Visiting London for the first time, there are a lot of places to explore and things to do. There are the typically must see’s such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace or the Tower Bridge as well as a lot of other free or paid attractions. One way to see as much of London in a short amount of time is by purchasing the so-called London Pass.
The London Pass can be purchased for a specific amount of days and gives you the opportunity to enter a lot of attractions, while saving some money as well. The London Pass can be ordered online or just purchased on arrival.
Back when I was in London, we had purchased the London Pass for two days, which had cost us £85 each. Before departure we had read about it online and it seemed like a great way to see a lot of the city.
It is a good idea because it might also take you to places that you would otherwise not have visited and that will end up surprising you positively. We gave it a try and were curious to see if in the end it would we worth it and if it actually saved us some money.
All the attractions that can be visited with the London Pass are listed on the website but also in a little booklet that you will receive upon purchase of the pass with descriptions for each of the places.
So these are all the things we did with the London Pass in these two days in London.
Hop on-Hop off bus (Price: £25)
If you have ever been to a bigger city then you will most likely be familiar with these busses. Like the name already suggests you can get on and off the bus as much as you like as long as your ticket is valid. This is a great way to cover all the major must-sees of a city, as the bus will stop at a lot of different tourist places.
Usually there will be different routes as well so you can mix things up a little and the addition of audio guides for all stops is also a great way to learn a little about the place you are in.
The Hop on-Hop off bus in London was a great way to get around the city fast and enjoy the view of beautiful London on the top deck. As there are a lot of different bus companies in London it was at first a little confusing to find the right one and we had to queue up for the ticket as well which was a bit difficult to find at the beginning.
However, I would always recommend these busses and I for sure would have also booked it if it would have not been included in the London Pass.
London Bridge Experience (Price £26.95)
According to their website this was named as the UK’s scariest attraction. You will learn a little about the scary parts of London’s history which is part of a guided tour. This is the first part of the experience while the second part is there to basically scare the shit out of you. Here you will have to face your fears, squeezing through some kind of maze while being chased by evil clowns or other scary creatures.
I was pretty proud of myself that I made it out alive. Great experience but pretty fucking scary as well. Do you dare?
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HMS Belfast (Price: £16)
Originally a Royal Navy Cruiser now turned into an Imperial War Museum, located right in front of the Tower Bridge. Armed with audio guides you can make your way around the ship, climbing up and down and getting to take nice pictures of the view while learning about some of the UK’s most important history.
This was one of these places that without the London Pass I would have never visited. I didn’t know what to expect we just passed by and saw that it was including in the pass, but I did really enjoy it. I would definitely be recommending this if you have the time.
Westminster Abbey (Price: £20)
The traditional place for coronation, in this church Britain’s monarchs have been getting wed and buried for a long period of time.
Even if you are not that much into churches and architecture, this place is worth the visit not only for its history alone.
Tower Bridge (Price: £9)
Of course it is free to walk over this famous bridge. But there is also the opportunity to go up the bridge were a museum is located at which I had no idea of before. It’s not as big but after climbing up all those stairs it will reward you with a nice view over the Thames and the HMS Belfast from above. It also gives you an overview over the history and time of construction of the Tower Bridge.
Tower of London (Price: £22,50)
This was the one place where I could have easily spent a lot more time than we did. The famous historical castle containing the real life crown jewels behind maximum security. Wow!
We didn’t get to see all of what the castle had to offer I believe, but we found a little torture museum, some ravens and another museum displaying old swords and helmets and similar things.
Thames River Cruise (Price: £18)
Just a cruise on the river. Nice to get from one point to the next and see the London Eye from the water, but not worth paying £18 pounds for it as well.
All in all, we managed to visit 7 attractions during our two days of having the London Pass. There would have been a lot more options to choose from but this was what we went with. These attractions had a total value of £137.45 all together. Deducting the £85 that I originally paid for it, this lead to a saving of £52.45.
To conclude this article I can say that the London Pass was worth it. I indeed saved a lot of money and I also ended up visiting places that I would have otherwise never visited and I am glad I did. I think it is good that there are so many different attractions to choose from and it is still possible to stay flexible, as the only restrictions are the opening days of the attractions.
Disclaimer: This post was written in 2017 so prices might not be accurate anymore, therefore make sure to always check for the current prices.
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