distinct seasons, each bringing a unique experience. It may be known as the rainy city but London actually receives less rainfall on average than Rome does, and has been known to reach 38 degrees in the height of summer! 
Parks
It may be a bustling international city, yet London is littered with beautiful green spaces. London parks vary from hidden courtyard gardens to rolling fields and forest that feel miles away from the middle of the city. 
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