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Last minute trip itinerary

Good evening everyone,

My husband and I booked a last minute to London over Thanksgiving. It's our first time there and we would like to visit as many places as possible (don't know when will we make it back there again)

Would you give me your thoughts and recommendations in regards to itinerary?

Day 1 - Wednesday

Arrive at hotel at 8:00 am (Lancaster London)

Tower of London

Tower Bridge

Muesum of London

St.Pauls Cathedral

Westminster Bridge

Day 2 - Thursday

Houses of Parliament

Changing of the Guard

Buckingham Palace

Westminster Abbey

Day 3 - Friday

Big Ben

Kensington Palace

Windsor Castle


British Museum

Day 4 - Saturday

V & A Museum

London Eye

Tate Modern

Thames River Cruise

Day 5 - Sunday Flight at 2:30 pm

Hyde Park

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1. Re: Last minute trip itinerary

You need to group your sites according to area, to save time, as it is you are darting around all over the place.

Also do you realise that Parliament and Big Ben are attached and Westminster Bridge is right next to them. Westminster Abbey is the next block up from the Parliament buildings. All very close together.

You have a lot of big places bunched together each day, you'll never see them in one day.

It gets dark early this month, that will also be a deciding factor in what and where you are visiting at what time.

You definitely can't fit in Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace AND the British museum all in one day.

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2. Re: Last minute trip itinerary

Welcome to the London Forum. I hope you like us.

Day 1 is too busy - you'll probably be exhausted after a trans-Atlantic flight.

It's not clear whether you intend to go in to everything or just pass by. As you're at the Houses of Parliament one day why go to Big Ben the next?

General advice is to see two major attractions a day with something else as backup if you have the time and energy. The Tower of London can easily take four hours and the British Museum and V&A a lifetime.

Have a look at the 2for1 links at the top right of the page for top tips on saving some money on entrance fees.

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3. Re: Last minute trip itinerary

Just spotted the London Eye, that is across the river from the Houses of Parliament, you can cross over on Westminster bridge. If you have plans to go on it, you need a nice day, not a rainy / foggy one where you won't see anything from the top.

Hyde Park is huge, really don't think you'd have time to walk around it before leaving for the airport, unless you get up at dawn.

Quite honestly, I would ditch the Changing of the Guard but that is your choice.

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4. Re: Last minute trip itinerary

Go back to the drawing board.

As stated above, you can really only count on visiting two major attractions a day. I would scratch Hyde Park, Kensignton Palace, and, with only three days in London, Windsor. You just don't have time.

Instead, to "see" everything, think about taking the Hoho bus, or a guided walking tour. (London Waks offers many throughout the day) Pick one or two sites. That should really be enough, combined with the Hoho, and a walk down the Thames near the London Eye/Big Ben/Paliament.

You'll have your "Wow, this is London" moment without racing all over, wasting time, and exhausting yourselves.

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You need to get a map and plot where these places are you are zig zagging and backtracking all over the place. Forget CoTG a lot of wasted time to see not much, and time is something you don't have.

Day one has a ridiculous amount crammed in, impossible even normally let alone on a day you'll be tired and jet lagged.

Day 3, impossible.

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6. Re: Last minute trip itinerary

Day 1: arrive hotel at 8 (leaving baggage there?).

Allow time to regroup & have a breather/ (maybe add extyra time for breakfast?) .. let's say you reach Tower of London, get tickets, go inside by 10.

Allow 3 hours in the Tower (we took 4, but stopped for a drink). So leave Tower at 13.00

Good view of Tower bridge from in the Tower, so cross that off as separate visit through lack of time.

Allow hour to find nice spot for a sit down/drink/lunch. Set off again at 14.00 towards museum of London..

Do you see how you're running out of time to see St Pauls's sensibly?

Apart from which, you should allow time to just walk around. You want time to say as you walk along "that street looks fun, let's go down there". Or you might just decode to walk along the river for an afternoon.

I suggest you mark these places on a map. Write down the nearest tube stop for each one (and which line ). Use the TripAdvisor map to find places to eat at whatever place you happen to be.

Group places by what's close together..

Then priorities.. set out to the first place on the list that day.. and if the first item takes the whole day.. then so be it..

London has dozends of theatres.. so see what theatre tickerts you can get one evening too.

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7. Re: Last minute trip itinerary

Yeah, this is all a bit confused.

V&A and Harrods should be on the same day as they are only a short stroll apart.

You want to go to Westminster on three consecutive days. The first to 'go to' Westminster Bridge, the second to go (inside, presumably) the Houses of Parliament and the third you want to make a special trip to look at a big clock. Not really sure how you won't have seen the big clock the first two times (why else would you be on Westminster Bridge other than to see the view?)

Would be a good idea to worry less about 'seeing as many places as possible' and make some decisions about what you actually want to see. And allow some time for just wandering around by the river, which is actually one of the great pleasures of visiting London and will probably result in 'seeing' much more than rushing from tourist sight to tourist sight will accomplish. Allow a lot more flexibility (if you wake up on the second day and the weather is fine, do the London Eye then, for example, no guarantee that it will be like that on the last day).

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8. Re: Last minute trip itinerary

Since this is a last minute arrangement, have you now had time to look at guide books and maps to help you group your proposed sights into a sensible plan ? So far it appears to be a random list

Edited: 10 November 2013, 11:49
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