We will be in London this weekend and below is the rough itinerary that I have in mind. Feedback is appreciated. It looks like we could be in for a wet weekend; if so, we won't let the rain stop us - we are equipped with raincoats and waterproof walking shoes! :) Please advise if you have any suggestions to improve our itinerary. We are currently in Ireland, so jet lag will not be an issue. Neither of us have been to London before and we will not be back in the foreseeable future. Thank you for your time in looking this over!
•Arrive Gatwick Airport 13:55
•Try to catch National Rail GTW-KBN (Kilburn High Road), leaves airport 14:55, arrives 16:19 – buy one-day Travelcards at rail station
•Walk to/check in @ Marriott Maida Vale
•Dinner at The Salt House, near hotel
•Tube to Victoria Station, walk to Buckingham Palace (10-15 min.) - photo op
•Walk back to Victoria Station & board 19:30 “London by Night” bus tour (http://www.london-by-night.net), ending 21-21:30
•Westminster Abbey, allow 2 hours; open 9:30-14:30 – see Crown Jewels first, then Beefeater tour, then White Tower
•Walk-by/photo op – Parliament, Big Ben, etc.
•Leicester Square – tks booth; buy tickets for a show this evening
•Lunch at Stockpot or West End Kitchen, near Trafalgar Square
•St. Paul’s Cathedral, arrive by 14:00 to allow 2 hours; open 8:30-16:00, last dome entry 15:30
•Possibly stay at St. Paul’s for 17:00 evensong?? – 40 minutes
•Dinner at Strada, by St. Paul’s
•Back to hotel, change for theater
•Theatre/musical TBD – probably approx. 19:30
•Tower of London – allow two hours, opens at 10:00
•Lunch at EAT, near the Tower
•British Museum – allow at least two hours, closes at 17:30
•Trafalgar Square, late afternoon tea @ Café in the Crypt - St. Martin-in-the-Fields (available 14:00-18:00) – choral evensong @ 17:00 (if we're there)?
•Walk to see Piccadilly Circus if haven’t already been there
•Ride the London Eye, closes at 21:00
•catch a light late dinner somewhere, or what else (if anything)??
•Wander Kensington Gardens/Palace, Hyde Park
•Large late breakfast (full English fry) at Diana’s Diner, Endell Street/Covent Garden
•Return to hotel to check out; head for airport (flight leaves from Gatwick 14:50)