Buying tickets on line for museums etc

Old Mar 17th, 2015, 09:27 AM
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Buying tickets on line for museums etc

I would like to wait until a few days prior to our trip to purchase any advance tickets, as the weather will play a role in our choices. Thinking things like the London eye, the tower. Etc.Going to minding mid April, is this , generally speaking, going to be a problem?
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Old Mar 17th, 2015, 02:04 PM
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Don't book the Eye in advance -- it is VERY weather dependent so you don't want to do the Eye til you know what the weather is. You can always book by phone or on line in the morning if the weather is decent.

If you are using the Days Out 2for1 discounts you cannot pre-book the Tower or any other site where you are using the vouchers. (Plus if you get there at opening time the lines aren't bad)

Very few other sites would pre-booking be at all necessary. The exceptions are some special exhibitions like the Sargent at the National Portrait Gallery.
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Old Mar 18th, 2015, 01:22 PM
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Thank you Janisj!
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Old Mar 20th, 2015, 10:22 AM
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I wont be using 2 for 1's so I booked advance tickets to the Tower and when you choose your date of visit, you can actually use the ticket within 7 days of the date you choose - it says so on their site and also in my confirmation.
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Old Mar 20th, 2015, 11:24 AM
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>>you can actually use the ticket within 7 days of the date you choose - it says so on their site and also in my confirmation.
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Old Mar 21st, 2015, 01:52 AM
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There are very few things you *must* buy in advance - generally anything to do Buckingham Palace, Parliament, Harry Potter Studio Tours, sell out shows or exhibitions.

Anything else is weather dependent, doesn't charge entry fees, doesn't have long queues (what's this mania about queues in the US) or isn't worth queuing for in the first place
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Old Mar 21st, 2015, 04:38 AM
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I agree with dotheboyshail - that you do not 'have to' buy in advance - you may have to wait a while sometimes but like the London Eye - numerous times I've walked by it and asked about getting on - waits for walk-up tickets were a half-four or so - all the time spent pre-booking then as janis says keeping track of all those reservations, etc - I've gone to the Tower several times and never booked - of course pick you times but all this pre-booking seems too much a hassle - even Buckingham Palace in August the watis were not that long for a slot.
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Old Mar 21st, 2015, 08:04 AM
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>>sell out shows or exhibitions.
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Thank God that many London museums are free...
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>>Thank God that many London museums are free…
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Went to book a couple of days ago and every single time slot in my 4 available days is sold out

But many exhibitions AT those museums are not free and many of those must be booked well in advance.

Certainly at the V&A I've been able to turn up first thing and buy tickets for the day or in the future even when sold out on-line.

DO however be prepared to queue - for the Bowie exhibition t the V&A I thought I'd arrived well in advance 30 minutes before opening time but by then the queue was half way around the building. But others I've walked up and been served within 5 minutes
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Oh - I too have been able to get in to sold out shows. But when one is only in London for a few days, queueing for a couple of hours often isn't practical/possible.
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Old Mar 29th, 2015, 12:04 PM
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Thank you- i'm not so concerned at saving money as I am at saving time. As Janis said, we are only there for a few days and don't want to spend precious time waiting. thank you!
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