I am working through my itinerary for a trip in mid January.While purchasing tickets online ahead of time yields better pricing (no I don't want the London Pass), in most cases that locks me into specific days. I believe London Tower is an exception, with a 7 day window provided. Given the off season, do I need to worry about buying access ahead of time? I care less about the cost savings, than day-of flexibility. Any exceptions to trade-off?
I know London is always busy, but I hope that it won't be as busy as June-August. Checking all the closing times is tedious, but quite necessary it seems!
It depends where you want to go and what times/days. Naturally weekends are busy even in January. The London eye is a relatively new attraction and should be booked in advance. Most museums are free.
Some of the major museums are open late one night a week. As I recall, Friday is a popular day for that. Be aware that in some cases only part of the museum remains open after the normal closing hours, so you'll want to plan your visit strategically.
I know London is always busy, but I hope that it won't be as busy as
June-August. Checking all the closing times is tedious, but quite
necessary it seems!
Just look at the websites of places you want to visit; it's quite easy finding out closing times and the late nights for museums or other locales you want to visit. You'll have a wonderful time!
Returned from nearly a month in the U.K. last week. 2 weeks of them in London.
A friend flew over for their first visit ever and wanted to see the Tower and Westminster Abbey. We merely arrived when each opened and got our tickets. Immediately walked inside both. No queues nor hordes of tourists. Used the 2 for 1 deal.
Speaking of the National Rail Ticket 2 for 1 deal found it interesting that at Paddington Station there was no need for a photo when we asked for the 2 for 1 deal. We simply showed our return ticket stubs from our train trip to the Chatham and were handed a brochure with vouchers in the back. Tore out the vouchers, filled them in and when at the Tower and Abbey showed the same return train tickets to compliment the voucher, paid for one admission and in we went.
Can’t imagine that in January you have to pre book anything.