The London Pass: Perfect for the First-Time visitor

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If you’re a first-time visitor to London, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to deciding which of its countless attractions to visit first and which are worth spending your holiday money on.

However, with the London Pass, you can pay a one-off fee – which varies depending on the length of your trip – to gain access to more than 60 top tourist attractions throughout the UK capital.

The London Pass also provides you with fast-track entry to some popular attractions, meaning that you won’t necessarily have to queue during busy periods, you’ll also get a 160-page guide to the city to download and you can even opt to cover your travel costs with an add-on Oyster card if you pay a little extra.

Whether you’re in London for business or pleasure, have just an afternoon or a full week to explore, you’re guaranteed to save money with the London Pass. All you have to do is show your card at the ticket desk or to the queue marshals and you’ll be allowed in free of charge.

So, where exactly can you visit with this hot ticket?

Sightseeing

One of the best perks of the London Pass is that it provides you with access to one of the city’s hop-on, hop-off open-top bus sightseeing tours. These take you around all the major attractions, including past the London Eye, 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace, where you might be lucky enough to catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Alternatively, the London Pass provides you with a ticket for a sightseeing cruise along the River Thames, allowing you to take in sights such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben from the water.

Continuing with the boating theme, the London Pass gives you entry to the Cutty Sark and HMS Belfast, both of which house fascinating museums exploring the UK’s maritime history.

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Culture

From stately homes to museums and botanical gardens, the London Pass provides you with free access to some of the city’s best cultural attractions.

A visit to Hampton Court Palace, once home to King Henry VIII, is highly recommended, particularly if the Great British weather is behaving itself and you can wander around the beautiful gardens that come complete with live peacocks and a real hedge maze.

These gardens are no match for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, however, which house the largest collection of exotic plants in London. Whether you want to discover the tropical delights in the gardens’ distinctive greenhouse or wander among the rosebeds, Kew is perfect for an afternoon out.

If the weather isn’t so good, the London Pass also provides you with access to several great museums, including one dedicated to the life and works of Victorian author Charles Dickens. Housed in the building where the celebrated writer lived while penning Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and the Pickwick Papers, this is a fascinating place to visit.

Family fun

The London Pass is perfect for all the family, from little ones to big kids, thanks to the access it provides to family fun hotspots, such as London Zoo and the Tower of London. The former is home to everything from giant spiders to lions, while the latter is a great piece of history, having served as the execution site of key figures from the past, including Anne Boleyn.

Sports fans in your party will love the Wembley Stadium Tour, while history lovers will enjoy being transported back to the sights, smells and sounds of old London at the London Bridge Experience.

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