With the summer travel season fast approaching, the London Pass team has compiled 10 handy tips to help visitors plan an unforgettable trip to the city...
1. No visit would be complete without witnessing the famous lifting of Tower Bridge! Schedules are available at www.towerbridge.org.uk/TBE/EN/BridgeLiftTimes/ and the best places to view the bridge lifting are from outside City Hall on the south side of the Thames, or from the Tower of London.
2. The brand new Sumatran tiger exhibit at ZSL London Zoo is already proving hugely popular with visitors. Each day at 12pm there’s a free ‘Tigers Live’ event which provides amazing insights into the behavior 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 are at 11am and 1.30pm every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
4. When visiting Windsor Castle, plan your day so that you can see the Changing of the Guard, which takes place every day except Sunday at 11am within the Castle grounds. Check out the website for more details: www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/windsorcastle/what-to-see-and-do/the-changing-the-guard.
5. Each month there is a new program of lunchtime talks at the National Gallery - some are theatre-style, focusing on particular artistic traditions; others simply study one painting. Check out what’s on at:
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 from 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 at 10am on Sundays.
8. Head to the Florence Nightingale Museum to hear a talk given by the museum director every Monday at 3.30pm. This is a great way to 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 sessions 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.