We're leaving this coming Saturday, arriving Sunday AM. Us= me, hubby, 3 teenaged (18, 18, 16) daughters one of whom is a low-stamina kind of girl.
Does this itinerary make sense at all?
-Hopefully settle into the hotel for a brief nap & shower. Goal for the day is to get a feel for London and get everyone excited.
-Do some walking around Hyde Park, Speakers Corner (Hubby really likes this), Mayfair, brief nip into Selfridges or Marks & Spencer (all close to our hotel).
-On the advice of TALF, instead of doing the £22 per person bus tour which is more than $140 for 5 of us, maybe take a Thames river tour to get in some scenery in a low-key way.
-Dinner in Shephard's Market area (near our hotel).
-Buckingham Palace, Queens Galleries, changing of the guard. Walk down to Trafalgar Square.
-Afternoon in National Gallery (the art historian in me speaking here), maybe have tea there.
-Piccadilly & Regent St. shopping if we're still awake.
-Covent Garden or Chinatown for dinner. Probably not the theatre this night because we'll still be jet-lagged and probably won't be able to stay awake.
-Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben.
-Cross Westminster Bridge, walk around London Eye, etc. (Not doing London Eye though; some reviewers say it's too slow & boring, and believe me that if my kids have a low boredom threshhold.) Explore the area.
-Cross Waterloo Bridge and finish up at Courtauld (again, can't miss the art).
-Legal London Tour: the guy who gives an overview and then sets you loose at Old Bailey. (Another favorite place for hubby.)
-Return to hotel to get cameras & phones.
-Harrods for lunch and sightseeing for my husband, and shopping for the 4 girls in the family.
-Probably a good theatre night, right?
-Day trip to Windsor.
-Tower of London bright & early. Tower Bridge.
-After lunch, tour the City of London. Would love to do a walking tour for this but the London Walks tour starts at St. Paul's and ends at the Tower, and I need to go the other way. Are there other options?
-Cross Millenium Bridge and finish at Tate Modern. (Did I mention I was an art history major?)
-British Museum bright & early (husband loves it). Is the acoustiguide worth it? It's about £20 for the family. Or the Museum's own walking tour, which would run us £40.
-Lunch at the museum or nearby.
-Afternoon to explore SoHo or back to National Gallery if I haven't had enough art, or shopping if our daughters aren't satisfied.
Leave, feeling tired & hopefully happy too.
I haven't figured out which nights to go to the theatre (nor finding time to get the tickets either).
Here's the problem: I've left very little time for general wandering or exploring things in depth. We're definitely "in depth" kind of tourists, at least hubby & I are.
Is this do-able or insane?
I'd love any or all advice! Thanks in advance & sorry this is so long!