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London Travel Guide

Introduction to London

Regardless of your reason for visiting London, it probably won't be your last. Whether it's the monuments like the Tower of London or Buckingham Palace, the vast variety of shops on Oxford Road, the serious sporting prowess at Twickenham and Wembley, or the incredible array of restaurants, you know you'll be back. London knows that too, which is why they have a hotel for every traveller here: central hotels for weekends clubbing, family friendly apartments for sight seeing and budget friendly hostels mean you're bound to find accommodation that suits you.

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Other things to do in London

London is a large, sprawling city, but the London Eye is an amazing vantage point to see all of it from a height. The Shard and the Oxo Tower serve their view with dinner too, at famous establishments the Duck & Waffle and the Oxo Restaurant. You'll definitely need to refuel, as you could easily spend all day walking between the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace – but this is only the beginning.

Museum Mile is a must for visitors both young and old, as there are 13 different museums to choose from. The Natural History Museum is a favourite with kids, as the famous 8.62-metre-long giant squid in the Darwin Centre is a pretty spectacular site. The V&A is parallel to the museum, and holds many exhibitions from artists around the world as well as classical art. Kids can get back into the wild at London Zoo to meet lions, tigers and bears, or meet their favourite celebrities at Madame Tussauds.

Round off your evening with a night in the West End to see a famous musical like the Lion King, Matilda or War Horse. Adults can continue the evening in the trendy bars of Shoreditch, or live it up in one of Soho or Mayfair's members Clubs. If you're going really hard, stay up till 6am to watch the sun rise over one of London's many bridges.

If it's your second time in London, it might be worth checking into a hotel in one of the other neighbourhoods. Clapham is a family-friendly, leafy neighbourhood south of the river, Dalston is London's answer to Williamsburg, and the beautiful white houses in Kensington make chic weekend crashpads.

Eating and drinking in London

London is a serious foodie capital, and there are a few experiences you definitely need to tick off your list. Borough Market sell ready to eat street food from every corner of the world as well as fresh English produce, and Portobello has plenty of organic food stalls, juice bars and yoga studios for the health nuts.

Afternoon tea is an English experience not to be missed, and no one does it better than London (The Ritz, The Savoy, and the Shard are some of our favourites!). For a truly British experience, Fortnum & Mason do the ultimate in afternoon treats: dainty sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and an assortment of different teas are permanently on the menu.

At the time of writing, London has 65 Michelin-starred restaurants, so when it comes to special occasions they have the venue sorted. Some require booking in advance, whereas others ask you to show up and risk it on the day.

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London climate

Like Ireland, London can be rather rainy, they receive 2 inches of rain per month. However, Londoner's usually experience a drier, warmer summer between July, August and September, and luckily the Underground is, well, underground – so no getting wet whilst exploring the city.

When to go to London

There's a reason to go to London for every month of the year. Summer is great for festivals, whereas winter brings the Christmas markets and serious shopping crowds. The mid-season months can be a little quieter, but it's generally a busy, bubbling city all year round.

Flying to London

There are 4 airports in London: London City, London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London Stansted. London City, Gatwick and Heathrow are the most well connected to the city. You can get a direct flight to London from Belfast, Shannon, Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Knock and Waterford.

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