London is known the world over for its famous attractions. From The Tower of London to the Houses of Parliament and Madame Tussaud’s there’s something to tickle everyone’s fancy. Every year travelers devise ever more strenuous itineraries to cram everything in to their visit, so it’s worth remembering that there are many London hotels available within walking distance of the attractions if you’re on a tight schedule.
Standing 135 metres tall The British Airways London Eye is London’s top tourist attraction and on a clear day is the best way to see all the famous landmarks of the city in half an hour. This Ferris wheel of epic proportions affords fantastic views over the capital and has in recent years become a new symbol for this incredible city in much the same way as The Eiffel Tower has for Paris.
The Citadines Apart’ Hotel on Northumberland Avenue, opposite Trafalgar Square and a ten minute walk from The London eye.
Novotel London Waterloo, 113 Lambeth Road, London SE1 7LS, 1km away.
The Sanctuary House Hotel, 33 Tothill Street, London SW1H 9LA, 1.3 km away, three stars.
Meet Kylie, Michael Jackson, Posh and Becks and all the other usual suspects at this ever popular tourist destination. Here you can meet serial killers and politicians under the same roof in this wonderful world of wax related high jinks that will keep the kids entertained whilst you get to meet the queen (albeit a waxwork version).
Prince Regent Hotel, 37 Nottingham place, London, W1U 5LT, 0.1km away.
Blandford Hotel, 80 Chiltern Street, London W1U 5AF, close to Baker Street, 0.2km away from Madame Tussauds, three stars.
The fascinating history and beautiful architecture of the houses of parliament and Big Ben ensure that every year they are a must see destination on any tourist trail. There are plenty of London Hotels in the vicinity. Visit the Queen’s Robing Room, The Chamber of the House of Commons and St.Stephen’s Hall.
City Inn Westminster, 30 John Islip road, London SW1P 4DD, a contemporary luxury hotel 0.8km away from Parliament, four stars.
Rose Court Hotel, 35-35a Great Cumberland Place, London, W1H 8DJ, 1.o km away from Parliament.
Days Hotel Waterloo, 54 Kennington Road, London, SE1 7BJ, 1.3km from Parliament, three stars.
Another must see attraction on the tourist trail, watch the changing of the guard or experience the famous tour and see how the other half live in the opulent state rooms and banquet halls. See the splendid artworks and tapestries in the royal collection and enjoy a stroll through the Palace Gardens. Alternatively you could try and distract one of the po-faced guards on duty outside.
Jolly Hotel St.Ermins, 2, Caxton Street, London, SW1H OQW, 0.8 km away from the Palace.
Comfort Inn Victoria, 18-24 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1QF, 0.9km away from the Palace.
Stanley House Hotel, 19-21 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB, 0.9km away from Palace.
One of London’s most famous landmarks and the home of the Crown Jewels, work started on this fortified building in 1078 under the watchful eye of William the Conqueror. Its previous incarnations have been as a prison, a treasury and a palace among other things. See the famous ‘Beefeaters’ that guard the tower and enjoy a free tour from the old Yeoman Warders.
Thistle Tower, St.Katherine’s way, London, EW1 1LD, 0.3km away from the tower.
Novotel London Tower Bridge, 10, Pepys Street London, EC3N 2NU, 0.3km away from the tower, two stars.
Club Quarters Gracechurch, 7, Gracechurh Street, London, EC3V 0DR, 1.0km away from the tower.