I am addicted to this forum! :-). A lot of great information that is making me even more excited for my 1st trip to London in September (with my sister). Yes, I already know that I am not going to be able to fit everything in and will need to return. So this is what I have down so far...the out of town tours are already purchased, and I plan to purchase Buckingham, Parliament and National theatre back stage tour this week, What do you think? Doable?
Day 1: Arrive, check into hotel in Baywater, check out surrounding area, HOHO bus tour, Portobello Market for lunch or dinner.
Day 2: Tower of London tour, St Katherines dock for lunch, Tower Bridge, St. Paul's (tour, afternoon tea and Evensong).
Day 3: National Theatre backstage tour, Covent garden for lunch, Millennium Bridge, "Wicked", Dukes bar, and Harrods.
Day 4: Buckingham Palace tour, Trafalgar square, St Martins/cafe of the crypt/brass rubbings, and National Gallery
Day 5: Eurorail to Paris - all day
Day 6: Versailles in Paris, return to London late.
Day 7: Changing of the guard (foot or horse), Thames River boat to Greenwich, Explore Greenwich,
Day 8: London Zoo, Madame Trussauds
Day 9: Day trip to Stonehenge, Windsor and Bath
Day 10: House of Parliament tour, Ben Franklin house, Walk along the South bank (Westminster to Waterloo bridge), Westminster Abbey Verger tour (can (or should) this be booked in advance?) and Evensong, London Eye.
Day 11: Royal Parks Bike tour , Kensington Palace and Park
Day 12: Kew Gardens
I have been reading up on the 2 4 1, and have printed out vouchers for St Pauls, Thames Clipper, Tower of London, Zoo and Madame Trussauds.
A couple places I have seen from other postings are: Camden Lock, Borough market, and Hamley's toy store but I am not sure where they will fit in.
Am also interested in any great fish and chip places, or other really good budget places to eat (not picky).
Thank you so much!