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London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

1. London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

See all that London has to offer with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums.  Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Enjoy a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions.  The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS • The View from the Shard • Tower of London • 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour • Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle • Westminster Abbey • London Bridge Experience • Tower Bridge Exhibition • ZSL London Zoo • Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre • Royal Albert Hall • Royal Observatory Greenwich • Old Royal Naval College • The Painted Hall • Cutty Sark • Kew Gardens • Hampton Court Palace • Apsley House • Benjamin Franklin House • The Royal Mews • Eltham Palace • Jewel Tower • The Monument to The Great Fire of London • Golden Hinde • Wellington Arch • Chelsea Physic Garden MUSEUMS & GALLERIES • London Transport Museum • Foundling Museum • Household Cavalry Museum • Charles Dickens Museum • Guards Museum • Cartoon Museum • Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art • Wernher Collection at Ranger's House • Fan Museum • London Canal Museum • London Museum of Water and Steam • Garden Museum • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising • Queen's Gallery • Pollocks Toy Museum • The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES • ArcelorMittal Orbit • Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium) • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Curzon Bloomsbury • Curzon Mayfair Cinema • Curzon Soho Cinema • Swingers Crazy Golf (City and West End venues) • Sherlock: The Official Live Game • Fuller's Brewery Tour • 20+ London Sights and enoy Fish & Chips - Top Sights Tours • 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours • Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours • Jason's Original Canal Boat Trip • Kia Oval Ground Tour • London Bicycle Tour • London Bicycle Hire • Brit Movie Tours • QUEENS Skate, Dine & Bowl • Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum • Wembley Stadium Tours & more! Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservations instructions, when applicable, before you go.

Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

2. Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour on-board an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. A hop-on, hop-off tour is the ideal way to discover the best sights, landmarks and attractions of London at your own pace. The tour gives you unlimited use, with stops strategically placed at all the places you would like to visit including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral. Hop off the bus at Westminster Bridge to take an unforgettable ride on the London Eye. From the top, you can take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city's impressive skyline. See the city's most famous sights including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from an unrivaled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the London Eye, Marble Arch, Victoria Station and Trafalgar Square. With all ticket types you can enjoy a boat cruise along the River Thames. A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from the Tower of London to Westminster Pier (in either direction). Departure times vary for the river cruise. You can board the river cruise at Tower Pier (near stop 16) or Westminster Pier (near stop 18). Big Bus route highlights include Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Covent Garden, Bank of England, Monument, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, City Hall, Lambeth Palace, British Museum, Marble Arch, Mayfair, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Harrods, South Kensington Museums, Kensington Palace and Notting Hill.

London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

3. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Discover what London has to offer on a hop-on hop-off tour of the English capital. Pass iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and Big Ben with audio commentary available on board. Choose from a selection of tickets and routes. You can also explore London on foot with a live guide with a choice of 3 daily walking tours (included in Premium & Deluxe tickets). Walking Tours last about 1.5-2 hours. Changing of the Guard Walking Tour – 10 AM – Stop 7 (Trafalgar Square) City of London Past to Present– 1 PM – Stop 15 (St Paul's Cathedral) Jack the Ripper – 4 PM – Stop 17 (Tower of London) Classic Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 1 day (24 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Tower of London and Westminster – either direction A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Premium Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 2 days (48 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Tower of London and Westminster – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Deluxe Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 3 days (72 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Tower of London and Westminster – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Discover London via 3 specially-designed routes covering over 45 stops: Red Route The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. Blue Route The Blue Route is a comprehensive route covering all of central London from Kensington Palace in the West to the Tower of London in the East. Stops include Harrods, the South Kensington Museums, and Madame Tussauds. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. Green Route The Green Route links the beautiful, regenerated area of St Pancras and King’s Cross with the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden making its way through Bloomsbury en route. Departure time is every 20 minutes. River Cruise Classic, Premium & Deluxe tickets includes a river cruise from Tower of London to Westminster in either direction. The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. See top London attractions lining the Thames, including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe, and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Panoramic Evening Tour The panoramic evening tour is included in the Premium & Premium Plus ticket types. Discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a one-round panoramic tour past London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set. The tour departs daily at 06:00 PM from bus stop 12 at The London Eye.

London Private Family & Children British Museum Tour

4. London Private Family & Children British Museum Tour

Visiting the British Museum with a special children’s guide is a fantastic way to give kids a taste of this important museum. Visited by up to six million visitors per year, it is one of the largest and busiest, museums in the world and an important landmark in London. In addition to the vast collection, the museum’s special exhibition, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent. Your tour guide will focus on tow to three exhibits to keep the kids from becoming overwhelmed and losing interest. Experiencing your visit of the British Museum as a family will be a fascinating and memorable moment. You will also be able to take advantage of the museum’s range of family-friendly activities throughout autumn and winter.

London: Private British Museum Tour

5. London: Private British Museum Tour

In the company of a live guide, explore the highlights of the British Museum, one of the largest museums of its kind in the world. Avoid wasting time stuck in long lines with skip-the-line entrance and make the most of your time in the museum to see treasures such as the Rosetta Stone. After your tour, spend the rest of the day exploring the rest of the museum at your own pace. During your tour, see the museum's most sought-after pieces and learn more about their importance in the modern art scene and as historical collection pieces. From the well-preserved Egyptian Mummies to the mysterious Lewis Chessman, admire collections from around the world and understand what makes these artifacts so unique.

London: British Museum Guided Tour with Ticket

6. London: British Museum Guided Tour with Ticket

Discover the history behind some of the British Museum’s most famous artifacts with a guide. Come out from your visit with a greater appreciation of the museum’s treasures. Meet your guide by the red telephone box next to the main entrance to the British Museum on Russell street. Follow your guide who'll retrace the history behind the relics found in the vast exhibits. See the Rosetta Stone and why it is crucial to the understanding of Ancient Egypt. Learn how Tutankamun died, his legacy today, and discover the book of the dead. See the great statue of Ramesses 11, a sacred metal cat, a giant scarab beetle, and gold-covered mummies. Explore an impressive collection of Greek antiquities and Roman statues. Admire a gladiator's helmet, brilliant roman glass, and a bust of the greatest emperor of rome. Find out the mysteries of the Sutton Hoo burial and get a glimpse into the Anglo Saxon world. See parts of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Have free time after the tour so you can visit other parts of the museum.

London: Top Attractions Private Guided Bike Tour

7. London: Top Attractions Private Guided Bike Tour

Take advantage of this exciting bike tour and discover the most interesting sights of London. Meet your enthusiastic guide and be led safely around the city’s best spots. Enjoy the adjusted tempo and comfort of an environmentally friendly tour. Forget about crowds of tourists, tired feet, and traffic jams. Choose the 2-hour option to explore the Must See Attractions of the very center of London. Admire the iconic Big Ben and beautiful Westminster Abbey. Ride along the Whitehall and reach the historical Trafalgar Square. Stroll around, take a souvenir picture and move to the next stop. Enjoy the serene atmosphere of St. James’s Park delighted with a peaceful lake and blooming colorful flowers. Marvel at Buckingham Palace and see where the Queen lives. Then, learn even more about history under the Westminster Cathedral. This Neo-Byzantine gem is the largest Catholic church in the United Kingdom! Enjoy a break at the Victoria Tower Gardens and admire the unique atmosphere by the River Thames. Join the 4 hour tour if you wish to explore even more treasures of London. See all the gems of the city’s center as well, but enjoy a different way back to discover more fantastic places. Explore St. Paul’s Cathedral, a real symbol of this city. Admire the stunning architecture of the British Museum and hang around Soho, a bustling district full of trendy bars, clubs, and restaurants. Extend your tour to 6 hours and become an expert in London! Visit all the popular spots as well as hidden gems that are further away. Discover the Tower of London - a historic castle that has served as a defensive and palace building of the British monarchs. Admire the iconic London Bridge and take a moment to look at the Monument to the Great Fire of London. This proudly standing Doric column commemorates the tragic events of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Take some breaks between the sights to have a local snack and enjoy this unique guided Bike Tour in the company of a 5-Stars Guide. Then, marvel at the St Mary Axe, a Must See exclusive skyscraper! Finally, see the stunning Marble Arch and enjoy a visit to Hyde Park. It delights with its enchanting greenery and a multitude of monuments hidden there!

London: Secret Societies & Occult Walking Tour

8. London: Secret Societies & Occult Walking Tour

Meet your guide at St James’s Palace, one of the oldest royal palaces in London. From here, your guide will take you to one of the first places in London devoted to the study of magical arts. Afterwards, see where the 19th century secret society named the Suicide Circle was based. Walk along Pall Mall to the oldest occult bookshop in London. Discover stories about the Hermetic order of the Golden Dawn and its members. Continue to the Charring Cross Hotel, where the French occultist Eliphas Levi allegedly performed an act of necromancy. Follow your guide to Cleopatra's Needle on Victoria Embankment, a stone obelisk surrounded by dark legends. Learn how it was brought to London and why some Londoners are still obsessed with Egyptian mythology. Continue to the Freemasons quarter, passing the building where the Ordo Templi Orientis secret society is based. The most influential member was English author and occultist Aleister Crowley. Walk past another occult society before arriving at the British Museum. Learn how pagans and members of secret societies pay tributes to idols in the museum. Discover the history of the occult on this walking tour of London.

London: Private Kid-Friendly Tour of the British Museum

9. London: Private Kid-Friendly Tour of the British Museum

Meet your qualified tour guide by the entrance of the British Museum. Entry to the museum is free. This is a private tour for you and your family of up to 6 people including 4 children max. The tour is suitable for children between the ages 6-12 years old. Your child(ren) will receive a clipboard with a list of things to find and questions to answer. Your tour guide will then take you to eight highlights at the museum, provide fascinating stories and insights and help you find all the clues necessary to take home a small prize. Have you ever seen a merman? Why is the Rosetta Stone so important? Can you spot the birthday girl Athena amongst the Parthenon Marbles? And which animal does the golden belt buckle remind you of? Your child(ren) will have so much fun finding all the answers they will not know they are learning so much history at the same time! Your guide will be Julia. She is Austrian and has lived in London for almost 20 years. She qualified as a City of London and City of Westminster Guide and has also gained the prestigious Blue Badge guiding qualification. A Mum of three she knows exactly how to keep your kids entertained.

British Museum & Camden Town 3.5-Hour Group Tour in Italian

10. British Museum & Camden Town 3.5-Hour Group Tour in Italian

On this 4-hour combined program you’ll discover one of London’s most fascinating attractions on a guided tour of the British Museum, before catching a bus to the lively neighborhood of Camden Town. Founded in 1753, in the middle of the Enlightenment when science ruled and England’s maritime empire was on the rise, the British Museum boasts a collection that amassed items from all corners of the earth. Organized in areas that reflect the periods and geographical areas of the world, the museum can be difficult to navigate on your own. Your guide will lead you on a route that takes in all the main objects, including the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles and the remains of the Mauseleo of Halicarnassus, one of the Wonders of the Ancient World. You’ll see mummies from Egypt and famous Mesopotamic objects such as the Standard of Ur and megalithic sculptures from Easter Island and the Roman Era in England. Next you’ll board a double-decker bus and enjoy a short ride to Camden Town Market, one of London’s most colorful sights. Head into the labyrinth of stalls to experience the market’s multiculturalism and discover Gothic fashion, herbal scents and truly unusual objects and crafts. End the tour with a walk along the banks of Regent's Canal with its colorful house boats. This is the gateway to one of London’s most beautiful urban walks and to one of the best views from Primrose Hill.

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What people are saying about British Museum

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3,649 reviews

The Big Bus Tour was interesting and humorous thanks to the audio guides. The ride on the London Eye was great; you have to bring a bit of waiting time with you. On the boat trip we were well informed by the guide. Only to be recommended!

Everything was excellent. The Big Bis took us to the important places and the information was very entertaining. The trip down the Thames was very nice. The London Eye was Unforgettable. The service was very attentive

It was really great - the bus driver helped to guide us where we needed to be . Everyone was very helpful . The cruise and the eye was amazing too ! Absolute value for money when purchasing the package

Very good tour especially to get your bearings on the city. Hits all the main historical attractions, our guide Thora was passionate and insightful, Great way to start trip in London

Being on the top of the bus with the great commentary was excellent.