The London Pass is the single tourist pass which allows entrance avoiding queues to more than 50 famous tourist attractions in London.
In addition the optional Travelcard allows unlimited travel on the Underground, buses and city trains in all London, zones from 1 to 6.
It is available for lengths of 1, 2, 3 or 6 days.
In this article we have a look at the main features of the tourist pass of London, such as: attractions included, interactive map of attractions, how the pass works, prices and when it is convenient.
We considered a few sample cases based on different lengths of stay and number of attractions visited:
1) One day available for sightseeing (1-day LondonPass):
You will find the 1-day pass particularly useful when visiting numerous attractions in one day. The 1-day pass is not convenient if during this day we plan to visit only one or two attractions and so the more we see, the more we save. Also consider the amount of time saved without queuing to buy tickets and so your time can be spent visiting more of London.
2) Two days available (2-day Pass):
The 2-day pass is more cost-effective than the 1-day pass, this means that it is generally more convenient. It would not be useful if, during these two days we plan to visit only two or less attractions in total. It is certainly convenient if visiting two attractions per day or more.
3) Three or more days available for visiting (3-day Pass or 6-day Pass):
These passes are the most convenient. The 3-day pass is convenient if we visit 4 top attractions or more in total during the three days, and the 6-day pass if we visit 6 top attractions or more during the six days (i.e. one per day or more).
As an example, buying a 6-day pass and visiting 3 top attractions per day, the total saving indicated on the LondonPass website is approximately £120, on average, per person.
At the time of visiting the London Pass site, of the more than 50 attractions included we highlight the following (normal price without pass is shown in brackets):
Thames River Cruises
A memorable way to experience the magic of London from this famous river, seeing places such as Westminster, the London Eye, the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. It takes about 50 minutes and leaves at regular intervals (normal price £9.50).
Tower of London
Fortress, royal palace and prison, it keeps the collection of the jewels of the Crown, of the royal arsenals, the white tower built by William the Conqueror, the prisons exhibition and torture rooms. You can walk on part of the walls and see actors in original costumes (normal price £16.50).
Tower Bridge Exhibition
Breathless views along the pedestrian paths of one of the most famous bridges in the world. The interactive exhibitions and the visit to the engines room with the original steam engines make it a unique experience (normal price £6).
Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition
Go back in time while visiting Shakespeare's reconstructed and re-sited open-air Globe theatre. In the exhibition you can see the original actors' costumes, techniques used, special effects, music and a replica printing machine used in the theatre (normal price £9).
It is one of the biggest in Europe and situated in a convenient position, on the south bank, opposite Big Ben and next to the London Eye. Not to be missed is the Pacific Ocean exhibition with sharks (normal price £13.25)
Visiting this cruiser built in 1939 offers the unique opportunity to experience just how the sailors lived, worked and fought during the Second World War. It is permanently docked near the London Bridge (normal price £10.30).
St. Paul Cathedral
It is possible to go up the 530 steps of the big dome to 85m and admire the great panoramic view of London. The crypt contains the graves of Admiral Nelson and of the Duke of Wellington (normal price £9.50).
The majestic fortress built by William the Conqueror, still used by the royal family and the Queen. Don't miss the royal apartments, the dolls' room of Queen Mary and St. George chapel, where many royal weddings were celebrated (normal price £14.20).
Hampton Court Palace
A great royal palace situated outside the centre of London, along the Thames river west of London. We recommend the impressive gardens and, inside the palace, the old Tudor kitchens and the royal rooms over a number of periods (normal price without londonpass £13.00).
Situated inside Regent's Park, it is ideal for a beautiful day outside, full of over 5000 animals with a total of 755 species including penguins, camels, zebras, gorillas, hippopotamus, giraffes, african lions and the atypical Komodo dragons (normal entrance £15.40)
Botanic gardens with a wide range of plants, from the greenhouse tropical to the various desert kinds. 2000 protected species of which 15 are unique to Kew and extinct outside these gardens. An exhibition about the evolution of plants covers a period of 3500 million years (normal price £13).
Tasting tour that allows you to try wines from all over the world with informational programmes (normal price £16).
Bicycle Tours of London
Organised by the Bicycle Tour Company, they take place on Saturdays and Sundays (normal price £17.95).
For the purchase, however, you can buy online directly from the London Pass website at the following link:
All the attractions included, as well as restaurants and shops that offer discounts to the owners of the pass, can be visualised in an interactive map based on Google Maps.
The LondonPass works similarly to a buffet. Once you buy the pass, you do not pay to enter in any of the attractions covered. The more you visit, the more you save.
Image of the London Pass in use
At the entrance to the attractions, the owners of the pass avoid the queues to buy tickets, show the card to the operator, who checks it with a special reader and gives permission to enter.
The guidebook that comes with the pass saves time allowing you to plan in advance and includes many discounts at shops, restaurants and entertainment possibilities in London.
The pass is produced by Leisure Pass Group Ltd (member of Visit London, the official London tourism organisation and of the European association of Tour Operators).
You can buy the Pass online at the link below or in London main underground stations (but the LondonPass with travelcard can be bought exclusively online in advance):
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