London Top 5 Attractions & Big City Saver
Published on: 08/10/22
London is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with lots of fabulous indoor attractions for when the weather gets a little cooler. In our capital city, great entertainment, dining, live theatre and music is never more than short stroll, bus or tube ride away. Escape the streets and dive into galleries, world-famous palaces and fashion-capital destinations to tempt every pocket. Great for day visits, longer stays allow you to add in the best of the West End stage, the full range of diverse nightlife, and the most comfortable, contemporary hotels.
We’ve got some great, and possibly surprising, attractions, to start you off, and a Let’s Go Out bonus tip too: the Big City Saver. One of their flexible attractions passes gives you access to some of the best attractions the city has to offer, all at significantly reduced price. With Big City Saver, you can go on a fairy-tale adventure, view London’s skyline in style, see spectacular sea life, come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous faces, meet a loveable ogre, take a terrifying trip through London's history and be dazzled by the capital’s best sights on an open-top bus tour. You don’t even have to pack it all into one visit! Tempted? Read on…
London EyeBook Now
How better to get your London bearings than 135 metres above the city at the London Eye? Built as part of the UK’s Millennium celebrations, since the year 2000 it’s whisked over 70 million delighted riders skywards. Situated on the beautiful Southbank, less than a 5 minute stroll from Waterloo station, it really puts the “wheee!” in “world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel”! Its graceful pace and 32 spacious pods, each representing one of London’s boroughs, afford great views of the capital's maze-like layout and iconic landmarks, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. On a clear day you can see 25 miles, right out to Windsor Castle.
Included in your ticket is a revolutionary 4D cinema experience to prime your excitement for your upcoming ascent over the skies of London. Then step into your capsule and soar up over the Thames in one of the world’s great engineering achievements. No wonder it’s one of the country’s leading sites for marriage proposals, and a hot ticket film location. But you’ll be too busy gazing through the windows to notice any of that!
Madame Tussauds LondonBook Now
From Leicester Square to Carnaby Street, London is long famed for its celebrity-spotting opportunities. But why leave it to chance, when the stars are lined up waiting for you at Madame Tussauds London! A combination of centuries-old crafting methods and pioneering modern tech brings the enchanting sets and experiences to life in quite spectacular fashion. Compete against sporting heroes, party with A-listers, join Zendaya, John Boyega and Dwayne Johnson on the red carpet, and strut like a supermodel with Kendall and Cara. Hit the stage and perform for the crowds with Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, or join the Royal Family on that iconic balcony.
Once you’ve maxxed out your phone with selfies, get closer to the action with incredible immersive experiences. Assemble with the Avengers in the new Marvel Universe 4D experience, test your bravery in Alien: Escape, explore the jungles of Kong: Skull Island, before making the jump to light-speed and exploring a galaxy far, far away with the force-wielding Jedi knights and blaster-toting rebels from the Star Wars universe. From superstars to exploding stars, it’s an out of this world experience!
SEA LIFE LondonBook Now
Home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life, the Sea Life London Aquarium is a world of adventure oceans away from the bustling city streets outside! Home to over 500 species in 14 themed zones, travel to the frozen extremities of the Antarctic and meet the stars of Polar Adventure, the amusing Gentoo penguin colony. Try Ocean Invaders, the UK’s largest jellyfish experience, with three unique interactive zones, or dive into a dazzling underwater oasis Coral Kingdom and wave your fins back at the inquisitive seahorses. Get yourself to the rockpool for your chance to stroke a starfish, ray or sea anemone!
Spot piranhas and crocodiles in the Rainforest Adventure, test your nerves on the Shark Walk as sharks swim beneath you, and of course there’s the iconic 360-degree glass Ocean Tunnel. Situated within the iconic County Hall building, bang on the South bank of the river Thames, just over Westminster Bridge from Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament, easy access, transport, and a wealth of surrounding attractions aren’t going to be a problem- just give yourself a moment to adjust to being back on dry land!
London DungeonBook Now
However familiar you might think you are with the metropolis, dare you embark on a journey back through ten centuries of dramatic London landscapes, authentic history, lives and surprises? With stunning special effects, edge of your seat surprises and exciting thrill rides, the London Dungeon offers gruesome thrills like no others! Thanks to a unique mix of talented live actors keeping the fear and humour bubbling in equal measure, you’ll be guided beneath London’s foreboding medieval gates and through ghastly plague-ridden streets. Meet infamous barber Sweeney Todd, gunpowder plotter Guy Fawkes, Jack the Ripper with one of his unfortunate victims Mary Jane Kelly, and a supporting cast of torturers, plague victims and dark jesters.
As well as 19 shows, and innumerable unexpected surprises, two state-of-the art thrill rides employ high-tech surprises guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping. Take a turbulent boat ride along the dank River Thames towards execution and the ‘long drop’. Your nemesis, Henry VIII is played ‘virtually’ by a giant of British stage and screen, whom we’re not going to give away! After plunging three heart-stopping storeys in the pitch dark (your terrified expression captured on camera!), enjoy a restorative complimentary drink in the atmospheric Dungeon Tavern and Victorian pub experience!
Shrek’s Adventure!Book Now
Who says you have to stick to the real world when you visit London? Please tired feet and little imaginations as you step into Shrek’s Adventure! This one of a kind misadventure spins you through 10 laugh-out-loud fairy-tale themed live shows stacked with brilliant actors, captivating storytelling, special effects, and extraordinary DreamWorks animation that allows you to see, hear, touch, smell and feel the adventure, with a good dose of your tour guide, Donkey’s cheekiness along the way.
Begin your journey by boarding the DreamWorks Tours magical flying 4D bus to Far Far Away. There you can visit Cinderella in Shrek’s swamp, bump into Puss in Boots, rescue Pinocchio from the wheel of torture, and cook up a magic spell with the Muffin Man. Collect special ingredients to find Shrek and make it back home safely, then venture to Berk to train a dragon, learn some kung-fu from a certain panda, and see what the residents of Madagascar are up to. It’s ogre-fuelled, action-packed fairy-tale fun you can jump into without leaving London!
Big City Saver
You’ve sorted your itinerary, booked your travel, now you need to get your tickets, right? Canny Let’s Go Outers know you can often make savings by booking in advance. However, with the Big City Saver, you can go not just one better, but six better! The ultimate in money-saving and flexibility, with one of the Big City Saver attractions passes, you can explore some of London’s most popular must-see family attractions for less.
All the attractions we’ve covered this week are included: London Eye, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE London, London Dungeon and Shrek’s Adventure, plus the best way to get round them all, the Big Bus Tour London. With 15 different packages including two, three or five venues, to suit every group and trip, bundle up attractions and save up to £75 compared to buying individual standard tickets! All passes are valid for 90 days once you’ve visited the first attraction, so you don’t even need to use on one visit. Bag big experiences and bigger savings in the big city, with the Big City Saver!