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London maintains a rich history whilst always looking forward, with traditions such as the changing of the guard and the spirit of Keep Calm and Carry On, and providing locations for recent hit films such as Avengers 2 and Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise. Find a cheap hotel in London and discover more of this exciting, cosmopolitan city.
Nothing says London quite like the iconic clock-tower affectionately known as Big Ben, part of the Palace of Westminster and a prominent piece of the city’s skyline when viewed from the Thames. Built in 1858, the clock-tower survived bombing raids during the Second World War and its famous chimes can be heard during the headlines on ITN’s News at Ten.
Just a short walk across the river via Westminster Bridge is the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel built for the Millennium celebrations that offers breathtaking views over St Paul’s Cathedral and beyond. Stroll along the South Bank towards London Bridge and you'll come across another iconic piece of the city's skyline, The Shard, where you can enjoy fine dining and cool cocktails, while taking in some of the best views in London, at The View from the Shard.
Kensington Palace has been a residence of the royal family since the 17th century and can be viewed by the public, together with its surrounding gardens.
When Londoners want to relax, they head to the city’s many beautiful parks. Close to a number of hotels in London is Hyde Park, perfect for a stroll from Marble Arch down to Knightsbridge. Regents Park is another idyllic location, popular for its boating lakes and for hosting the London Zoo.
The British Museum has one of the largest permanent collections in the world, with over eight million items from many different countries, including the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, and the Elgin Marbles.
Situated in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is another must-see, with a collection that includes famous artworks such as van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Monet’s The Water Lily Pond.
The Tate Modern is housed in a former power station on the banks of the Thames and contains one of the best modern art collections in the world. It features famous works by Picasso, Warhol, and Lichtenstein, amongst others.
Saving on cheap hotels in London means you’ll have more money to hit the shops. Oxford Street has all the high street favourites, such as Top Man, H&M and River Island, while Carnaby Street and Soho have more alternative brands and boutiques, such as Dr. Martens, Nudie Jeans, and the legendary The Great Frog (specialising in gorgeous rock star jewelry).
For a taste of the high life, head to Knightsbridge, where you’ll find upmarket stores such as Harvey Nichols and Harrods.
Once you’ve found a hotel in London, you’ll want to unwind and grab a bite to eat. Chinatown next to Leicester Square, has a fantastic range of restaurants to choose from or head over to Gaby’s Deli on Charing Cross Road for some of the best falafel in London. Wash it down with a great range of ales at the Museum Tavern, opposite the British Museum, or try a pie at the Newman Arms in Fitzrovia.