I'm arriving in London around noon on May 12 (yeah, next month). I'm staying three nights in a Hilton brand hotel because of reward nights. Figure this would be a good place to use them because of the expensive of hotels in London.
I'm taking the train to Paris on May 17. So, I have two days to play with here. I'm checking out of the Hilton hotel on May 15.
I'm trying to decide if I should just go for it and go somewhere else totally to spend those two nights (either in England or elsewhere), or book a more interesting (local) room in London for the last two nights before going to Paris. One hotel I've considered is the Rubens. Would love Charlotte Street but unsure it's worth the $. Or unsure I want to spend the $!
Since this is my first visit to London, three nights might not be enough. Would you recommend staying in London 5 nights and doing a day trip to Canterbury or Oxford or Cambridge or Stonehenge or Leeds?
I'm open to any ideas you have for me.
We want to see Tate Modern, National Gallery, Tower of London, Globe, and probably lots of other things from the outside at least (like Houses of Parliament). We're interested in art, literature, photography, good food and desserts, castles. And I have to do at least one afternoon tea! My objective isn't to cram it all in, but to get a feel for London and see some great art and architecture.
I'm working my way through some tour guides now, and I know that there are lots of things to do in London. I'm going to nail down a loose itinerary before deciding whether to stay in London for three or five nights. But I'd love any feedback from others while my trip is still wide open. Thanks.