Top Tips For Visiting London This Summer

August 12th, 2016 / London Attractions, London Eye / No Comments »

A Guide To Visiting London This Summer

For those planning a trip to London this summer we’ve put together some money saving ideas & ways to beat the queues to help you make the most from your visit.  Whilst London can be an expensive city to visit, with a pinch of imagination and a sprinkle of fun you too you can enjoy this capital city on a budget.

Top Tip; always worth booking online at The London Eye – save up to 15% off standard price tickets plus bypass the queues at the ticket booths.


view from the London Eye at dusk

The London Eye at dusk, (photo; Phil Loach)


1. Top Tips For London; Popular Visitor Attractions

No visit to London is complete without a flight on the London Eye, a visit to Westminster Abbey, hear chilling tales from the Beefeaters at the Tower of London or take a selfie with your favourite celebrity at Madame Tussauds London.  These sights are synonymous with our capital city and there’s no getting away from the fact that they’re going to be busy during the summer.  However there are ways & means to help you make some easy savings whilst avoiding the worst to the queues.  Look out for our popular guides below packed with top tips & hints;

A Guide To The London Eye; including fastrack ticket options, passholder perks & online ticket discounts.

Top Tips for the Tower of London; book ahead for a FREE night time visit away from the crowds or invest in a London Pass complete with fastrack entrance!

Westminster Abbey Guide; experience Evensong away from the bustling crowds and expensive admission charges.


Thames Clipper on the River Thames by St paul's Cathedral

Thames Clipper along the River Thames, (photo; Phil Loach)


2. Top Tips for London; The River Thames

Rather than opting for an expensive river cruise along the River Thames, opt for an alternative method to explore the Thames for some easy savings away from the crowds.  Why not take the lesser-known cable cars across the river or try the FREE Greenwich Foot Tunnel that that takes you under the banks of the river. Alternatively do as the locals do and use the commuter ferry to enjoy a trip along the River Thames that runs at a fraction of the price of other river cruises

Find our more details within our Guide to Exploring the River Thames.

3. Top Tips for London; Combination Tickets

If you are planning to visit a number of popular attractions in London, then it’s worth investing in combination tickets that allows you to blend savings with flexibility on when you visit. We’ve listed some of our favourite combined ticket offers below;

London Sea Life Aquarium; located next door to the London Eye on the banks of the Thames, why not take advantage of attractive combined ticket offers.

The London Pass; entry to 60+ London attractions plus priority entrance to popular setting such as the Tower of London.

London BIG Ticket; entry to Madame Tussauds, London Sea Life, London Eye & Shrek’s Adventure & valid for 90 days.


the guards at the tower of London marching

The Guards at the Tower of London, (photo; Phil Loach)


4. Top Tips for London; The London Pass

Consider investing in a London Pass that offers entry to 60+ top visitor attractions in London including Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge Exhibition & a Hop on Hop off Bus Tour. You can even pick up FASTRACK entrance at a number of the most popular attractions such as the Tower of London, London Zoo & Kew Gardens. Passes are available for 1, 2, 3, 6 or 10 days so you can match your pass to your visit to London.

More details available at The London Pass – free entry to 60+ London attractions.

5. Top Tips for London; Location, Location, Location

As with all large cities you can spend considerable time navigating between attractions costing you both time & money.  It can be worth planning an itinerary that takes account of the location of respective settings such as;

Enjoying the Southbank; not only is the Southbank home to the London Eye but also houses popular attractions such as Shrek’s Adventure! London, The London Dungeon & London Sea Life Aquarium.

Travel By Boat; make use of the Thames Clipper to move between attractions along the Thames such as the Tower of London, Big Ben or the Cutty Sark.

By Foot; often it can be quicker to walk than take the tube – plan to visit attractions in close proximity to each other.  Within a 15 minute walk you can take in the London Eye, Houses of Parliament & Big Ben, 10 Downing Street & Trafalgar Square!

6. Tip Tips for London; Tower Bridge For FREE

Tower Bridge has been a working bridge over the River Thames since 1894 and remains one of the symbolic images of London. Whilst you can walk across the high level walkways & explore within Tower Bridge for an entrance charge, you can also simply watch the lifting of Tower Bridge for FREE from the banks of the River Thames.

You can find more information on lifting times/days within our Guide to Tower Bridge.


walking across Tower Bridge in London

Walking Across Tower Bridge, (photo; Phil Loach)


7. Top Tips for London; Straddle The Meridian Line For FREE!

Straddle the Meridian Line and you’ll be standing with a foot in both the eastern & western hemispheres. It draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year and whilst most people purchase tickets to the Royal Observatory to try this out, did you know you can do this for FREE and often away from the crowds too!

More details available within our Guide to Greenwich.

8. Top Tips For Staying in London

If you’re planning a few days in London then you’ll probably be searching for affordable accommodation in the city. With so many options available it’s never easy to find suitable options within your price bracket so we’ve put together a few top tips to to help inform your choice.

More information available at Top Tips For Staying In London.

9. Top Tips for London; FREE Sky Garden

You can enjoy the FREE Sky Garden on 35th floor of London’s latest skyscraper for fantastic views over the city.  Set within 900 square feet of green space, this public space is open free of charge to those that book in advance or take a chance and just turn up on the day, (limited availability).

More information available at Guide to the Sky Garden – Free Entry Offer.


Free use of bikes in London with Santander Cycles

Santander Cycles, (photo; Phil Loach)


10. Top Tips for London; Santander Cycles

The Santander Cycle Hire Scheme is a great way to get around London on the cheap and ideal for exploring the Royal London Parks, (some restrictions on use). Bikes are available to everyone over the age of 14 and offers a cost effective method of seeing London on a budget as the first 30 minutes of every journey is free of charge!

More information available at London By Boat, Bike or Train.

11. Buckingham Palace, Clarence House & Windsor Castle; FREE Return Visits!

If you are planning to visit Buckingham Palace, Clarence House or Windsor Castle, did you know you can pick up a FREE annual pass upgrade for The Royal Collection? Simply purchase a day ticket directly from the Royal Collection and pick up a 1-Year Pass, that gives you 12 months’ complimentary admission to the Royal visitor attraction,(s) that you have visited.

More information available with our Guide to Visitor Attractions – Free Annual Pass Upgrade.


houses of parliament on westminster bridge

Houses of Parliament, (photo; Phil Loach)







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