Don’t Rush into the London Pass

We almost bought them. It seemed like a great deal, which is reason to be all the more suspicious of it. In short, it gives you access to 60 attractions for one, two, three or six days, including things like Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, a Tower Bridge Experience, Windsor Castle, Globe Theatre, and a Thames River Cruise. The price for the pass goes up naturally with the number of days you plan on using it. It all sounds perfect, right?

Here’s why I didn’t get it. You have to see a whole lot of attractions in order for the pass to save you money. For example, I wanted to see:

Tower of London: 22
Westminster Abbey: 20
Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour: 12
Chislehurst Caves: 6
Jewish Museum: 8

Equalling 68 pounds. In order for the pass to save me any money, I would have to do these things in one day with the one-day London Pass, which costs 52 for an adult, which is frankly insane for the following reasons:

  1. We were at the Tower of London (where the Crown Jewels are) for over three hours and made it through the history of currency and mint exhibition, the White Tower, the Crown Jewels, and the Bloody Tower. There’s no way to see the entire Tower in less than half of a day.
  2. The Beefeater Gin Distillery is across town and takes another two hours in itself.

We took pictures of Westminster Abbey (not all that interested in the lineage of the royal families) and haven’t made it to the other attractions but the point of this is:

You would have to be hustling through major points of interest to save any money with the pass.

What would you prefer – spend a little more money for a lot more leisure, or save a little money for a lot more stress (and possibly pain?)

BUT, If you insist on purchasing the London Pass, please pick it up from a vendor in London. Buying it online will cost you an additional 10 pounds or more. (We saw rates much cheaper in London in person).

Leave comments with questions. We’re happy to elaborate.

Cheers.

xx

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8 thoughts on “Don’t Rush into the London Pass

      • markandmelody July 12, 2015 / 12:28 AM

        London is a wonderful city, so far. There are many things to see and do. What are you most looking forward to seeing?

      • myfemalepersuasion July 12, 2015 / 12:36 AM

        I’m staying in the West End. Looking to check out the British Museum, London Eye, cruise Thames River, visit the ruins of Dunstan-in-the-east church, maybe see the Lion King musical (tickets are more expensive there than they are in new york though). I wanna go to Brixton too, and maybe the natural history museum. Shopping, but my boyfriend is discouraging me because things are generally cheaper in the US because the dollar is weaker. I also found a groupon deal for a burlesque show in London. What’s your favourite thing to do there?

      • markandmelody July 12, 2015 / 12:45 AM

        We are both very interested in history, so the older it is the better. We really enjoyed the Imperial War Museum and Tower of London, but plan to head out of London proper tomorrow – Wednesday to explore some other areas. We both do photography also, so taking moments to relax and take some pictures makes us very happy. Food and shopping are at a significant disadvantage with the value of the USD to GBP, so make sure to take that into account when you’re making your budget. It adds up quickly when you’re here. Check out Sainsbury’s while you’re on the go for some less expensive lunches. I’m sure you will have a great time while you’re here. Let us know how it goes!

      • myfemalepersuasion July 12, 2015 / 12:47 AM

        Oh ok. I’m considering the tower of London too. The park I mentioned is walking distance from there. Thank you for the tip about Sainsbury’s. Noted! I’ll be in London 6 days and then head to Paris for 2 days. Have fun!

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