With so much to do and see in London, you’ve got to be selective with what you choose. We’ve handpicked our top five most overrated London tourist attractions below.
1. The London Eye.
The tallest Ferris wheel in Europe is one of the capitals biggest tourist attractions. But what’s all the fuss about? If you turn up on the day you’ll have to brave a long queue and for a family of four it will cost you £63. If you decide to book a fast track ticket however, you’re looking at shelling out almost double that. Besides the extortionate entrance fee, you’re only on the wheel for 30 minutes, and as each capsule holds up to 25 people you might have to fight your way to actually see anything!
2. Madame Tussauds.
Am I missing something or is paying to go and see wax models of celebrities a bit strange and errr…boring! For a family of four, you’ll have to fork out £108 on the day, and this includes a long queue. Once inside, the novelty of having your picture taken with wax members of the royal family really does go quite quickly. If you actually walk around London, you might even spot a real famous person! Now that’s surely more exciting.
3. Ripley’s Believe It or Not. If there was a clubhouse for London tourists it’s got to be this overrated modern freak show in Piccadilly Circus. Pay the excessive £75 for a family of four and then be disappointed by rather believable items and displays. A model of the Titanic made of matchsticks and a prehistoric sharks jaw might not be everyday objects you come into contact with…but what can you do other than observe for a couple of seconds and walk on.
4. The Prime Meridian, Greenwich. I’m still dumbfounded as to why tourists trek to Greenwich to pay £7 just to stand with one foot on each side of the Meridian line and actually become excited that they are half in the western hemisphere and half in the eastern. Do they not know that the divide carries on north of the terrace, where you can take as many pictures as you want for free!
5. London Sightseeing Bus Tour.
Just because you’re in a designated tour bus, you’re not going to get to the sights any quicker than if you take the public buses for a fraction of the price. And it’s not just the £25 per head ticket that makes this attraction so dire. Who wants to be given generic information about London’s landmarks by some guy? Get yourself a days bus pass ticket and explore the city by yourself. A good guidebook will enable you to tailor your visit to your interests.