Using the London Pass
It works like a credit card. When you visit an attraction on the London Pass list, you get it scanned, and then you’re in!
There are pros and cons. It does give you some flexibility: You can purchase a 1 day, 2 day, 3 day, or 6 day pass. Also remember, on your first day of use to activate the London Pass early (by visiting one of the attractions on the list) because if you don’t use it until 5pm on your first day–then that counts as a full day. We opted to start using the pass on our second day in London because that was our first full day.
Make yourself an itinerary so you can get the most out of your pass. You need to think about the things you like to do: Remember, a lot of museums in London are actually free: British Museum, British Library, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Imperial War Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Science Museum, and V&A Museum–all free. So think about whether the London Pass fits your interests.
But when we added up admission fees to the sites we wanted to see, the London Pass made sense. We purchased a 6-day London Pass. The normal price for adults is 99 GBP. We got a discounted pass during a winter sale for 89 GBP.
The other advantage is that the London Pass gives you fast-track entry to select sites. That was good for us since we were pressed for time. In two locations especially, the Tower of London and Windsor Castle, we breezed past the regular lines.
Here are the attractions we used the London Pass at–and in parentheses is the price in British pounds if purchased separately on site (as of this writing):
- Tower of London (21.45 GBP)
- St. Paul’s Cathedral (15 GBP)
- Windsor Castle (18.50 GBP)
- Kensington Palace (GBP 15 GBP)
- Westminster Abbey (18 GBP)
- Tower Bridge Exhibition (8 GBP)
- 1-day hop-on hop-off River Thames boat cruise (19 GBP)
- London Walks (London Pass is 7 GBP, normally 9 GBP)
- Crest of London gift shop (5 GBP credit)
So we payed 89 GBP for the London Pass. Separate admission or full-price of all of the attractions we visited would have been 121.95 GBP, a savings of 32.95 GBP (or around $49 USD). We’ll take it!