|Posted: 3/4/2013 4:35:10 PM|
I finally found my notebook with my notes from my November 2011 week long trip to London. I told Scoobers I would post my itinerary.
Basics - 4 women in their 40s for the week of Thanksgiving. We covered a LOT of ground so this might be too much for people traveling with kids.
Day 1 - landed in London in the morning, took the Tube to our flat that we rented, dropped off bags, then went exploring. Walked around Westminster, Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham. Took the tube to Notting Hill and ate dinner and walked around. Tubed back to our flat and stopped for grocery supplies.
Day 2 - Trafalgar Square (where we say a movie being filmed), took the Double Decker bus tour to get an overview of the city (we weren't that impressed with it but glad we rode on top even though it was cold!). Took the Light Railway to Greenwich and toured the Royal Observatory (my pick - I'm a geography geek and I wanted to stand on the Prime Meridian). Met some friends at Fortnum & Mason's for the last afternoon tea time, did a little shopping then walked around the Carnaby Street neighborhood and had some drinks at a Pub.
Day 3 - Changing of the Guard, Queen's Gallery (although I'll admit we only went here because we had to go to the bathroom and we could get in free with our London Pass), The Royal Mews. We planned to go the Westminster, but it was closed for a private event. So instead hit the Britain at War Experience (good, but I think the Churchill War Rooms would have been better), back to Greenwich for some shopping, dinner at a Pub near the Tower of London, Jack the Ripper walk that evening
Day 4 - Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, trip to Harrods, back to the Tower that evening for The Ceremony of the Keys (Rick Steves poo-poos this but we loved it. Tickets are free but you have to write for them ahead of time)
Day 5 - Bus Tour to Stonehenge and Bath
Day 6 - This was Thanksgiving Day - I met a friend at St. Paul's for church (the US Embassy rents it out for US citizens and anyone who wants to come). Shakespeare's Globe Theater, back to St. Paul's for regular tour, climbed the dome, British Library (only did one room - the one with the Magna Carta), British Museum (only wanted to see Rosetta Stone), nice dinner out for Thanksgiving
Day 7 - Took the train to Windsor, toured the Castle and shopped in the town, back to London, went final souvenir shopping, hit the Christmas Market by the Eye
Day 8 - Packed up, took the tube to walk by Kensington (was under construction so couldn't tour), back to flat to get luggage then Tube to Heathrow and went home!
We got the London Pass which got us in free to a lot of places and discounts at other and freebies like guide books, etc.
We bought a 7 day Oyster Card for Zones 1 and 2 only and the only extensions we had to buy were to/from Heathrow.