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Where do French tourists like to go in London?

Looking at London Pass users from over 150 countries last year, we collated some interesting facts and figures. With popular attractions being Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and the Thames River Cruises we found that by nationality, each country had their own favourite sights and attractions depending on their cultural interests. We’ve seen before that American London Pass customers tend to steer their sightseeing more towards the royal-family-related, and while Germans favour football and feats of engineering, our French customers last year proved that they come from a background where high culture and art prevail. Voilà! Indulging in their passion for creativity, style and beauty it’s no wonder London’s art galleries and museums drew impressive numbers of French customers, compared to say, anything to do with the British monarchy. Our French visitors were particularly fond of the Wernher Collection at Ranger’s House, in Greenwich; a collection of medieval and Renaissance works of art housed in a stunning redbrick Georgian villa. Other popular galleries visited by our French London Pass holders were the Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House, which houses best-loved artworks from the Renaissance to the 20th century; as well as the iconic Tate Modern whose collection of modernist and contemporary art attracts millions of visitors a year. Continuing on this art trail experience of London, our French visitors also loved the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery at Trafalgar Square. With hundreds of the finest paintings and portraits in the world hung in these neighbouring prestigious galleries, join in on a tour and grab an audio guide to experience the collections to the fullest. It’s no surprise that the French put the Brits to shame when it comes to artistic appreciation; last year’s records show a considerable difference in sightseeing behaviour. When it comes to what type of attractions British people visit, we’re clearly not as civilised as the French, it seems. Instead, British London Pass holders prefer outdoor and family-orientated activities and attractions, favouring places like London Zoo or the WWT London Wetland Centre over art galleries and cultural museums. It must be an age thing, as our British customers also made up a healthy chunk of numbers at Pollock’s Toy Museum and the Cartoon Museum. Contrastingly, our French London Pass visitors also made up a considerable proportion of tours at Twickenham Stadium last year (more than the British!) From exclusive access to backstage areas including the locker room and players’ tunnel; to the victories and defeats of the English team explored in the Rugby Museum, you might think there’s bit of friendly rivalry going on. It’s clear London’s got it all; from rugby to Renaissance, and our French customers prove there’s plenty to see and do to suit their needs.

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