Hi all...after months and months of planning, we are in London and nothing is going as planned. We ended up sleeping most of the day yesterday after our overnight flight from New York. We did the Big Bus Tour and spent an hour sitting in rush hour traffic along Oxford Street listening to the guide tell us how many shoe stores there were. We decided to hop off the bus and go to the British Museum which was open late. It was great and we spent as much time as we could there before we were ready to drop from exhaustion, bought sandwiches at Selfridge's food hall and headed back to the hotel.
This morning we had planned to be up early and head to Westminster Abbey when they opened - well, we overslept and didn't manage that. We decided to go to the Changing of the Horse Guards first and walked from our hotel in Mayfair to Whitehall which was a lovely walk.
Unfortunately, after standing and waiting for the horse guards ceremony to begin, just as they began "to change" my 12 year old fainted!! Today is his birthday and it was supposed to be "his special day". He ended up on the ground in front of the horse guards passed out cold. VERY SCARY!! - please remember if you are travelling with children to keep them well hydrated and realize they can't walk as much as adults. I don't want anyone to ever have to experience what I did this morning. We manage to get him to a taxi and back to the hotel where we have spent the entire day. So much for his special birthday day in London....and our 24 hour bus pass and boat ride on the Thames and Westminster Abbey and Somerset House....at least the hotel is very nice.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can salvage this trip? We were planning on Windsor tomorrow but now I am thinking of scrapping it and trying to do Westminster Abbey and the Cortauld gallery instead. Or, would it be possible to do Westminster Abbey in the morning and then head up to Windsor for the afternoon? Are the Courtauld Galleries worth it (esp. if we are going to Paris to the D'Orsay/Louvre next week)? Also, we were going to Brown's Mayfair for dinner tonight for his b'day dinner? Will that be a nice, but casuall and not too expensive place? I am having doubts about all my plans right about now, so any input/encouragement would be greatly appreciated and very, very helpful. I just want to turn this trip around so my family has a good time. Thanks!!