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London: The London Pass with 90+ Attractions and Tours

1. London: The London Pass with 90+ Attractions and Tours

See all that London has to offer with the London Pass by Go City and save up to 50%* on top attractions. 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 90 top attractions, tours, and museums. Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, The View from the Shard, 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 90 attractions, including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS • Tower of London • The View from the Shard • 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour • Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle (afternoon entry only) • Westminster Abbey • London Bridge Experience • Tower Bridge • London Zoo • St Paul's Cathedral • Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre • Royal Albert Hall • Royal Observatory Greenwich • Old Royal Naval College • Cutty Sark • Kew Gardens • Hampton Court Palace • Apsley House • Benjamin Franklin House: Architectural Tour • Benjamin Franklin House: Historical • Eltham Palace • 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 • Queen's Gallery (temporarily closed) • The Postal Museum • The Courtauld Gallery • Frameless - Immersive Art Experience TOURS & EXPERIENCES • ArcelorMittal Orbit • Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium) • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum • Wembley Stadium Tours • London Food Walking Tour • Historic Pub Tour of London & more! Please note: attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the Go City app for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservation instructions (when applicable) before you go. *Savings based on sample itineraries on the Go City website.

London: Kew Gardens Admission Ticket

2. London: Kew Gardens Admission Ticket

Enjoy a full day out at Kew Gardens, London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, located just 30 minutes from central London by Underground and Overground trains. Your ticket includes entry to 326 acres of gardens, 3 art galleries, a treetop walkway, and Kew Palace.  Step inside Kew Palace and explore a beautiful royal retreat comprising the bedrooms of princesses, an intimate dining room, and the newly restored Georgian Royal Kitchens. The site includes extensive gardens under glass that support a variety of plant life year-round. See the giant lily pads in the Waterlily House, then experience an exotic rainforest in the Palm House. Travel through 10 climate zones in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.  Other highlights include the Arboretum. Standing at 17 meters tall and constructed from 170,000 aluminum parts and 1,000 LED lights, the Hive structure mimics the visual and sound effects of an actual beehive in Kew Gardens. Learn all about the extraordinary life of bees, and the vital role they play in the health of the planet. Round off your visit at one of the site’s cafes and restaurants that serve hot meals and classic afternoon teas (not included). 

London: Explorer Pass with 80+ Top Attractions - Go City

3. London: Explorer Pass with 80+ Top Attractions - Go City

Get your London Explorer Pass, a digital credits package, and create your own city itinerary while saving up to 50%* off on top London attractions. Redeem your credits against 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions from a selection of over 80 monuments, tours, cruises, dining experiences, and more. Each visit equals 1 credit used. For the best experience, follow the instructions on your booking confirmation to sync your pass with the Go City app. Choose from a variety of venues, including the Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe, The View from the Shard and St. Paul's Cathedral. Get instructions on how to plan your itinerary and place reservations ahead when needed with the free Go City app. You have 60 days to use your attraction credits starting with your first choice. Choose any 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions from the following list: Popular attractions: • 1-day Hop-On-Hop-Off London Bus tour • Tower of London • The View from the Shard • Kensington Palace • Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition & Theatre Tour • St Paul’s Cathedral • City Cruises Thames River Pass • Tower Bridge • Westminster Abbey • The London Bridge Experience • London Zoo Fun Activities and Tours: • Up at the O2 • Brit Movie Tours • Brit Music Tours • Brit Icon Tours • Hop-on Hop-off Open Bus tour of Windsor • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour & Museum • Emirates Arsenal Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Wembley Stadium Tour • Twickenham Stadium Tour & World Rugby Museum • Kia Oval Ground Tour • London Bicycle Tour Company - Bicycle Hire • Fuller's Brewery Tour • Hard Rock Café London • Curzon Soho - Cinema Ticket • Curzon Mayfair - Cinema Ticket • Curzon Bloomsbury Cinema - Cinema Ticket • Swingers Crazy Golf (West End or City venues) • Sherlock: The Official Live Game • All Star Lanes (bowling) • The Chocolate Cocktail Club - One Free Cocktail • The Bermondsey Bierkeller • The Dare Skywalk • Solve a Mystery: the Murder at Trafalgar Square • ArcelorMittal Orbit • London Food Walking Tour Museums and Places of Interest: • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew • Royal Observatory Greenwich • London Transport Museum • Cutty Sark • Benjamin Franklin House • Florence Nightingale Museum • Freud Museum London • Hampton Court Palace • Household Cavalry Museum • London Bicycle Tour • Museum of Brands • Old Royal Naval College • Royal Albert Hall Tour • Garden Museum • The Guards Museum • The Monument to The Great Fire of London • The Postal Museum • Wembley Stadium Tour • Apsley House • Eltham Palace • Jewel Tower • Wellington Arch • Chiswick House and Kitchen Garden • Royal Air Force Museum London • The Courtauld Gallery *Savings based on sample itineraries on the Go City website. 

London: Kew to Westminster River Thames Cruise

4. London: Kew to Westminster River Thames Cruise

This Journey takes one and a half hours one way between Kew and Westminster it passes through the city of Westminster, Chelsea, Wandsworth & Putney the Start of the Oxford and Cambridge boat race. The Journey follows the Rivers winding course, passing tree- covered islands & towns before arriving at Westminster Pier, This service is perfect for any one wishing to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Palace, National Archives, Museum of Water & Steam, Brentford Football club. This trip is more of the scenic part of the Thames from Country side to city, with lots of quaint pubs and restaurants to visit.

London: Westminster to Hampton Court River Thames Cruise

5. London: Westminster to Hampton Court River Thames Cruise

Travel on board a traditional River Thames passenger boat whilst travelling from Westminster Pier to Kew Pier, Richmond Landing Stage, and Hampton Court Landing Stage. Take in stunning scenery as you pass through the City of Westminster, Chelsea, Putney, Kew, Richmond & Kingston before arriving at Hampton Court Palace. Your journey from Westminster Pier to Hampton Court Landing Stage takes between 3 and 3.5-hours. Hop aboard at the starting location and set-off on your sightseeing adventure. Select from a number of beverages from the fully-licensed bar. Travel through some of the most picturesque reaches of the River Thames including Syon Reach & Horse Reach. The first half of the journey cruises through the London Boroughs of Chelsea, Wandsworth, and Putney before cruising into the more peaceful reaches of the Tidal Thames. Continue on as you follow the winding course of the river past islands and stately homes before calling at Kew Pier, Richmond Landing Stage, and Hampton Court Landing Stage. Your cruise takes place on a traditional river Thames passenger boat with indoor and outdoor seating, a fully-licensed bar and toilet facilities. This trip provides a variety of opportunities from a visit to Hampton Court Palace to a long lunch at one of Hampton Court or Molesey's many riverside pubs and restaurants. Choose to travel from Hampton Court to Westminster to explore the City of Westminster in your own time and travel back to your point of origin via National Rail Services or London Underground.

London: Westminster to Richmond River Thames Cruise

6. London: Westminster to Richmond River Thames Cruise

Travel from Westminster Pier to Richmond Landing Strange on a relaxing river cruise along the Thames. See the City of Westminster, Chealsea, Putney and Kew, before arriving at your destination. Your journey from Westminster Pier to Richmond Landing Stage takes between 2 to 2.5-hours. Pass through some of the most picturesque reaches of the River Thames including Syon Reach. Journey through the London Boroughs of Chelsea, Wandsworth, and Putney before cruising into the more peaceful reaches of the Tidal Thames. Continue on and follow the winding course of the river past islands and stately homes before calling at Kew Pier and Richmond Landing Stage. Relax onboard a traditional river Thames passenger boat with indoor and outdoor seating, a fully licensed bar, and toilet facilities. This trip provides a variety of opportunities from a visit to Richmond Park to a long lunch at one of Richmond's many riverside pubs & restaurants.

London: Richmond to Kew River Thames Cruise

7. London: Richmond to Kew River Thames Cruise

Board a traditional River Thames passenger boat in Richmond and cruise along the river to Kew. Soak up the scenery from indoor and outdoor seating, and take advantage of a fully licensed bar and restroom facilities on board. Wind along the river, passing by islands and stately homes. Upon arrival, enjoy a variety of opportunities, from a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew or Hampton Court Palace to a long lunch at one of Kew or Richmond’s many riverside pubs and restaurants.

London: Hampton Court to Westminster River Thames Cruise

8. London: Hampton Court to Westminster River Thames Cruise

The cruise takes place on a traditional river Thames passenger boat with indoor & outdoor seating, a fully licensed bar & toilet facilities. This trip provides a variety of opportunities from a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew or Hampton Court Palace to a long lunch at one of Kew or Richmond’s many riverside pubs & restaurants. Alternatively, passengers can travel from Kew, Richmond, or Hampton Court to Westminster to explore the City of Westminster in their own time & travel back to their point of origin via National Rail Services or London Underground.

Richmond: Group Kayak Experience

9. Richmond: Group Kayak Experience

Your session will start with a safety briefing and some land-based training on the riverbank or our pontoon near Richmond Bridge. This typically takes 15-20 minutes depending on group size. We will introduce you to the kayaking equipment, teach you about safety and navigation on the river, as well as paddle techniques, including how to steer, stop and self-rescue. We will then head out onto the river, either upstream towards Eel Pie Island and Teddington or downstream towards Richmond Lock, Isleworth, Kew Gardens and Chiswick, depending on the tide. The distance actually covered will depend on wind and tide conditions on the day.

Richmond: Paddleboard Experience

10. Richmond: Paddleboard Experience

Your session will start with a safety briefing and some land-based training on the riverbank near Richmond Bridge. This typically takes 15-20 minutes depending on group size. We will then head out onto the river, either upstream towards Eel Pie Island and Teddington or downstream towards Richmond Lock, Isleworth, Kew Gardens and Chiswick, depending on the tide. The distance actually covered will depend on wind and tide conditions on the day. You do not need to be a proficient swimmer, but should be comfortable with falling into water while wearing a buoyancy aid. A certain level of flexibility and ability to get up to standing from kneeling is required for learning to paddleboard.

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What people are saying about Kew Gardens

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4.4 / 5

based on 3,145 reviews

The Hop on Hop off bus was great! The guides on the bus were great at explaining what we were seeing around us. The only thing is that there is a 10 minute stop at London Eye so that the guides and bus drivers can change out. But we were able to see what we wanted and enjoy the attractions and sites that we wanted to using the London Pass.

transport is super expensive and super complicated with their different rates and zones. you get lost. it's not very ckzirs

It's definitely worth having the pass. You save a lot of time and can avoid long queues at the sights. again and again

We went with small children and we couldn't take full advantage of it but what we did was great.

We throughly enjoyed it. Just need to be there at 10am in order to experience the whole park.