london zoo and thames river cruise

Last weekend, the people over at The London Pass were kind enough to supply me with a two day pass to wander around the big city with. If you haven’t heard of the passes before, think of them like an Oyster card but for tourist attractions instead of the tube. They certainly make life a lot easier if you plan out your day well and work out a lot cheaper than paying for each attraction individually too. 

First up, I headed over to London Zoo. I’d never been before so couldn’t wait to go and meet all of the animals, luckily the weather was great and with it being out of season it was much less busy than I imagine it being in the summer. The zoo closes at 4pm in the winter so be sure to plan your day out well otherwise you may end up missing out on some of it as I ended up doing. Sign up for giraffe feeding time too as it’s definitely the best experience in there. 

Included in The London Pass is a one day hop-on-hop-off boat tour ticket which allows you to board a boat trip on the Thames from between a 30 minute or 3 hour tour. I’d highly recommend hopping on just before sunset to take full advantage of the London skyline. There’s a top deck on the boats meaning you can sit out and get the best views possible, or a lower deck to keep warm in. 

I started to feel rather ill on the second day so wasn’t able to make the best of the passes as I’d hoped to, but I’ve put together a little list below of the places I would have visited if I’d had the chance to.

The London Bridge Experience (value £24) 

| Tower of London (value £20) 

| Design Museum London (value £12.40) 

| Curzon Mayfair Cinema (value £14.50) 

Priced at £49 for a one day pass and £68 for two days, I’d highly recommend checking them out if you’re heading to London for a few days anytime soon. To be a tourist in your own city/country is something I think everyone should fully embrace every now and then, it’s so much fun.