I know it's VERY early but in all fairness I have been planning since July(love doing that, getting even more exited for my trip), and I thought I'd post to see if anyone has any comments.
During my last trip in July I didn't follow my itinerary to the letter, just changing things round as I went along(spending longer in one attraction, skipping another) but I like to have a global plan for the day.
Friday March 16th
-Travel to Brussels using my any dutch station from the Eurostar, which I think is valid for 24hrs before my trip.
-Spent the night in Brussels hotel
-take metro to Brussels Midi station
-take 08.52 Eurostar, arrive at StPancras at 09.57(will book Eurostar when tickets become available(won't book using NS Hispeed because they don't let you change your seat))
-either upload 7day travel card on old Oyster, or buy new one(it's a bit broken). Also put on 20 pounds
-take tube to Castletown house
-check in, leave bags
-visit British Museum
-after that visit Covent Garden, Leicester Square(I already have some orders for the M&M store), Picadilly Circus
-have breakfast at Giraffe’s High Kensington Street(been wanting to try out their banana pancakes)
-Get Boris Bike and cycle through Kensington Gardens-Hyde Park-Green Park-St.James park
-10.30 THE LONDON TOUR - Westminster & the West End from www.walks.com , starts at Westminster tube
-in the afternoon visit friends in Hampton
(start using 6 day London Pass)
-Tower of London: did jewels and yeoman warder tour in July, but missed out on many things so want to visit again, perhaps also with audioguide
-have lunch with a friend?
-walk: 14.00 the inns of court – Holborn tube
- perhaps head to Westfield Shopping Centre, I promised myself I could buy a coat for spring in London. Oxford street might do as well
- if I can get up early: Southwark Cathedral
(according to the website open from 08.00, though main visiting times from 10.00?)
-walk:10.30 Secrets&Splendours of StPauls – StPauls
(also did did StPauls during my last visit but was too late for a tour, got a small 15min. one but would like a full one)
-Globe-do the tour&visit shop
-Somerset House-Courtauld Gallery
-walk: 18.15 Brunels Thames Tunnel Bermondsey tube
Since Tuesday is rather busy I think I'll visit Kew Gardens on Wednesday, last july I felt it was a great way to "recharge my batteries", plus back then I didn't visit the greenhouses
If there is enough time I might try Wetlands as well.
if enough time after that:
-have high tea at the Orangery, Kensington Gardens
-National History Museum
-a market(haven't decided on which one yet, would like a bit of everything(clothes/souvenirs/food etc)
-Imperial War Museum
end of afternoon/evening:
- StMartin in the Fields Brass Rubbing/Dinner @ the crypt
- National Gallery(friday evening opening)
- 21.30 Ceremony of the Key’s (Tower), need to find two 'Coupon-response international'(dutch post office don't sell them) before I can apply
Hampton Court Palace
Take Eurostar home.
Also might see either Mathilda(if it's on in March) or Jersey Boys.
There are still quite a few things I would like to do, but I guess that's yet another reason to go back :)
Comments welcome, would love to hear if I've overlooked/missed out anything. Thank you!