London is a BIG BIG city with thousands of years worth of history to explore. As incredible as it is to visit London as a tourist and see everything for yourself, it’s also an expensive city and you probably want to get as much done as possible in the shortest amount of time. The London Pass is the perfect way to do this, offering you access to 80+ of London’s top attractions. Fast track entry is even included at some locations, and additional deals and discounts to things like West End shows are another bonus.
Buying and using the pass is super easy as well, as The London Pass has a handy app that you can purchase and activate a pass through on the day. The app also has all the included attractions and additional deals, so you can scroll through, learn about them and favourite ones you like.
We spent a fun day being tourists in our own city with The London Pass, and here’s how we’d recommend seeing as many of the attractions as possible in 24 hours.
The View From the Shard (usually £32)
Start your day by admiring the beautiful cityscape that is central London at The View From the Shard. It opens at 10am so if you aim to be there then, there should be little to no line and pretty quiet upstairs. As well as admiring the view there’s also a couple of bars up there where you can enjoy a drink and a snack. The toilets are also very worth a visit, with floor to ceiling windows in each cubicle so you can admire the view as you sit on the throne.
Borough Market (free)
Though it’s not part of The London Pass, Borough Market is hands down one of our favourite places to visit in London, and it’s right next to the Shard. Here you can wander through and grab a coffee and a pastry, or something for lunch if you’re feeling peckish. Borough Market is an epicurean’s dream, so take a moment here to sample all the cheeses, meats, preserves and everything else on offer, and pick up a few little treats to take home.
Tower of London (usually £27.50)
Out of all the tourist attractions in London, the Tower of London is probably our favourite. A perfectly preserved medieval fortress, it’s famous for its grizzly history as a prison (complete with plenty of ghost stories), a palace, a menagerie and an armoury. Today it’s a fantastic way to step back in time and imagine what life was like back in medieval times, as well as view the decadent crown jewels. There are twelve acres of land within the walls, so as you can imagine there’s plenty to see and do. If you don’t know where to start, Yeomen Warders (or Beefeaters as they’re more commonly known) give free tours every 30 minutes so you can learn more about the Tower of London.
Thames River Cruise (usually £19.25)
Next, walk down to Tower Pier (right next to the Tower of London) and hop on the Thames River Cruise. Here you can take a scenic and informative 30-minute boat ride to Westminster, where the next sights are. Along the cruise, the captain or a recording will tell you about what you’re passing and some of the history of places on the banks of the Thames.
Westminster Abbey (usually £23.00)
Now that you’re in Westminster, there are so many hotspots to hit in one small area. When you get off the boat you’ll immediately see the House of Parliament, and next to that Big Ben. After taking some snaps of these, walk right around the corner and you’ll find yourself at Westminster Abbey. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and royal wedding destination, this gothic-style church is another iconic part of London’s history. As well as many other historical events, it’s been England’s coronation church since William the Conquerer was crowned there in 1066.
Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour (usually £15.00)
For our last activity of the day, we decided to check out the Beefeater Gin Distillery. The oldest London gin that still makes and bottles its product in London, it’s a super fun and interactive tour that takes you through the history of gin in London, as well as the brand. You also get to taste a selection of their gins, and enjoy a gin and tonic at the end of the tour. We thought this was a really fun and relaxing way to finish off the day, and it was only a 15-minute bus ride from Westminster.
As well as the ones we’ve mentioned above, there are honestly so many museums, castles, tours and other activities all included in The London Pass. Some other highlights include Windsor Castle, London Zoo and London Bicycle Tour. The pass costs £75 for an adult one-day pass, or £99 for two, with longer options also available. The total cost of visiting all the attractions above individually works out to around £116, and if you choose a multi-day pass you could be saving even more money. We had a super fun day out with The London Pass, and if you want to book tickets, you can do so through their website here.
If you want to know more about The London Pass, you can watch our vlog on our experience here.