we (mom, dad and daughter 13) are arriving at LGW on June 15, Sat morning at 10:30. Son (17) is arriving on June 18 morning same time at LGW. All are leaving on June 21 at 4:30 via Eurostar to Paris.
For the three of us, plan to take Dot to Dot (LGW express+shuttle at Victoria Station)to hotel: Park Plaza County Hall.
Day 1 Sun-When arriving at Victoria, plan to buy the 7 day travel card for mom and dad to get the 2 for 1 offer, I will find out from TA post on location to buy. Once in hotel, if early check in is allowed, drop bags, freshen up and then head for the double decker bus and absorb the sights of London and get our bearings. OR to walk around hotel area. Any suggestions on where to eat for dinner, perhaps the
Day 2 Mon. Get one day travel card for 13 year old daughter at the tube station. Go to Leicester to get tickets for a westend show for the night. Spend time walking around Covent Garden and early dinner at Harrods (food hall). Go to show.
Day 3 Tues, National History Museum in the morning and then shopping at Oxford street. Perhaps National Gallery if daughter likes it. Any suggestions on great place to eat?
Day 4 Wed: Wait for son to show up (again he will take dot to dot as it is a work day and traffic could be busy), then head out to take the cruise to Grennwich to see the meridian line (kids may love it) and then take the train / tube back (what travel card should we get him?). The cruise will be great for the son to see London. Go to National Gallery or British Museum if closing late. Or Kings Cross station to see Harry Potter train platform.
Day 5 (Thurs): go to St Paul as early as possible to buy tickets (for 2 for 1, I guess we have to line up for tickets instead of buying it in advance). Once in, head to the galleries first. After this, go to Oxford University, as both kids want to see Christ Church, Harry Potter fans. Do we need to join a tour to see Oxford? On our way back, if possible see the tower bridge, Big Ben, WestMinister (not going inside) etc.
Day 6 (Friday): Tower of London as early as we can so we can get the tickets and get in quickly to see the crown jewels before the crowd. go to the beefeater tour. Then to British Museum, National Gallery or Madam Tussard in the afternoon, depending on what the kids say. OR the Globe theatre?
Day 7 (Sat): Winston Churchill Museum. If time allows, also visit Globe Theatre but unlikely to get the tour. Plan to arrive at Pancras station at 2:30 so we can walk around the station and board our train leaving at 4:30.
This is our first time in London and pleaase let me know if the above plan makes sense. THANKS.