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#1
Hartsdale, NY UDSA
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Hi,

Hope a Londoner has an answer. Planning on using a HoHo Bus to tour London. Does anyone know if the following venues accept credit cards or only GBP:

Westminster Abbey
Tower of London
St. Pauls
Churchill War Rooms
Buckingham Palace (if HMQ not home)

Is there some sort of tourist ticket that allows entry to all of the above or is each a separte admission ticket.
Thanks
Carole
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#2
Seascale,Cumbria,U.K.
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Joined Dec 2008
Hi....lovely having you on the page, but it's doubtful you'll get many replies- it's just pub chat, you see.
If you look on Ports of Call- Europe on the index page, then click on British Isles, you'll find lots of people who can answer your questions.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
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#3
North Yorkshire
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Joined Apr 2014
Originally posted by CaroleLee
Hi,

Hope a Londoner has an answer. Planning on using a HoHo Bus to tour London. Does anyone know if the following venues accept credit cards or only GBP:

Westminster Abbey
Tower of London
St. Pauls
Churchill War Rooms
Buckingham Palace (if HMQ not home)

Is there some sort of tourist ticket that allows entry to all of the above or is each a separte admission ticket.
Thanks
Carole
Hi Carole

I don't think you have to pay to go into Westminster Abbey or St Pauls, unless that has changed recently. They usually have a box for donations in cathedrals etc. I believe you can use credit cards for the Tower, maybe you can get a duel ticket for the Churchill War Rooms and the Imperial War museum which is really interesting. You used to have to prebook to go to Buckingham Palace, and I'm sure credit cards were accepted. I'm not from London, I imagine a lot of Londoners have never done the touristy stuff.
Hope you have a great time.

Val
#4
Victoria BC Canada
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Joined Aug 2012
We used our CC at the Tower last summer. We went to the Churchill War rooms a few years ago and we used our CC as well. Westminster Abbey does charge but I'm not sure about CC, they do have a website you can google for the info. There's also the London Pass, you pay one price and it gives you the admission to many attractions.


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#5
South Florida
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Joined Apr 2011
There are fees for all the attractions you cited. The London Pass will get you into all but Buckingham Palace; there are often further discounts on the pass for pre-paying online but you would then have to pick up the passes at their office near Piccadilly Circus. You definitely should prebook the Palace, else you will spend much of the morning just queueing for timed tickets admitting you later in the afternoon; if you book a timed ticket online you can add the adjacent Queens Gallery and the Royal Horsegards museums for just a few pounds more. Wesminster Abbey has separate lines for the ticket windows for those paying cash or credit card, but if you have the London Pass you can just get in whichever is shorter. Mastercard and Visa should be fine most everywhere, AmEx far less so.

The HoHo bus gives a fine overview of London, but if you take the western route that goes by Harrod's and Kensington Palace you will end up creeping in very slow traffic through the Baker Street and Mayfair neighborhoods before returning to Westminster and The City where all your interests lie. The Tube will get you from Big Ben to the Tower of London in under 15 minutes--not much to see out the window, but an essential part of visiting London.
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Santa Paula CA
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Look into buying an Oyster card. This is preloaded and can be used on the Tube and buses. There is a website I believe called discoverbritain.com where you can buy them. You can also buy tickets to the Tower.
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#7
Victoria BC Canada
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Originally posted by Talisker92
Look into buying an Oyster card. This is preloaded and can be used on the Tube and buses. There is a website I believe called discoverbritain.com where you can buy them. You can also buy tickets to the Tower.

You can also buy your Oyster card at the tube station, it's the easiest way to go. London has such a great transit system.


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Yorkshire, UK
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Buckingham palace you have to book tickets in advance online

St. Paul's, don't use the front door, walk round the side and there is an electronic ticket booth for cards, there is a door right next to it, this way you avoid all the queues

Yes to the rest in credit cards but note a lot of places don't take Amex as the card charges are higher for the retailers.
#9
NE Scotland
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Joined Jun 2012
Originally posted by Talisker92
Look into buying an Oyster card. This is preloaded and can be used on the Tube and buses. There is a website I believe called discoverbritain.com where you can buy them. You can also buy tickets to the Tower.
Contactless cards work on TFL. Works the same as an Oyster card without the need to top up and without any residual cash left on it.
The daily cap is the same for Oyster or contactless. I'm not sure if it take apple pay but I would think it might. Don't know if foreign cards are accepted for contactless payment.
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#10
Essex
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Joined Sep 2008
I'm not sure how long before your visit you have but we have attended the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. You have to apply for tickets beforehand and give certain information for security purposes but it is worth it. This ceremony has been going on for hundreds of years and didn't even stop during WW11 (in fact a bomb dropped nearby knocking over the Yeoman Warders - they apologised to King George VI for being late but the ceremony went ahead!). It is the "locking of the Tower" and occurs in the evening after the Tower has closed to the general public. The information is on the internet.