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Hotels in London, England
Hotels in London range from iconic and traditional London hotels such as Claridge’s and the Landmark to contemporary hotels like One Aldwych, St. Martins and the Sanderson. There are London hotels to suit everyone including over 200 four star hotels and five star hotels in central London alone.



Most visitors to London whether looking for a business hotel or leisure hotel stay in an area boarded by the City of London to the east, Regents Park to the north, Knightsbridge and Bayswater to the west and the Southbank of the River Thames to the south. In this area you will find the majority of premier London shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, major sights and attractions with several London hotels to choose from.



The initial line-up of Cranley rated hotels include several award winning London hotels. In Mayfair, the very centre of the ‘West End’, including such famous landmarks as Oxford Street, Piccadilly, Park Lane, Bond Street and Berkeley Square you will find the Marriott hotel and Millennium hotel (both on Grosvenor Square), the InterContinental hote, Claridges and Dukes Hotel. In the City of London is the Apex Hotel and just across the Thames River close to the regenerated Southbank with its many bars, restaurants and trendy shops is the London Bridge Hotel, also convenient for the City and the Tower of London.



One Aldwych hotel and the Renaissance hotel are both close to Covent Garden, famous the world over for its restaurants, shops, street theatre, the Royal Opera House and many West End theatres. The iconic Landmark Hotel is close to major rail termini such as Marylebone, Paddington, Euston and St. Pancras where from November 2007 the Eurostar trains will operate to and from Paris and Brussels and is just a ten minute walk from the world renowned shopping area of Oxford Street.



To the west is Knightsbridge, home to exclusive shops such as Harrods and Harvey Nicholls with several London hotels to chose from. Close to both is the Berkeley Hotel with its award winning Petrus Restaurant, recently voted the finest restaurant in London for the second year running.



Now that Cranley has established its first hotels in London they will continue to add further London hotels and other major cities in the UK will also be added such as Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham as well as hotels around the major airports including Heathrow hotels, Gatwick hotels, Stanstead and Luton hotels.
Background
London is one of the world most important cultural and financial centres. Its status as a major global city is borne from its worldwide influence in the arts, education, entertainment, fashion, media and politics. London is a racially and culturally diverse European city with a population of 7.5 million speaking over 300 different languages.

London is a major centre for international business and commerce and is the worlds second largest financial centre after New York. London is predominantly a service-based economy and more than half of the UKs top 100 listed companies and over 100 of Europes 500 largest companies have their headquarters in central London.

Tourism is one of London’s main industries attracting over 27 million toursists to the city each year. London is home to four world heritage sites (Royal Botanic Gardens, the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and Westminster Palace) and a multitude of well known tourist attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, St Pauls Cathedral, London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.
Tourists can also visit some of London’s most famous institution such as the National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern and the British Museum as well enjoy the up-market retail experiences of Harrods, Covent Garden and Oxford Street. London makes the most of the River Thames.

Running through the heart of the city from the south-west to the east, tourists may enjoy a leisurely walk along the river bank or take one of the many river cruises and view some of London’s iconic architecture from a different perspective.

Londons large urban areas can be described by their district names. Some of the most well known include, the City of London (financial centre), the Docklands (New financial and commercial hub), the City of Westminster (home of national government), West End (entertainment and shopping) Notting Hill, Knightsbridge and Chelsea (fashionable and expensive residential areas) and the East End. East London has seen major redevelopment including the Canary Wharf estate and will also benefit from the Olympic Park being based there for the 2012 Olympics.