Sightseeing in London – which attractions need tickets?


The amount of incredible attractions on offer in London is truly astounding. There is so much to see and do in this city that you could quite easily spend a week sightseeing here without getting everything done!

As a result of this, you should always plan out your trip beforehand, putting together a reasonable itinerary based on the amount of time you have and the things you really want to see.

Of course, some of London’s best attractions are completely free, but then there are others which will require tickets that you will need to book in advance. Read on to find out where you can locate tickets for some of the capital’s best attractions, events and shows.

London Travel Pass

One popular option is to book a London Travel Pass that allows you to visit multiple attractions on a single ticket. As well as the convenience of having all your tickets in one, you will also get a free guide and quick entry into many of the sights – that means no queuing for you!

Top sights include the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Royal Albert Hall, Westminster Abbey, and many more besides. There are also museums, tours and other events included and you can pick the things you would like to include on your itinerary.

At your hotel

Many hotels in London will have a concierge from whom you can book various tickets. Availability will depend on the hotel and how many there are for a certain event. Attractions, theatre, concerts and sporting events are a few of the things you can get tickets for.

London Travel

By doing it in this way, you may be eligible for a discount as a guest of the hotel. Do remember, however, you will be expected to pay a small gratuity fee. When you book your hotel, be sure to ask if this service is available. If this is the main way by which you would like to book tickets then it is worth doing some research beforehand in order to find the best hotel.

To make sure you are close to all the action and attractions, it’s best to look into central London family hotels well in advance of your trip.

Book online

For general ticket enquiries, a quick Google search will often suffice. You can be as vague or as detailed as you like when searching – you will usually discover what you are after sooner of later.

This is particularly useful for special one-off events like the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. This popular attraction sells out well in advance so you’ll have to book tickets a few months before.

Likewise, if you are looking to book tickets for the theatre, live music and sporting events you may want to search on the internet for the best ticket websites. You can often shop around to find the best value as different sites often have deals and other discounts available.

Time Out

Popular tourism website Time Out has a section on its website dedicated to London attractions that require tickets and it is very easy to use and navigate.

As well as getting the tickets, you can use Time Out to see what’s on when you visit the capital. The beauty about this website is that the events range from the the popular and well-known to the more niche activities that you may not have considered a possibility.

It’s always worth taking a chance on a Time Out recommendation; it’s usually always spot on!

Specific attractions

There are some places you may want to book tickets from the official site and Madame Tussauds is one such example.

Without a doubt, Madame Tussauds is one of the most popular tourist attraction in London. Where else can you rub shoulders with the wax likenesses of David Beckham, One Direction and Spiderman? There’s also the chance to see all your favourite Jedis at the Star Wars exhibition, which is currently on at the famous wax museum.

Madame Tussauds is always busy, and if you are down on the weekend or the school holidays, you can expect it to be manic. Booking your tickets early is advisable to avoid disappointment – you don’t want to promise the kids the chance to see Wolverine up close, do you? There is the option to pay extra for special tickets and avoid the busy crowds.

Another example is London Zoo, a very popular attraction for the kids. Again, this gets very busy during the holidays and the weekend, and so it is highly recommended that you book well in advance.