I am hoping some fellow trip advisors can help as I am feeling rather overwhelmed in planning a London itinerary. My husband, myself and another couple are traveling to London, flying from the US tomorrow and arriving on Tuesday. We will be there for 7 days, flying home Tuesday April 23rd. This is our first trip to London. We planned this trip less than a month ago and hence our lack of organization. We have rented an apartment in the Ranelagh House in Chelsea and I believe the closest tube station is Sloane Street. We plan to buy a 7 day travel card. We would like to do one day trip outside London, perhaps to the Cotswolds, or Cambridge or Greenwich. I know what we are interested in seeing and doing but am not sure how to organize it. On our primary list and in no particular order are:
St. Paul's Cathedral
Cruise on the Thames
Borough Market, and any other suggested markets for food or antiques, etc
Afternoon Tea, possibly at Fortum and Mason (do I need reservations?)
Having Indian food, Chinese food, fish and Chips, visiting pubs
St. Martin in the Field for a meal in the Crypt
Brick Lane area and markets
Riding a double decker bus
We are interested in discovering neighborhoods, cafes, used bookstores, antiques, markets of all kinds, pubs, art. Our friends are very interested in the theater.
Secondary list would include the Tower of London, Kew Gardens, London Eye, the War Museum, Selfridges, British Library, the Globe.
I am feeling overwhelmed just writing it and I realize we can't fit it all in in one week but any day planning/area itineraries would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance!