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“Is the London Pass worth it,” I’m often asked by loads of visitors to London.
“How can I get my money’s worth on the London Pass?”
“Should I buy the London Pass?”
“How does the London Pass work?”
Whether you’re planning a fast-paced sightseeing trip with 1 day in London or just stopping by London for a leisurely stroll and want some London Pass reviews, people want to know if the London Pass is worth it and how to go about using it, if so.
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It’s hard to know, as an infrequent visitor, whether this tourist card that promises tons of savings and to basically change your life is for real or just a scam.
So in an effort to help you avoid scrolling through various reviews and articles and information about the London Pass and just bring you the facts, I’ve compiled my thoughts and research on the London Pass so you can decide if it’s right for your trip.
The Absolute Must-Knows (from a Londoner)
What is the London Pass?
The London Pass is a pass for those visiting London that includes access to dozens of iconic London attractions across the city, including some major ones like the Tower of London and Kensington Palace.
You can purchase it in consecutive day increments, starting at 1 day and then going up to 2, 3, 6 or 10.
Is the London Pass a Scam?
No, no scam here.
It’s a legitimate attractions pass that many visitors to London buy and appreciate.
Is the London Pass Worth It?
You probably didn’t come here for an “it depends” answer, but that’s what you’re going to get.
The reason is that it depends on if you plan your trip to maximize use of the pass or not.
For instance, you can get a 1 day London pass for £76 per adult.
If you did three attractions in one day, the Tower of London (£29.90 online in advance), the View from the Shard (£32.00 online in advance) and Westminster Abbey (£27.00 online in advance), you would be up to £88.90 that is the least amount you would have spent doing those things and paying separately – more if you decided to just turn up on the day and purchase tickets.
Anything else you do that day on the London Pass (though that would be a full day) would of course then be making it an even better value for that day.
However, particularly if you are buying a longer pass, it would be very easy to not meet the threshold for making the London Pass worth it unless you did everything at breakneck speed and only focused on the expensive attractions.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to get the London Pass for your whole trip – you can just pick a day or a few days to purchase the pass and then do the more expensive attractions in that time to make your money’s worth.
In fact, I would highly recommend this route, as there are tons of free museums and other things to do in London that you would miss out on if you just spend your entire time trying to do attractions on the London Pass list.
How much does the London Pass cost?
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What are the Best Attractions on the London Pass List?
Much of what is “good” on the London Pass attraction list will be down to your own interests, but some of the more iconic London attractions that you can use it on are:
- Tower of London
- 1 Day of Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour
- Westminster Abbey
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Hampton Court Palace
- Kensington Palace
- Kew Gardens
There are plenty of other great options, as well, that aren’t necessarily “iconic attractions” but are worth a visit like the London Transport Museum, the Postal Museum, and the Wembley Stadium Tour – there are plenty of options to choose from, so have a browse through the list at the bottom of this article.
Who is the London Pass Good For?
In my opinion, the London Pass is good for first time visitors to London who are happy to see a lot of the major sites, as well as people who don’t mind planning out roughly what they’re doing in advance (which you’ll need to do to ensure the pass is worth it to you).
It’s not a good idea for people who have come to London many times and won’t necessarily want to see the attractions on the list or won’t see them at a pace that makes the pass worth it.
It’s also not a good idea if you have a slower trip planned or a longer one that means you would prefer to not have to jam pack many of the attractions into a few day.
However, there is the London Explorer Pass that would work best for a traveler like this.
Do I Get Fast-Track Entrance with the London Pass?
Some of the questions surrounding whether the London Pass is worth it come from people wanting to know about Fast Track entrance.
Some attractions in London have separate Fast Track lines that will allow you to jump the line (or queue, as it’s known in the UK) and get in faster.
The London Pass automatically allows you Fast Track entrance into a few attractions, but not into any others.
If you are planning on seeing an attraction that has a Fast Track line, but Fast Track is not available on the London Pass, then you will need to wait in the normal line like everyone with a normal ticket.
London Pass does have recommendations for each attraction as to what time you should show up to try and avoid lines.
How Do I Know When to Show Up for Timed Experiences on the London Pass?
Certain experiences have timed entrances.
To take advantage of these, you cannot book a place in advance online with a London Pass, but you can show up and then be allocated the next available time slot so you can still take part.
For each attraction, the London Pass website has recommendations of the best way to use the pass at that particular site.
How Do I Use the London Pass?
You can either opt for Mobile Delivery where you download the London Pass and keep it on your phone, or you can get a hard copy shipped to you in advance.
If you’re purchasing it in London, you can also get a hard copy.
Do Kids Need a London Pass?
Yes, if you’re visiting London with kids, children are defined as between 5 and 15 years old and they will need a child’s London Pass.
Above that and they will need an adult version.
Should I Get the London Pass and Travelcard Option or just the London Pass?
This is one the area where I feel strongly compelled to advise you not to get the Travel option with your London Pass.
It is a better deal to get your travel separately by buying an Oyster card, for many reasons, but namely because the London Pass version does not actually included unlimited travel for each day of your pass.
Other Things to Know About the London Pass
- You can only use your pass at each attraction once – it is not unlimited entry to the attractions.
- At some attractions, children under a certain age will still need to pay an entry fee even if they are too young to need a London Pass.
- Your London Pass is activated the first time you use it, not when you purchase it.
- The “Days” on your London Pass are full days, not 24 hour periods, so if you activate your London Pass at an attraction at 7pm at night, then your first day of use will be over at midnight that night.
Full List of London Pass Attractions (2022)
- 30+ London Sights Tour (normally £47.00)
- Sherlock: The Game is Now (normally £45.00)
- 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour (normally £41.00)
- London Bicycle TOur (normally £38.95)
- London Zoo (normally £38.00)
- The View from the Shard (normally £32.00)
- Solve a Mystery: The Murder at Trafalgar Square (normally £32.00)
- Solve a Mystery: the Murder at Westminster (normally £32.00)
- Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tour (normally £30.00)
- Tower of London (normally £29.90)
- London Bridge Experience (normally £28.95)
- Chelsea FC Stadium Tour (normally £28.00)
- Westminster Abbey (normally £27.00)
- Emirates Stadium Tour – Arsenal (normally £27.00)
- Twickenham Stadium Tour and World Rugby Museum (normally £26.95)
- Windsor Castle (normally £26.50)
- Hampton Court Palace (normally £25.30)
- Fuller’s Brewery Tour (normally £25.00)
- Wembley Stadium Tour (normally £24.00)
- Uber Boat by Thames Clippers (normally £21.00)
- St. Paul’s Cathedral (normally £21.00)
- London Transport Museum (normally £21.00)
- London Stadium Tour (normally £21.00)
- Kensington Palace (normally £20.00)
- The Kia Oval Tour (normally £20.00)
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (normally £19.50)
- Palaces and Parliament Tour – Top Sights Tour (normally £19.00)
- London Museum of Water and Steam (normally £18.00)
- Eltham Palace (normally £17.60)
- Curzon Cinema Soho (normally £17.50)
- Curzon Mayfair Cinema (normally £17.50)
- Curzon Bloomsbury (normally £17.50)
- The Queen’s Gallery (normally £17.00)
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Tour (normally £17.00)
- The Postal Museum (normally £17.00)
- Royal Albert Hall Tour (normally £16.25)
- Cutty Sark (normally £16.00)
- Royal Observatory Greenwich (normally £16.00)
- QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl (normally $15.75)
- Brit Movie Tours (normally £15.00)
- Brit Music Tours (normally £15.00)
- Brit Icon Tours (normally £15.00)
- Royal Mews (normally £14.00)
- The Garden Museum (normally £14.00)
- Freud Museum London (normally £14.00)
- Old Royal Naval College (normally £13.50)
- Swingers City Crazy Golf (normally £13.50)
- Swingers Crazy Golf West End (normally £13.50)
- Apsley House (normally £12.80)
- ArcelorMittal Orbit (normally £12.50)
- Charles Dickens Museum (normally £12.50)
- Twickenham Stadium World Rugby Museum (normally £12.50)
- Jason’s Original Canal Boat Trip (normally £12.00)
- Chelsea Physic Garden (normally £12.00)
- The Guards Museum (normally £12.00)
- Science Museum – IMAX (normally £12.00)
- Tower Bridge (normally £11.40)
- Wernher Collection at Ranger’s House (normally £11.20)
- Chiswick House and Kitchen Garden (normally £11.00)
- All Star Lanes (normally £10.95)
- Florence Nightingale Museum (normally £10.00)
- The Chocolate Cocktail Club (normally £10.00)
- Household Cavalry Museum (normally £9.50)
- The Foundling Museum (normally £9.50)
- Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising (normally £9.00)
- Pollock’s Toy Museum (normally £9.00)
- Cartoon Museum (normally £8.50)
- London Bicycle Hire (normally £8.00)
- Keats House (normally £8.00)
- Jewish Museum London (normally £7.50)
- Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art (normally £7.50)
- Wellington Arch (normally £6.60)
- Jewel Tower (normally £6.60)
- Benjamin Franklin House Tour (normally £6.00)
- London Canal Museum (normally £6.00)
- The Monument to the Great Fire of London (normally £5.80)
- Golden Hinde (normally £5.00)
- Fan Museum (normally £5.00)
What else should I not miss in London?
If you’re visiting London soon, here’s a very brief rundown of a few of my other favorites to make sure you don’t miss anything!
- Hidden London Walking Tour – this tour is the absolute best if you want to see London in a different light and uncover hidden nooks, crannies, and histories that you won’t get on your normal, run-of-the-mill London walking tour. Click here to check prices and book.
- Historical Westminster Walking Tour with Churchill War Rooms – if you’re a history buff or even mildly interested in all of the insane things that have happened in London, particular during the wars, you have to book this tour which is an absolute bargain for the tour + entry to the Churchill War Rooms (basically two must-dos in one). Click here to check prices and book.
UK Travel Planning Guide: the FAQs
🏥 Should I buy UK travel insurance?
Absolutely yes. Basic coverage is not expensive, and as a visitor you are NOT covered under the NHS. Compare policies and prices with Travel Insurance Master here, a big name in the travel insurance business, and cross that off your list.
🔌 Do I need travel adapters for the UK?
Yes, you do, otherwise you won’t be able to plug in your electronics/phone/lifelines. I recommend this one, which is all-in-one so you can use it in other countries.
🚗 What do I need to drive in the UK?
The first thing you need to check out if you’re planning on renting a car in the UK is this guide to driving in the UK for visitors – the roads, signs, and driving experience will likely not be what you’re used to and it’s essential to prepare yourself to stay safe and aware.
🛌 What’s the best way to book hotels in the UK?
📳 Will my phone work in the UK?
Yes – if you set it up right. Check out my guide on making your foreign phone work in the UK to ensure that you get the type of service you need.
🚿 Can I drink the water in the UK?
Yes, UK water is great and perfectly safe. But drink out of taps in any kitchen or use water fountains. Double check before drinking out of the taps in hotel bathrooms, though, as they may be on a different system.