Top 5 biggest rip-offs in London

London is the most expensive city in the world and when you have gullible tourists willing to pay extortionate fees for these rip-off attractions it doesn’t look like changing!

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5. The Tower of London may be a good attraction with a lot of history (and lots of ravens), but you simply pay too much to enter! You really need to ask yourselves if it is worth paying an entry fee of £23.10 just to see the Crown Jewels and watch a few live re-enactments?

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4. HMS Belfast is part of the Imperial War Museum and is anchored on the South Bank of the Thames, not too far from Tower Bridge. It is an old warship that now acts as a kind of museum, but what you get inside it should be totally free and not command a stiff entrance fee of £14.50 per adult! In addition, private guided tours of HMS Belfast can be arranged for upwards of £300 per small group!

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3. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum can be found in many places around the world, but the London version is located on the corner of Piccadilly Circus. The prices are extortionate – a door price of £26.95 per person – and really the museum itself is not very good. Just totally tacky.

The London Dungeons are tacky and crowded
The London Dungeons are tacky and crowded

2. London Dungeons may have been cool in the 1990s, but times change, and now people’s idea of a good day out is not about going into an old, smelly building and being “scared” by professional actors. At £25.95, the entry fee is WAY too expensive (£17.95, if booked online), and you certainly don’t get value for money, even if you do happen to enjoy this “scary” kind of entertainment. London Dungeons also cheekily promise that “Under 4s enter free!” – now how many 3 year olds do you think will enjoy going to a dungeon?!

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1. The London Eye. It is one of the focal points of London tourism, and it seems everybody wants to experience the London Eye during their stay in the capital. It has been located on the South Bank since opening in 1999, and offers great views over London in an air-conditioned ‘pod’. A rotation takes 30 minutes (approx.) but it’s the sky-high price of £21.50 per adult that I baulk at! Fancy some champagne with a loved one at twilight? Then that special experience on the London Eye will set you back a whopping £36 each! The London Eye is best avoided!

Anything in London that you find overpriced that isn’t featured in my list?

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5 thoughts on “Top 5 biggest rip-offs in London

    1. Yes very expensive, maybe that should go at #5 and replace the Tower of London – because I do think the Tower is a good attraction and very historic, but you don’t get value for money there. Plus it’s always so crowded!

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      1. I agree. I’m a history buff and despite its pricey entrance fee, I loved Tower of London.
        Another London attraction that is in my opinion a rip-off is Sherlock Holmes museum. It is just not worth paying the 10GBP to see the old Victorian house an some poorly made wax figures.

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  1. Hah!

    Some of the attractions are nice such as the London Eye and Tower of London, but to charge hefty entrance fee is a total rip off. I don’t know how is it in London but here in Asia, there is double standard for entrance fee; one price for locals and a highers price for foreigners.

    Once, I went to Berjaya Times Square Theme Park in KL and upon reaching the ticketing counter, the lady asked me in Malay: “Malaysian or Singaporean?”. I was like whaattt? She explained the difference in pricing and when I said I am a local, a Malaysia, she asked to see my MyKad.

    Sometimes, foreigners have to pay double the price for locals. The sad thing is, not all foreigners are rich!

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