Wednesday, 16 April 2008

London Pass Specials

I think it is time that I once again drew attention to the London Pass. For those of you who have not been with me from the beginning of my London Ding Dong project and who have not heard of the London Pass then here is a little recap.

The London Pass is a fantastic little smart card which I discovered when I decided I was going to do some sightseeing as part of my rediscovery project. Basically, you pay for the London Pass and then get free entry in to more than 55 London tourist attractions. Obviously you can’t visit 55 sights in one day but the London Pass is available for 1, 2, 3 or 6 days so if you are on holiday in or around the capital city it’s worth getting a multi-day pass.

Everybody knows that London is one of the most expensive cities in the world and if you plan to visit the most famous sightseeing attractions you need to reserve a large chunk of your budget for entry fees. The London Pass definitely gets around this problem by offering pre-paid access to some of the most popular sights. Depending on how many days you opt for, the London Pass can work out as cheaply as £13 per day which is quite unbelievable.

As well as tourist attractions and famous sights, the London Pass comes with a load of special offers and freebies which are worth taking advantage of. There are various dinner and theatre deals (including combos) but today I thought I’d mention some of the non-food related extras on offer.

There are offers for sightseeing tours on open-top buses with the Big Bus Company and on foot with the Original London Walks.

Guide books and audio guides are discounted or free at many attractions, museums and galleries when you show your London Pass.

Be pampered at Cucumba with free top up treatments and a half price massage at Walk-in BackRub will provide you with some well-earned TLC after all that sightseeing.

Waterford Wedgwood are offering London Pass holders a 10% discount at their Regent Street and Piccadilly stores and if you pop into one of the Crest of London souvenir shops you’ll receive a free commemorative teddy.

If you are visiting London from another country and wish to exchange your local currency for pounds sterling then the Bureau de Change agreement with London Pass is a definite boon. It includes commission free currency, preferential exchange rates and a buy-back offer if you have too much sterling left at the end of your holiday.

My favourite offer and the one most worthy of mentioning for those of you coming to the UK from another country is the Vodafone International Mobile Phone Rental. This is an absolutely brilliant idea for holidaymakers or even business visitors. If you have purchased the London Pass then you are entitled to 5 free days rental of a Vodafone UK mobile. Avoid those expensive roaming rates and give your friends and family your temporary UK number as it’s free to receive calls and you only have to pay for the calls you make. Vodafone will even ship the phone to you before you travel so that’s another good reason for buying the London Pass online before you leave home!

For more information about these offers you can click on the links or for a full list of London sightseeing attractions and offers included on the London Pass, go to

The more I look at the London Pass website and its guidebook, the more I think that it’s a good idea to purchase this sightseeing card in advance. I’m only doing single days of sightseeing so I have plenty of time to decide what I’m going to visit and when. Most tourists don’t have this luxury so if you know you’re coming to London in the next few months, go ahead and buy your London Pass now. Use it wisely and you will get your money back several times over!

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