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a couple questions for visting sites

I'll be in London mid-september and have a couple of questions;

we are staying near Charing Cross station and wehave been to London before.and we don't like to overload our day (Gives us "dicovery" time).

One of our planned stops is the Tower of London - How far/long a walk is this? (Should we do the river taxi instead? is there a stop near Charing Cross area?) Is it possible to walk down the south bank and cross at the Tower Bridge? Someone suggested combining the tower with the St Katherine docks - it seems mostly residential - any thoughts? is it a lunch stop?

We are also planning on doing St Paul's Cathedral and the surrounding area. Is it possible to do both Tower and St Pauls/city area in a day.

Another day we will do WestminsterAbbey/War room area and possibly include Covent garden area-any other suggestions?

Thanks for any help ans suggestions

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1. Re: a couple questions for visting sites

From Charing Cross you can take a number 15 bus which takes you along Fleet Street, past St Pauls and through part of the Financial District to The Tower in about 20 minutes. It is possible to do the Tower and St Pauls in one day and you also have the option of doing St Pauls then the Tower by bus, then crossing Tower Bridge and walking along the South Bank and crossing Waterloo Bridge back to Strand/Charing Cross. The walk is maybe 1.5 miles and offers great views across the river

St Catherines Dock is mainly residential and offices with some nice snack bars, cafes and restaurants there. The Dickens Inn is pretty touristy but its not a bad area to spend a bit of time relaxing.Also, the idea of doing War Rooms, Westminster Abbey and surrounding area, with Covent Garden thrown in is another relaxed itinerary.

Edited: 17 July 2012, 14:58
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2. Re: a couple questions for visting sites

From Charing Cross the easiest way to the Tower (apart from on a tumbrill, LOL) is to get the no 15 bus from the Strand.

It's about a 2 mile walk (better along the South bank which you could in one direction esp if you do go to St Paul's as well.)

You could just about do the Tower and St Paul's in one day although it's quite 'heavy'. There are loads of places (esp if you do walk along the South Bank) to grab some lunch so I wouldn't head to St Katharine's Dock just for that unless you want to have a look.

I would get a good guide book and map which will help you plan your days, but yes, Westminster and then Covent Garden is doable.

http://www.southbanklondon.com/

Edited: 17 July 2012, 15:03
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Also, bear in mind that St Paul's is not open to sightseers on Sundays, although you can attend services, so you need to allow for this in your plans.

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4. Re: a couple questions for visting sites

Hooray for you for wanting to taking your time.

The Tower takes several hours, depending on your interest. 2 at a minimum, up to four. Walking across Tower Bridge is a good idea, and you will probably want lunch at some point.

Last entry to St. Paul's is at 4:00,which would cut short a vist if you intended to wander through with the excellent audio guide, see the crypt, and climb the dome.

This is a rewarding, but very full day.

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