As one of the oldest cities in Europe, London is steeped in both history and tradition. Home to the 2012 Summer Olympics, the cultural epicenter has proven to be among one of the most popular tourist destinations of the year. The recent global headlines have created quite a buzz, prompting travelers from around the world to visit the sophisticated streets of an ancient city.
In a city of regal proportions, one can expect a variety of opulent accommodations. Whether itís a luxury hotel that blends new and old-world architecture, or a five-star property fit for the queen, hereís our list of the best places to stay in London.
Luxury Hotels in London
London's medieval boundaries encompass an extensive array of architectural landmarks, from bridges and towers to some of the most luxurious homes in the world, including palaces. Visit these landmark attractions by day and then indulge at night at some of the world's best restaurants and nightclubs.
For a lesson in history, we suggest taking a tour of the Tower of London, which has served as a fortress, a palace, a prison, an arsenal and a jewelry vault throughout its 900-year-old history. Walk along the Tower Bridge and check out London's modern City Hall. Then head to the Victoria & Albert Museum and check out some of the oldest artifacts from important cultures throughout history.
Any trip to London wouldn't be complete without a ride on the London Eye, which just so happens to be the world's highest observation wheel. Other local attractions include Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, London's Covent Garden, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, as well as The British Museum, Theatreland, Dickens House Museum, and The British Library all conveniently located in London's West End.