Apartments and Bed and Breakfast in London
The boroughs of London each have their own charms so, depending on your planned itinerary, you can choose to stay in whichever area suits you best. For easy access to all parts of the city, book a modern apartment next to the transport hub of Kings Cross St Pancras Station
. Alternatively, you could choose a traditional Bed and Breakfast in the East End or rent a funky artist’s loft in Notting Hill
. Here on Wimdu.com we have an impressive selection of accommodation in London to suit every taste and budget. If you are looking for a touch of luxury, take a look at our selection of designer apartment in Kensington & Chelsea. For large parties you could consider renting this stunning church conversion in Camden Square
. If you want to be right in the heart of the city but don’t want to pay the typical high prices, you will find a selection of basic studios in Soho, cozy rooms in Islington and budget apartments in the City of Westminster available on Wimdu.com
. To get a taste of real British hospitality head out further from the center and rent a room in Stratford
near the Olympic City
and the huge Westfield Shopping Centre
, or stay in a welcoming home in historic Ealing. If you’re visiting London for an event at the 02 Arena
or the ExCel London Convention Centre
, Wimdu have a selection of trendy riverside apartments conveniently located in North Greenwich, Canary Wharf and the London Docklands.
More about London:
London is one of the most visited cities in the world, and for good reason. With so many world-class attractions, historic landmarks, and a rich and varied culture, it is bursting at the seams with stuff to see and do. It’s the home of the Queen of England
, the black cab, Cockney rhyming slang
and the iconic red phone box
. Some of the most recognizable fictional heroes also call London home, including characters as disparate as Sherlock Holmes
, Paddington Bear and James Bond!
London has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city, except for Paris.
In 1666, The Great Fire of London burned much of the city to the ground but only caused 8 deaths.
The London Eye is the tallest ferris wheel in Europe.
25% of the current population of London were born in another country.
Every week, the escalators in the London Underground cover a distance equivalent of going round the world twice!
Any visit to this capital city must include a trip to see The Houses of Parliament
and Big Ben
, the most famous bell in the world (Big Ben is commonly mistaken as the name of the clock tower which was recently renamed as Elizabeth Tower
to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II). Few leave without at least a photo of the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace
. And not many pass on the opportunity to step foot in Trafalgar Square
, watch the red double-decker buses go by in Piccadilly Circus
, or take a stroll through Hyde Park
. From historical must-sees such as London Bridge
and the Tower of London
, to modern structures like The Gherkin
in the financial district of the City of Westminster or the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, London will keep your senses busy during your stay.
Shopping and Culture:
You can’t mention shopping in London without also namedropping Oxford Street, or talking about the alternative Camden Market, the world-class fashion boutiques of Chelsea and, of course, Harrods department store. London has many renowned markets such as the Smithfield Meat Market
, the Portobello Road Market, Covent Garden
and the Sunday Farmers’ Market in Marylebone. With the largest concentration of universities in Europe and hundreds of world-class museums, galleries and UNESCO World Heritage sites
, London delivers an impressive cultural experience for families, student travelers, business visitors and art connoisseurs. The Tate Modern
and the London Eye
draw thousands of tourists daily and the impressive permanent collections of the British Museum
and the National Gallery
, plus the free entry, make them some of the most popular attractions for visitors.
Eating and Drinking:
Traditional dishes from London include a meat pie with mashed potato, and hot jellied eels
. Many restaurants still serve jellied eels today but if you are not quite that adventurous London also has a huge selection of world foods, fusion cuisine and fast food on offer. Get your teeth into some good old ‘pub grub’ such as Fish & Chips
or Chicken Tikka Masala curry (the most popular British dish) in a traditional English pub or choose from hundreds of Asian restaurants in Chinatown. Probably the trendiest place to be at night in London is Shoreditch
in the East End which offers a plethora of clubs, bars and venues. Check out the buzzing nightlife of Brick Lane
or head on over to the upmarket restaurants in Canary Wharf and enjoy a romantic evening stroll along the River Thames. Of course, you can always catch the hottest theatre productions in the West End
, enjoy a concert at The Royal Albert Hall
, or dip and dive around the clubs and bars of Soho. If you are up for something a little ‘cheeky’, you might want to check out one of the Cabaret or burlesque shows
that are fast becoming a big hit on the London nightlife scene. If clubbing is for you then superclubs such as Ministry of Sound
and Fabric and Heaven
should be on your wish list. If you prefer a more sophisticated evening, then head on over to one of the many Michelin-starred international restaurants in Islington
, or the cocktail bars and gastropubs of Chelsea. Oh, and don’t forget to buy a tee-shirt from the very first Hard Rock Cafe
in the world which opened in 1971.
The largest airport in Europe, Heathrow Airport
, is but one of 5 airports servicing the city and you can arrive in Central London in just 15 minutes on the Heathrow Airport Express
service to Paddington Train Station
. The Eurostar
from Paris terminates right in the heart of the city at St Pancras Train Station
and London’s extensive transport network makes travelling around easy. Numerous bus services run round the clock for those wishing to take advantage of the buzzing nightlife. London transport can be pricey so it is recommendable to purchase an Oyster Travel Card
on arrival which grants users access to the major public transport systems at reduced prices. London’s 24-hour transport network is very efficient but if you are looking for a different way to travel, why not jump in a black cab or rent a bike from one of the hundreds of bike rental stands dotted around the city. Last but not least, you could also take a Thames Clipper boat
along the river for a more scenic way to travel through the city.
Guide written by Chun Tong Chung