Are you visiting London and only have a weekend to explore? The London Pass might be the option for you! And we have a great itinerary to get the most out of The London Pass.
We’ve put a post together about the merits of The London Pass and answered the question – is the London Pass worth it?
Anyway, back to the itinerary. On day one, we’ve included some extra bits. That’s because there are some great free things to do in London, and day one’s aim was to explore the best things to do in Greenwich, which has some really good free things to do that you can tie into your London Pass itinerary. And if you’d like to buy the pass, you can use our affiliate link*.
London Pass 2 Day Itinerary
Day one seems like a lot, but there is plenty of time to explore everything, provided you are out of the door early and to The Cutty Sark when it opens. The other great thing about that is you will get to explore the ship with almost no one else on board!
Our London Pass itinerary starts on board Cutty Sark. Have you heard of it? You must have because the Cutty Sark is one of the most famous ships on the planet. It’s a clipper ship built in 1869 to transport tea to Britain. This ship is renowned for being one of the fastest and most impressive clipper ships ever to have set sail. It was designed with a sleek and speedy look, complete with towering masts (which you can climb for an extra fee) and a streamlined hull.
Interestingly, the ship’s name comes from a Scottish phrase meaning “short shirt” or “short nightgown,” highlighting its agility and speed. Today, you can visit the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, where it is now a museum and popular tourist attraction. When you explore the ship, you’ll learn about its fascinating history and what life was like on board during its heyday as a tea clipper. You’ll also find the UK’s largest collection of figureheads in the dry dock under the ship, with some weird and wonderful figureheads to look at.
🕙 every day, 10 pm – 5 pm
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The Painted Hall
If you’re looking for an amazing room, the Painted Hall in Greenwich is it! Haha! The paintings on the ceiling are imposing and impressive and tell a story about the lives of King William III and Queen Mary II. The walls are also covered in beautiful frescoes, which add to the hall’s grandeur. The Painted Hall is an impressive space, and it’s no wonder why it’s considered one of the best examples of Baroque art in the world. Whether you’re a history buff or just someone who loves to look at beautiful things, the Painted Hall is worth a visit with The London Pass.
The Painted Hall is expensive to get in and, in our opinion, not worth it, which is the beauty of the pass – getting into cool places that are only somewhat worth it with The London Pass.
We heard a story that the columns don’t reach the ceiling either and are simply a decorative feature and not a structural one.
🕙 every day, 10 am – 4.30 pm
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Queen’s House is free to visit but well worth popping in on your way to the Royal Observatory. After all, it’s on your way from The Painted Hall! It’s also not very big, so it won’t take long to get around it.
If you’re a fan of beautiful architecture and history, the Queen’s House is for you! Inigo Jones designed this architectural masterpiece in the early 17th century and was initially built as a royal villa for Queen Anne of Denmark. Inigo Jones is the same guy who designed the Banqueting House on Whitehall, which is the last remaining building from the Palace of Westminster.
Queen’s House is a treat for the eyes. The design is heavily influenced by Italian Renaissance architecture, and the centrepiece is the impressive Tulip Stairs. They were the first stairs in England not to have a central support.
Today, the Queen’s House is part of the National Maritime Museum, and it’s open to visitors who want to explore its stunning interiors and learn more about its fascinating history. Trust us, whether you’re an art lover, a history buff, or just someone who appreciates beauty, the Queen’s House is worth a visit.
Stacey also said it would be a lovely place to get married, and it turns out you can get married there. Impressive stuff!
🕙 every day, 10 am – 5 pm
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The National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is a pretty cool attraction, given it’s full of boat-related stuff. It offers a unique insight into the history of the Royal Navy and its impact on the world. The museum is located in a beautiful setting, surrounded by the historic buildings of Greenwich and overlooking the River Thames.
It houses an impressive collection of artefacts, including ship models, paintings, and scientific instruments, that tell the story of Britain’s maritime heritage. Visitors can explore interactive displays, learn about the lives of sailors and explorers, and discover the secrets of navigation and shipbuilding. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions, events, and workshops for all ages. A visit to the National Maritime Museum is a must for anyone interested in history, science, or culture. It’s also free, and again, it’s on your way up the hill to the next place on our itinerary.
🕙 every day, 10 am – 5 pm
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Next up is the Royal Observatory! It’s a fantastic historic site founded in 1675 by King Charles II. One of the Observatory’s claims to fame is that it’s the home of the Prime Meridian, the imaginary line that marks 0 degrees longitude. But that’s not all. The Observatory also played a super important role in the development of astronomy and navigation.
In fact, its clocks were used to calculate longitude! Did you know that the observatory has a cool Time Ball? It drops every day at 1 pm to signal the time to ships in the nearby River Thames. Nowadays, the Royal Observatory is open to the public and has many exhibits on astronomy, timekeeping, and navigation. It’s a must-visit spot for anyone who loves science and history!
When you visit, find the Prime Meridian. It’s the line in the picture below. But you won’t miss it because there will be another 20 tourists all doing what you’re about to do. -straddle the line to say you’re in the eastern and western hemispheres at the same time. Classic! Ha!
🕙 every day, 10 am – 5 pm
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When you’ve left the Royal Observatory and are heading for the next thing on your London Pass itinerary, be sure to pass through Greenwich Market. It’s a wonderful place full of lovely gifts. We love this market. It’s small but upmarket and has some gorgeous little stalls selling some very cool things, like old bus signs and lamps. We love a good lamp!
And bolted onto the side of it is a food market. And at this point in the day, it’s probably time to stop for a spot of lunch, wouldn’t you agree? You’ll find some awesome little food stalls. We had THE best cheesy chips we’ve ever eaten here.
Cost: free to enter
🕙 every day, 10 am – 5.30 pm
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Uber Boat by Thames Clipper
Now, there is a slight problem with this one. According to the app, the Uber Boat can only be activated at certain piers, which Greenwich isn’t one of. However, when the attendant asked us if it had been scanned, we said yes and walked on. Naughty, maybe, but a fault in the system, no doubt. If we hadn’t done this, it would have scuppered our plans to get the most out of The London Pass.
Plus, seeing London from the riverboat is great and almost certainly never worth it otherwise because it’s expensive. So, if they ask if your app has been scanned, say ‘yes’ and jump on board so you can get to the next destination, the Tower of London!
The Tower of London
The Tower of London was our favourite attraction on The London Pass itinerary for day one. By a long way! It’s absolutely incredible. And we’ve put a post together with everything you need to know about visiting the Tower of London, including a bit of history and a few highlights of the Tower.
The Tower of London is a must-visit attraction with The London Pass! It was built by William the Conqueror in the 1070s and is located on the north bank of the River Thames. Over the centuries, the Tower has been used for many different purposes, including as a royal palace, a prison, an armoury, and a treasury.
The most famous use of the Tower was as a prison for high-profile prisoners like Anne Boleyn, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Guy Fawkes. Today, the Tower is open to the public and is home to the Crown Jewels, a collection of precious and historical objects used in coronations and other official ceremonies.
You can also see the famous Ravens that live at the Tower. Legend has it that if the Ravens ever leave, the Tower and the British monarchy will fall! You can get up close and personal with them. They are pretty curious and surprisingly big and cute.
And while you’re in the Tower of London, take advantage of a free tour from one of the famous Beefeaters. They are fascinating and fun, and we definitely recommend it.
🕙 9 am – 5.30 pm, Sun & Mon 10 am – 5.30 pm
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Tower Bridge is one of the most famous bridges on the planet, if not the most. And you can get in it with The London Pass! Which is good because it’s less interesting inside than out. Haha!
Tower Bridge is an iconic symbol of London; if you’re in the Big Smoke, you just have to cross it. Constructed in the late 19th century, it is a combined bascule and suspension bridge that crosses the River Thames. Tower Bridge is located near the Tower of London and is often confused with London Bridge, which is located further upstream.
The bridge was designed to allow tall ships to pass through, and the bascules can be raised to an angle of up to 86 degrees. You can tour the bridge and explore the Victorian engine rooms that power the bascules, which are pretty cool. The engine rooms are also by the gift shop if you’d like to take a token of your visit home with you.
From the high-level walkways, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the river and the surrounding area. Tower Bridge is an engineering marvel and a testament to the ingenuity of Victorian London. And if you can appreciate that, you’ll enjoy your visit.
🕙 Every day, 9.30 am – 6 pm
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The Golden Hinde
Not far from Tower Bridge is The Golden Hinde, also on The London Pass. Although we didn’t get to go on board, we did visit. Sadly, it was closed, and it’s on this list because there was sufficient time to visit. It’s not a big ship, so it won’t take you that long to explore. And once you’re done, wander down towards South Bank to explore one of our favourite places in London.
🕙 Every day, 10 am – 6 pm
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Day two of our 2 day London Pass itinerary was a little more relaxed than day one but contained some of the best things from the whole weekend.
We once hired a narrowboat and loved it, so when we saw Jason’s Trip on the list of attractions, we had to make time to get on board. Walking along Regent’s Canal is one of the best walks in London, and knew it would be a pleasure to see the canal from the water.
The boat takes you on a relaxing journey from Little Venice in Paddington to Camden Lock (or the other way, if you choose). Along the way, they tell you about the canal you’re on, its history and a bit about the canal network. It’s relaxing and interesting.
After our little tour on Jason’s Trip, we opted for some breakfast in Camden before heading to the next place on our London Pass 2 day itinerary, ZSL London Zoo! It’s a short walk back along the canal, which is also wonderful.
🕙 every day, 10 am – 4 pm
If you’re an animal lover, you have to visit ZSL London Zoo with The London Pass – it’s seriously amazing, and we’d go as far as to say it was our favourite attraction from the entire weekend, although the Tower of London was a close second. We’ve even put a post together to help plan your visit to London Zoo.
London Zoo is home to over 750 species, including some of the most majestic creatures on the planet, like lions, tigers, penguins, and monkeys.
The zoo has tons of exhibits to explore, like the Land of the Lions, the Gorilla Kingdom, and the Butterfly Paradise. One of the best things about visiting is that you can get up close and personal with the animals, and there are daily talks, demos, and even feeding times you can check out. Look how close we got to the lemurs!
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If you’re feeling super adventurous, you can even participate in some special behind-the-scenes experiences! ZSL London Zoo is all about ensuring people understand the importance of conservation and biodiversity, and they work hard to protect endangered species. So, if you’re looking for an exciting, educational place to go with The London Pass, this is it!
🕙 Every day, 10 am – 6 pm
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London Transport Museum
The London Transport Museum at Covent Garden is a fascinating place for anyone interested in the transport history of London. The museum is housed in a historic Victorian flower market building, and it contains an impressive collection of vehicles and objects that tell the story of London’s public transport system from its beginnings in the early 19th century to the present day. And if you’d like to know more, we have a post all about the London Transport Museum to help plan your visit and what to expect.
You’ll find everything from horse-drawn carriages and steam locomotives to vintage buses and modern trains. There are also interactive exhibits that let you experience what it was like to travel on the different modes of transport throughout history. You can even get in some old Underground carriages and on board one of those classic red Routemaster buses!
The museum is a great place to learn about the evolution of London’s public transport system and its role in shaping the city, and what’s led it to be one of the most iconic travel networks in the world with the likes of the world’s first underground system and iconic vehicles, like the classic London black cab.
The London Transport Museum had been on our list of places to go for ages, but like some of the other places on this itinerary, it is expensive to visit alone and not worth the entry fee. So being able to visit with The London Pass is a real bonus.
🕙 Every day, 10 am – 6 pm, Thursday, 12 pm – 6 pm
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Solve a Mystery at Trafalgar Square
This part of the 2 day London Pass itinerary comes with some flexibility. That’s because you pick this up from a shop just up the road from Trafalgar Square, and you can play it at your own leisure. So, if the other attractions are closed, you can play this one in the evening.
It’s a murder mystery where you follow a load of clues to solve the mystery. It’s not for everyone – there’s a bit of walking and reading, so it needs a bit of focus on your part. But it’s a good way to explore Trafalgar Square and Soho. And if you’d like to know more about Trafagalar Square and why it’s one of our favourite squares in London, check out our post about the 7 best reasons to visit Trafalgar Square.
📍 Collect from the location in the app, nr Trafalgar Square
🕙 Any time
The View from The Shard
The View from the Shard is quite impressive and surprisingly relaxing. The views are something else, which is what you might expect from the tallest building in the UK. You can see the entire city laid out before you. Famous landmarks such as Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye are all visible from the 360-degree platforms.
You can even see the River Thames snaking its way through the city. Despite there only being two viewing platforms, you can get lost up there looking for all the famous landmarks around the city. We always find it quite odd to see something from the air – it often takes a while to figure out what’s where, even though you’re so familiar with seeing the city from road level.
You’ll find a bar in the View from the Shard, too, so you can have your favourite tipple while admiring the view. Even if you’re a Londoner, the View from the Shard is worth visiting. And if you’re visiting the city for the first time, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. And as we overheard, the View from the Shard is a “one and done”, if you know what that means, which is it’s great but wouldn’t go up again.
Again, it’s good value with The London Pass but expensive without.
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Total Cost & Savings
Here are the total costs and savings from our 2 day London Pass itinerary. The costs above are per ticket. These figures from above are totalled below and then doubled for us both. As you can see, there are significant savings to be had if you use The London Pass to your advantage.
Total cost per person: £238.30
Total cost per couple: £476.60
The London Pass: £290 (290 credits)
Total savings: 186.60
There would have been time to fit something extra in on day 1, but the weather was great, so we walked South Bank to soak up the atmosphere. The walk along South Bank takes you on the Thames Path, which is one of the best walks in London.
It’s worth a walk along if you haven’t already done it, and you have some juice left after day one of your 2 day London Pass itinerary, of course! We think you might be able to fit something else in on day 2, like the London Bridge Experience.
We have already done that, so we didn’t bother doing it again. We loved it, by the way, but it’s not for the faint-hearted. Ha!
London Pass 2 Day Itinerary Map
Here’s a map with the places we visited over the weekend to give you an idea of their placement throughout the city.
What’s the best London Pass 2 day itinerary?
Here are some great options for a weekend with The London Pass. It will take you to some of London’s best attractions on a logical route and save you a fortune in the process.
- Day 1
- Cutty Sark
- The Painted Hall
- Queen’s House
- The National Maritime Museum
- Royal Observatory
- Greenwich Market
- Uber Boat by Thames Clipper
- The Tower of London
- Tower Bridge
- The Golden Hinde
- Day Two
- Jason’s Trip
- London Zoo
- London Transport Museum
- Solve a Mystery at Trafalgar Square
- The View from The Shard
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