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Sightseeing Around London With A London Pass!

Regardless of any election result today, London will always shine as one of the best cities on earth to pay a visit. Whatever your vibe be it culture vulture or sports enthusiast, there is so much to do!  If you’re only in London for a short amount of time, you’ll want to cram as much in as possible.  Despite growing up in London (and being dragged around many a museum as a child), there’s still so much I have yet to explore. Now I live in Hong Kong, on each visit back to London, I play tourist, especially now I’m a parent (dragging my own two children round museums!).  As with any major city, visiting attractions can get expensive.  So when the kind people at London Pass asked me to test out their One Day Pass, I was absolutely thrilled.

London Pass

What is a London Pass?

Whether it’s 1, 2, 3 or 6 day pass, you get free entry to over 60 attractions.  A 1 Day Adult Pass is GBP 52 which I think is good value for money if you’re intending to embark on a jam-packed itinerary.  With admission to popular places like London Zoo (normally GBP 23), Tower of London (normally GBP 22) and Westminster Abbey (normally GBP 20), you can see how a normal day’s sightseeing would add up.

Even better (especially during school holidays), you get ‘Fast Track Entry’ which allows you to skip the lines at selected attractions to save time.

London Pass - Bridge

Where can I use it?

The London Pass comes with a free guidebook which shows you where you can use it (literally everywhere!) and also tips on how to get around. You can also combine the price with an Oyster Travelcard.

I had a ball visiting some places that I had never actually got round to seeing…

  • Get off at London Bridge and pop in to one of my favourite museums, the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret.  Stroll alongside the River Thames and take in the gorgeous views.  Finish up at the ever-cool Design Museum, there was a great exhibition on about women’s fashion when we were there.
    London Pass - Design Museum
  • If you like gin, you must head to the relatively new Beefeater Gin Distillery near Kennington.  You even get to sip on a G&T after you’ve learned about the distilling process.  You could combine this with a trip to the fascinating Imperial War Museum.
    London Pass - Beefeater Gin
  • Pop into the Florence Nightingale Museum – the kids can even dress up in old nurses outfits!
    London Pass - Florence Nightingale
  • Walk across Westiminster Bridge to take in the ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.  You can also visit the lesser known Jewel Tower next door.

Should I buy a London Pass?

If you are planning to visit all the major attractions in London then yes, absolutely.  It will save you time and money. It also means that if you go somewhere and the kids are getting bored or you don’t think the attraction is very good, you can just leave and go elsewhere.

Make sure you plan your day and find out the opening & closing times and how best to get around London. You may also need to book some activities e.g. Jason’s Original Canal Boat Trip in advance (something we forgot to do and I regret).

Take advantage of the public transport and hop on a bus or tube.

 

 

Disclaimer – I am not affiliated in any way to the London Pass however, I was sent a day pass to review. I was not paid for this review and this is all my own opinion!

 

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