I’m shameless when it comes to being a tourist. I carry my Nikon around my neck, I ask strangers to take my pictures and I just love seeing all the basic tourist attractions. That’s why I just loved the London Pass. You just buy the pass at a base price and it gets you into all of the tourist attractions it covers free of charge. You can choose the number of days your London Pass is active and it is activated the first time you use it.
The London Pass is just one base-price depending on how many days you opt-in for. Regardless of how many days you chose, you’ll save a ton of money and time. For example, a six-day London pass costs £154 but you get £604 worth of entries.
We chose a 3-day London Pass and it was the best decision. Along with the London Pass, we also received a pre-loaded £20 Oyster card and a day that included a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. I recommend getting the pass the day or night before you chose to use it if possible to save time, since the line to get the pass can be just a bit long.
If you want to see all the major tourist spots, the London Pass is for you. Here’s a sampling of some of the hot-spots and attractions in London you can see with your pass.
London Pass Hot Spots Not To Miss
This is where you pick up your London Pass. It’s also regarded as the Heart of London’s West End. The Square opened to the public in 1750 and it hosts 52 red carpet premiers a year. We stopped by for a bite to eat as we walked through to our next stop on the London Pass.
We walked almost everywhere in London. It’s about a mile between Leicester Square and Westminster Abbey, but we stopped at Buckingham Palace along the way and walked along Parliament Street. At Westminster Abbey, there is a bit of a line to get in. We decided to wait for a day when it was cloudy to go inside Westminster Abbey and never got to it – but it would definitely be a great place to see right in the morning when it opens to avoid the crowds. This is where William and Kate got married and both Charles Dickens and Charles Darwin are buried here.
A home to the royal family since the 1700s, Kensington Palace is dripping royal history. Queen Victoria grew up here and is now home to William and Kate. There is also a special exhibition right now on Princess Diana and her fashion moments, where her most famous dresses and outfits are on display.
Tower of London
Start the next day off at the world’s most famous fortress that has served as a royal palace, a prison, an armory and a zoo. This tower dates back to 1070 and was a battle fortress for William the Conqueror. Today, you can walk along the pathways and up to the towers, getting a glimpse of what life was like back in the day and even see the Queen’s Crown Jewels.
The bridge has been over the River Thames since 1894. Today, you can learn about how it was built and walk along the glass walkway built a few stories above the main road.
After you test how well you are with heights on the Tower Bridge, head over to The Shard. On the 72nd floor with views for up to 40 miles, you can grab a glass of champagne and cheers while you take in the view.
Thames River Cruise
Hit up the Thames River Cruise with City Cruise on your London Pass. You have a 24-hour ticket and can hop-on and hop-off at any of the four stops between Greenwich, Westminster Abbey, London Eye and Tower Bridge.
The list of places you can go with the London Pass go on and on. But since we chose to walk everyone and explore some of the neighbors, these are the highlights of what we saw that was included in the London Pass. Be sure to take advantage of the London Pass all you can.
Tips for Your London Pass
- Focus in on areas that are walkable first and do this on the day the weather is going to be best. Then you can walk from place to place and see as much as possible in as little time.
- For the attractions that are a bit further out, utilize your hop-on-hop-off bus pass to get there. Plan the activities out near the bus stops.
- Pier A right outside of the Tower of London is where you can get on the river cruise. You might want to consider planning the river cruise and the Tower of London for the same day.
- Take a look at the things you want to do that cost the most, and prioritize those. That way if you don’t get to an attraction that you want to see in your London Pass time-frame, you can pay out-of-pocket for those another day.
- Pay attention to when attractions open and close and when they stop admitting visitors. Sometimes attractions can be closed for renovations at unexpected times.
Have you ever used the London Pass? What did you think?