By Chris Perrett
Train tickets may be a constant cause for annoyance with the increase in prices making them less affordable for households across the UK. To offset this though, some companies are now offering fantastic 2 for 1 promotions on days out in London, which means you can save more on your overall day trip to London. We’ve cherry picked a few of the best so you can see how much you can save and where to book.
2 For 1 Zoo Offers
Sealife Aquarium London
Discover an array of underwater creatures and have get face-to-face with sharks and penguins. The standard adult ticket price is £20.70.
ZSL London Zoo
Take a trip to one of the oldest zoos in the country, home to over 760 animal species and the fantastic Tiger Territory exhibit. Prices start at £25 on the gate.
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
Perfect for a family day out and located next to the River Thames, you can get up close and personal with everything from lemurs and monkeys to meerkats and Shetland ponies. The adult price is just £8.75 before any discounts are applied.
2 for 1 Theme Park Offers
Chessington World of Adventures
Not far outside of London, Chessington offers a great day out for the whole family with a massive selection of rides, catering for the thrill seekers as well as people who prefer something more gentle. The standard adult price for entry on the day is £43.20.
Located in Windsor just a short train ride from London, it’s the ultimate day out for kids who love Lego. Based on it’s location you can also tie in visit to the fabulous Windsor Castle, still one of the Queen’s main residences. An adult ticket for Legoland will cost you £45.60
A similar distance from London as Chessington is, Thorpe Park is up there with the best theme parks in Europe. It launches a new ride every season and holds multiple special events including Halloween Fright Night. On the day entry prices for adults start at £43.20.
2 for 1 London Tours
Harry Potter London Bus Tour
Perfect for young and older fans alike, the tour will take you to key locations seen in the final film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrows. Each tour lasts for 3 hours, with all coaches fully air-conditioned and adult tickets available for just £22.
Originial London Sightseeing Tour
This is the famous open-top bus tour around the capital, loved by tourists and a must if you’ve never done it before as it will give you a new perspective on the capital – just make sure you pick a dry day! Adult tickets are priced at £28 when you buy on the day.
KPMG Thames Clippers
Get a spectacular view of London with a river cruise down the River Thames. Boats depart every 20 minutes from various docks across the capital and an adult ticket will cost £15 for a 45 minute ride.
2 for 1 Gallery and Museum Offers
Step back in time with a visit to the dungeons, bringing over 1000 years of London history to life. It’s a great exhibit for the whole family, although it often best for children over the age of 3 for maximum enjoyment. Adult admission for the London Dungeon is £24.60 when you buy on the day.
A must for all art-lovers, this summer you can view the works of the acclaimed British painter LS Lowry with 2 for 1 tickets for the exhibition. It’s a stunning gallery and visited by millions each year, renowned for the collation of works in each exhibit. The cost of an adult ticket for entry at the gallery is £15.
Strike a pose with one of your favourite celebrities at the world famous Madame Tussauds, the globally renowned waxwork museum. It brings you face to face with sport stars like Lewis Hamilton, TV personalities and music megastars. It’s well-worth a visit and an adult ticket will set you back £25.80 on the day, excluding any discounts.
2 for 1 Entertainment Offers
Theatres and shows
Have a visit to the West End to see one of the fabulous new theatre productions, with 2 for 1 offers available on a huge variety including Stomp, Michael Jackson Thriller and We Will Rock You. Prices vary by show but you’ll be guaranteed 50% off the ticket prices with the 2For1 London deal.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
See and hear the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, with two special performances being put on this year for just £55 per adult booking. It’s an experience of a lifetime and the offer makes it much more affordable, leaving you some cash for a slap-up dinner in London.
Restaurants across London
Finish your day out at a fabulous restaurant, with 2 for the price of 1 on main courses. The offer is available at a number of establishments, including the Covent Garden Bar & Grill, Azzurro Restaurant, Sticky Fingers, Planet Hollywood and Boulevard Brasserie.
How to qualify for 2 for 1 offers in London
It’s extremely simple to get your hands on a variety of 2 for 1 admission tickets – all you need to do is book your train tickets online or buy at your local station and then present these, along with a printed copy of your chosen 2For1 voucher, when you arrive at the venue. The voucher can be selected at then downloaded directly from the DaysOutGuide.co.uk website.
What qualifies as a valid ticket
Train companies participating
National Rail tickets – including Advance, Anytime, Off-Peak, Gatwick/Stansted Express, Travelcards
Any print at home or mobile tickets, showing the National Rail logo
Season tickets with a valid photocard, including Tfl Travelcard add-ons
Annual Oyster and Gold Cards
Any train company which operates a route into London provides direct access to the 2 For 1 London offers so you can view the entire range on site. The list includes Southern Railway, Gatwick Express, Virgin Trains, East Coast, South West Trains, London Midland, First Capital Connect, First Great Western, Chiltern Railways and Eurostar. You can also view all available London offers at the official National Rail website, which also has a booking facility which enables you to also buy your train tickets for any operator at the same time.
How much you can save with the 2 For 1 London Offers
With most events starting at a minimum of £15 per adult ticket, you’ll save over £30 on a family of four alone if the children are under the age of 2. For theme parks, this will be in excess over £45, which really takes the cost down considerably and in some cases it may be cheaper to book the train tickets just so you can benefit from the 2 For 1 promotion. Make sure as always that you check the small print for the offer, as limitations may be in place such as it only being valid on specific days or times of the year. After you’ve checked and are happy with the deal, book your train tickets and then get the voucher downloaded and don’t forget to take it with you in order to claim the saving on entry.