London is one of the world’s greatest city. It is a vibrant and exciting metropolis packed with a variety of different cultures, influences, world class attractions and entertainment for every budget and lifestyle. It is a really diversified city offering so much to its residents as well as to the millions of tourists coming in every year. From world class museums and galleries to chic hotels, well known shops to exquisite restaurants, passing by a variety of music venues, it has something for everyone.
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Top 10 London attractions
The following are the top 10 most popular London tourist attractions :
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Buckingham Palace
- Trafalgar Square & National Gallery
- Madame Tussauds
- Tate Modern
- Natural History Museum
- V&A Museum
- Science Museum
- Tower of London
The London Eye is one of the most iconic sights of the capital. It is visited by over 3.5 million people a year making it the UK’s most popular paid attraction. The structure is 135 metres high in a perfect central location on the River Thames opposite the Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Inside its 25 people capsules it provides the greatest views of central London spanning up to 40 km in each directions, from the City and Canary Wharf to the east to as far back as the Windsor castle to the West.
The British Museum is the second most visited museum in the world with more than 5.5 millions of visitors a year, just after the Louvre in Paris. It has an enormous collection of over seven million objects originating from all continents. It is a museum of history and culture which mission it to document and illustrate the story of human culture from its beginning to the present. Some of the key highlights of the British Museum include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Ancient Egypt mummies. The museum is free but special exhibitions require tickets.
The Buckingham Palace situated in the heart of in the City of Westminster is famous for being the residence of the British monarch. This great attraction is only open to visitors during August and September, however the Changing of the Guard, a free display of colourful Royal pageantry may be view all year round.
Trafalgar Square & National Gallery
Trafalgar Square is perhaps one of the most iconic square in the West End of London. It is known to be home to a wide range of events throughout the year, such as rallies, filming activities and new year’s eve celebration. It has the Nelson’s Column, on one side and the famous National Gallery on the other where some of the best European paintings from the 13th to the 19th century are kept including masters such as Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Titian and Stubbs. The gallery entry is free but a donation is recommended.
Madame Tussauds is one of the most famous attractions in central London. It has millions of visitors coming in each year from all over the world to see the various wax sculptures. This legendary museum will set you face to face with celebrities from the movies, music and sport, as well as other legendary heroes and villain. It is divided into various fascinating galleries from World leaders, to The Royal Family, passing by the Movie zone and the History of London. Not to forget, the new addition : the breathtaking Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience.
The Tate Modern is one of London’s most popular museum of modern art, proudly sitting on the banks of the river Thames, next to the iconic Millennium bridge. It has a very unique shape due to its previous role as a power station and find inside some of the world’s most interesting temporary exhibitions from Gauguin to Damien Hirst. Together with the Tate Britain and other museums across the country, it is part of the group known as simply the Tate. The entry is free except for specific exhibitions.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s most renown museums of its kind. Indeed it offers visitors a wide range of permanent exhibitions from dinosaurs to life-sized blue whales passing by 40-million-year-old spider and the very interesting Darwin Centre. It is situated in South Kensington, on Exhibition Road, home to two others very exciting museums including the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Entry is free except for special exhibitions where a ticket is required.
The Science Museum is another very popular London tourist attraction, especially with kids, offering a variety of educational exhibitions. Indeed visitors can view, interact as well as various scientific experiments from the major discoveries to the future of space travel, passing by Imax cinema presentations. The Science Museum is located on Exhibition Road in South Kensington and is free to enter.
The V&A Museum is the third and last must see museum on Exhibition Road, home to thousands of spectacular artefacts from around the world spanned over 3000 years. It is the perfect place for art and design enthusiast with various object on display from paintings to sculptures passing by furniture, textiles and metalwork. As so many of the top London museums the entry if free expect for special exhibitions where a ticket is required.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is perhaps the most iconic historic monument in the capital. It is her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, known to be the oldest building used by the British government. The Tower of London is not only a royal palace, but home to a jewel house, a zoo a prison and a place of execution. It is safely kept with Yeoman Warders at its door steps.
Top London shows
A visit to London wouldn’t be the same without experiencing some of the best musical and plays the world has to offers. The following are the top 10 shows all categories, that will guaranteed a very memorable night out.
The Top 10 London musicals and plays include :
- Les Misérables
- The Mousetrap
- The Phantom of the Opera
- The 39 Steps
- Mamma Mia!
- Blood Brothers
- Jersey Boys
- Lion King
- Thriller Live
- Billy Elliot
Les Misérables is one of the world’s longest-running musicals receiving over 70 awards since it was first released. The story is based on the famous 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, about the lives of various characters in the19th century France, most notably the prisoner Jean Valjean. Les Misérables already sold over 50 million tickets worldwide and is definitely worth catching if not done so already.
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Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is famous for being the world’s longest play with over 24,000 performances. This murder mystery play was written by famous crime novelist Agatha Christie and first opened in the West End of London in 1952. It has since been running continuously and is definitely one of the best plays the west end has to offer.
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The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera is one of the world’s best known musical. Created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux about life beneath the stage of the Paris Opera House. It is famous for being the second-longest-running West End musical with more than 100 million tickets sold worldwide.
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The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps is one of the world’s most famous play, adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. It is the perfect way to have a spectacular and hilarious night out, by enjoying one of Britain’s most spell -binding thrillers.
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Mamma Mia! is a famous musical playing at the Prince of Wales Theatre in the heart of London West End for over 10 years. It is known for combining ABBA’s songs including their greatest hits such as “Dancing Queen”, and “Take A Chance On Me”. It has been seen by more than 40 million people worldwide making it one of the world’s most successful musicals.
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Blood Brothers is a classic musical written by Willy Russell, based on the 1844 novella The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas about a tale of twins who separated at birth grew up to become very different characters. The current West End revival is one of the longest-running musical productions in history, opening in 1988 West End and still running today. It is often regarded as one of the all time great British musicals, touching various social issues of our time such as inequality and unemployment and should be recommended to everyone.
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Jersey Boys is a famous jukebox and documentary-style musical based on the lives of one of the most successful 1960s rock ‘n roll groups of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Jersey Boys. The musical started on Broadway in 2005, and has now been playing in the West End of London for years.
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The Lion King is a great musical playing in Covent Garden’s West End, based on the famous 1994 Disney animated film and with music by Elton John. It is the perfect treat for kids featuring actors in animal costumes as well as giant, hollow puppets and makes it a unforgettable family night out.
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Thriller Live is an all singing, all dancing tribute to Michael Jackson’s legendary career playing at the Lyric Theatre in the heart of the West End Theatreland. It combined some of Jackson’s greatest songs including I’ll Be There, Rock With You, Blame It On The Boogie, and Billie Jean, making it one of the most excising night out you may have both with friends or family.
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Billy Elliot is a great west end musical with music by Sir Elton John based on the 2000 successful hit film of the same name. The story is about Billy Elliot a funny and heart-warming little boy who decides to trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes. The musical premiered in London’s West End in 2005 and is still running strongly today, wining various awards across the globe.
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Top London cruises
A cruise on the river Thames is perhaps one of the best experience you may have in London. Depending on what you are looking for some of the top London cruises include:
- Afternoon Tea Cruise
- Classic Lunch Cruise
- Evening Dinner Cruise
Afternoon Tea Cruise
The Afternoon Tea Cruise is the perfect place to discover the magnificent London sites bordering the Thames river on board of the Naticia boat. It is the ideal experience to escape the bustle of the city to enjoy an assortment of teas, sandwiches and pastries.
Classic Lunch Cruise
The Classic Lunch Cruise is the ideal food experience on board of the floating restaurant. Indeed you will enjoy the magnificent views of London, including some of London’s top attractions while have an excellent three-course menu. There are daily departures at 12.15 or 14.45 on Sundays from the Embankment Pier.
An example of a classic Sunday Lunch Cruise Menu include a Slow Roasted Tomato soup with snipped chives and Escalope of smoked salmon with a honey & mustard crust served with lemon Oil.
Evening Dinner Cruise
Finally the most luxurious experience is the Evening Dinner Cruise, where you may enjoy an excellent meal with a glass of wine while passing by London illuminated buildings and historic sites. Getting on board the Symphony is a unique experience, perfect for a romantic dinner. The dinner cruise package includes a welcome cocktail, red and white wine, mineral water and an outstanding four course a la carte menu as well as cabaret entertainment and after dinner dancing.
The restaurant which can seat for up to 342 people is also the perfect place for a larger event with complete entertainment facilities at guest disposal. To make your London visit truly special the Dinner Cruise is the perfect option.
Top 10 London hotels
The following are the Top 10 luxury hotels in the heart of London. Those are 5 Stars hotels with prices usually over 200£ however great deals can be found through our partner site Agoda. The following list is sorted in alphabetical order:
- Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair
- Goring Hotel, Knightsbridge
- Grosvenor House JW Marriott Hotel, Mayfair
- Landmark Hotel, Marylebone
- Lanesborough Hotel, Knightsbridge
- Langham Hotel, Marylebone
- London Marriott County Hall, Waterloo
- Ritz Hotel, Mayfair
- Savoy Hotel, Covent Garden
- Waldorf Hilton Hotel, Covent Garden
The Dorchester is by far one of London most luxurious hotel. It is perfectly situated on the exclusive Park Lane, right next to the magnificent Hyde Park. It is an ideal starting point for your shopping spree with a variety of top-end boutiques in nearby Mayfair, perhaps London’s trendiest retail districts. It is also the perfect place to enjoy tea or perhaps champagne at the in-house cafe showing off an outstanding ambiance and décor. For a luxury stay in Mayfair, The Dorchester is the place to be.
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The Goring is a luxurious and very popular Hotel is the heart of glamorous Knightsbridge near Victoria Station. It offers 71 spacious and fully equipped guest rooms, each offering all the latest amenities and making each guests feel at home. It is known for its high standards and individual treatment from a very competent and friendly staff. The hotel is blessed with many facilities including a fitness club and a in house restaurant serving exquisite delicacies. For a perfect place to relax in the heart of London, the Goring is the ideal choice.
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Grosvenor House Hotel JW Marriott
The Grosvenor House Hotel JW Marriott is situated on Park Lane, one of London’s most sought after addresses, right between the beautiful Hyde Park and the posh Mayfair. It is an opulent and quality driven hotel, set in the heart of all the central London action, from shopping to restaurants, nightlife and other entertainments. The hotel offers a selection of 494 spacious and elegantly decorated rooms, each will all the modern amenities to ensure the prefect stay. It is also not short of any facilities a guest would need such at the on-site restaurant serving a succulent British cuisine in laidback atmosphere. The Grosvenor House Hotel remains one of central London best addresses offering each guest a world of luxury.
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Landmark London Hotel
The Landmark London is an awarded-winning 5-star hotel who once served as a convalescent home during World War II and later as the headquarters of the British Railways Board. It was first established in 1899 and reopened as the Landmark hotel in 1995. The hotel is perfectly located close to various central London attractions including the famous Madame Tussaud’s. The hotel main feature is the Winter Garden glassed atrium home to exotic flowers and palms, ideal for champagne brunch or to enjoy a nice cup of tea.
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The Lanesborough is a luxury hotel perfectly located in Knightsbridge between Hyde Park and the royals green spaces of Green Park and Buckingham Palace. The hotel offers a wide array of beautifully designed rooms, each with all the needed facilities including a separate bathtub and shower, air conditioning, in-house movies and the daily newspaper. The facilities provided includes an in-house restaurant, meeting facilities, a bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning and a spa. For a remarkable stay, with first-rate facilities and exceptional service, the Lanesborough is your hotel of choice.
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Langham London Hotel
The Langham London Hotel, first built in the 1860s is famous for being Europe’s first Grand Hotel and welcoming guest from Napoleon and Lady Di to more recently James Bond in the Golden Eye film. This 5-star hotel is perfectly located on Regent Street, on one of London’s most exclusive addresses. Indeed it is within walking distance to all of central London top areas, including the Theatreland of Soho, high class Mayfair and Marylebone, as well as various shopping streets including Oxford and Regent Street. The inside is as beautiful as it’s outside featuring newly renovated interiors with a truly deluxe ambience. The Langham Hotel is a welcoming place with plenty of history, and will contribute to a pleasant experience while visiting London.
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London Marriott County Hall
The London Marriott County Hall has perhaps one of the most sought-after addresses in the heart of London. Indeed it is situated on the London County hall, opposite the Big Ben and the House of Parliament and on the same side as the London Eye. The hotel offers a variety of amenities in each room including air conditioning, daily newspaper, hair dryer, ironing board, television, as well as excellent facilities and services such as room service 24hr, executive floor, elevator, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning and various meeting facilities. Not to forget that it has everything for the guest who want to stay in shape and relax with a massage service, indoor pool , Jacuzzi, gym, sauna and spa. With its first-rate facilities, a dedicated staff and a very convenient location, it is not a surprise that the London Marriott County Hall remains very popular among travellers
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The Ritz is perhaps London most known luxury Hotel. This 5-star accommodation offers 141 perfectly decorated rooms, making each guest comfortable. Indeed each room are equipped with air conditioning, bathrobes, in-house movies, hair dryer and internet access. The hotel offers various facilities such as 24h hour room service, various boutiques, a coffee shop, a pub, a laundry service and meeting facilities. It also host a well known restaurant as well all as leisure facilities such as massage service, a gym and fitness room. The Ritz Hotel is always committed to high level of service and focus on hospitality, and therefore can guarantee each guest a very pleasant stay.
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The Savoy is an ultra-luxurious hotel located between the banks of the Thames and the Strand, close to various theatres in Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square. It offers an exclusive selection of 263 rooms that are uniquely decorated with modern-retro fusion and an on-site bar perfect for an intimate drink or romantic meeting.
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Waldorf Hilton Hotel
The Waldorf Hilton Hotel is situated on Aldwych Street in the heart of Covent Garden Theatre land. It offers various facilities including an indoor pool, a business centre and 7 meeting rooms seating up to 400.
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Top London restaurants
London is famous for having a great gastronomy, with a variety of cuisine from all over the world. If you like culinary experiences you will be spoiled by choices with more than its faire share of excellent restaurants. London is also famous for being home to some of the most sought after celebrity chefs from Gordon Ramsay’s to Marcus Wareing passing by Joel Robuchon . The following is the list of the most exclusive restaurants in the capital honoured with two or three Michelin stars.
The top 10 London restaurants include:
- Gordon Ramsay
- The Dorchester
- L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
- Le Gavroche
- Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley
- The Square
- The Ledbury
- Pied a Terre
The Gordon Ramsay, is Britain’s most popular chef flagship restaurant awarded with three Michelin stars and headed by chef Clare Smyth. Situated in the heart of Chelsea it is the perfect place to get spoiled by an exquisite French cuisine
The Dorchester is the famous restaurant of the legendary Hotel on Park Lane headed by Alain Ducasse and known for its exquisite contemporary French cuisine.
The Hibiscus is a two Michelin-starred restaurant brainchild of Chef Claude Bosi. Situated in the heart Mayfair it offers a remarkable Gallic menu using seasonal ingredients.
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon is a two Michelin-starred restaurant offering a unique culinary experience in the heart of Covent Garden. Indeed it has a theatre kitchen where chefs prepare various specialities with a mix of French, Spanish and Japanese twist.
Le Gavroche headed by Michel Roux Junior is the place to enjoy some of the finest French cuisine in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley
Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley formerly known as the Pétrus, is as its name suggest the restaurant of one of Knightsbridge most luxurious Hotels. With two Michelin-stars it offers some of London most inventive modern French cuisine.
The Square is a two Michelin stars restaurant in the heart of Mayfair headed by Philip Howard who serves a unique French cuisine.
The Ledbury is perhaps one of West London’s finest restaurants. Situated in the heart of Notting Hill it offers a delicious French cuisine in an unobtrusive environment.
Pied a Terre
Pied a Terre is a two Michelin stars restaurant in the heart of Fitzrovia offering a modern French cuisine, excellent service and no less than 800 carefully chosen wines on the menu.
The Connaught is a two Michelin stars restaurant headed by French chef Hélène Darroze and offering an authentic cuisine from France South Western region of Landes.
Top London universities
The following are the top ranked universities in London:
- Imperial College London
- London School of Economics
- University College London
- King’s College London
- Queen Mary
- Goldsmiths College
- University of the Arts London
Imperial College London
The Imperial College is London’s top university perfectly located in Central London’s South Kensington on Exhibition Road, close to the famous museums. It specialises in business, engineering, medicine, science and is ranked 26th in the world and 5th in Europe on the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities with no less than 14 Nobel Prize winners .
London School of Economics
The London School of Economics and Political Science mostly known as LSE is a public research university perfectly located at the boundary of Covent Garden and Holborn. It specialises in social sciences offering a wide range of topics from philosophy to law passing by media and communications. The LSE is famous for having the highest percentage of world-leading researches of any British university.
University College London
The University College London , commonly known as UCL is a public research university in the heart of Bloomsbury, famous for being the first university institution to be founded in London. It is known for being a major centre for biomedical research.
King’s College London
The King’s College is a public research university situated in Central London and known as the third oldest university in England. It is famous for being one of the largest centres for medical teaching and biomedical research in Europe, home to six Medical Research Council centres.
The School of Oriental and African Studies is a public research university specialising in laws, politics, economics, humanities and languages. It offers a variety of undergraduate as well as master programs and is known to have produced several heads of state, ambassadors, Supreme Court judges and a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
Queen Mary, University
The Queen Mary University is a public research university situated in various London locations from Mile End to Holborn. It specialises in various fields including Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering, Medicine and Dentistry.
City University London
The City University London is a public research university mainly located in Islington with a mission to "lead London in education, research and knowledge transfer for businesses and the professions".
The Brunel, named after the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel is a well known public research university located in Uxbridge.
The Goldsmiths is a research university specialising in the teaching and research of creative, cultural and cognitive disciplines and brands itself as the “UK’s leading creative university”. It has a reputation as one of the most liberal institutions in the country, being friendly, vibrant, and proud of its diverse student population which adds to this welcoming atmosphere.
Top London bars
London is famous for being a place with great bars and a vibrant nightlife. Indeed from the high end clubs of Kensington and Chelsea to local pubs passing by relaxed cocktail lounges, it has something for every crowd and every mood.
Top 10 London bars include:
- The Loft
- The Library
- Montgomery Place
- Lost Society
- Village East
- Bar Red
The Zensai is a well known two levels Thai bar and restaurant on busy Inverness Street. It offers a relax dining area at the top and a hip low-lit bar on the first floor.
The Loft is one of the most exciting places in South London’s Clapham with an exciting New York vibe.
The Detroit is a stylish and intimate bar famous for its long spiral staircase taking you way down to the seating area.
The Library is one of London’s top bar situated inside the Lanesborough one of the capital best known luxury hotels.
The Montgomery Place is a very special bar know for its inventive decorations.
The Lost Society is a well known beautifully designed restaurant-bar situated in the heart of Clapham within a two-storey 16th century historic building.
The Anam which for "life and soul" in Gaelic is remarkable tiny cocktail bar located near the hip Chapel Market.
The Zander situated near Victoria is known to be Europe’s longest bar with no less than 36 metres.
The Village East located in a stunning building in south London’s Bermondsey is a famous bar with New York style ambiance.
Bar Red is one of Soho’s most exciting places set within a two levels building, with sexy décor and offering a wide range of cocktails.
Top London law firms
The following are the top 10 largest law firms headquartered in London measured by worldwide turnover. The "magic circle", which are 5 of the top firms earned an excess of £5 billion last year.
Top London law firms include:
- Clifford Chance
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
- Allen & Overy
- DLA Piper
- Hogan Lovells
- Herbert Smith
- Slaughter and May
- Norton Rose
Clifford Chance LLP is a global law firm headquartered in London and member of the Magic Circle of leading UK law firms. It is known to be one of the ten largest law firms in the world measured by both number of lawyers and revenue.
Linklaters LLP is a global law firm headquartered in London, member of the Magic Circle of leading UK law firms and known to be the world’s largest global law firm by revenue with some thousands of legal advisers spread in various offices in 19 countries.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP informally known as Freshfields is the largest law firm in London and second-largest in the world by number of legal advisers. It is a member of the Magic Circle of leading English law firms
Allen & Overy
Allen & Overy is a global law firm headquartered in London and member of the UK’s Magic Circle of leading law firms. It is often considered to be one of the world’s most elite law firms, advising national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments.
DLA Piper is a global law firm headquartered in London with 76 offices across 30 countries and over 4,200 lawyers.
Hogan Lovells is an international law firm co-headquartered in London and Washington, D.C., with around 2,500 lawyers and revenues of around US$1.8bn .
Herbert Smith LLP is an international law firm headquartered in London, with various offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Slaughter and May
Slaughter and May is an international law firm headquartered in London and a member of the Magic Circle of leading UK law firms with total revenues of £439.5 million. It employs approximately 560 legal advisers in four offices across Asia and Europe. It is the most profitable firm in the City.
Eversheds LLP is an international law firm headquartered in London and one of the 50 largest law firms in the world measured by revenues. It employs around 1,220 lawyers in 45 offices in major cities across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
The Norton Rose Group is an international legal practice offering a business law service from 39 offices across Europe, Asia Pacific, Canada, Africa and the Middle East.