While London doesn’t appear particularly group friendly when it comes to transport, you might be surprised at how accessible the city really is, especially for coach travel.
Take a look at these seven coach drop off points which provide easy access to some of London’s most exciting attractions.
1. The Barbican Centre
The multi-arts centre and the surrounding estate can be easily accessed via coach, and provides a pick-up and drop off point for visitors.
On a visit, groups can take their own private tour around the centre and its backstage areas with a Barbican explorer at a time that fits in with their itinerary.
Home to the London Symphony Orchestra and playing host to a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events throughout the year, the Barbican offers group discounts as well.
GTOs should call the groups department for more information.
2. ArcelorMittal Orbit
Created by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, the looping structure of the ArcelorMittal Orbit is an iconic symbol of the London 2012 Games. Climbing up one of the UK’s largest sculptures at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford provides impressive panoramas for those who’d like a bird’s eye view of the capital.
Group rates are available for 15 or more, and coach parking, which is located on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park in the north end of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, must be booked at least 72 hours ahead of a visit.
3. Lee Valley Ice Centre
Groups who enjoy a physical challenge can opt for an ice skating session in East London. Lee Valley Ice Centre is a modern ice rink, used by some of England’s best ice skaters as well as ITV’s Dancing on Ice stars.
GTOs will receive a discount of £1.80 per person when booking for parties of 20 or more, and there is a coach drop off and pick up point.
4. Royal Museums Greenwich
Take inspiration at the Royal Museums Greenwich from naval heritage, art and astronomy exhibitions and year-round events. The UNESCO site is home to the Royal Observatory and the Peter Harrison Planetarium, the Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House.
There are coach parking spaces at The O2, Charlton Way, Norman Road and Park Road nearby. Group travel organisers will save money when booking to visit Royal Museums Greenwich for parties of ten or more.
5. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
For the outdoor enthusiasts in your group, make a slot in your London itinerary for a wander around Kew. The attraction boasts landscapes, glasshouses, historic buildings and a vast range of rare plants.
Discounted rates are available for groups of 15 or more people, and when you book online one group organiser will receive free entry. Pick up, drop off, and coach parking is available here.
6. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Tour
Feeling sporty? Visiting the tennis site of Wimbledon led by a London Blue Badge tourist guide provides a great insight into the history of the famous sporting venue.
A guided tour takes visitors around the museum and its collections, which you can follow up with a pre-booked lunch, afternoon tea or seasonal strawberries and cream in the Wingfield Café.
Large groups of 15 or more are advised to book a private tour. Coach pick up and drop off areas are available.
7. Twickenham Stadium and World Rugby Museum
Another must-do for sports enthusiasts is Twickenham. Upon a visit you’ll be able to relive the excitement of the Rugby World Cup, and explore the origins and evolution of the global game. Visitors can see the latest exhibitions and find out what type of rugby player they are in the interactive Play Rugby Zone.
There’s coach pick up and drop off points on site, and GTOs will receive a discount of ten percent when booking for 15 or more.