Traveling to London (2 adults, 57 & 60) In Mid-July. Will be on a tour for a few days and that covers many of the major attractions such as Windsor Castle, Tower of London, British Museum, London Eye, tea at Fortnum and Mason, and Thames River Cruise - plus a West End Theatre performance of "Mathilda." We are looking or suggestions for our somewhat limited free time in London. I am limited in how much walking I can do so I also need to conserve my energy as much as possible!
Here's what we're thinking:
We arrive at Heathrow Airport approx. 8:30 am and transport to hotel near Hyde Park and Oxford Street is included with our tour. It will be too early to get into hotel room, but we can park luggage there upon arrival. We thought we'd take the metro to the other side of Hyde Park and see Kensington Palace ( pre-purchase tickets) and then just wander around the park for awhile - maybe see Royal Albert Hall....pick up a meal somewhere on the way back to the hotel, freshen up and take a cab to the West End for a performance of "Let It Be." We'll be tired and jet lagged so that might be plenty for day one! Next day we are free until about 4 or 5 pm (when we join our tour group) - my husband REALLY wants to visit Churchill War Rooms so we will pre-purchase tickets for that. How should we get there from Marble Arch area and what else might we see/do in that area? Is it okay to leave the rest of that day unstructured or will we be sorry not to have tickets for some attractions at that time of year? We'd like to see Buckingham Palace but it won't be open to visitors the week we are there. The only other free time we will have in London (mid-tour) is a half day from about 2 p.m until we can't go anymore! Any suggestions on what to do that day? Maybe just shopping on Oxford street, Piccadilly Circus and/or Trafalgar Square? We've ever been to London before and don't know much about these attractions, so we really appreciate some guidance from experienced travelers. We want to enjoy the city at a relaxed pace with a nice mix of activities. Then we will be off to Paris! Thanks in advance!