I'm trying to finalize our itinerary and am trying to fit in as much as possible without being unreasonable on timing. I'd appreciate thoughts on my proposed itinerary. We will each have a 7-day NR travelcard, and the 6-day London Pass.
SATURDAY: arriving 10:15am at LHR from US. Take the Heathrow Connect at 11:27 or 11:57 (Is this enough time to go through customs and collect baggage? (Does anyone know far it is between United Airlines arrivals, baggage claim, and the Connect platform?)
hotel is -5 minutes walk from Paddington station. Leave bags.
Walk to get lunch. (want to go to The Victoria at some point)
Tour Kensington Palace (2 hrs).
Walk through Kensington Park to the stores near Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Tube/bus back to Paddington.
SUNDAY: See the changing of the horse guards at Horse Guards Parade (arrive at 9:45 to see them coming down the mall).
Churchill War Rooms (2.5-3 hrs)
walk through St. James Park
Royal Mews (1.5 hrs)
pictures of Buckingham Palace (the State Rooms will be closed. As neither of us are particularly interested in art, would the Queen's Gallery be of any interest to see? Are the paintings pretty much all there is to see?)
'afternoon tea'/dinner at The Wolseley at 6pm (have reservation)
Do the "See London By Night" bus tour starting near Green Park Station/Wolseley (1 hr. 35 min)
Questions> Is there a Post Office in the vicinity of this day's travels that will sell stamps and send out postcards? And will we have a problem taking the Bakerloo line from Paddington to Charing Cross in the morning, then Tube from Green Park to Paddington at night? I've read Sunday travel can be iffy.
MONDAY: be at St. Paul's Cathedral at 8:30 sharp (2.5 hrs)
walk across Millenium Bridge and along southern riverbank (45 min) to the HMS Belfast (1.5 hrs)
quick lunch in Hay's Galleria (45 min)
walk across Tower Bridge (30 min)
Tower of London with Yeoman tour (3 hrs) Leave at closing: 5:30
hopefully see the scheduled Tower Bridge lowering at 5:30
take the Red river cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster Pier at 6:05
grab a quick bite and hopefully see a West End movie
TUESDAY: day trip to Paris via the Eurostar
WEDNESDAY: Westminster Abbey (3 hrs/ shop opens at 9:15/ first Verger tour at 10) Is it necessary to call ahead to book Verger tour?
walk across Westminster Bridge for pics of Parliament/Big Ben across the river. (Parliament will be closed)
Abbey Road Crossing (want to be here in the early afternoon so I can call my parents while they watch the live webcam, and of course get the required picture... the normal tourist stuff. lol)
British Museum (to see the Rosetta Stone and mummies exhibit)
possibly the Baker Street Sherlock Holmes Museum?
souvenir shopping (suggestions for a good, quaint or pretty area for this?)
THURSDAY: leaving Central London early on Connect. Collect car at LHR.
Windsor Castle - changing of the guards at 11. (3-4 hrs, or as needed since we won't have a strict schedule)
late lunch at Cornucopia Bistro
driving by Stonehenge (quick picture) on our way to Bath for the night.