London cherishes its duality: it fully embraces history and stiff upper lip traditions alongside the cutting-edge and the new, whether through its clubby residential five star hotels, its dynamic art and architecture or its buzzy theater and restaurant scenes. This should come as no surprise, as its name is derived from the Celtic word Londinios, which means the place of the bold one. Keep calm and carry on, indeed.

  • Perfect for
    Art Lovers | Families | Foodies | Intellectuals | Romantics
  • When to go
  • Ideal length of stay
    3-5 Nights

Designing Your Journey

Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.

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    3 Days: Essential London

    Although three days doesn’t offer enough time to experience all of London’s highlights, Indagare can customize your trip with after-hours museum tours, a private viewing of the Crown Jewels, a tour of Arsenal’s stadium and more. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.

    • Day 1

      The best way to get your bearings on day one is to tour with a guide who can offer a quick introduction to the icons (Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey) and escort you through a private tour of the State Apartments at Buckingham Palace or Spencer House, the ancestral home of Princess Diana. A nice way to spend the afternoon is by shopping in one of London’s prime neighborhoods. Finish the day with dinner at a classic British establishment or hot spot eatery.

    • Day 2

      Watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace and then explore Hyde Park. Pop into the Serpentine Gallery and check out the latest exhibition before continuing on to Kensington Palace, once home to Princess Diana and now to Kate, Will, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Don’t miss the exhibition of Diana’s dresses, the King’s Gallery and finish with a break for tea at the Orangery. For even more art, continue on to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Tonight, partake in a classic London experience and attend the theater.

    • Day 3

      Hit the iconic Tower of London, most famous for four things: the Crown Jewels, the Beefeaters, the Ravens and for being a prison and site of execution. The Tower witnessed the beheading of two of Henry VIIIs wives: Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Tours of the National Gallery and British Museum or a stop at the Churchill Warm Rooms are just a few of the attractions that can be included in the afternoon. To end the day, Indagare can arrange a private yacht cruise along the Thames River.

Where To Stay

We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special perks, including upgrades, early check-in, spa credits, and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.

  • Member Stories

    “One of the highlights of our stay [at the Beaumont] was riding in the hotel’s vintage Daimler, which used to be part of the Queen Mother’s personal fleet. A mob descended on us when we pulled up to Buckingham Palace—what an experience!”
    Ashley Dyson, member since 2014
  • Member Stories

    "The Covent Garden Hotel was fantastic. On our last night, they upgraded us to an incredible two-bedroom suite and sent us a bottle of Champagne for our wedding anniversary!"
    Patrick Harris, member since 2016
  • Member Stories

    “My husband, daughter and a friend took a last-minute trip up to the Harry Potter Studios, 45 minutes from central London. They loved it, and felt that three hours there was not enough!”
    Carroll Pierce, member since 2007
Indagare founder and CEO Melissa Biggs Bradley
“In Holborn, I discovered my new favorite shopping street: Lambs Conduit. Here, there is a mix of ancient enterprises (including a funeral parlor and old tailor shops) and hip men’s boutiques like Folk, Simon Carter and Grenson, lovely housewares boutiques like the French House and Darkroom and antiques shops like Wren.”

What To See & Do

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Indagare Insider Yotam Ottolenghi, chef
“Restaurant-wise, London is intoxicatingly varied. There is so much going on: the passion behind the pop-ups, the artisan producers, the restaurants, bakeries and market stalls is incredible–urban beekeepers, the perfectionism and dedication of baristas and bakers, seaweed foragers. I love it!”

What To Read

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