Thanks to traditions like the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, the pageantry associated with royal family weddings, and cultural attractions such as the British Museum, vacations in London expose you to a rich tapestry of accessible opulence at every turn. Even if you've had London vacations in the past, it's unlikely that you were able to put a dent in the countless attractions that the city has to offer. So, why not visit all the heritage on the banks of the Thames again—or for the very first time? Founded by the Romans around 2,000 years ago, London is one of the most historically steeped cities in all the modern world. With over 8 million people and 300 languages spoken in the city alone, London is a true global city that welcomes all visitors with open arms. And, when you use Travelocity to book your holiday package in London, you’ll save enough money to make the Queen blush.
You'll have a variety of options when it comes to hotels in London, some of which are just as historical as the surrounding sites. Dozens of iconic landmarks like Buckingham Palace and Big Ben are within a short walk or public transit distance. Take a ride on the London Eye or wander through Covent Garden, a popular shopping and tourist site. Feel like taking a bit of a break? Visit the London Zoo or go for a stroll through the expansive Hyde Park. Driving in London can be hectic, though, so it's best to do some research while purchasing vacation packages in London to determine if a rental car the right option for you.
In a city as historically fabled as London, it’s no surprise that many of its hotels are as prestigious as the quintessentially royal properties they neighbor. So, instead of staying at a run-of-the-mill roadway inns, a room at one of these emblematic accommodations should be in order:
St. Ermin’s Hotel, Autograph Collection – Like a diamond set in the middle of two sapphires, St. Ermin’s is situated in the heart of Westminster right between the eponymous abbey and Buckingham Palace. The hotel’s classic architecture and antique interior design components are complemented by state-of-the-art technologies and modern amenities. After a day exploring the wonderful neighborhood, recharge your batteries with a classic British afternoon tea at the Tea Lounge at St. Ermin’s.
The Rembrandt – Just south of Hyde Park, and equidistant from the Natural History Museum and the world-famous Harrod’s department store, the historic Rembrandt pampers its guests in understated elegance from the moment they step foot through the lobby door. Enjoy an aromatic exfoliation or other body-rejuvenating treatment at Aquilla Spa, savor a traditional roast lunch at the Palette Restaurant, and sip a proper Pimm’s No. 1 cocktail at the 1606 Lounge Bar.
Sofitel London St. James – Repurposed from the former Cox’s and King’s Bank building just steps from Trafalgar Square and the National Portrait Gallery, the Sofitel is a destination in its own right. The expert therapists at the award-winning So SPA are trained in multiple exhilarating international treatments. And, the well-appointed guestrooms and Balcon restaurant are both a splendid mix of French chic and British charm. Perhaps the best display of world fusion at the Sofitel, though, is in its St. James Bar signature seasonal cocktail menu which features flavors, spirits, and mixers from around the globe.
The Bailey's Hotel London – Spend your London nights in a bygone time with a stay at The Bailey’s. This Victorian-era townhome has been renovated into one of the city’s most stunning luxury hotels. Detailed stonework, stained glass windows, and a sweeping lobby staircase punctuate the posh property. While its fashionable South Kensington neighborhood serves as a beacon to pleasure-seekers, business travelers will appreciate The Bailey’s proximity to the Millennium Conference Centre next door.
Festivals and Events
London is host to some of the most exciting seasonal events in the U.K.:
BluesFest: In November, cut a rug to the sounds of major musical acts at this music festival.
Bonfire Night: Be awed by the fireworks displays that light up the city sky on this night.
London Marathon: For the especially adventurous and fleet of feet, the London Marathon is held every April.
Summer Brew Fest: If you're looking to visit during the summer, you have the city’s annual beer celebration to look forward to in June.
You can save a royal treasure by bundling your flight and hotel together on Travelocity. Packaging your travel and accommodations together is the best way to find a cheap vacation in London. So, if you're thinking about visiting the historical hamlet, make sure to check out Travelocity’s London package deals to make planning your trip that much simpler.
Accommodation in London
If you're planning a getaway to England's capital, Travelocity's web page has 1578 London accommodations to choose from.
If you are seeking a luxurious retreat, you might like to book a room at the Bulgari Hotel, London or the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. Or, perhaps the Lanesborough or the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane may be more what you're looking for right now.
Located in Belgravia, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Victoria Palace Theatre, Buckingham Palace, and St. James Park. Big Ben and Sloane Square are ...
Great Location Friendly StaffThe hotel has an entrance right off Victoria Station. The staff was extremely attentive and polite. It is very close to the Palace and Hop on Off Bus stop is at the hotel. Highly recamebd this hotel if coming to London. Also had the breakfast lots of good food.
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This fantastic new hotel is located on the South Bank, near London Eye. Waterloo and Westminster stations are within 5 minutes walk, making easier to travel ...
Fun at the end of the bridgeGreat value for this hotel with good views and lots of energy in the neighborhood. Enjoyed the coffee shop and the bar. Concierge hours were too limited, however, and what information we requested was not always accurate. Quick check-in/out process, room service delivery, and housekeeping. Overall ...
Connected via a covered walkway to Terminal 5, this London Heathrow Airport hotel is a 20-minute train ride to Central London. Windsor Castle, Uxbridge, Legoland, ...
Great hotel!Great hotel, room spacious, comfortable and very clean, we were kindly upgraded to a king room. Hotel staff were very helpful with any questions we had. Convenient to tube. Would definitely stay again!
This London hotel is within walking distance of Hyde Park and Paddington station. Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall are both 1.5 km (1 mi.) from the ...
Friendly Hotel close to Kensington ParkThis hotel is convenient to Lancaster Gate Tube and a bus line to Victoria Coach Station; The hotel itself is a nice old building that has been well-maintained and is bright and cheerful. My single room was quite spacious for the price -- the only problem was the walls were too thin to stop the racket ...
Located in City of Westminster, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tate Britain, Big Ben, and Houses of Parliament. Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey ...
Excellent hotel in a quiet part of London. We wanted to stay close to the attractions in London and this hotel was excellent. Clean rooms, hotel staff was fast to fix small issues. Room service was great. Taxis are always street side. A no worries hotel.
Located in City of Westminster, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Covent Garden Market and King's College London. Royal Opera House and London ...
London vacation Great location as it was close to theater museums covent garden, buses, tube and lots of places to eat. Decent size room with two single beds, chairs small table and safe. There was also tea anD coffee you could make. Staff were very helpful. Hotel and rooms clean, beds comfortable