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All eyes will be on London—again—for the 2012 Summer Olympics

Word of Mouth"Getting around London on the Tube may seem daunting," says Fodorite madamtrashheap. "But it's actually easy once you arm yourself with a map, remember to stand on the right when on escalators (stand on the left and you'll soon know you've done the wrong thing!) and don't travel during peak hour (7.30am - 9.30am and 4.30pm - 7pm).

Why Go NowAll eyes are on London. Not only did royal watching reach its pinnacle this past spring for Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s nuptials, but the 2012 Olympics are coming to town in July. The city is gearing up for the summer crowds with new events and attractions. Among the most exciting happenings, Kensington Palace debuts new public gardens and exhibition spaces; Warner Bros. Studio launches The Making of Harry Potter Tour in spring (which grants tour-goers access to the actual movie sets); the new Zaha Hadid-designed Serpentine Sackler Gallery opens in July; the most complete collection of Da Vinci’s paintings are currently on display at The National Gallery through February 5, and the largest exhibition of Da Vinci’s studies of the human body will be shown at The Queen's Gallery, May 5 through October 7. Not to mention the oodles of hotels opening in time for the games.

Where to StayNotable newbies include the quirky Zetter Townhouse Hotel, the design-focused Eccleston Square Hotel, the splashy W London, and the posh 45 Park Lane, to name a few. The swank new Corinithia London houses the city’s biggest spa and, any day, Thompson Belgraves will debut as Thompson Hotels’ first-ever European outpost with 85 rooms, a restaurant from British chef Mark Hix, and a library bar. See more London hotel reviews.

Insider TipFree admission to world-class museums like the Tate Modern, British Museum, and the Victoria & Albert helps mitigate the British pound to U.S. dollar exchange rate.

When to GoApril to September are your best chances for nice weather.

Plan Your TripVisit Fodor's London Travel Guide for the latest hotel, restaurant, and shopping reviews.

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  • ncampoy on Jun 28, 13 at 01:25 PM

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