Discount savings passes like the London Pass always sound good in theory. But then you always wonder, is London Pass worth it? The answer always depends on how many attractions you are going to visit and over how much time. The London Pass comes in 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 6-day and 10-day passes.
But the more days you buy, the more it is going to cost. So the trick is to plan your days so that you can fit your high cost attractions into just a couple of days. I’m going to show you how to get the most out of your 2 day London Pass and how you can save money.
First I would make a list of attractions you planned to visit. If you need ideas for your trip, you can also check out my 7 day London itinerary. Keep in mind that many of London’s museums are free. But if you plan on hitting the highlights like the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, or Hampton Court Palace, then the London Pass is worth it.
2 Day London Pass Itinerary
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So here is my guide to maximizing your 2 day London Pass without running yourself ragged racing around the city from attraction to attraction. Stay tuned because we also break down how much you can save using the London Pass.
On your first day, you will want to get an early start and hit the following attractions:
See where Kings and Queens are crowned and the site of many Royal weddings. You can also visit the Scientists’ and Poets’ corner and see the burial spots of Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer, Dr. Samuel Johnson and Charles Darwin
Thames River Cruise
From Westminster Abbey, walk down to the River Thames (you will see the Houses of Parliament and the Clock Tower with Big Ben along the way.) Then you can hop a river cruise down to the Tower of London.
You will get a 24 hour ticket so you can always hop on and hop off later if you want to also see London from the river at night.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of the top attractions in London and it isn’t just because of the Crown Jewels. There are plenty of secrets and mysteries buried in this ancient stone fortress.
Tower Bridge Exhibition
Take a short walk from the Tower to the Tower Bridge and take a walk on the glass floor walkway and see the panoramic views from the top of the bridge. You can also go down into the engine rooms and see how the bridge works.
Step aboard this replica ship and explore nine decks of seafaring history from the Second World War and beyond.
The View from the Shard
Head over to the Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building. The View is 72 floors up and on a clear day you can see for 40 miles.
From here, get a bite to eat at or near the fun Borough Market and then hop back on the Thames River Cruise down to the London Eye and cross the Westminster Bridge to finish up back where you started at Westminster Abbey. If you are really energetic, you could always stop at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater along the way (also included in the London Pass.)
Hop on Hop off Bus
Since on the first day you did a lot of walking, today you can rest your feet a bit with a Hop on Hop off bus. Take the Red route to Royal Albert Hall. (You can tour it if you want to, it is included in the London Pass!)
Science Museum IMAX Theater
The London Pass will give you a free ticket to a 3D IMAX film at the Science Museum.
Visit Will and Kate (well maybe not) and tour the Royal Palace and Orangery. You can also enjoy a stroll in Kensington Gardens.
Churchill War Rooms
Walk through Hyde Park or take the hop on hop off bus back toward Buckingham Palace and get off to visit Churchill War Rooms. Here you can explore the secret headquarters of Sir Winston Churchill.
London Transport Museum
From the War Rooms, walk over to Trafalgar Square and through Leicester Square over to the London Transport Museum. Of course, if you buy the London Pass with a travel card, it includes an Oyster Card to use on public transportation within London.
Kids really love this fun museum, which includes the iconic red London Routemaster bus, the world’s first Underground steam train and the ‘padded cell’ – one of the first electric locomotive Underground trains dating back to 1890.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Visit this site that has been host to Royal Weddings and Funerals and is a London landmark. The dome is the second largest cathedral dome in the world and you can climb 376 steps to the Stone Gallery and a further 152 to the Golden Gallery, both on the outside of the Dome with beautiful views over the city.
Afterwards, you may want to head over to Leadenhall Market for a bite to eat.
Is London Pass Worth It?
If you were to pay regular ticket prices, this is what you would be looking at (updated December 2019):
- Westminster Abbey – Adult entrance fee: £23
- Thames River Cruise – Adult entrance fee: £19.25
- Tower of London – Adult entrance fee: £27.50
- Tower Bridge Exhibition – Adult entrance fee: £9.80
- HMS Belfast – Adult entrance fee: £16.20
- The View from the Shard – Adult entrance fee: £32.00
- Hop on Hop off Bus – Adult entrance fee: £34.00
- Science Museum – Adult entrance fee: £11
- Kensington Palace – Adult entrance fee: £19.50
- Churchill War Rooms – Adult entrance fee: £22.00
- London Transport Museum – Adult entrance fee: £17.50
- St. Paul’s Cathedral – Adult entrance fee: £20.00
Total regular ticket cost for adults: £251.75
Cost for an adult pass: £99
Here is the savings you will get if you follow this itinerary:
Adults: £152.75 savings
So is the London Pass worth it? You decide. If you think you would like to visit many of these attractions than yes, it is worth it and clearly can be a huge savings even if you trimmed a few of these activities off your itinerary.
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How the London Pass Works
The London Pass is so easy to use. With the London Pass mobile app, you can purchase online and your passes are sent to your mobile device. You can then save your passes to your mobile wallet, so you don’t even need to keep the email handy.
When you show up at the attraction, just show your phone with the mobile passes stored in your mobile wallet and they will scan the code and in you go!
Make sure to check in advance which attractions allow you to skip the line as that will give you even more reason to purchase a London Pass. Just make sure that you add ALL the passes to your mobile wallet as you will need to swipe through to show each pass.
See the full list of attractions in London included in the London Pass.
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