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Ever wondered what secrets lie within one of London’s scariest attractions, the London Dungeon? Then check out these top London Dungeon facts, brought to you by the team at the London Pass.

Transporting visitors through 1000 years of gruesome London history, this immersive walkthrough experience features the likes of Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd and Guy Fawkes. But it doesn’t stop there: 360-degree sets, 2 underground rides, 19 interactive shows including the Torturer, the Whitechapel Labyrinth, the Plague Doctor and the Great Fire of London can all be found here, for ages 12 and above.

1. Back from the dead

The London Dungeon has been scaring visitors with its knee-trembling recreations of British history and legends for over 40 years. The entertainment tour, now based in the County Hall near London’s South Bank, first opened its doors on Tooley Street – a short walk from London Bridge. The move brought a fresh new face to the Dungeon and plenty of new thrill-seeking things to do. Rebuilding the house of nightmares took 12 long months and a scream-worthy  £20 million.

2. Dungeon mania

The London Dungeon is actually one of eight dungeons around Europe and America. The chain, owned by Merlin Entertainment, was the first of its kind to be opened and was originally founded by Annabel Geddes in 1976. The wax works at the Dungeon might be no coincidence since Merlin Entertainment also owns Madame Tussauds, not to mention Legoland and Thorpe Park.

3. Going down

Hiding under the building are treats for all those with a need for adrenaline: the Tyrant Boat Ride and the Drop Ride. The Tyrant Boat Ride recalls Anne Boleyn’s daunting journey along the Thames to the Tower of London. Or if you prefer, the Drop Ride lets you plummet eight metres into the pits of darkness. Another newer attraction is the Tavern waiting for you at the end of your adventure. Relax and have a drink at this 18th century Victorian-themed pub. Opened in 2015, meet some ‘Victorian’ characters (like the landlady and landlord), enjoy authentic piano tunes, card games and stories, told around the tables.

4. Behind the gore

Behind the gory make-up are 20 trained actors. The plague doctor, Jack the Ripper, Henry VIII and Sweeney Todd are just a few of the interactive characters. Their makeup was created by M·A·C, the professional cosmetics brand, and rehearsals take place live in the Dungeon. In the past, actors have taken inspiration from movies such as Little Shop of Horrors, Beetlejuice and gruff characters like Big Chris, played by Vinnie Jones in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The job was actually voted number 2 in the Weirdest Jobs in Britain Survey! (2014, Yesterday TV)

5. Underground fright

Ready for more London Dungeon facts? The London Dungeon isn’t just known for giving visitors a scare. In 2010, the attraction put up digital advertising screens in London Underground depicting a normal-looking Queen Mary suddenly turning into a zombie-like face. They were so frightful they had to be taken down!

6. Real or fake?

Dotted around the London Dungeon is a jumble of artificial props. In 2011 it was discovered that one of the skeletons was actually made up of real human parts – a rib-cage and backbone to be exact. The remains are thought to have been there since the Dungeon opened its doors. And before the move to the South Bank, some props were even sold at car boot sales – including severed heads and a pillory. You might want to watch where you walk too, because scuttling around the medieval halls are live rats and cockroaches.

7. What is that smell?

A lot of work goes into recreating the horrible conditions of old London. A 300-strong team of engineers, designers and script writers helps to get it scarily close. Fiery special effects, aroma machines that send gunpowder and meat pie smells through the air and sound effects that will make you jump are all part of the behind-the-scenes work. Creative Director Alisa Easton based the props and sets on historical research gathered from consultants and experts at the Museum of London.

8. Plagued with fame

One of the highlights of this creepy show is being sentenced to death by Henry VIII. But what you probably didn’t know is that the 3D projection of the terrible king is played by actor Brian Blessed, the Blackadder star. He is just one of many talented actors at the London Dungeon leaving visitors with an impression so good you can’t help but scream.

9. Gallows humour

An attraction like no other, the London Dungeon has been turning normal tourist trips into not-so-boring educational walks through history that will be sure to keep you on your toes. But as Richard Quincey, Head of Performance and Show Development, points out, this attraction isn’t just about making people jump and dressing up in ghastly costumes, it’s also a roar of laughs. The show has been refreshed to bring more humour to the stories and more interaction between the characters and visitors. Chuck in some Victorian slang and clever idioms, and you get a realistic but fun retelling of truly horrible history.

10. Home, sweet home

The London Dungeon is situated in the County Hall by the Thames. The building was created by architect Ralph Knott during the 19th century, influenced by Edwardian Baroque-style art. It stands opposite the Houses of Parliament – the same building Guy Fawkes attempted to destroy back in 1605. As well as housing the Greater London Council, it has been home to many attractions including of course the ever-popular London Dungeon.

Whether you’re considering your first visit or your 100th one, there are always plenty of interesting stories and London Dungeon facts to tell. Why not check out the attraction’s gruesome Halloween programme? Full scream ahead!

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Spook yourself out this Halloween in London

If you happen to be around the English capital on October 31st, you’re in for a (trick or) treat. With a number of nightclubs pulling out all the stops for fancy dress spectaculars, museums stepping up their night time activities and even a Harry Potter themed spooktacular, there’s loads to do this Halloween in London – but better get booking fast.

London Dungeon

While this is about as touristy as it gets, London Dungeon has remained a stalwart for those looking for something spooky to do in the English capital. Spanning over a thousand years of London’s creepiest facets of history including serial murderer Jack the Ripper and the cannibalistic pie maker Sweeney Todd, the attraction will take you for a wild ride with 19 different shows, terrifying actors ready to jump out at a moment’s notice and one of the spookiest (and campiest) things to do in London.

Museums at Night: Handel and Hendrix

While it’s well worth visiting Handel and Hendrix in the daytime, the former homes of musicians Handel and Jimi Hendrix will be transformed for a Halloween spectacular as part of Museums at Night. It’s not necessarily the creepiest experience on the list and is more of a classy shindig, with live musicians reviving the spirit of the residence, a pop up bar serving cocktails all night long and Halloween-themed arts and crafts.

 Museums at Night: London Canal Museum

If you’re travelling with the family, the London Canal Museum’s MaN offering will be right up your alley. Step into the cultural site and be greeted by a witch, who will guide you round as she shares hair raising tales before leading you to Islington Tunnel. From there, you’ll jump onboard a narrowboat and explore the nearly mile long tunnel by water – and all in the dark.

 Hogwarts After Dark

Potterheads, break out your wizard robes and wands – we’re heading to Hogwarts. Well, you’ll actually be heading out to Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour where they’ll be pulling out all the stops for a magical all hallows eve. They’ll be recreating Hogwarts on October 31st, with a spooky banquet set in the Great Hall (yes – you actually get to eat in the Great Hall so choose your house tables wisely) amidst tens of floating pumpkins. From there, you’ll have to find your way to dessert through the Forbidden Forest which will be teeming with magical creatures – as well as some sketchy death eaters. Have an Expelliarmus ready, just in case.

Image via Electric Brixton

Stranger Strings

Netflix fans, this one’s for you. There’s been a trend of orchestral renditions of popular shows, movies and hip hop groups with everything from Jurassic Park to Destiny’s Child’s greatest hits given the classical treatment, and this Halloween it’s Stranger Things‘ turn. Expect a night full of 80s debauchery filled with big hair, rainbow fairy lights and violins whining over iconic riffs from the likes of Toto, The Clash and Dolly Parton – all set in Electric Brixton‘s take on the Upside Down.

Crazy Circus Party at POP Brixton

Take a leaf out of American Horror Story’s book and creep yourself out at the circus. POP Brixton will be turned into an unsettling take on the family-friendly staple, with monsters taking to the floor as high priestesses and contortionists roam the nightclub. If you need to give your dancing feet a break, it’s worth heading to their dreamy greenhouse where you’ll be able to figure out your fortunes.

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Alcotraz Halloween

As one of the newest kids on the block, Alcotraz has been fun date night fodder since it opened. The prison-themed cocktail bar will be pulling out all the stops this Halloween with an immersive experience, with a number of cocktails, a prison pack and more on offer as part of their package. You’ll play one of the convicted inmates as the Warden throws the abandoned penitentiary’s gates open to the public, though there’s something horribly wrong behind its bars…

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Discover how the London Explorer Pass works and how you can save time and money while visiting the English capital!

London: in the top tier of world cities, overflowing with exciting attractions and cultural institutions. If you’re planning a trip to the British capital, chances are you’ve already got a list of places in mind to visit. Maybe you’d like to take in over a thousand years of history at Westminster Abbey, enjoy the views from the London Eye or relax at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. All that remains now is to work out your itinerary – and how not to blow the budget.

Check out the new London Explorer Pass that can save you time queuing and up to 35% on ticket prices on the gate. Here’s how it works:

1. Choose your pass

Passes are available for three, five or seven attractions, to be chosen from twenty top sites. The list includes famous cathedrals, historic landmarks, bus and river tours, and much more. You don’t even need to confirm your selection before purchase, but can go where the fancy takes you.

2. Get your pass

Decide whether you’d like to have your pass delivered to your address, to download it to your smartphone or pick it up from the central London collection desk.

3. Enjoy your holiday

Passes are valid for thirty days from first use. Too wet for an open-top bus tour? You’re free to head to the SEA LIFE London Aquarium and keep the tour for a sunny day. Or a sunny-ish day; Londoners can’t afford to be fussy.

Just present your pass at the entry to an attraction and go straight in. And with savings of up to 35% compared with prices at the door, you can be sure of getting a good deal, too.

The attractions

And now for the most important part: the top attractions you can visit:

The London Explorer Pass visitor app

Access to the visitor app is included in the pass price, featuring free sightseeing and London underground maps, attraction opening times and directions, and a host of other useful information. The app also allows you to access exclusive special offers, such as discounted theatre tickets, Heathrow Express train tickets, dining experiences and day-tours.

Wishing you a great London adventure!

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Navigate the city like a pro with our easy-to-follow guide to getting around London

London is a wonderfully diverse and cosmopolitan city – and it’s also quite large, with various distinct neighborhoods that each possesses its own delightful character. Fortunately for travelers, many of the most popular attractions are all located in central London, making getting around London a little bit easier on tourists who may be new to the area.

London is, however, a notoriously difficult city to drive in – parking and traffic are challenging, not to mention adjusting to the whole “driving on the other side of the road” for American tourists. That said, there are plenty of other simpler ways to get around London that don’t require getting behind the wheel of a rental. Opt for public transit as your first choice, with multiple options such as the subway and modern double-decker buses.

For general and specific resources on how to get around London, a great starting point is the Transport for London webpage.

If you plan to visit a lot of attractions while you’re jaunting around London, consider picking up a flexible London Explorer Pass®, which includes admission to your choice of 3, 5 or 7 of the top attractions. The Explorer Pass allows you to save up to 35% off vs paying for these attractions separately at the gate.

Public Transit in London

Far and away the best way to get around London – besides walking, of course! – is via public transit. You have two basic options, the Tube (also called “the Underground”) and buses.

The London Underground

Known as the Tube to locals, the London Underground is the city’s subway system. It’s a fairly extensive transit system, going from downtown London out to several suburbs.

Downloadable maps of the system are available via Transport for London, as is useful overlay of the tube system on a city map.

Paper maps of the system are available for free at any Tube station or you can use their helpful online Journey Planner tool.

Using the Oyster Card to Get Around

Our biggest piece of advice for how to easily get around is to snag a Visitor Oyster Card (or Oyster Travelcard if you’d prefer to pay a flat fee for the length of your stay) upon arrival.

Flat rate fares on the Oyster Travelcard are quite pricey, so it’s much more cost-effective to buy the Visitor Oyster Card.  You can easily purchase, store, and refill fare on a Visitor Oyster Card and you can even receive a refund for unused fare above £10 after 48-hours of using the card for the first time (learn how to receive a refund here).

Tourist Travel Tip: you will need to swipe your Oyster Card as you exit the Underground to determine your fare based on the length of your trip, so keep your ticket handy or you will be charged the maximum amount by default.

These cards are usable on all London public transit – trains and buses, so it’s a great investment.

Signage: there are a series of helpful public transportation signs around the city with maps, information about the nearest Underground stop, and arrows that direct pedestrians to the nearest points of interest.

Double-Decker Buses

Although the historic double-decker buses are no longer in operation (with the exception of the heritage Routemaster lines, of which there are only two) modern double-decker buses provide just as much sightseeing potential and equally convenient transit.

Buses are a good option for those who are interested in seeing the city as they travel. Be fair warned, buses are probably not the best option if you’re in a hurry.

All buses are tracked via the iBus system, so it couldn’t be easier to find out when the next bus is arriving at a given stop by using a smartphone or going online. There’s also an app you can download for iPhones that will give you real time transit info.

Big Bus London

A great option for getting around London is the Big Bus Hop On Hop Off London bus tour, which is available on the London Explorer Pass.

With the Big Bus London tour you will have the flexibility to hop-on or off at any of the 50+ included stops to explore and visit popular attractions. The buses run on 5 to 15 minute intervals, so you likely won’t have to wait too long at any stops.

Simply show your London Explorer Pass as you board a bus at any of the included Hop-On Hop-Off stops on any of the included routes.

A few of the popular stops along the route include Hyde Park CornerHaymarketTrafalgar Square, and more.

Walking around London

For those of you with more time or perhaps a bit more energy, London is an extraordinarily walkable city and it’s one of the best ways to get to know the city.

Many of the major attractions are close to one another, like the Coca-Cola London Eye and Big Ben, so it’s easy to rely on public transportation to get you to popular areas and then get around to a significant amount of sights from there by foot.

Popular neighborhoods like Trafalgar SquarePiccadilly Circus, and Leicester Square are all within easy distance of one another, too.

Just be certain to obey traffic laws and follow crosswalks when crossing streets!

Biking around London

Another great option for how to get around is to travel via bike. Whether you’re renting a bike to pedal around on your own or traveling as part of a guided tour group, it’s easy and convenient to explore on two wheels.

There are bike lanes all over the city, and drivers are very accustomed to bikes on the roads. Check out the maps of their Cycle Superhighways for super bike-friendly ways into and around the city.

Taxis & Rideshares

London’s famous black taxis are ubiquitous, but can be very hard to flag down. Use one of the many cab-booking apps to easily reserve one or use a popular rideshare service, like Uber.

Fares are priced via distance/time and tariff (which is a system that essentially just means different times of the day and week). The biggest difference you’ll notice is that fares are more expensive (although not by much) late at night.

For up-to-date taxi fares, visit the fare website on Transport for London.

Tipping: tipping in London is accepted and you can tip as much as you’d like, but standard etiquette is to round up to the nearest pound.

Getting to London By Plane

By far, most international visitors arrive to London via plane.

There are six different airports that service the London area: HeathrowLondon CityGatwickStanstedLuton, and Southend.

Technically speaking, only Heathrow and London City are within the bounds of London itself, although Gatwick is actually the second busiest after Heathrow in terms of international traffic.

In all likelihood, if you are traveling from the United States, you will come into Heathrow or Gatwick.

Travelers may find Heathrow the more convenient of the two, as it is connected to central London via the Tube, as well as overground rail, buses, and of course, taxis or shuttles. Be aware that taxis will be quite pricey from Heathrow, with fares potentially reaching 80£ or more.

We recommend taking the Tube (the Piccadilly Line goes downtown from Heathrow), although you should know that many Tube stations are accessed via stairs or escalators only, which may be a challenge with luggage.

Gatwick is only accessible via bus, rail, or taxi-style services. Again, rail is the most budget-friendly option, and should definitely be favored over taxis. You’re coming from near Brighton, so you’re not actually that close to the city center and taxi fares will be pricey (we’re talking 100£ or more). To access the overground rail system, just hop on the South Terminal via the free airport shuttle and you have several options.

By Train

Travelers from other parts of England or the United Kingdom often come into the city via train.

So, if you are exploring London as part of a larger UK vacation, you may be in a situation where a train ride to London is your most convenient and budget-friendly option.

There are several different train lines that run from other major cities to London, including Cardiff, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, and more. Then, there are several major destination stations within London itself, including Waterloo, King’s Cross, Victoria, London Bridge, and more (many of which are also Tube stops).

For complete information about visiting and how to get around London via commuter rail, explore the Visit London train guide.

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London is one of the most fantastic, global cities in the world. It’s filled with top attractions and significant historical structures, plus some of the best dining and shopping opportunities you’ll find anywhere.

Whether you’re interested in exploring the expansive history of London’s churches and buildings, or if you prefer the appeal of modern attractions, you’ll be able to enjoy a full itinerary of London activities on your next trip.

If you’re looking for things to do in London for adults, check out our list of the top activities that couples and groups of friends will enjoy, including…

  • Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Madame Tussauds London
  • Hop-On Hop-Off London Bus Tour
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • The London Dungeon
  • Changing of the Guard Walking Tour
  • River Thames Cruises
  • Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • Wembley Stadium Tour
  • Explore the Royal Parks
  • and more…
Save on Admission to Popular Adult Attractions

Regular admission to a number of these attractions are available on the London Explorer Pass.

Choose as you go from top London activities and save up to 35% off combined admission vs paying at the gate.

See all available passes and London based attractions – Learn more.

Coca-Cola London Eye

Take a ride to the top of the world’s most famous observation wheel. The Coca-Cola London Eye is not just a signature element of the London Skyline – it’s also a fun activity for any new visitor to London.

See the banks of the River Thames and all the iconic buildings clustered along its expanses.

It’s the perfect opportunity to get those amazing aerial photos that look just like postcards!

Getting In: Coca-Cola London Eye admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Madame Tussauds London

Fans of celebrity culture – including the Royal Family – will love a visit to the original Madame Tussauds.

It’s where the global phenomenon first began, so a visit here will teach you all about the history of the original Madame T, including her techniques and inspiration.

Plus, there’s no other way to actually meet the Queen (unless you’re super famous yourself, that is!).

Getting In: Madame Tussauds London admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Hop-on Hop-off London Bus Tour

New to the city? Try out a London Bus Tour to explore the many diverse neighborhoods and regions of this bustling metropolis.

It can be really difficult to navigate your way around the city on your own, especially without an Oyster Card and a local’s knowledge of where to find what.

Fortunately, a guided bus tour is a great way to see the city without worrying about the hassle of directions. It’s also an iconic London attraction – those double-decker buses just scream Britain!

A hop-on hop-off option is perfect for those travelers who like to pick and choose on the go, too.

Getting In: Big Bus London admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Pay a visit to one of the most beautiful and historic churches in all of England – which is saying something in a country with such a long history.

Its instantly recognizable dome is just the beginning with St. Paul’s. The interior is gorgeously decorated, from the Cathedral floor to the crypts to the three major galleries housed within the dome.

Join up with a guided walking tour to see the areas not typically open to the public. Or, if you have less time, take a shortened, self-guided tour.

Getting In: St. Paul’s Cathedral admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

The London Dungeon

This is one moderately scary and delightfully campy attraction. See a millennia of history brought to life in terrifying and enjoyable ways, as you glide past 19 live shows.

See the plague-ridden streets of the early modern period, shudder at what could have been with Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot, and look behind you at every turn through Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel.

End it all with a visit to the Tavern, a delightful Victorian pub experience which serves up tasty (modern) beer.

Getting In: The London Dungeon admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

We’ve all seen those iconic London palace guards on television as they perform their perfectly synchronized movements.

Now’s your chance to tour the city and see the several different companies performing their “changing of the guard,” a rare sight.

Plus, you’ll get to enjoy photo opportunities of other major landmarks along the way, including Westminster Abbey, St. James’ Place, and Buckingham Palace.

Getting In: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Animal Attractions

There is much to enjoy in London for animal lovers, whether you prefer critters from land or from the sea.

SEA LIFE Aquarium escorts you on a magical journey throughout the waters of the world, with multiple massive tanks that will make you feel just like you’re strolling at the bottom of the ocean.

The London Zoo offers a different perspective, featuring multiple innovative exhibits like “In With the Spiders,” “Penguin Beach,” and “Land of the Lions,” their newest and most popular attraction.

Getting In: SEA LIFE London Aquarium admission and London Zoo admission are both available with the London Explorer Pass.

River Thames Cruises

Hop aboard this enjoyable 40-minute cruise for a unique chance at sightseeing along the River Thames.

You’ll learn all about London’s most significant landmarks, like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower Bridge (see more about that below), and more.

It’s also the perfect time to get some of the more memorable photos of your entire trip.

If you’re traveling as a couple and would prefer something little more romantic, try out the Sundowner/River Lights Cruise, a two-hour excursion that takes place just at sunset.

Sip sparkling wine, listen to live jazz, and nosh on some fancy snacks as you watch the city illuminate.

Getting In: London Eye River Cruise admission and River Lights Cruise admission are both available with the London Explorer Pass.

Tower Bridge Exhibition

The Tower Bridge is among the most recognizable landmarks in Central London.

It was a historic feat of engineering when it was built over 120 years ago, and still stands today as an impressive structure straddling the River Thames.

Walk between the two towers along a glass-bottom walkway, where you can look down to see the passage of traffic below you – not for the faint of heart!

You’ll also learn all about how the bridge works, and how it was constructed in Victorian England.

Getting In: Tower Bridge Exhibition admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Ghost Bus Tours

One of the most terrifying attractions in all of London is the Ghost Bus Tour. It’s both entertaining (in a gruesome and morbid fashion) and informative, and all kinds of scary.

This adults-only ride is fun for the thrill-seekers who love a good fright, as you ride along the Necrobus – a double-decker vehicle that was previously used to transport diseased and dead bodies.

The tour also highlights much of London’s murky past, including torture, murder, hanging, and more.

Getting In: London Ghost Bus Tour admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Wembley Stadium Tour

Sports fans will want to spend some time at the famed Wembley Stadium. Home to the English National Team and FA Cup action, this historic arena is the perfect place to learn all about England’s national passion – football.

Some of the top sites you’ll get to enjoy on the tour include the Royal Box, England’s Changing Rooms, the Press Conference Rooms, the Player’s Tunnel, and more.

Hold a replica of the FA Cup Trophy, and scope out the original flag from the 1948 Olympic Games.

Getting In: Wembley Stadium Tour admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Royal London Bike Tour

Perfect for active couples or friends, a bike tour of London is a great way to see the city while getting some exercise.

Take a 4-hour journey throughout London’s most famous neighborhoods and see all the hotspots and hidden gems you venture past. Some highlights of the tour include the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, The Royal Parks, Kensington Square, Trafalgar Square, and many more.

Halfway through, you’ll be able to pause for some lunch (try the fish and chips!) or a pint!

Getting In: Royal London Bike Tour admission is available with the London Explorer Pass.

Pop Culture Walking Tours

One of the big benefits for pop culture fans of visiting London is the opportunity you’ll have to really delve into British cinema and television.

Whether you’d follow the Doctor in his TARDIS any time of day, or like to pretend you’re solving mysteries alongside Sherlock and Watson, or wish you could be as mysterious and talented as James Bond, there’s a walking tour for you.

Tour sites where these TV shows and movies were filmed, and learn about their cultural significance to a British audience.

Getting In: Doctor Who Walking Tour admission, Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour admission, and James Bond Walking Tour admission are all available with the London Explorer Pass.

Pub Meals

Of course, you can’t visit London without at least a few hours spent in a traditional pub.

Whether you’re a drinker or not, it’s important to try out some of the local fare, like the immensely popular fish and chips or even just London’s take on a burger.

Check out the Royal Oak Pub or the Rising Sun Pub for some authentic décor and tasty food.

With the London Explorer Pass, you’ll get an appetizer, main course, and beverage from a specific menu. Of course, you can order other things as well!

Getting In: Royal Oak Pub meals and Rising Sun Pub meals are both available with the London Explorer Pass.

Explore the Royal Parks

If you’re a real nature lover, then you’ve come to the right place. London’s eighteenth-century fascination with nature means that this city is one of the most diverse in terms of open greenspaces and botanical gardens.

Looking to stroll around, toss a Frisbee, or have a picnic? Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, or St. James’s Park are great options.

Prefer to see a collection of exotic plants and domestic ones side by side? The Royal Gardens at Kew are an absolutely fabulous must-see attraction.

Getting In: Admission to various parks and gardens is separately ticketed and is not included with the London Explorer Pass; some parks are free to explore.

London Shopping

Whether you’re looking for souvenirs or just love to shop, London is the right destination for you. With a wide variety of shops from the high end to fast fashion, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for at practically any price point.

For some of the best shopping in London, head to Oxford Street, where you’ll find the famous Selfridges, as well as favorites Top Shop and Primark.

Got a massive budget? Bond Street and Mayfair are the areas where you’ll find high-end luxury goods.

Bargain hunting or looking for something unique? Try out Covent Garden.

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London is a charming destination for adults, from adventurous groups of friends to exploring couples.

It’s got a little bit of everything, so you know that you’ll be able to find a ton to love about this cosmopolitan capital.

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Planning a trip to London and want to save on combined attraction admission?

Compare 2 popular attraction discount passes: London Explorer Pass vs. The London Pass, to see which one is best for your trip and the attractions you want to visit.

Be sure to check the official site for both passes for the most current prices, available attractions, and more info relating to each product.

How the Passes Work & How You Save:

The London Explorer Pass® lets you choose how many attractions you want to visit while The London Pass® lets you choose how many consecutive calendar days in a row you want to sightsee.

For the London Explorer Pass,  your savings are dependent on which attractions you choose to visit, while The London Pass savings depend on how many attractions you plan to visit in the number of days you purchased.

London Explorer Pass:

The London Explorer Pass includes admission to your choice of 3, 5, or 7 London attractions for one low price.

The pass comes in 3 options: 3-Choices, 5-Choices, and 7-Choices and you can choose attractions as you go from the list of 20 included options. Show your pass at each attraction and you’re in, it’s that easy.

The London Pass:

The London Pass includes admission to over 70 attractions for 1, 2, 3, 6, or 10 consecutive days, depending on which pass you purchase.

Choose attractions as you go from over 70 included options and show your pass at each attraction to get in.

London Attractions Available on the Pass:

Both passes include the option to visit many popular London attractions, but they don’t offer all the same attractions.

London Explorer Pass:

Choose from 20 attractions, including:

  • Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Big Bus London Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour
  • Madame Tussauds London
  • SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • The London Dungeon
  • London Eye River Cruise
  • DreamWorks Tours: Shrek’s Adventure!
  • and more
The London Pass:

Choose from over 70 attractions, including:

  • Tower of London
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
  • Thames River Boat Cruise
  • Westminster Abbey
  • London Bridge Experience
  • Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Windsor Castle
  • London Zoo
  • Kensington Palace
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • and more.

With the London Explorer Pass, you can choose how many attractions you want to visit and take up to 30 days to do, which gives you a little more flexibility if you have more time within which to visit the attractions.

With The London Pass, you choose how many days you want to visit attractions and enjoy free entry to any of the 70 included attractions, within the consecutive days of your London Pass duration.

The post London Explorer Pass vs The London Pass – A Comparison appeared first on London Explorer Pass® Blog.

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