I have lived in London since birth, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. However, it wasn’t until I moved away for University that I truly appreciated London for all its worth. Living in a city, it often becomes too familiar to you, and you never really get that novelty feeling. So, when I was given the opportunity to trial the Keetoo app, and take on London like a tourist, I jumped at the opportunity.
Keetoo is a new app that allows you to explore London simply and cheaply. You buy credits through the app, and can use those credits to visit London attractions at a discounted price, as well as receive free starters and desserts at specific London restaurants. At the moment, the attractions range from London bus tours, to the tower of London, to visits to gardens and Kensington palace, and their list is growing day to day. So, there’s always plenty to do.
Last week, Fran Rockey and I tried their £35 adult day tripper pass, entitling us to two attractions of our choice.
Keetoo had a good selection of activities, so picking only two proved more of a challenge than we thought it would. However, eventually we settled on two activities that we believed struck a balance between chill and relaxing, and full tourist mode.
Though I cannot keep a plant alive for the life of me, I find public gardens incredibly peaceful. The Chelsea Physic Garden was no different. Entering with the Keetoo app seemed pretty straightforward: you purchase the activity with your credit as you get there, show them the code on your phone, and then walk in and enjoy the gardens.
The garden itself had the perfect chill atmosphere. You receieve a map on entry to help you navigate, but there is also a walking tour that you can do at no extra cost with a tour guide. There were benches dotted around for you to rest on, and a cute little cafe towards the end serving tea and food (soups, cheese, hummus, bread… The lot.)
Apart from the London Eye, I feel like I haven’t done a lot of the highkey tourist things in London. So, Keetoo gave me the perfect opportunity. Though I knew that it would be an informative Hop-on hop-off tour, I assumed that it would be led me an actual person. However, it was far more independent than that. On entering the bus, we were provided with headphones, and then you could plug your headphones into the back of the chair in front of you and have your own personal tour in your ears. You could alter the volume, change the language based on your preference, and listen to the history of famous London destinations as you drove past them on the tour. The tour was also a hop-on hop-off situation, so you can get off to shop, or see a show, or simply explore London, and as long as you keep your receipt/ticket, you can hop on other buses from the company as you please.
With the Keetoo day tripper pass, you are entitled to free starters and desserts at various London restaurants. So, we got off the tour bus at the stop in the West End, and headed down the the Rainforest Cafe to claim our free food.
I won’t lie, though the interior of the Rainforest Cafe was amazing, my main meal felt incredibly overpriced for what it was. However, the nacho starter was fantastic. It was massive: I 100% could have eaten it for a main meal, and it was really delivious, topped with beans, jalepenos, salsa, guacamole and sour cream. Plus, it cost like £11.45 on the menu, so not a bad saving.
As Keetoo seemed to focus on the money that they could save you, I had to test the savings for myself. So, after I got home from my day of activities, I jotted down the price of what everything would have cost us had we not used the app, to determine whether Keetoo is actually worth it.
Chelsea Physic Garden… £11 for adults
Original London Tour… £32.50 for adults
Nacho starter… £11.95
Day tripper ticket (includes all things mentioned)… £35 for adults
Honestly? Yes I would. I think that if you’re looking to spend a day in central London and you want to plan in advance, it’s an easy and cheap way to get things done – especially if you already know that you plan to go full tourist.
It’s easy to use, means you have all the tickets to your attractions in one place, and it saves you money – something we all love. If you really wanted to get the most out of it, I suggest making one of your attractions the hop-on, hop-off tour. That way, you can use it as a method of travel as you enjoy various London destinations.
Are there any attractions you’d like to explore in London? Let me know in the comments!
Lots of love,
Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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