As an avid explorer, I always try to see and do as much as I can whilst visiting a new destination. Some cities, such as London, have such a large selection of tours, attractions, and activities, so it can sometimes be difficult to choose which one to visit. In this situation, I found it very beneficial to go for a London Explorer Pass since it gave me the possibility to choose to visit up to seven of all the major tourist attraction for a fraction of the price.
London Explorer Pass can most easily be described as a pre-paid multi-attraction sightseeing pass that offers access to some of London’s most popular attractions for a discounted price. Not only is it a helpful tool in for laying out your itinerary, it can also save you 40% compared to paying the regular price at the gate. It comes in three different variants; choose between a 3-attraction (£64), 5-attraction (£94), or 7-attraction (£114) pass. The best part of all, the pass can be downloaded to your smartphone, so you can enjoy a ticketless sightseeing experience.
Below I have created 2 different 1-day itineraries, all based on the activities included in the London Explorer Pass, that I would recommend if you have an upcoming visit to London.
Total Savings with the London Explorer Pass: 22%
10 a.m. – 12 a.m | SEA LIFE London Aquarium
London is so much more than Piccadilly Circus, Kensington Palace, Trafalgar Square, and Notting Hill. When thinking of London, fish may not be the first thing to spring to mind, which is why so many are surprised to learn that this British capital houses one of Europe’s largest displays of global aquatic life. Start the day at SEA LIFE London Aquarium, where you can wander through a picturesque glass tunnel enclosed in a majestic 25 meter-long blue whale skeleton! If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, why not witness the world’s biggest collections of Cownose rays, interact with crabs, anemones, and starfish, or snorkel with sharks! It is no wonder Sea Life attracts more than one million visitors each year, and you would be a fool to give this attraction a miss.
On average, SEA LIFE London appreciates it will take 1.5 to 2 hours to enjoy the full experience of the aquarium. Naturally, this varies on a case by case basis, but nevertheless, I would recommend you to be there at 10 a.m. to skip the crowds.
12 a.m – 14 p.m | London Eye
London Eye, Europe’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel, sees over 3.75 million visitors annually, and once you have experienced it, it is easy to see why. Aptly located on the South Bank of the Thames, only a 2-minute walk from SEA LIFE, the London Eye offers one of the tallest public viewing point in all of London, superseded only by the Shard. It’s fantastic 360 ° grand view of the city makes London Eye one of the most Instagrammable sites, well worth a visit. A full rotation takes about 30-minutes, but make sure to factor in some time for queueing as the standard entry queue time can be around 45 minutes, and the Fast Track entry queue time around 20 minutes.
14 p.m – 15.30 p.m. | Planet Hollywood
After having enjoyed a ride at the London Eye, head over to Planet Hollywood for lunch. It is only located a short 20-minute walk from the London Eye, and included in the London Explorer Pass is a two-course meal with with a choice of side, drink and dessert. The famous American chain first opened its doors in 1991’s New York City, and its name is derived from its atmosphere which is themed after Hollywood blockbuster films.
Total Savings with the London Explorer Pass: 18%
1 Day Hop On, Hop Off Bus
If you are pressed for time, a hop-on, hop-off tour can help you get the most out of a short visit you get an overview of the city’s most popular attractions in a fuss-free way and at your own pace. The London Explorer Pass includes a one day Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour ticket that is valid on 9 bus routes. Hop-On-Hop-Off Sights include classic icons such as Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace and Palace of Westminster.
Normal Ticket Price: Adult £38.00, Child £19.80
Sights: Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, St Pauls Cathedral, COvent Garden, Hyde Park Corner, Notting Hill, Madame Tussauds, and more
Link to the attraction | BigBus Map | Golden Tours Map
Hop-On-Hop-Off Thames River Cruise
The River Thames flows straight through all of London and travelling by river is an interesting way to get around London as you are taking in all the riverside sights and landmarks. The pass includes a 24-hour cruise ticket and four locations to embark and disembark and departures follows a a regular schedule with ferries departing every 40-minutes.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Just a short 10-minute walk from the London Bridge Pier (accessible with the River Boat Cruise) or directly accessible with the Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour (stop 15 on the Red Line with Big Bus Tours or stop 24 with Golden Tours) lies the majestic St. Paul’s Cathedral, a beautiful Anglican cathedral that sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London. Venture inside and marvel at the beautiful interior, and don’t miss the geometric staircase seen in the Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes films.
One last tip for using the London Explorer Pass. Instead of collect the physical pass at the London Explorer Pass’s office, download the London Explorer Pass mobile application. Not only will you have your pass with you on the go, but it also contains a lot of other information about the city and its attractions.
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