We will be in London for four nights in mid-May. This is not our first time in London (the 7th, actually) and this time we would like to include some new sights along with our "old favorites" to which we return each time. We will arrive around noon on a Thursday and stay until Monday morning, when we depart by train for Edinburgh. We have tickets for the opera at Covent Garden on Saturday night. We may book a Parliament tour which would be Saturday morning, but that hasn't been decided yet.
With that in mind, I would like some help with planning the best day (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) to do some of the following:
Bike ride along Regents' Canal, and a visit to Camden Locks Market: I believe the market is supposed to be most active on Sunday, but we would prefer to avoid crowded times, especially on the bike path. So would Friday or Saturday be a better option? Or should we just wait and see what the weather brings?
Visit to Kew: this has long been on my list (I am an amateur botanist) but have not yet made the time to visit. This time I will for sure, probably in the morning. then find a Richmond pub for lunch. So again, would it be better (less crowded) to go on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? Or just let the weather dictate this too? I suppose if it is rainy that need not stop us and might keep the crowds down a bit.
Abbey Road: is any time better than others (i.e., morning or afternoon) and is it hopeless to think of getting "the picture"? (There are four of us and I would probably ask a stranger to join in the pose while I take the photo).
On Thursday, after arrival on a flight from the US west coast, we will freshen up and go for a long walk, the best cure I know for jet lag. We like to include a quick visit to he Tate Modern in this walk. I am wondering if the 6th floor bar is open on Thursdays for a glass of wine around 5:00? According to the website, the restaurant is not open Monday through Thursday, but then it says "Bar stays open all day." Does that mean every day, even when the restaurant is closed?
Thanks for your help.