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Help planning 3.5 day itinerary please!

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Help planning 3.5 day itinerary please!

Hello all,

2 females (early 40s) traveling to London May 16-20th. We arrive late on the 16th and depart early evening on the 20th. We're hoping to cram in as much as possible while we are there.

We're booked into the Lancaster London Hotel at Hyde Park.

We already have tickets for the Harry Potter Studio Tour at 10am on the 18th. Aside from that, what we would like to do includes:

Hop on/Hop Off Tour (to get the lay of the land)

Tower of London/Crown Jewels

Westminster Abbey

Kensington Palace

Buckingham Palace

London Eye

Parliment

Big Ben

Show in the West End one night

Dinner in a nicer restaurant (Gordon Ramsay?)

I'm sure I've forgotten a lot of things too. We enjoy spending time in the pubs as well (any good ones close to our hotel?) and would like to do a bit of shopping as well.

Any and all help is much appreciated! I'm sure I'll be on here a lot in the weeks leading up to our trip.

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1. Re: Help planning 3.5 day itinerary please!

Let's see. In most U.S. cities I discourage the Hop-On-Hop off, but have to agree with you that it is a great way to get acqainted with a city. We have ridden HOHO in London, Paris, and Dublin. They are less crowded than NYC and very informative. Great Start.

Good list of places to see or do. I would recommend buy your London Eye ticket before you leave the states and you can skip the lines as it is time stamped.

Last time we were in London we had one of those Frommer's mini-guide books and it had a Pub Crawl in it that started right across the Thames from the London Eye at The Sherlock Holmes and took us to about 10 pubs we still say that was one of our best nights in London.

Time your visit to Kensington Palace for the afternoon and take time to enjoy High Tea in the Orangery. It's really a nice memory maker.

I also like the London Pass for a first or quick visit and it will pay for itself.

You may not be museum types, but I really can't imagine spending time in London without visiting either the British Museum or the National Portrait Gallery.

Sorry, I rambled. I just get so excited thinking about one of my favorite cities.

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2. Re: Help planning 3.5 day itinerary please!

Me, again. Sorry. I just noticed you don't have Saint Paul's Cathedral on your list. It is amazing and if you are energetic enough to climb to the top of the dome there is a great view of the city.

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3. Re: Help planning 3.5 day itinerary please!

Don't apologize, that is exactly the kind of advice we are looking for!

We will definitely the Frommer's mini-guide and our London Eye tickets before we go. We plan to hit one museum, time permitting. I figured the National Portrait Gallery was the one to visit.

What is the London Pass?

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You'll want to group the things together geographically so you aren't wasting time zig-zagging across London - it's a very large town! : For Example, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben/Parliament, London Eye and Buckingham Palace are all in the same general area. If you happen to find yourself on Piccadilly, pop into Fortnum & Mason and check out their food halls - lovely!

Plan on spending several hours at Tower of London and Westminster Abbey - both excellent.

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5. Re: Help planning 3.5 day itinerary please!

Tower of London, be there at opening time and go directly to the Crown Jewels (avoids the crowds that form later on).

Many here say not to buy London Eye tickets in advance in the event the weather is lousy.

Many here don't think that the London Pass is a good deal. The 2-4-1 deals offered at http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/ when used in conjunction with a travelcard bought from a National Railway Station may be a better deal.

Pubs: you are very close to an excellent pub fancyapint.com/Pub/london/the-victoria/1359 and another one close by http://fancyapint.com/Pub/444

Also relatively close by (Notting Hill Gate) http://fancyapint.co.uk/Pub/193 and http://fancyapint.co.uk/Pub/229 and http://fancyapint.co.uk/Pub/562

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6. Re: Help planning 3.5 day itinerary please!

Hi:

This was my trip last summer... I hope it was usefull for you.... You can print the map for each day

All of this is in the blog

http://paraconocereuropa.blogspot.com/

Sorry about my English and french

Alex

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7. Re: Help planning 3.5 day itinerary please!

Hi:

This was my trip last summer... I hope it was usefull for you.... You can print the map for each day

All of this is in the blog

http://paraconocereuropa.blogspot.com/

Sorry about my English and french

Alex

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