Just what is it that makes London such a magnet for tourists?
It’s hard to pin down precisely. But it may have something to do with the city’s unique blend of a progressive, cosmopolitan culture set against the backdrop of an exotic, slightly “old-world” charm.
And then of course there are the iconic “sights”: the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and many others which are famous the world over.
Most London visitors find it hard to manage their sightseeing plans, since there’s such an overwhelming range of options. That’s why the so-called “London Pass” offers an attractive solution to save you time and money.
What exactly is a London Pass? It can best be described as a visitor’s smart card providing discounted access to 56 prominent London attractions.
Do check the full list to make sure your favourite attractions are covered.
The Pass is user-friendly — like a credit card, you swipe it through dedicated machines. It saves you the trouble of carrying large wads of cash, waiting in long queues or calculating the best ticket combination.
It also offers money-saving and personalisation benefits. For starters, the London Pass allows you to pay substantially less than listed ticket prices. If you’re travelling with your family these savings can quickly add up.
You can also customise the list of 56 sites you wish to explore, selecting from various options. It can be bought for varying periods of one to six days. You can even opt to get a London Travelcard “add-on”.
On top of all this, the London Pass can be combined with special offers at certain pubs, restaurants and shops to let you take advantage of their best deals. It also has a customer helpline, as well as refund insurance (though you should carefully read the full terms and conditions before you buy).The Draycott has a classic Edwardian townhouse style
The London Pass is now bundled into a special offer from one of the city’s best hotels (in the TripAdvisor top 20) – the Draycott. You get 50% off a 2-day London Pass for 2 adults and a child if staying at least 3 nights.
If you unbundle this and calculate the savings, it looks a good deal. But you should always check to ensure it fits with your specific needs.
Email the hotel directly at firstname.lastname@example.org (London Hotels Insight in no way profits from this) to take advantage of the offer. Do note that the offer is valid until 31st January 2010 (subject to availability).
The Draycott is nicely positioned to let you sample the delights of Chelsea, including great shopping in King’s Road and Knightsbridge (Harrod’s).Guests love the Draycott Hotel’s many unexpected little personal touches
We also mentioned the hotel in our review of London’s best food markets, due to its closeness to Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market.
Indeed, the hotel is pretty well-connected to public transport for all parts of London (near Sloane Square tube and lots of bus routes), so it’s a good base from which to exploit your London Pass to the full.
It’s all the more attractive given the consistently good guest reviews.
Here’s an example of one of the hotel’s many nice touches: they serve all their guests tea and biscuits at 4.00 pm, a glass of champagne at 6.00pm and hot chocolate before you go to bed! This is all free of charge.
On top of this, they provide free WiFi throughout the hotel – an issue which has been hotly debated on the London Hotels Insight Twitter page.
I would personally like all hotels in London to provide free WiFi.
The personal touches at the Draycott remind me of another top-rated boutique luxury London hotel on TripAdvisor – the Milestone – where the staff also excel in performing lots of tiny noticeable touches.
Photo credits: Draycott Hotel.