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Essential Guide

London is packed full of accommodation options. You can stay in a five-star hotel, an intimate B&B (Bed & Breakfast), a self-catering apartment or a quality hostel. There is no shortage of beds and even in the luxurious and fashionable areas you might find something to suit your price range.

Type of Room

Double rooms, single rooms, twin rooms, family rooms… the choice can be overwhelming. Just know that London’s hotels offer a range of standard room configurations. Your hotel or B&B might offer simple singles and twins or may stretch to luxurious suites covering hundreds of square feet.

Top of the Range

If money is no object then London can offer you some of the best hotels in the world. The likes of the Ritz, the Dorchester and The Savoy are world-famous and command a high tariff. Expect to pay over £200 for a night of unrivalled luxury here.

Mid Range

Best Western is a good choice if you want to combine comfort with excellent service, at a price that won’t break the bank. There are a number of Best Western hotels in fantastic locations across London, such as the Mostyn Hotel.

Boutique hotels like the acclaimed K West and chains such as Novotel have sprung up all over the city and offer a stylish experience with their carefully chosen customised interiors and fashionable locations. Best of all they are often reasonably priced, with frequent offers making their rooms cost just under £100.

Essential Guide

London has the greatest concentration of major attractions in Britain and offers an amazing variety of places to visit.

It needn’t cost a lot to get out and about, with 238 attractions that are completely free to enter there’s nowhere else in the world where you can see so much for so little. Visit everything from the thousands of historic exhibits at the British Museum to the stately Kenwood House, the award-winning Imperial War Museum or even Hackney City Farm.

The British Museum, V&A, Natural History Museum and Science Museum can each take a day to explore, but you will still be inspired if you only have a couple of hours to spare. As well as famous permanent exhibits, look out for topical displays featuring a variety of special interest subjects. ‘Interaction’ is the key to many of these so you don’t just stand and stare.

London’s more famous attractions such as the British Airways London Eye and Madame Tussauds are well worth visiting if you’ve never been before, but you can also branch out and visit some less well known attractions. Places like Kensington Palace, Dali Universe and the Photographers‘ Gallery also have much to offer.

If there aren’t enough hours in the day to explore as much as you’d like, take in late night opening on Friday or Saturday nights at some of London’s top galleries and museums such as Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and National Portrait Gallery.

BFI London IMAX Cinema, Dali Universe and Geffrye Museum are some of hundreds of attractions for people with special needs. Although all attractions are not 100% accessible for wheelchair users, many make extra efforts for individual requirements such as signed shows for the deaf, induction loops, Braille guides, as well as special tours for those with learning difficulties.

Open space accounts for 30% of the London area, and the city contains 143 registered parks and gardens. Short walking paths and nature trails can be found in places like Hampstead Heath and Mile End Park, and at the end of an exhausting day walking, they’re a great spot for a picnic – weather permitting!

Just south of the River Thames is Battersea Park, featuring a Japanese Pagoda which was a gift to the nation. Or head further out to Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew where you can explore four acres of magnificent conservatories displaying plants from rainforest to desert.

Sports fans are also well taken care of. From the Museum of Rugby and Twickenham Stadium Tours to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum or Arsenal Museum and Stadium Tours, you’ll never get bored between matches.

Most attractions are open daily from 1000-1700, although some attractions may have shorter opening hours on Sundays. Seasonal opening times also operate at attractions including, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and Leeds Castle, and make sure to take note of public holidays. Always check times before you make the journey.

Essential Guide

London is a paradise for lovers of great food with over 6,000 restaurants to choose from. Sample cuisine from over 50 countries or visit one of 36 Michelin-starred restaurants. And if that doesn’t whet your appetite there’s always fresh, reliable fish ‘n’ chips close on hand.

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