My experience has been good! I think you will get some good advice from folks in London itself!
A lost would depend on where you are staying. We have always found the "Big Red Bus" to be a great deal.
Please let all of us know how we can help with fun activities, etc!
About a month ago we got back from a 2 and a half week trip to England which included a week in London. We had seen a number of the typical tourist sites on a previous trip to London.
In regards to the London Pass. My feeling is that you would have to pack a lot of sightseeing into one day in order to get your money’s worth out of the London Pass. Many of the things in London are already free ( or a small donation ) – British Museum, Tate Modern ( you may have to pay for certain exhibits ), National Portrait Gallery, changing of the guard, and the parks of course.
· I would definitely recommend getting some sort of 7 day travel pass so that you do not have to buy tickets at the tube station each time you ride. We got a 7 day Oyster card ( adult - £ 27? for 7 days) which allows unlimited travel on tubes and buses in zones 1 and 2 ( that includes most of what you might want to see ). We got it at Paddington Station when we arrived from Heathrow.
· We stayed at the JW Grosvenor House which was very convenient, as are many of the Marriott’s in London. Just a short walk from a tube. Even though the tube is much more convenient, at least once take a bus and ride on the top level. Gives you a different look at the city.
· Check out the Days Out Guide London 2 for 1 offers . They do require a train (not a tube ) ticket stub for the day you are going. I printed the coupons out before I left home and we used a couple of those deals.
· So I guess all this to say that the London Pass may make you feel “locked into” getting your money’s worth. ….and I think there are other ways to save.
You will love all of the great history that surrounds you in London! A few other things - if you are a WWII buff, check out the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Room…a science guy, take a side trip to Greenwich for the maritime museum and a history of the Prime Meridian…. a music lover, take in either the free lunch concerts at St Martin’s in the Field or catch an evening paid performance ( or even a free evensong at St. Paul’s or organ recital at Westminster ) .…and of course it wouldn’t be a London vacation without seeing something in the theatre!
Thanks for the info, it was very helpful. We went ahead and bought the pass. I am a WW II buff and plan on visiting the places you mentioned, which are included on the pass. We're staying at Marriott's County Hall which is located close to the tub, so we should be able to travel around easily. Thanks again.
You are really going to like the CH Marriott!
The "Big Red Bus", will pick you up right in front. A couple of tips, go to the Tower early and make it your first stop of the day. You can buy your Tower ticket on the bus, but make sure you do it at least one stop before the tower. You can then avoid lines. Likewise, see the Crown Jewels first, before the crowds and then spend all the time you want there before getting back on the bus.
There is a tube station across the Thames next to the bridge from the hotel. You have an easy walk from the hotel to #10 Downing, Big Ben, Churchill War Mus. and of course West. Abbey.
If any of us can help you, there are plenty of MR people who actually live in London and you will get some real help if you have questions!
Consider getting an Oyster Pass at the airport if you're either planning a lot of travel in London or planning to return on a regular basis -- it's good pretty much forever and you can add money to it at any time, including on the internet from the US.
I'm enclosing a few pics from my most recent trip to London.
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