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Our 4 day itinerary, your advise is appreciated

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Our 4 day itinerary, your advise is appreciated

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This is a rough draft of our 4 day itinerary, first trip to London from June 19 to June 22.

We are a family of four, two teenagers 13 & 16 years of age.

Day One: Thursday, June 19th

Arrive at Heathrow 7:45am. Customs, ATM, Oyster cards for travel to Travelodge Euston (booked).

10:30 am arrival at Kings Cross. Purchase 7 day Travelcards / photo IDs (jury is out on this or Oyster, still working on the math).

12:00 noon lunch, hopefully early check-in (if not luggage storage at Access Self Storage).

Rest of the day spent getting situated and outdoor sight seeing in the Westminster area.

Possibly City Cruises River Rover or Royal London Bike Tour.

We'll do this until we drop, hopefully working through the jetlag. Crossing fingers for good weather.

Day Two: Friday, June 20th

8:30 am, take the train to Windsor Castle, be there when it opens. Changing of the Guard etc. Return after lunch sometime, stopping by the Royal Academy of Music Museum & Gift Shop (classical musicians, need souvenirs for friends back home!).

Question: Do the 7 day zone 1-2 Rail-cards help on the train trip to Windsor Castle?

Rest in the afternoon.

Dinner at St. Martins Café in the Crypt.

Billy Elliot at Victoria Palace Theatre (booked).

Day Three: Saturday, June 21st

9:00 am Tower of London

12:30 ish Nice sit-down lunch in the Tower of London area (Dickens Inn?) Suggestions?

1:30 ish South Bank Sight Seeing / London Eye (possibly)

5:00 pm Westminster Abbey Evensong

6:30 pm Harrods (food hall for dinner) - expensive?

Day Four: Sunday, June 22nd

9:00 am British Museum Great Court for breakfast

10:00 am British Museum

12:00 noon travel to Regents Park stopping along the way to buy a picnic lunch

1:30 pm Twelfth Night - Regents Outdoor Theatre (booked)

4:00 pm catch the end of Camden Market / Primrose Hill

6:00 pm Curry dinner in the area? (Masala Zone?) - the kids are not adventurous eaters

Day Five: Monday June 23rd

7:30 am Eurostar to Paris (Vienna, Salzburg & Lucerne)

10 years from now come back and do the 400 things we missed!

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1. Re: Our 4 day itinerary, your advise is appreciated

Sounds good. Windsor is outside London zones and needs separate tickets . Not sure I would go all the way to Camden after the Globe . Most will probably be closing and it may not be worth it. Covent Garden is a lot nearer and may be a better bet.

The Cafe in the Crypt has a small shop too with a selection of music gifts.

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2. Re: Our 4 day itinerary, your advise is appreciated

We're in Regents Park for the Shakespeare. That's not too far to Camden Market, correct?

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3. Re: Our 4 day itinerary, your advise is appreciated

Yes, to the Dickens Inn after the Tower. I've eaten their pizza a number of times and slants enjoyed it (Peking Duck pizza last time - tasty).

Since its summer, sit on the balcony and enjoy the view of the marina and the hanging baskets.

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4. Re: Our 4 day itinerary, your advise is appreciated

Sorry, misread your Shakespeare location. Yes you are right.

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5. Re: Our 4 day itinerary, your advise is appreciated

I would recommend contacting the RAM museum directly to make sure they are open when you want to go. My daughter and I have been by twice (once in July and once in Jan) when their website said they were open and they were closed. In fact, I had actually emailed them in Jan since it was during the school holidays and they told me they were open, so maybe that won't help either. A second option might be the gift shop at the Royal Opera House, although it was mainly things related to operas/ballets (unsurprisingly) and we thought it was kind of expensive so didn't buy anything. The Royal College of Music also has a museum, but the same caveats regarding opening times apply there. There's also a shop at the Royal Albert Hall, but we've never been there, and the Chimes shop at the Barbican, but we've also never been there.

You can get an extension fare from the edge of zone 2 to Windsor Castle, but the one time I did this (can't remember where I was going), it only saved a few pence.

Two hours is not long for the British Museum, so plan in advance what you want to see.

If you don't have time to buy a picnic lunch, they do sell food at the Open Air Theatre.

If you're interested, there's a store in Cecil Court (Travis and Emery) which sells used sheet music for not much money. My daughter's bought quite a bit there, in the £1-5/range. They also have books on music and composers, but she's only looked at the sheet music. (She is also a classical musician - viola and flute.) Cecil Court itself is cool to walk down.

www.cecilcourt.co.uk

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6. Re: Our 4 day itinerary, your advise is appreciated

If you have time and are interested in music, you might like the Horniman Museum. It has displays of old and new instruments from around the world and also puts on free music performances.. The rest of the museum is fascinating too and the view from the gardens over London is spectacular.

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/

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7. Re: Our 4 day itinerary, your advise is appreciated

Sounds like a pretty good itinerary. Just be prepared to modify, if the mood strikes, you see something else more interesting, etc.

One little comment: Even if you can't check into your hotel by noon on the first day, the hotel will likely hold your luggage for you without need for a separate service like Access Self Storage.

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