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Travel Guide: London

Welcome to "The Best of London," a travel guide featuring top restaurants, luxe hotels and spas, hot attractions and other essential information for sophisticated travelers and diners. Whether you are a local or tourist, GAYOT's destination guide will steer you to the hippest highlights in London and surrounding areas.

The Best of London

The London Eye can carry 800 guests per rotation

The Coca-Cola London Eye's 15th Anniversary
Where can you get a 360-degree view of London on a rotating observation wheel while sipping Champagne? Nowhere else but on the Coca-Cola London Eye. Opened to the public in 2000, the enormous cantilevered wheel has already become one of the city's iconic landmarks, rivaling the fame and architectural marvel of Tower Bridge and Big Ben. Hop in one of the 32 capsules and enjoy a 30-minute ride that gives you spectacular views of the surrounding area and an opportunity to take unforgettable pictures.

Join the party at the Coca-Cola London Eye official website

Ellenborough Park in the Cotswolds

Ellenborough Park, Cotswolds

Dating back to the 1500s, Ellenborough Park was once owned by King Henry VII. Since then, the structure has served many purposes and is now a luxury hotel. Stay in one of 62 elegant guest rooms to enjoy exclusive amenities and explore the historic estate.

Get more details in GAYOT's review of Ellenborough Park

The dining room of Fera at Claridge's, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Modern British Restaurants

Top 10 Modern British Restaurants in London

Modern British cuisine takes traditional cooking as its base but adds international ingredients, flavors and cooking methods. Take a look at GAYOT's selection of London restaurants that capture the essence of England's culinary renaissance.

Taste the new flavor of British fare

The pool at St. Pancras Spa in London, England

The Spa at the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel
The subterranean spa of this historic hotel offers a welcome respite to weary train travelers. Perks include a Victorian tiled relaxation pool and your choice of one of four euphoric spa "journeys."

Make a stop to revitalize

A guest room at Belgraves Hotel in London, England


To belong to the Thompson Hotels group is to be ensured a spot on "best of" lists around the world, but we love this property for more reasons than that. With a swanky atmosphere and high-profile setting, Belgraves Hotel is an absolute hot spot.

Step inside the doors of London's exclusive hotel

A guest room at Draycott Hotel, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Value Hotels in London

Best Hotels in London

Looking for the best places to stay in London? Check out GAYOT's exclusive top 10 lists for the best hotels in London in a variety of categories.

Shop GAYOT's picks for the best places to stay in London

*London Eye image courtesy of the Coca-Cola London Eye official website


GAYOT's list of the best luxury trains has exciting excursions on as many continents as possible, from dramatic treks across the Austalian Outback to elegant tours through the great cities of Europe.
Situated in scenic locales from Napa Valley to Champagne, France, these iconic wine routes boast world-class vineyards, charming towns and unforgettable views.