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Greater London: Even Greater Than its Name Suggests
Greater London is an expansive region that comprises 33 districts in total; the City of London and 32 London Boroughs. Now while the city centre of London – with its endless amount of attractions, restaurants, bars and shops – is the main draw for many travellers, this doesn’t mean that other far reaching areas should be disregarded. In fact, with numerous popular boroughs such as Hackney and Haringey, and major venues like Twickenham Stadium and Wembley Stadium, there’s plenty to see and do beyond the city centre!
Central London Highlights
With an exciting mix of culture, tradition and the contemporary, central London is an exciting hub that is overflowing with attractions and things to do. In Westminster, there are world-famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, while you can also explore the iconic and visually stunning Houses of Parliament. Head west and, as you pass tasty dining options, trendy bars and tempting shops, you will reach Hyde Park. Offering tranquillity from the unrelenting pace of the city centre, this famed park is the ideal place to unwind with a refreshing drink and ice cream. Take a quick ride on the London Underground and visit Soho, an eccentric place where you can enjoy a West End show and some of the best boutique stores in the capital. London is also a treasure trove for museums, with the British Museum, National Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum being standouts in that regard. Whatever your tastes or requirements when travelling, London city centre will undoubtedly contain what you need!
Exploring the Boroughs
Now while central London and the bordering boroughs contain most of the capital’s major attractions, discovering the further afield areas of Greater London is certainly recommended. Positioned to the north of the centre is the elegant and historic Islington, popular for its dining and shopping options. Another highly regarded borough is Camden. Along with the southern end forming part of London’s centre, Camden is well-known for its markets, live music and international cuisine. Thanks to boasting attractions in the form of the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory and O2 Arena, Greenwich – situated on the Thames’ south bank – is also a famed area of Greater London. For another example, Hackney is a diverse district that features an abundance of bars, restaurants and transport links – something that makes it a favourite with locals and travellers alike. Also note; hotels are naturally more expensive when it comes to the city centre, so staying in a suitable borough in Greater London will help keep hotel costs down!
Venues & Events
As you would probably expect, Greater London is home to an envious amount of venues where you can watch a live show. Numerous major football stadiums populate the region, where you can watch world-renowned teams such as Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and even the national team play at their respective home grounds. Other sports are also well represented in London. Wimbledon, the most prestigious tournament in tennis, takes place annually at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, while Ascot Racecourse is one of the biggest venues for horseracing in the country. With the O2 Arena and Wembley Arena, the region also provides two of the biggest indoor arenas in the UK – which helps attract the biggest acts from around the world. For a more intimate setting, the legendary Royal Albert Hall also hosts a plethora of events throughout the year. And of course, no break in London is complete without enjoying a West End show! Here, you’ll find approximately 40 theatres that showcase the best in musicals, comedies and classic plays.
Quirky Things to Do
It’s no secret that Greater London is a hotbed when it comes to shopping, dining, drinking and revered attractions. Yet there are plenty of hidden secrets in the region that you might not know about. For example, you may recognise the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture in the Olympic Park, but did you know you can slide down the 178-metre monument in just 40 seconds!? At the Camden markets, you can sample some scientifically inventive ice cream from Chin Chin Labs. Oh, and a Gothic revival style establishment that is both a working church and live entertainment venue? Yes, London even has that in the form of Islington’s Union Chapel! Other quirky activities to seriously consider in Greater London include staying overnight at London Zoo, visiting the eccentrically fascinating Novelty Automation museum in Holborn, and be brave as you traverse Tower Bridge’s glass floor overlooking the road and river below.
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Hotel Large studio apartment with free wifi, London W3. London
This is a large modern studio apartment with a separate fully fitted kitchen and bathroom. It is ideal for 2 adults and up to 2 children, or for 4 adults for a short visit. There is a double bed and a double sofa bed plus an eating area and television with many channels. The underground station is beside the building and the rail station is nearby, so this is a perfect location for seeing London and its many attractions. There is free wif.\r\n\r\nThere are good connections to all airports.\r\n\r\nVery nearby are supermarkets which close at 11pm every day and restaurants. more
Hotel Travelodge London Central Waterloo London
Found in the heart of London, Travelodge London Central Waterloo is within walking distance of such historic attractions as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and the Tower of London. Each guestroom at Travelodge London Central Waterloo boasts a King-sized Travelodge Dreamer Bed, Wi-Fi for a nominal fee and TVs with 17 channels. While the hotel features a welcoming lobby and bar, its most enticing feature may in fact be its early check-in/late check-out options, allowing guests increased flexibility when making travel arrangements. The hotel has a bar café, open daily, serving libations and favourites such as fish and chips. All-you-can-eat breakfasts will start your day off right and the availability of 24-hour snacks means never having to suffer with late night cravings. With its central location, many sights such as Covent Garden are within walking distance. For those that aren’t, Waterloo Station sits just a five minute walk away. more
Hotel LSE High Holborn London
The LSE High Holborn Hall Residence provides self-service accommodations for guests within walking distance of Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road and Holborn High Street with free Wi-Fi and breakfast. The rentals vary from single rooms with communal bathroom and kitchen areas to superior two-bedroom flats. All rooms include a private bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, linen, towels, toiletries and hand basin. The LSE High Holborn offers 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi, daily continental breakfast, communal TV room with games and self-service laundry facilities. All guests have access to a shared kitchen area. The area surrounding the residence is filled with international restaurants, pubs, cafés, shops, supermarkets, bars and nightclubs near the LSE campus. The West End residence is adjacent to Covent Garden. The High Holborn area provides easy access to theatres, stores, museums, monuments and nightlife near Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. more
Hotel Hotel Premier Inn London City (Tower Hill) London
Hotel Premier Inn London City (Tower Hill) is found just a ten-minute walk from St Katharine Docks Marina, and boasts an on-site restaurant as well as a 24-hour front desk. Each room provides guests with a pillow option, freeview TV, blackout curtains, as well as tea and coffee-making facilities. The en-suite bathrooms include power showers and complimentary toiletries. Guests staying at Hotel Premier Inn London City (Tower Hill) can store their luggage at the reception, and make use of nearby off-site parking for their vehicle. Free Wi-Fi makes it easy for guests to connect to the Internet throughout this property. Buffet breakfast is prepared every morning, which is served in the spacious dining area. This includes hash browns, eggs, and black pudding. Steaks, burgers, and salads are just some of what is served for dinner at Thyme Bar and Grill.. This hotel is conveniently located only 800 metres from Tower of London, and 400 metres from Trinity Square Gardens. Guests will also find Leadenhall Market a kilometre away. more
Hotel DoubleTree by Hilton London Greenwich London
The 4 stars DoubleTree by Hilton London Greenwich is located close to attractions such as The Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum. Greenwich Underground Stations is only 1km from the hotel and central London can be reached within approximately 20 minutes by train. Car parking facilities are available onsite for a fee. There are 145 guest rooms at the hotel including 8 accessible rooms for disabled guests. Standard features of the guest rooms include flat screen televisions, direct dial telephones with voicemail, work desks, safes, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries and complimentary wireless internet access. At the onsite restaurant you can enjoy an A La Carte menu which is cooked using local seasonal produce while you can also have afternoon tea or choose from a variety of drinks at the hotel bar. Room service is also available. Other services and facilities offered by the DoubleTree by Hilton London Greenwich include a 24 hour front desk, gym, meeting rooms, fax and photocopying and a concierge service. more
Hotel The Cranley Hotel London
The Cranley Hotel invites travellers to experience a tranquil stay at their charming 1869 Victorian-era townhouses, where a homely atmosphere and warm welcome is always on offer. Elegantly decorated Regency-style rooms boast period oil paintings, antique mahogany furniture, and en-suite bathrooms with gorgeous bathrobes and slippers. Upscale rooms add four-poster beds, spacious seating areas, and a private terrace. A 24-hour reception and concierge will take care of travellers needs no matter how big or small. The daily newspaper means guests can keep up to date with current affairs, and those travelling for business can utilise event space for meetings and banquets. A full English breakfast is available on the terrace or in the lobby. Banu, a fine Persian restaurant, serves a decadent selection of baked goods and finger sandwiches for afternoon tea, with traditional recipes available for dinner. Top tourist attractions like the Victoria and Albert Museum and Natural History Museum are within a 15-minute walk of The Cranley Hotel. more