London Holidays

Your London holiday

When the Romans entered British territory around AD43, their first permanent camp was called Londinium. The camp was just a remote base in the vast Roman Empire, but the fact that large ships could access it easily on the River Thames contributed to its development and prosperity.

Just 18 years after the founding of the city, Queen Boudicca pushed the Celtics to revolt against the Romans. The dead were innumerable, and Londinium was completely destroyed by fire. In the fifth century, the Romans withdrew from the city.

In the early ninth century, after struggles against Vikings and other Nordic invaders, London became the political capital of the country. Throughout the Middle Ages, the town thrived through its commercial port. The population grew, and houses and churches multiplied. But in 1650, a huge fire destroyed two-thirds of city homes—later to be rebuilt with stone and brick instead of wood.

By the early 19th century, London was the economic centre of the world thanks to the power of the British Empire. The Industrial Revolution created many jobs, and London became the noisy and colourful city so beautifully described in the novels of Charles Dickens.

During the 20th century, the two world wars halted the economic development of the city. The German bombing campaign completely destroyed the docks and other important areas, and London was forced to stop its primary business. Yet, in the years since, London has remained one of the most significant financial and cultural capitals of the world.

Spend holidays in London, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Revel in its abundance of museums, historical sites, theatres, and world-class restaurants and shopping.

London’s streets hold everything to be desired: the finest tea, quaint bookshops, markets, antiques, and more. At night, enjoy cuisine from every region of the world, as well as top-notch plays, musicals, concerts, nightclubs - and of course classic English pubs. Book a flight to London and you will not look back.

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Flemings Mayfair

Personalized service and luxury in the heart of MayfairThe second oldest hotel in London, Flemings Mayfair is a stylish boutique hotel housed in a historic Georgian building. The modern decor combines traditional British elements with a quirky, contemporary twist. The centrally located retreat is renowned for personal service and boasts convenient setting close to Green Park tube station, Buckingham Palace and shopping opportunities at Bond Street. Patrons enjoy easy access to Victoria Station and Heathrow Airport via the Piccadilly line. The luxurious and comfortable bedrooms at Flemings are individually decorated and have WiFi access, desk, iPod dock, White Company amenities and up-to-date in-room entertainment. HighlightsPrime location in exclusive MayfairBreathtaking interiors Personal, friendly service RoomsGuest rooms are luxury retreats that have been individually designed with chic color schemes and obsessive attention to detail. The hotel team prides itself on personally selecting the room that best meets each guest's tastes and requirements. Amenities include plumped duvets, en suite marble bathrooms with power shower and complimentary toiletries, bathrobes, hair dryer, trouser press, Wi-Fi, LCD TV with pay-per-view movies, mini-bar, 24-hour room service, air conditioning and in-room safe.  Private apartments also are available, with a penthouse apartment reached by private elevator and featuring a roof top terrace.   FeaturesThe in-house Flemings Grill is a stylish restaurant serving a modern-European menu, cocktails and afternoon tea. Kids can enjoy the exclusive Fleming Frog children's menu. Flemings Mayfair provides a fitness centre, 24-hour room service and a range of elegant spaces to unwind, work or meet friends. Modern conference facilities and stylish private dining spaces are also on offer. Transportation Green Park tube station (0.1 mi./0.2 km)Heathrow Airport (13.4 mi./21.6 km)Gatwick Airport (25.4 mi./40.8 km) Attractions Green Park (0.1 mi./0.2 km)Buckingham Palace (0.4 mi./0.6 km)Bond Street (0.4 mi./0.7 km)Oxford Street (0.6 mi./0.9 km)Harrods (0.9 mi./1.5 km) Business Wi-Fi Equipment rentalWorking breakfastsCustomized meetings and events planning 
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The Cavendish London

A haven of tranquility in the heart of London's Theater DistrictPampered tranquility in the heart of the city is the essence of the Cavendish London, whose contemporary rooms offer some of London's most enviable views. Rooms are full-featured and include every modern amenity, including a flat-screen LCD television, Wi-Fi and a Villeroy and Boch-furnished bathroom. London's theaters, Leicester Square and Buckingham Palace are all within easy walking distance, and there's an on-site underground parking lot, too. AttractionsTheatreland (0.6 mi/1 km)Leicester Square (0.4 mi/0.6 km)Buckingham Palace (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Mayfair (0.6 mi/1 km)Piccadilly Circus (0.2 mi/0.4 km) Highlights House restaurant Petrichor is a recipient of an AA Rosette for dining excellenceWithin easy walking distance to Theatreland, Leicester Square, and Buckingham Palace Underground car park RoomsContemporary rooms afford some of the best views in London, and elegant furnishings, subdued lighting, and uncluttered designs project a sense of sustained tranquility. Villeroy and Boch furnishings and a walk-in power shower adorn all bathrooms. Other additions include a flat screen TV, high-speed Internet access, in-room safe, mini-bar, free tea and coffee making facilities and natural hypoallergenic toiletries. FeaturesStanding in sharp contrast to its bustling Theatreland location, the Cavendish London is a sedate urban refuge, a welcoming retreat of calm and an ideal base from which to discover London's most exclusive shops and restaurants. Both leisure and business travelers will appreciate the Cavendish's contemporary rooms, and their modern amenities and furnishings, which have earned the hotel a loyal following and a reputation as a consistently stylish property. Located in the heart of Mayfair, the Cavendish overlooks exclusive London boutiques and galleries, and its Petrichor restaurant is a recipient of an AA Rosette, a distinction for dining excellence. It offers contemporary and imaginative fare, founded on a commitment to sustainable sourcing of ingredients. Additionally, The Lobby Bar and The Lounge are ideal meeting spots for pre-theater drinks. Transportation Green Park and Piccadilly Circus tube stations within walking distanceHeathrow Airport served via connection through Piccadilly Circus stationGatwick Airport served via connection through Green Park station Business Five Event RoomsWi-Fi Audio-Visual EquipmentTelephone Ports
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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 56 reviews
Contemporary luxury in London’s South Bank, steps to Big BenContemporary luxury meets hip, high-tech in the stylish Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London hotel that's directly opposite Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Rooms are equipped with every modern convenience and amenity, and a variety of drink and dining options cater to every business and leisure occasion. A full-service spa features a range of treatments, while a fitness center includes weights, cardio stations and a small pool. HighlightsWalking distance to Big Ben and Westminster Abbey31 meting rooms and an exclusive executive loungeIchi Sushi & Sashimi Bar awarded five stars by View London RoomsGuest rooms of the South Bank Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London hotel are spacious and contemporary with boutique touches that pamper and indulge. Standard features include complimentary Wi-Fi, laptop safe, mini-bar with dual refrigerator, separate shower and bath, and tea and coffee making facilities. A room upgrade allows access to the Executive Lounge, which features complimentary food and drinks. FeaturesStanding in sharp contrast to its bustling South Bank location, the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London hotel is a tranquil urban sanctuary, a welcoming retreat of stylish comfort that embraces both business and leisure travelers. Spacious guestrooms, including 54 suites and penthouses, are ideal for solo travelers, couples and families, and 31 state-of-the-art meeting rooms can accommodate nearly any business conference or event. The Alami Spa and fitness center reinvigorate both body and spirit, and are popular destinations for both hotel guests and locals. DiningBrasserie Joel, awarded 9 out of 10 for food and service by The Times, features classic brasserie dishes that delight the plate, while Ichi Sushi & Sashimi Bar was awarded five stars by View London. 1WB Lounge & Patisserie features a tapas menu and afternoon tea, while Espressamente Illy Coffee Bar is an authentic Italian cafe. Transportation Lambeth North tube station (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Waterloo train station (0.3 mi/0.6 km)Heathrow Airport (17.6 mi/28.4 km)Gatwick Airport (31 mi/49.9 km) Attractions London Aquarium (0.2 mi/0.4 km)London Eye (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Big Ben (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Houses of Parliament (0.6 mi/1 km) Business 31 state-of-the-art meeting roomsComplimentary Wi-Fi24-hour business center
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Charing Cross - A Guoman Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 68 reviews
Charing Cross is part of the Guoman collection of hotels. Each of our hotels is unique and distinctive, set apart from the others by its location, architecture, design, heritage and atmosphere. In the heart of London between The Strand and Thames Embankment, this Grade II listed Victorian building offers every modern convenience whilst retaining its 19th century refined and elegant atmosphere. The unique character and outlook of Charing Cross, minutes from Trafalgar Square and the West End, makes it an ideal hotel for both business and leisure visitors. Charing Cross is a non-smoking hotel.
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Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar

4 stars
4.1 / 5 36 reviews
Thistle Trafalgar Square - The Royal Trafalgar, is located on a quiet street just off the lively Leicester Square, next to the National Portrait Gallery. Situated in the middle of the West End and the famous Theatreland area, the hotel is only a 2 minute stroll to the famous China Town, 10 minutes to Covent Garden and just a 5 minute walk to Piccadilly Circus. The perfect base to explore London, the location further benefits from being only a 7 minute walk from Charing Cross train station and less than 5 minutes from Leicester Square and Piccadilly Tube stops enabling you to easily access all that London has to offer. Recently refurbished throughout, the hotel now offers free super-fast Wifi with hassle free connectivity with no vouchers or emails required, making surfing the web and video calls to friends & families using smart-phones or tablets a doddle. Thistle Trafalgar Square - The Royal Trafalgar is home to Squares Restaurant, serving modern British and European cuisine using the best seasonal produce, with al fresco dining available on the terrace when the sun is shining. Along with the restaurant, the Gravity Bar serves a wide range of drinks and snacks and is the perfect place to enjoy a pre theatre drink or relax and enjoy an afternoon tea in the adjacent lounge.
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St. Ermin's Hotel, Autograph Collection®

4 stars
4.5 / 5 55 reviews
Retaining its classic architecture, evocative Art Nouveau styling and Rococco plasterwork, the St Ermins has been given a distinctive, modern and highly textural look and feel . It offers guests a contemporary version of The Grand Tour’ that infused the English great house style, hand picked antiques and collectables sit together with modern pieces to provide a warm, sophisticated London welcome. The original courtyard garden, reconstructed and lushly replanted, provides a dramatic sense of arrival before entering the beautiful historic lobby complete with sweeping staircases, theatrical balconies and large, open fireplaces. The lobby leads through mellow lounge and library areas, to the Caxton Bar, outdoor terrace and the extended, new 70-cover restaurant, Caxton Grill and private dining room. We took our inspiration from Christopher Dresser – a truly visionary C19th British botanist and designer who was very influential when the St Ermin’s was first built.
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Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley

4 stars
4.3 / 5 32 reviews
Not many London hotels can claim a place in literary history. But The Kingsley certainly can. Named after Charles Kingsley, author of the classics Westward Ho! and The Water Babies, it was once home to EM Forster, one of the famous 'Bloomsbury Group', who worked on A Room with a View while living here. And from The Kingsley, you'll have a wonderful perspective on the capital too. From the hotel, London landmarks like the British Museum, Covent Garden, Oxford Street, the leafy squares of Bloomsbury and the West End theatres are within easy walking distance. We have 129 bedrooms, including Deluxe and Executive rooms and Junior Suites. With seven meeting rooms, the largest seating 100 people theatre-style, and six syndicate rooms, The Kingsley is an ideal setting for business meetings and events; we're also a popular London wedding venue. London isn't the easiest place to bring a car, but there's parking available nearby at an additional charge. Whether you're in London for work or pleasure, The Kingsley's blend of contemporary comforts and Edwardian charm is definitely something to write home about. The Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley is a non-smoking hotel
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Park Plaza County Hall London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 20 reviews
Sophistication and hospitality near the London Eye  The Park Plaza County Hall London is a contemporary and sophisticated hotel. Guests enjoy comfortable rooms and quality services. Have a meal in the award-winning Spectrum restaurant, with its modern British menu, or pay a visit to the hotel's Aurora spa for a relaxing massage or a beauty treatment. Park Plaza County Hall London is ideally located within walking distance of London's biggest attractions including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. 3 Reasons To Stay:  AA Rosette award to hotel's Spectrum restaurant and bar Located opposite the London Eye A short walk to Big Ben and Houses of Parliament Park Plaza County Hall London Rooms  Modern décor and an ambient atmosphere await guests at the Park Plaza County Hall London. All guest rooms are equipped with microwave, mini-bar and mini-fridge. Plasma televisions and work desks are in every room. Guests can choose from a studio room, executive studio room, junior suite or penthouse. Studios feature a separate living area and kitchenette. The penthouse includes a king-size bed, large living area and bathroom, as well as a private balcony to enjoy the hustle and bustle of London. Morning wake-up calls are also available at the Park Plaza County Hall London. Things to Do:  The London Eye (0.3 mi/0.6 km) Sea Life London Aquarium (0.4 mi/0.6 km) Dali Universe (0.4 mi/0.6 km) Big Ben (0.4 mi/0.7 km) Houses of Parliament (0.7 mi/1.1 km) The National Theatre (0.7 mi/1.2 km) Tate Modern (1.4 mi/2.3 km) British Film Institute (2.3 mi/3.7 km)
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Strand Palace Hotel London

Fine dining, modern styling, and in the heart of theaterlandThe Strand Palace Hotel London is ideally located within walking distance of many of London's major tourist attractions. Guests visiting the city on business can make use of the hotel's nine conference rooms. There are excellent transport links right outside the door, including tube stations and bus stops that further add to the hotel's convenient location. The hotel's interesting contrast of a very modern interior with a typically old-English exterior makes for a comfortable stay and the on-site bar and restaurant serves various European dishes and a traditional British carvery. Wi-Fi is free of charge and available throughout the entire hotel. Reasons to stay Located in Covent Garden, just a few minutes' walk from London's most prestigious theaters A selection of nine different meeting venues to choose from, making it ideal for business travelers Contemporary and modern interior within a traditional British building Strand Palace Hotel London roomsThere are two types of room available at the Strand Palace Hotel London: Club and Executive. Each of these categories can provide single, double and king bedrooms. All of the rooms in the hotel are very spacious and contain modern furnishings. The décor is clean and bright, and many of the rooms have marvelous views of London's West End. Executive rooms are decorated in earthy tones and come with a wide variety of extra features, such as complimentary a la carte private breakfast, free movies, choice of luxury toiletries, bathrobe and slippers, and a seating area with desk. All rooms at the Strand Palace Hotel London come with a flat screen television, in-room safe, tea and coffee making facilities and 24 hour room service. For families wishing to stay at the hotel, cots are available on request for children under the age of two, and a sofa bed is also available in some of the rooms. Things to do nearby Covent Garden (0.2 mi/0.3 km) Leicester Square (0.5 mi/0.8 km) Trafalgar Square (0.8 mi/1.3 km) St Paul's Cathedral (1.1 mi/1.8 km) Buckingham Palace (1.3 mi/2.1 km) Green Park (1.5 mi/2.4 km) London Eye (1.6 mi/2.6 km) Piccadilly Circus (2.1 mi/3.4 km) Camden Market (2.6 mi/4.2 km)
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The Cumberland Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 92 reviews
The Cumberland is a perfect base from which to discover London's unique heritage. Many places consider themselves "the heart of London", but we have a stronger claim than most, Park Lane, Oxford Street, Mayfair - some of the capital's most illustrious addresses are right our doorstep. 1019 bedrooms including mini suites, apartments and special access rooms, each containing unique works of art. Each of our bedrooms has thick comfortable mattresses, pure Egyptian cotton bed linen, sumptuous bathrobes and 32-inch LCD satellite television. Electronically coded safes are available in every room, which can store a laptop. The Cumberland Hotel has a Non Smoking policy throughout the entire hotel.
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Flemings Mayfair

Personalized service and luxury in the heart of MayfairThe second oldest hotel in London, Flemings Mayfair is a stylish boutique hotel housed in a historic Georgian building. The modern decor combines traditional British elements with a quirky, contemporary twist. The centrally located retreat is renowned for personal service and boasts convenient setting close to Green Park tube station, Buckingham Palace and shopping opportunities at Bond Street. Patrons enjoy easy access to Victoria Station and Heathrow Airport via the Piccadilly line. The luxurious and comfortable bedrooms at Flemings are individually decorated and have WiFi access, desk, iPod dock, White Company amenities and up-to-date in-room entertainment. HighlightsPrime location in exclusive MayfairBreathtaking interiors Personal, friendly service RoomsGuest rooms are luxury retreats that have been individually designed with chic color schemes and obsessive attention to detail. The hotel team prides itself on personally selecting the room that best meets each guest's tastes and requirements. Amenities include plumped duvets, en suite marble bathrooms with power shower and complimentary toiletries, bathrobes, hair dryer, trouser press, Wi-Fi, LCD TV with pay-per-view movies, mini-bar, 24-hour room service, air conditioning and in-room safe.  Private apartments also are available, with a penthouse apartment reached by private elevator and featuring a roof top terrace.   FeaturesThe in-house Flemings Grill is a stylish restaurant serving a modern-European menu, cocktails and afternoon tea. Kids can enjoy the exclusive Fleming Frog children's menu. Flemings Mayfair provides a fitness centre, 24-hour room service and a range of elegant spaces to unwind, work or meet friends. Modern conference facilities and stylish private dining spaces are also on offer. Transportation Green Park tube station (0.1 mi./0.2 km)Heathrow Airport (13.4 mi./21.6 km)Gatwick Airport (25.4 mi./40.8 km) Attractions Green Park (0.1 mi./0.2 km)Buckingham Palace (0.4 mi./0.6 km)Bond Street (0.4 mi./0.7 km)Oxford Street (0.6 mi./0.9 km)Harrods (0.9 mi./1.5 km) Business Wi-Fi Equipment rentalWorking breakfastsCustomized meetings and events planning 
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The Cavendish London

A haven of tranquility in the heart of London's Theater DistrictPampered tranquility in the heart of the city is the essence of the Cavendish London, whose contemporary rooms offer some of London's most enviable views. Rooms are full-featured and include every modern amenity, including a flat-screen LCD television, Wi-Fi and a Villeroy and Boch-furnished bathroom. London's theaters, Leicester Square and Buckingham Palace are all within easy walking distance, and there's an on-site underground parking lot, too. AttractionsTheatreland (0.6 mi/1 km)Leicester Square (0.4 mi/0.6 km)Buckingham Palace (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Mayfair (0.6 mi/1 km)Piccadilly Circus (0.2 mi/0.4 km) Highlights House restaurant Petrichor is a recipient of an AA Rosette for dining excellenceWithin easy walking distance to Theatreland, Leicester Square, and Buckingham Palace Underground car park RoomsContemporary rooms afford some of the best views in London, and elegant furnishings, subdued lighting, and uncluttered designs project a sense of sustained tranquility. Villeroy and Boch furnishings and a walk-in power shower adorn all bathrooms. Other additions include a flat screen TV, high-speed Internet access, in-room safe, mini-bar, free tea and coffee making facilities and natural hypoallergenic toiletries. FeaturesStanding in sharp contrast to its bustling Theatreland location, the Cavendish London is a sedate urban refuge, a welcoming retreat of calm and an ideal base from which to discover London's most exclusive shops and restaurants. Both leisure and business travelers will appreciate the Cavendish's contemporary rooms, and their modern amenities and furnishings, which have earned the hotel a loyal following and a reputation as a consistently stylish property. Located in the heart of Mayfair, the Cavendish overlooks exclusive London boutiques and galleries, and its Petrichor restaurant is a recipient of an AA Rosette, a distinction for dining excellence. It offers contemporary and imaginative fare, founded on a commitment to sustainable sourcing of ingredients. Additionally, The Lobby Bar and The Lounge are ideal meeting spots for pre-theater drinks. Transportation Green Park and Piccadilly Circus tube stations within walking distanceHeathrow Airport served via connection through Piccadilly Circus stationGatwick Airport served via connection through Green Park station Business Five Event RoomsWi-Fi Audio-Visual EquipmentTelephone Ports
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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

4 stars
4.4 / 5 56 reviews
Contemporary luxury in London’s South Bank, steps to Big BenContemporary luxury meets hip, high-tech in the stylish Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London hotel that's directly opposite Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Rooms are equipped with every modern convenience and amenity, and a variety of drink and dining options cater to every business and leisure occasion. A full-service spa features a range of treatments, while a fitness center includes weights, cardio stations and a small pool. HighlightsWalking distance to Big Ben and Westminster Abbey31 meting rooms and an exclusive executive loungeIchi Sushi & Sashimi Bar awarded five stars by View London RoomsGuest rooms of the South Bank Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London hotel are spacious and contemporary with boutique touches that pamper and indulge. Standard features include complimentary Wi-Fi, laptop safe, mini-bar with dual refrigerator, separate shower and bath, and tea and coffee making facilities. A room upgrade allows access to the Executive Lounge, which features complimentary food and drinks. FeaturesStanding in sharp contrast to its bustling South Bank location, the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London hotel is a tranquil urban sanctuary, a welcoming retreat of stylish comfort that embraces both business and leisure travelers. Spacious guestrooms, including 54 suites and penthouses, are ideal for solo travelers, couples and families, and 31 state-of-the-art meeting rooms can accommodate nearly any business conference or event. The Alami Spa and fitness center reinvigorate both body and spirit, and are popular destinations for both hotel guests and locals. DiningBrasserie Joel, awarded 9 out of 10 for food and service by The Times, features classic brasserie dishes that delight the plate, while Ichi Sushi & Sashimi Bar was awarded five stars by View London. 1WB Lounge & Patisserie features a tapas menu and afternoon tea, while Espressamente Illy Coffee Bar is an authentic Italian cafe. Transportation Lambeth North tube station (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Waterloo train station (0.3 mi/0.6 km)Heathrow Airport (17.6 mi/28.4 km)Gatwick Airport (31 mi/49.9 km) Attractions London Aquarium (0.2 mi/0.4 km)London Eye (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Big Ben (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Houses of Parliament (0.6 mi/1 km) Business 31 state-of-the-art meeting roomsComplimentary Wi-Fi24-hour business center
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Charing Cross - A Guoman Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 68 reviews
Charing Cross is part of the Guoman collection of hotels. Each of our hotels is unique and distinctive, set apart from the others by its location, architecture, design, heritage and atmosphere. In the heart of London between The Strand and Thames Embankment, this Grade II listed Victorian building offers every modern convenience whilst retaining its 19th century refined and elegant atmosphere. The unique character and outlook of Charing Cross, minutes from Trafalgar Square and the West End, makes it an ideal hotel for both business and leisure visitors. Charing Cross is a non-smoking hotel.
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Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar

4 stars
4.1 / 5 36 reviews
Thistle Trafalgar Square - The Royal Trafalgar, is located on a quiet street just off the lively Leicester Square, next to the National Portrait Gallery. Situated in the middle of the West End and the famous Theatreland area, the hotel is only a 2 minute stroll to the famous China Town, 10 minutes to Covent Garden and just a 5 minute walk to Piccadilly Circus. The perfect base to explore London, the location further benefits from being only a 7 minute walk from Charing Cross train station and less than 5 minutes from Leicester Square and Piccadilly Tube stops enabling you to easily access all that London has to offer. Recently refurbished throughout, the hotel now offers free super-fast Wifi with hassle free connectivity with no vouchers or emails required, making surfing the web and video calls to friends & families using smart-phones or tablets a doddle. Thistle Trafalgar Square - The Royal Trafalgar is home to Squares Restaurant, serving modern British and European cuisine using the best seasonal produce, with al fresco dining available on the terrace when the sun is shining. Along with the restaurant, the Gravity Bar serves a wide range of drinks and snacks and is the perfect place to enjoy a pre theatre drink or relax and enjoy an afternoon tea in the adjacent lounge.
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Flights to London

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
Bangkok London Mon, 26 May - Sat, 31 May £538
Lisbon London Wed, 14 May - Sun, 1 Jun £56
Amsterdam London Wed, 7 May - Wed, 14 May £58
Geneva London Fri, 2 May - Thu, 8 May £62
Dubai London Tue, 20 May - Fri, 30 May £308
Johannesburg London Tue, 3 Jun - Tue, 17 Jun £445
Larnaca London Wed, 7 May - Sat, 10 May £185
Athens London Wed, 7 May - Wed, 14 May £128
Zurich London Tue, 13 May - Thu, 15 May £81
Paris London Wed, 14 May - Mon, 19 May £79
Frankfurt London Mon, 19 May - Thu, 29 May £42
Cairo London Sat, 17 May - Mon, 26 May £284
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London highlights

  • Get on the London Eye

    This spectacular Ferris wheel along the River Thames was added to the cityscape at the start of the 21st century. It stands 135 metres tall, offering a 360-degree view of London and beyond.

    From a vantage point within one of its glass pods, you can see the Houses of Parliament, Canary Wharf, Big Ben, and Windsor Castle, among other sights. A ride on The Eye takes around 30 minutes, and, if you want to really savour the moment, can be enjoyed with a glass of champagne.

    Go Shopping in Soho and Covent Garden

    London is the shopping capital of the world, with many trendy boutiques in Covent Garden. Neal Street, which runs out of the Piazza, is probably the best street in the city for shoe shopping.

    There you will also find the capital’s most popular jewellers, such as the prestigious Laura Lee. Covent Garden is also home to a marketplace that combines a food market and food hall.

    Soho, known for high fashion, features many sophisticated boutiques in Carnaby Street and Kingly Court.

    Have a Pint in a Pub

    One of the greatest English traditions is to spend hours in a cosy, local pub watching football or reading the newspapers with a pint. A proper, traditional drinking hole is Ye Olde Mitre Tavern (1 Ely Place), which claims to date back to 1547. On weekdays this atmospheric place is usually heaving with after-office drinkers – a sure sign that the beers meet the high standards demanded by Londoners.

    See a Play in a Theatre

    London is home to the world’s most exciting theatre scene, from brilliant productions of Shakespeare’s plays to contemporary dramas and musicals. In famous theatres such as the Victoria Palace Theatre, the Prince of Wales Theatre, and the Aldwych Theatre, you can see the vanguard of the world stage.

    You can often buy cut-priced tickets on the day of the showing from numerous stalls on Leicester Square.

Top London attractions

  • Buckingham Palace

    The official residence of Queen Elizabeth II is open to the general public every summer. Sumptuously decorated, the rooms include classic paintings by the likes of Rembrandt and Rubens; Sevres porcelain; and a fine collection of antique French and English furniture. Visitors also have access to the 29-acre gardens and annual temporary exhibitions.

    The Tower of London

    This thousand-year-old prison, palace, and execution site has a bloody, tumultuous past. Walk the path that led Queen Anne Boleyn to her tragic beheading at the scaffold on Tower Green. Then marvel at the ‘Crowns and Diamonds’ exhibition in the Martin Tower. When walking the grounds, keep an eye out for the resident ravens - the black birds are said to keep the tower from collapsing.

    The British Museum

    This museum opened in 1759 and now holds more than seven million objects gathered from the four corners of the globe. One of the most popular exhibits is the Ancient Egypt collection, which includes the Rosetta Stone. The recently renovated and covered great courtyard has become an architectural attraction in itself.

    The National Gallery

    The gallery on Trafalgar Square contains some fine examples of European art spanning almost seven centuries. The entire history of painting – from the Early Renaissance to the Post-Impressionists – is represented, including an array of instantly recognisable masterpieces.

    Outside on the square, the statue of Admiral Nelson – famous for leading the British fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar – keeps watch over the city from a vantage point atop a 56 metre column.

    Natural History Museum

    This life- and earth-science museum boasts exhibits of dinosaurs, human biology, mammals and ecology, insects, and even a simulated earthquake experience. The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit is also held here, while children will love the interactive science centre.

London holiday travel tips

  • London Cycling

    Cycling is a fun, green way to explore the city. The London Bicycle Tour Company offers bike hire by the hour, day, and week. It also provides guided tours in several languages. The hourly rate for bike hire is £3.50.

    Airports

    London is served by five major airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, and London City Airport.

    The high-speed Heathrow Express train costs £16.50 and takes 15 minutes to reach Paddington Station. A slower but cheaper option is the Piccadilly Underground Line, which takes you to the city centre.

    Gatwick Airport is about 25 miles from the centre. The Gatwick Express takes you to Victoria Station for £17. For the same price, the Stansted Express takes you to the Liverpool Street station.

    London City Airport is located inside the city and is accessible by underground.

    Finally, Luton Airport is 30 miles from the centre and is served by various bus companies. The least expensive is Easybus, whose fares start at £2.

    Public Transport

    The network of public transport in London consists mainly of buses. Take the underground when possible. It is the easiest and fastest way to get around, especially during peak hours. It stops at 12.30a.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and 11.30p.m. on Sundays.

    If you are not rushed, consider seeing the city from the top of a double-decker bus—it is a very pleasant, very “London” experience!

    For more freedom within the city, or if you wish to explore the surrounding area, check out our London car hire offers. Be mindful of the congestion charge levied on vehicles that enter the centre of the city.

Where to stay in London

  • Near Hyde Park

    The Hyde Park Suites hotel is set in Georgian-style terraced buildings close to the delightful Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. The central location means great public transport links, which make it easy to explore interesting neighbourhoods that are further afield.

    In Kensington

    The Copthorne Tara hotel is located in a quiet section of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, an area full of chic boutiques and sophisticated restaurants. The hotel’s facilities include two restaurants, a bar, air-conditioned bedrooms, a fitness room, and 24-hour room service.

    The hotel Think Apartments Earls Court is a stone’s throw from Notting Hill and the famous Portobello Market. The stylish apartments come with the latest media technology and a modern kitchen.

    Near the West End

    The Clarendon hotel is an elegant boutique hotel in Bloomsbury. The superb central location makes it easy to visit the British Museum and still have time for a trip to the shops in Covent Garden and Soho.

    The stylish Grange Holborn hotel is ideally located for London’s main theatre district. The relaxing spa will make you quickly forget any aches and pains from a long day’s sightseeing.

    Near the Thames River

    Stay on the water’s edge in the Tower A Guoman hotel. Positioned perfectly to visit the Tower of London and photograph the iconic Tower Bridge, the hotel is also just a leisurely walk from The City of London.

    For more choice, check out our London hotel offers.

London restaurants

  • The Wolseley (160 Piccadilly) is a hugely popular French brasserie that was originally a 1920s car showroom. Built so extravagantly that it bankrupted Wolseley Motors, the Italian-influenced dining room is now graced with fruits de mer, steak frites, lobster bisque—and celebrities.

    The historic J Sheekey (28-32 St Martin’s Court) is legendary for its delectable fresh fish and seafood. First opened in 1896 by Josef Sheekey as an oyster bar, it is now known for its Colchester oysters, Cornish cock-crab, salmon, and seabass. At weekends there is a set lunch for a reasonable price.

    Hakkasan (8 Hanway Place) boasts the first Michelin star ever awarded to a Chinese restaurant. Needless to say, the food is extraordinary, consisting of Chinese staples with a Western twist. The décor is almost as impressive as the food itself, with slate walls, provocative screens, candles, and blue lighting.

    The Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s (53 Brook Street) features mouth-watering creations by London’s triple Michelin-starred celebrity chef. The Art Deco dining room provides an ideal setting to savour the British-themed food and excellent service.

    Arbutus (63-64 Frith Street) takes an innovative approach to Mediterranean cuisine. Simple and understated, Anthony Demetre’s cuisine has won several awards, including the coveted Michelin Star. Look for creative starters like the braised pig’s head and the squid and mackerel burger. The prices are fantastically low, considering the quality.

Health & Safety

  • Vaccinations and Hygiene

    There are no compulsory vaccinations. However, recommended vaccinations include: tetanus, polio, pertussis, and measles. For all travellers aged over 25 who do not have a measles history and are not vaccinated, the risk must be assessed on an individual basis depending on the duration and conditions of travel.

    The water is potable, and all bars and eating establishments are required to serve tap water free of charge.

    Accident or Health Problem

    The health infrastructure is excellent. The public hospitals run by the National Health Service (NHS) and the care provided by GPs are free in emergencies. Before leaving home, ask your local Social Security centre for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

    In case of emergency, dial 999 or 112 (the European emergency number).

    Security

    London is generally a safe place, with highly visible police patrols. However, you should not walk alone at night with showy jewellery or carrying a large quantity of cash. Also wary of pickpockets on public transport, especially the London Underground.

    Keep copies of your passport and other travel essentials in case the originals are stolen or lost.

    Travellers are particularly advised not to carry pocketknives or defensive sprays because if caught, you could be arrested and imprisoned or forced to pay a heavy fine.

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