Whether you’ve been to London before, or it’s your first time across the pond, this city has so much to offer travelers. London is easy to get to from most major cities in the US, as there are many nonstop flights available, and it’s a great first international trip for English speakers. However, we understand, it can also often be overwhelming, choosing where to stay and what to do in such a big city. 


Hotel Recommendation


London Marriott Regents Park Hotel

Outside the London Marriott Regents Park Hotel, "Beginner's Guide to London"

The London Marriott Regents Park Hotel is a fantastic hotel choice, especially for families. With something for everyone, this hotel features an indoor pool, a fitness center, and even a hair salon! The Italian restaurant, Carluccio’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so it’s a perfect place to stop upon flying in to England, or before/after a long day of exploring the city.

The London Marriott Regents Park is in a safe, family-friendly neighborhood in an especially ideal location. The walk to the Swiss Cottage Underground station is under 10 minutes, and the train (or “tube”) is absolutely how you must get around London. It’s easy to navigate and gets you to all the major attractions. But if you’re looking to do something even closer to the hotel, it is a 20-minute walk to both the ZSL London Zoo and the iconic Abbey Road Studios, as well as a 10-minute drive to Camden Town to attend the Camden Market.


Activity Recommendations

Especially for first-timers, if you’re looking for staple sites to see and things to do, there are three main attractions we recommend:

The London Eye

A view from The London Eye, from "Beginner's Guide to London"

A perfect way to introduce yourself to London, whether you are doing it solo, with a companion, or with your family. It’s the #1 way to get an entire view of the city and the Thames River. It’s the world’s tallest observation wheel, standing at 135 meters! 


Tower of London

Bird's-eye view of the Tower of London and Thames River, from "Beginner's Guide to London"

A prominent staple of the city’s landscape, this site has served as a palace, a fortress, and a prison, among other things. It currently holds the Crown Jewels and is the home to the “Beefeaters,” Yeoman Warders who’s ancestry traces back to William the Conqueror. There are 32 of them that will take you and your family on an entertaining tour of the grounds.


London Theatre District

Not only are the actual theatres quaint and unique, with extraordinary architecture, but of course, the art that goes on inside is always thrilling. We attended & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End. This particular creative and uplifting show was a spin on Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet. Plus, it was written by the writer of Schitt’s Creek! What could be better?


This is not an exhaustive list, but it’s a perfect place to start. And when you stay at the London Marriott Regents Park, everything is just a quick walk or tube ride away!

You can find more information at www.visitlondon.com


 A WLS-AM 890 Chicago radio podcast about London, England and the London Marriott Regents Park can be found here.


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Updated on 9/27/22.

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