Best 1, 2, & 3-day London Pass itineraries for great value

The London Pass can be a great time-saving and money-saving tool for first-time visitors to London, but getting value out of it requires some planning and hustle. Since it includes “60+ London attractions and tours,” it seems like anyone could save money with it. The challenge is that you only have so much time during each day, and most of the attractions are closed at night.

As someone who has visited London more than 20 times and recently lived in the city for 6 months, I feel like an expert on how to get the most out of the shorter London Passes. Below you'll find my advice for how to see the most and save the most on a 1-day London Pass, as well as the best recommendations for a 2-day or 3-day London Pass.

Which London Pass to get?

The 1-Day London Pass is good value for someone with only one full sightseeing day on their schedule. But since the 2-Day and 3-Day passes cost only a bit more, they are better value for most people. You can often get a discount on the 3-Day pass that makes it almost the same price as the 2-Day pass.

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Best 1-day London Pass itinerary

If you've only got 1 sightseeing day in London, or only 1 day to dedicate to the London Pass, here are the best and most essential attractions that will allow you to see the best things AND get the best value out of the London Pass.

Do these first 3 things for sure, and then choose from the list below

You can do these first 3 things in about 4 or 5 hours and after this you'll already have exceeded the price of a 1-day London Pass. Then you'll still have a few hours to do 1 or more of the things in the list below this one.

Westminster Abbey (£20)

Over 1,000 years old, Westminster Abbey is stunning on the outside but also amazing on the inside. You've never seen another church like it. Admission comes with a free audio tour, but the explanations can be long and slow, so don't get bogged down in listening to all of it.

You should be able to see all the best stuff in 30 minutes. If you are a fan you might spend an hour here and it'll be worth it. The Abbey opens at 9:30am and it's best to be here then to get your day started fast.

Hop-on, hop-off bus tour (£25)

The HOHO bus tour starts its route in Victoria Station, and the 2nd stop is a short walk from Westminster Abbey. You first need to show your London Pass at their office in front of Victoria Station and they'll give you earbuds (which you can keep), a reciept, and a route map. Hop on at the first or second stop and you'll be at the start of by far the best part of the HOHO bus tour.

The whole loop takes 3.5 hours or a bit more if traffic is heavy, but honestly it's the first 2 hours that are the most interesting. You should hop off at the Tower of London stop, by which time you'll be ready to move around a bit anyway. You will have seen 90% of the interesting sights, and if you want to do the rest of the loop later, you can do that.

Tower of London (£22.50)

Another 1,000 year old structure, the Tower of London is really a castle complex with various structures inside, and it's one of London's top attractions. Even if it sounds a bit boring, it's worth spending an hour or so here, especially since you are already right out front. There are free guided tours, but also an included audio tour so you can look around on your own.

The main attractions are the White Tower (in the center) and the Crown Jewels, which has a seperate queue inside even though it's included. If the Crown Jewels queue is short, get on in there, and you can still be back outside in an hour or so.

After those, do 1, 2, or all 3 of these, or whatever else you fancy

After those first 3 things you'll be about 5 hours in and already saving money. The three things below are all great choices and are close to the Tower of London. But if you want to do something else such as Windsor Castle (see below), you still have time.

Tower Bridge Exhibition (€9)

After you leave the Tower of London, walk east to the main road and then turn right onto the stunning Tower Bridge. The entrance is on your right beneath the first tall structure. Show your London Pass and skip the queue. You'll take an elevator to the top where you'll see various displays about the Tower Bridge itself.

Some of the displays are a bit dry, but if you keep walking you'll be out over the walkway that connects the two towers, one of which has a partial glass floor. You'll get excellent views of most of London from here and it's easily worth the 30 or 40 minutes you'll spend inside.

Thames River Boat Cruise (£18)

The London Pass includes a hop-on, hop-off boat cruise (with live commentary), and it's also highly recommended because so much of the city was founded and built along the Thames rather than along the current roads. There is a stop right in front of the Tower Bridge and another very close to Big Ben.

If you start at Tower Bridge it's best to take the boat going west towards Big Ben instead of east towards the final stop in Greenwich. If you start at Big Ben (right next to Westminster Abbey), the boat only goes east and you should hop off at the Tower of London stop.

London Bridge Experience (£26.95)

This otherwise pricey attraction is really fun for some people, but not others. Essentially it's interactive theater in a historic building directly below the London Bridge. It's south of the river, but still only about a 15-minute (interesting) walk from the Tower Bridge or Tower of London.

The second half of the one-hour attraction is essentially a very professional haunted house that is very impressive, even if you aren't a fan. If you are in a “fun” group and especially with kids, this is great. If not, skip it.

Things to add on Day 2 and Day 3 of a London Pass

You should have done at least 4 or 5 of the 6 attractions above on Day 1, so you should hit the remaining ones on Day 2 or Day 3. However, you might be better off clustering them together in a different way. On one day do the things near the Tower of London, and another day do the things near Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.

Here are more of the top attractions to consider

Windsor Castle (£20)

Perhaps the most famous castle on earth, this Royal castle is located in the north of London, but it's faster and easier to reach than you might think, and it's very worthwhile. The train leaves from Paddington Station, which is close to literally hundreds of hotels and it's pretty central in general. Just show your London Pass and the attendant will let you through the gates.

You want to take one of the express trains that first stops in Slough. That takes only about 20 minutes and you hop off the train at that first stop. Then walk to the left along the tracks and you'll see the shorter track for the train that goes from Slough to Windsor and back. Hop on and you'll be at the Windsor station in 5 minutes or so. Once there, follow the crowds and the signs to the castle entrance. The walk is less than 10 minutes, and it takes you through a lovely new shopping center and then a bit of the town.

Churchill War Rooms (£17.25)

If you have any interest at all in WWII or history in general, you'll enjoy a quick visit to the Churchill War Rooms. They are a short walk from Westminster Abbey, and you can have a great visit in 45 minutes or so, although there is more to see than that if you are loving it.

You get to see the actual offices and living quarters of the generals and commanders who directed the effort against the Nazis while London was being bombed every night.

London Zoo (£25.50)

If you are a zoo person or of course if you are visiting with kids, you'll want to hit the famous London Zoo. The entrance is fairly close to central London and near a few Underground stations. There is also a bus that stops directly in front. You won't find a better zoo that is in the center of such a large city anywhere in the world.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (£15)

This restored outdoor theater is on the South Bank of the river, just next to the Millennium (pedestrian) Bridge and the Tate Modern. Even if you aren't a theatre person, you will find this 1-hour tour interesting because it's like no theatre you've ever seen before.

This is another example of an attraction that might not sound great, but since it's free with the London Pass and you'll probably walk by it anyway, it's worth going in. And you'll be glad you did.

Also, do at least 1 of these sports arenas and tours

If you have a 3-Day London Pass or if you have a 2-Day London Pass and you have some big sports fans in the group, you should fit one or more of these tours in.

Arsenal Stadium Tour (£22)

Arsenal is one of the world's most famous football/soccer clubs, and their new Emirates Stadium is easy to reach and very worth a visit. This is a new and quite posh facility, and the 1-hour self-guided tour with a headset takes you into the locker rooms and even the executive suites before taking you down onto the pitch itself.

Emirates Stadium is in north London and it's faster to reach than the stadiums below, so even if you aren't a big football fan, this is the one to visit. You'll be extremely impressed.

Chelsea FC Stadium Tour (£22)

Chelsea FC is another of the world's most famous football clubs, and this historic stadium is one of the oldest in the league. Since it's an older stadium, it's not as slick as Emirates Stadium (above), but it's still very interesting and you also get to go into the locker rooms, media rooms, and onto the pitch (just the sidelines though).

This stadium is located in Chelsea, near Kensington. It's closer to the Tube station than the Arsensal Stadium, and if your hotel is closer to this one then this is the one to do. It's a 1-hour guided tour.

Wimbledon Tour Experience (£22)

Any tennis fan will want to visit Wimbledon, and the only issue is that this place is not very central and requires an Underground ride and then a bus ride to reach by public transport. Still, this 90-minute guided tour is absolutely worth the time if you are a tennis fan or even a sports fan in general.

The tennis facility here is really amazing to see in person, and you also get to tour the media rooms and TV production studios. It takes an hour each way from central London, so it may not be a wise attraction for 1-day London Pass holders.

Twickenham Stadium Tour (£20)

If you are a rugby fan then you know about Twickenham and the World Rugby Museum that is part of this tour. This is where England plays its home rugby matches and it's one of the larger stadiums in the UK. The downside is that it's located southwest of central London, so getting here and back takes some time.

Wembley Stadium Tour (£19)

This stadium is the largest in England and it hosted the 1948 Olympics as well as the 1966 World Cup finals. Still, it's a good bit north of central London, and it's more important to British people than it is to most tourists. The stadiums above are a better choice for most people.

More top attractions to consider on a 2-day or 3-day London Pass

Do as many of the things in the top lists as you can, and also visit at least one stadium tour. After those, these are the most interesting and best-value options to use see with your London Pass.

Kensington Palace (£16.30)

Located in Kensington Gardens, which is the western section of Hyde Park, Kensington Palace was built in 1605 and it's where Princess Diana lived and where William and Harry still live. You don't see the residences, however, so don't visit for that. There are exhibitions of many of Diana's most famous gowns and outfits. Aside from that, this place is a bit dry inside, and not recommended unless you are a Diana fan.

Hampton Court Palace (£19)

Hampton Court Palace is where Henry VIII lived and ruled. It's really an amazing complex and it would be a MUST-SEE attraction if not for the fact that it's an hour southwest of London by train. True history buffs will make it out here for sure and they'll be glad they did. But those on the fence and trying to get the most use out of a London Pass might save this one for another day or future trip.

The palace itself is huge and interesting. Kids and immature people like me will find the famous hedge maze to be worth the trip by itself. It's more challenging to get out than you might expect.

Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour (£12)

Beefeater has only one gin distillery in the world, and it's in south London. To be honest, the tour itself isn't great and this place is a bit out of the way. However, if you are a gin fan or a Beefeater fan with a 2-day or 3-day London Pass, this could be a good way to end a sightseeing day.

The tour doesn't really take you through the distillery itself, and it's mostly displays and distant looks at the equipment. The best part is that you get a tall glass of Beefeater and tonic on ice in a little bar at the end of the tour.

Exclusive discount for Price of Travel readers

  • Get 6% off 1-day and 2-day London Passes
  • Get 10% off 3-day London Passes
  • Get 15% off 6-day and 10-day London Passes

Use promo code: POT10 (expires Monday, July 24, 2017 – Look for “promo code?” in Step 4 of checkout)

>>>Click this link and use code POT10 to receive 6% off 1 and 2-day London Passes, 10% off 3-day London Passes, and 15% off 6 and 10-day London Passes.



2 Responses to “Best 1, 2, & 3-day London Pass itineraries for great value”

Shaguna says:

Thank you for the itinerary. We took a day pass and followed your itinerary and it worked quite well for us. Also, i could not find a working discount coupon anywhere else for a day’s pass and your’s works 🙂
You might need to update info of Hop-on-Hop-off as the providers are Golden Tours and not HOhO. Also, we did walk to Victoria stations, but from what I could make out, one no longer needs to get a ticket from counters at station. The Golden tour representatives are usually at the stop and will provide you a ticket.

 

    Shaguna,

    I’m so glad to hear that things worked out well for you. That is good news if the attendants can change your London Pass into a ticket. The attendants are only at certain stops and only in the morning, but I will update the article. When I mentioned HOHO, that is short for hop-on, hop-off, but I guess it’s not as widely known as I thought so I will update that as well. Thanks for the updates. -Roger

     

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