London has something for everyone from world-class museums, cultural sites, and amazing tours to the best entertainment shows. Even though the majority of museums are free to the public, the rest of the attractions can be very expensive.
If you are planning a trip to London and you are interested in visiting some of the city’s best attractions you should consider buying the London Pass.
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Where can you get the London Pass:
You can buy your London Pass online https://www.londonpass.com/ and then:
- Have it delivered to your house (extra cost)
- Pick it up from the London Pass Redemption Desk in Leicester Square (free)
- Download it instantly to your smartphone (iOS and Android) (free)
On my recent trip to London, I decided to use the London Pass as I wanted to see some of the city’s high – priced attractions. I decided to download the London Pass to my phone, and it literally took me two minutes. What I loved about the mobile London Pass application is that it has some very useful features that will help you plan your trip more efficiently.
You can find attractions based on the type of the attraction, your interests and the area. You can even save the ones you liked into your favourites. Moreover, the by area feature helps you organise what you want to see in a more efficient way. I also liked the fact that for every attraction there is a small summary telling you what it is about, how much you save by using the London Pass, what time the attraction is open and how to get there, among other useful information.
Some maps are also included with your application like a tube map, a bus map, a hop on hop off bus map and a map of London where you can just zoom in/out.
Finally, there is a code on your application which is scanned in every attraction you go. If you don’t download the online application and you either have the pass delivered to your door or if you pick it up yourself you will receive a free guidebook full of tips and maps.
How much does it cost to buy a London Day Pass:
There are two types of passes available, the London Pass and the London Pass with Travel. The only difference between the two is that the latter also gives you free access to the public transport with an Oyster Travel Card.
Adult Price/Child Price (age 5-15):
- 1 Day: 62£/42£
- 2 Days: 85£/63£
- 3 Days: 101£/71£
- 6 Days: 139£/96£
- 10 Days: 169£/118£
Adult Price/Child Price with Travel (age 5-15):
- 1 Day: 75£/48£
- 2 Days: 103£/75£
- 3 Days: 129£/89£
- 6 Days: 182£/126£
- 10 Days: 222£/171£
What does the London Pass cover:
- Free access to more than 60 attractions around the city
- One day free Hop on / Hop off Bus tour, perfect for getting yourself acquainted with the city.
- Fast Entry to selected attractions
- Free Guide Book
- Free Public transport if you have purchased this option.
Some of the most popular attractions that are offered for free with the London Pass are:
- Places of interest: The London Bridge Experience (£26,95), Cutty Sark (£12,15), Kew Gardens (£15,00), Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (£16,00), London Zoo (£25.50) etc
- Historic Buildings: Tower of London (£22.50), Westminster Abbey (£20.00), Winsor Castle ( £20.00), Kensington Palace (£16.30), Royal Albert Hall (£13.50), The Royal Mews (£9.30) etc
- Tours & Cruises: Thames River Cruise (£18.50), Hop on, Hop Off Bus Tour (£25.00), Wembley Stadium Tour (£20.00) etc.
Other benefits include free audio guides to Museums that have free entry, discounts in theatres and musicals, and discounts in shopping.
As you can see the costs for most of the attractions are high. For example, a 3-day pass will cost you only £43 a day. With 2 or 3 attractions you cover the cost very quickly.
Why choose the London Pass:
The London Pass will save you a considerable amount of money if you are planning to visit many of the attractions it covers. Also the more days you use the London Pass, the more you save.
Apart from the money, you save a lot of time as well. First of all, you don’t have to buy a ticket for each attraction and with the fast track access, you save a lot of time waiting in the line to enter the attraction. Believe me, the Fast Track Entry, is a reason alone to buy it. London is a very popular city and sometimes you will have to wait even for hours to enter an attraction.
For whom is the London Pass:
- If you want to visit many attractions in a few days.
- If you have limited time (the fast track entry can save you a lot of time)
- If you are traveling with children, the fast track entry will make sightseeing hassle free.
The London Pass is not for you:
- If you are on a tight budget
- If you are planning to visit mainly the museums that are free
- If you will be in London for longer periods of time and want to space the activities.
London Pass tips:
- No matter what time you start using your pass it will count as a day, so plan to use it from early in the morning.
- Organise yourself, make a programme of what you want to see, do the attractions that are in the same area together. You don’t want to lose time traveling from one end of London to the other.
- Check for night activities like cinemas etc
- Check the extra discounts the card offers, some might be useful.
London Pass, can save you a lot of money if used correctly, try to visit more than 3 attraction per day like I did and get yourself organised. If you are traveling to London anytime soon I highly recommend that you buy a London Pass.
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For the purpose of this review, Travel Passionate was issued with 1-Day London Pass. As always opinions are my own.