Exploring the Square Mile with the London Pass

A few weeks ago, I travelled over to London for a blog event {you can find all about that here & here}. The day I arrived I had zero plans, due to the event being the next morning – which meant I had almost a whole day to explore London. 

I love a good explore around new places and even though I have been to London a few times, there is still so much of it I haven’t seen. So, during my spare-no-plans day in London, I teamed up with the lovely people at the London Pass to show & share with you everything you can do and what I got up to while I was there. 

Before my trip and in typical Debbie fashion, I needed to plan my day. Travelling around London, albeit easy enough, takes time. So I needed to consider my options carefully because I wanted to get the most out of the VIP Day pass that I was kindly offered in return for my review. 

The London Pass

You can either get a pass posted out to you – if you have enough time between the date of your trip or, have a Mobile London Pass on your phone. You download the London Pass app and everything you need, is right there.

At every attraction you just show your barcode, it gets scanned and it’s as easy as that. I found the app hugely useful too because there is a list of the top attractions in & around London, as well as what attractions are available on the London Pass, too. 

The London Pass

The London Pass

The London Pass gives you free entry into over 80 attractions, as well as fast pass entry that includes multiple special offers, too. A London Pass, for one adult would cost you £69 {£84 with travel included} & £49 for a child. 

I flew into London City Airport and I took the DLR train to Bank. From Bank station, I made my way to my first port of call of the day. The Shard. This building has fascinated me ever since it was first built so naturally, this had to be the first London attraction on my list to visit. 

The London Pass

The London Pass

The view from the shard would normally cost £29.95 per adult & £24.95, but with the London pass, you gain a free entry {of sorts} by showing them the simple downloadable app on your phone. 

The View from the Shard is London’s tallest observation platform and the views from 800ft are incredible. From street level, you are forever looking up at all of the stunning architecture, but from the Open-air SkyDeck on the 72nd floor…well, just take a look for yourself…

The London Pass

The London Pass

The London Pass

The London Pass

The London Pass

The London Pass

The London Pass

After the admiring the view from 800ft at the Shard, I was making my way to the River Thames when I stumbled upon The London Bridge Experience. This wasn’t on my list and it was walked past by complete accident – or was it fate?

I love a good horror style tour and as soon as I noticed The London Bridge Experience on the London pass app, I put myself in the queue. With the staff in their cool costumes and with the sinister tune of London Bridge is falling down playing overhead – it was all setting the tone for the experience ahead. 

The London Pass

With this style of tour, photography or videography isn’t permitted – hence the lack of photographs. However, the tour itself was very good. I’m not easily scared but every single one of the actors inside knew their history. From keepers of the chapel {or heads!} to stalking clowns and chained up zombies. Every step we took was a lot of fun. The group I was with was pretty mixed and one family brought a child, who much have been around 5yrs old. This experience, in my opinion, is not for children. 

The first half of the tour is pretty fun & easy going – it’s the second half of the tour that is the scariest part. The guide does give you the option to tuck tail & run, which is a considerate part of the tour! However, this family had to bail after the first room due to the little one being terrified. So yes, not for children in my opinion. But if you have the chance to pop down for the tour – do! It’s really, really good fun and very well laid out! Price: £27.95 {Adult} & £22.50 {Child}

After my London Bridge experience, I ventured down onto the embankment, next to the River Thames because my next London attraction was to climb aboard the HMS Belfast

The London Pass

The London Pass

London Pass

London Pass

This vessel is HUGE! Stepping onto this beauty you are literally stepping onto some serious history. There is no other vessel that has witnessed historic events, like the HMS Belfast. Every gun, railing or rivet has a story to tell. This ship has sailed around the world, fired the first shots on D-Day and over the years has been the home to 950 crew members. Price: £17.00 {Adult} & £8.50 {Child}

The London Pass

The London Pass

London Pass

Tower Bridge

Exploring Tower Bridge is another tourist attraction that I had never had the chance to do, in my previous visits to London. The views are pretty, the talks about the history of Tower Bridge is really interesting, but if I’m honest – I was there for the glass floors! I am not the best with heights, but I love a glass floor, which I know makes no sense – but there you have it. 

London Pass

The London Pass

I don’t know if there is a lift available – I didn’t see one, but I’m sure there is. But the walk up those stairs was exhausting, I won’t lie. They just kept going up & up & UP! Then when you get to the top there are lots of things to watch, read, there are the glass floors on both walkways too. 

Glass floor, Tower Bridge, London Pass

I loved it, and it was really busy. I can imagine this attraction is one of those ones that are always busy and rightly so. I love that I can now tick it off my list – I even got a wee sticker for braving the glass floors! Price: £9.80 {Adult} & £4.20 {Child}

City Thames Cruise

During my London Bridge experience, I spotted so many day cruise ships along the Thames, so after leaving the London Bridge – that’s exactly what I did. I went along the boardwalk {is that the right term?} and I came across City Thames Cruise, which is available on the London Pass and I hopped aboard. 

London Pass

The vessel itself is impressively large. It had both a lower deck & upper deck sitting area. Onboard toilets, a cafe and a skipper onboard to talk you through all of the sights you’d see along the way.

London Pass

I only stayed on between Tower Bridge & Westminster – because I didn’t have enough time to stay on for the full three hours. Which goes all around Greenwich I believe and loads of other exciting places. However, what I saw on my short 45min cruise was lovely. 

London is filled with the most incredible looking buildings. All shapes and sizes. I mean, would you like to be the window cleaner of the building in the above photo? Yeah, me neither! 

London Pass

London Pass

There are so many bridges too. I lost count how many at one point due to there being so many of them. Again, all different designs and all impressive in their own right.

London Pass

We even sailed past a replica building of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre & I got up close & personal to the infamous London Eye, too. Price: £18.75 {Adult} & £12.00 {Child}

London Pass

In one day I got to see so much more of London than I normally would have. I love being a tourist and this London Pass is certainly for those coming into the City for a sightseeing adventure. Between being able to go on the hop on/hop off buses and ferry boats you have the chance to see so much of what the City has to offer. London Pass also has the option to add on an Osper travel pass for the trains if that was more your travel preference. 

Do I think the London Pass is worth the money? Well, yes, I do. I certainly saved a lot of money during my day of sightseeing and it is something I would certainly use again – because there is still so much that I would still love to see! The London Pass costs £69 and adding up each attraction I visited came to £103.45 so I saved £34.45 – which is a great saving! 

What’s your favourite attraction to see & do in London?

 *I was kindly provided with a VIP One-Day London Pass to use during my time in London, in return for a fair & honest review

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30 Comments

  1. 08/10/2018 / 2:31 PM

    Wow, some fantastic photos from around the city. I can’t believe the London Pass gives you free entry into over 80 attractions!

  2. 08/10/2018 / 6:33 PM

    That sounds like a fantastic pass!! Definitely something to look into next time Im sightseeing in London!

    • 11/10/2018 / 12:30 PM

      Yes! The fact you save a good chunk of money is a massive bonus, too!

    • 11/10/2018 / 12:29 PM

      Saving money, especially in somewhere like London is a huge win in my book!

  3. 08/10/2018 / 10:26 PM

    Great idea and the view at the top of the shard is amazing. Fab piccys x

    • 11/10/2018 / 12:29 PM

      The view from the top is incredible, isn’t it! And thank you! x

  4. 09/10/2018 / 7:02 AM

    I didn’t know you can do so much with a London Pass, I am getting me one of these for sure. The shard will be my first point of call too

    • 11/10/2018 / 12:28 PM

      You can do SO much – it’s impressive how many attractions accept it. The Shard is an amazing experience, you will love it! Try the gelato up on the 72nd floor, too, you can thank me later! 😉

  5. 09/10/2018 / 9:23 AM

    Wow you crammed in a lot into one day, I actually haven’t done the tower of London even though I basically live in London x

    • 11/10/2018 / 12:26 PM

      I would recommend. It’s cool to look into it’s history and those glass floors are something else.

  6. 09/10/2018 / 5:15 PM

    I’ve lived in London my entire life and maybe haven’t seen and done this much in a day! Great post

    • 11/10/2018 / 12:24 PM

      Haha, really? I squeezed in as much as my little size 5’s would allow!

  7. 09/10/2018 / 7:59 PM

    It sounds like the London pass is a fanstastic offer not only from the point of view of travel but the amount off offers you managed to get on the day from the shard and the London Bridge experience. I think I’ll be using this pass experience when I head to London next year for a half marathon!

    • 11/10/2018 / 12:22 PM

      It really is! And I could not recommend it enough! It’s great if you’ve never been to any of those attractions before. The London Bridge experience is LOADS of fun, so I highly recommend.

  8. 09/10/2018 / 11:24 PM

    That’s a cool pass and you really explored London for the day, glad you spent that day well! I want to go to The Shard!

    • 11/10/2018 / 12:19 PM

      The Shard is an incredible attraction in London, to visit! If you ever get the chance, go for it!

  9. 10/10/2018 / 3:09 PM

    What a great idea to save money on a day out in London, will look out for it next time we visit London

    • 11/10/2018 / 12:18 PM

      It saved me a good bit and the attractions I was able to fit into one afternoon was pretty awesome. There are SO many attractions all over London that accept it, so it is certainly worth looking into.

  10. 10/10/2018 / 6:57 PM

    what a great way to explore London and save money too. I love getting deals like this, it’s a fab way to budget too!

    • 11/10/2018 / 12:16 PM

      I think in places as expensive as London, this pass is incredible and SO worth the money!

  11. 11/10/2018 / 8:07 AM

    Wow, what a great pass! Definitely worth to money if you’re planning to take London by storm and visit serveral attractions, you’d save a fortune!

    • 11/10/2018 / 12:16 PM

      It made my day of sightseeing SO much better because everything is already covered. It certainly makes the day more enjoyable!

  12. 11/10/2018 / 11:17 AM

    OMG it looks like you had the most amazing time. You’ve take some wonderful photos and seen just about everything on a budget too!

    • 11/10/2018 / 12:15 PM

      It was an incredible time. Exhausting, but bucket loads of fun! And yes, days out sightseeing – especially in places as expensive as London – on a budget is a huge win!

  13. 11/10/2018 / 2:27 PM

    Wow that’s such a great price. I love how you can just show it on your phone too, that would really help me as I’m always losing tickets and passes!

  14. 12/10/2018 / 8:23 PM

    This pass sounds amazing! I’ve only ever been to London twice but I just love the City. If I go again I’ll look into this pass.

  15. 14/10/2018 / 11:50 AM

    The pass is a great idea. I used to love going on the day cruise boats when I lived in London as it was always a nice and different way to travel.

  16. 15/10/2018 / 5:03 PM

    London is a great place to visit and this app makes it seem easier to visit! 🙂 x

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