MAIN CENTRAL LONDON AREAS

Central London is a very special place and is visited by millions of people every week. There are many small districts within the central area, also known as Zone 1. The main areas encompassing the West End are Kensington, Earls Court and Chelsea to the west; The City and East End to the east; Westminster, Southbank and Victoria to the south and Regents Park and Hampstead to the north.
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West End

West End, Covent Garden & Theatreland

The very heart of London's tourism is here in the West End with world famous landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street, Soho and Piccadilly. Plentiful hotels, tourist attractions, theatres, shops and restaurants make the West End an essential visit to London.

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Kensington

Kensington & Chelsea

An area favoured by many London visitors with its many restaurants, hotels, attractions and shops. Here you will find Harrods, The Natural History Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, Sloane Square and the shopping areas of Knightsbridge and High Street Kensington. Has many advantages over the more tourist driven West End area with great transport links and a more upmarket feel to the place.

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Earls Court

West London: Earls Court & Hammersmith

Earls Court borders Kensington and is a slightly cheaper option for central London accommodation. Further afield is Hammersmith and its neighbouring areas of Richmond, Putney and Kingston. Earls Court offers fantastic travel links to London Heathrow. It has many restaurants and bars and is easy walking distance to all the attractions of South Kensington, Fulham Road and Kings Road.

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Paddington

Paddington, Bayswater & Notting Hill

A favourite area for tourists and wall to wall hotel accommodation make Bayswater a good choice for your stay. It borders Hyde Park and from here you can walk into Oxford Street. There are a good range of restaurants and bars but little in the way off attractions in the immediate area although all are easily accessible by the tube system. Cheaper hotel rates than the West End or Kensington.

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Earls Court

The City, Excel & East End

London financial district is the City or Square Mile. Mainly a business district which means that weekend hotel rates are cheap. catch the DLR to Excel from the City to get to your exhibition. Stay on the DLR a couple of more stops for London City Airport.

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Regents Park

North London: Regents Park, Camden & Hampstead

Regents Park is a beautiful expanse of greenery and hosts the London Zoo. Just to the east is Camden with its must see markets. St Johns Wood and Hampstead are really good places to stay having a great village type atmosphere and you can always take a drink in one of the many bars in Primrose Hill and spot a few celebs.

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Earls Court

South West London: Victoria

Handy for arrivals from Gatwick, this area is home to Buckingham Palace and Green Park. Many new hotels have sprung up here and they cover the whole spectrum from bed and breakfast to superior 4 stars. The north of the area is more desirable.

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Earls Court

Southwark and Lambeth

The Southbank is really interesting if you have already seen Londons 10 attractions. Follow the Thames to discover Neals Yard, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, London Eye, HMS Belfast and London Bridge. In this area is the foody mecca of Borough Market which is now an essential visit.

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Earls Court

Airports

London has 5 airports but Gatwick and Heathrow are the main ones. Both are a considerable distance outside central London but are served by bus and rail links. Heathrow now has the ultra fast but expensive Heathrow Express offering a 15 minute journey time into Paddington.

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Greater London

Greater London

Greater London covers a huge area, basically everything within the M25 motorway. Thee are some well known places to stay including Wimbledon for the tennis and Wembley for the football. An added bonus is that these areas are not included in the Traffic Congestion Zone.

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