London Sightseeing is all about Timing
Planning a London city break? It’s all about timing, in our opinion. The London Pass features more than 60 of London’s top sightseeing attractions, ranging from world-renowned Royal residences and museums, to lesser-known gems - and we reckon that making the most of your time in the city is often as much about when you visit as where. With the busy Spring and Summer break season fast approaching, we've compiled 10 tips to help visitors plan an unforgettable (and easy!) trip to the city: 1. No visit would be complete without witnessing the famous lifting of Tower Bridge! Schedules are available here and the London Pass team suggests the best places to view the bridge lifting are from either outside City Hall on the south side of the Thames, or the Tower of London, rather than from the bridge itself. 2. The brand new Sumatran tiger exhibit at ZSL London Zoo is already proving hugely popular with visitors. But each day at 12pm there’s a free ‘Tigers Live’ event which provides amazing insights into the behaviour of these magnificent animals. 3. World-renowned Kew Gardens is an ever-popular draw for visitors to London. Make the most of your visit with a free ‘Introduction to the Gardens’ walking tour - departures at 11am and 1.30pm every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 4. When visiting Windsor Castle, plan your day to take in the Changing of the Guard, which usually takes place daily (except Sunday) at 11am within the Castle grounds. Check out the website for more details. 5. Lunchtimes have never been more educational! Each month there is a new programme of lunchtime talks at the National Gallery - some theatre-style focusing on particular artistic traditions; others simply study one painting. Check out what’s on, here. 6. Henry VIII’s Crown of State is currently on display at Hampton Court Palace, in the Royal Pew above the Chapel Royal; but you can only see this exhibit between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday and between 12.30pm and 3pm on Sundays. 7. Arrive in good time at Horse Guards Parade for The Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard at The Household Cavalry Museum - the ceremony starts promptly at 11am each weekday and 10am on Sundays. 8. Head to the Florence Nightingale Museum to hear a talk given by the museum Director every Monday at 3.30pm - and discover more about Victorian Britain’s most influential woman (after the Queen herself). 9. Keep kids and adults alike entertained at the Cartoon Museum - on the second Saturday of every month there’s drop-in cartooning for the whole family! 10. The London Wetland Centre is a tranquil oasis in the heart of the big city where visitors can spot wildlife and discover rare birds from all over the world. To get hands on and learn even more, arrive before 3pm when there is a daily bird-feeding tour. With a London Pass you can get entry into all of the above mentioned attractions – including some fast track entry, too – as well as saving time and money with a free travelcard and guidebook. The perfect sightseeing package for any London visitor.