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How I Plan to Save £153.80 With London Pass

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Ah London.  There is no city on earth like it.  Mention the word “England” and most likely “London” is the first city they’ll think of.  It is full of things to do, places to see, and people to meet.  One question that I get asked by my friends in the states who have yet to go is “What is there to do in London?”  I think the more appropriate question is “What isn’t there to do in London?”  It has something for everyone it seems.  Museums, art galleries, theaters, castles, fine dining just to name a few line the streets of London. With so many attractions for tourists (and probably some locals), one question I asked is “How do I get the most bang for my…uhm…quid?”  The London Pass is a great way to see many attractions, and save money doing so.

What is a London Pass?

“The London Pass is a ‘smart card’ – like a credit card with a computer chip inside – which allows you completely cash free entry to your choice of 56 London tourist attractions.” – source

You can purchase a pass for anywhere from 1 day to 6 days.  Here is a list of attractions you gain access with the London Pass. With this card once it is activated, you gain access to anywhere the card is accepted, and there are 56 different attractions.  Simply put, the more you see, the more you save.  The site boasts up to £186 on a six day pass, though I am skeptical on that number.  For us, we reached what I would consider a more realistic savings.  These are the places we plan to visit with our six day pass, along with the entrance cost.

  • Kensington Palace        £12.50
  • HMS Belfast    £10.70
  • Shakespeare Globe      £10.50
  • St Paul’s           £12.50
  • Hampton Court Palace   £14.00
  • Jewel Tower     £3.00
  • City Cruises      £11.50
  • Tower Bridge   £7.00
  • Tower of London         £17.00
  • Jason’s Canal Boat Trip            £8.50
  • The London Zoo      £16.80
  • Windsor Castle £15.50
  • Eton College     £6.00

That would total £157 each, or £314 for both of us.  We paid for two £160.20.  So with the London Pass we’re saving £153.80 for two people on those attractions!  The savings continue to grow the more places we see, but with a baby, we’re taking a conservative approach on seeing these attractions.

But Wait There’s More!

What else can you do with the London Pass?  They offer transportation savings, various restaurant deals, shopping deals, and more.  Plus, for those who need to exchange currency – they offer commission free money exchange at Bureau de Change.  With these deals the savings just keep adding up. Also, it allow you for “fast track access” eliminating the lines and queues.

What’s the downside?

The only downside I found is that the time limit starts from your first swipe, and the ticker then expires the number of days after. So for example, if you activate the Pass on Monday, it will expire on Saturday.  My personal wish would be to be allow to stagger the days over the period of a couple of weeks or a month.   Other than that, there’s no real down side I can see.

Is London Pass Worth the Cost?

I would venture to say yes.  Due to the savings you get on attractions alone, You definitely are saving money.  Again, the longer period of a pass you buy, the more you boost your savings.  Factor in the other additional savings the card offers, this is a great way to get the most “bang for your quid” in London.  I’ll be sure to let you know how our experience turns out.  Fingers crossed!

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Written by Jas

April 27, 2010 at 4:55 pm

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