Since I have a general idea of hotel and sites we want to see, I have put together a very rough draft of our itinerary. Please feel free to provide feedback or comments. It will be myself and my 7 yr old daughter.
Day 1 Sunday - Arrive at LHR early morning from US - tube to hotel (most likely Bloomsbury Park)
- Drop bags at hotel and do HOHO bus tour (I figure we will probably need to recover a little)
- lunch (can anyone recommend a good pizza place at maybe one of the HOHO stops?)
- check into hotel and freshen up, since HOHO is good for 24 hours, we may jump back on that
- I figure we'll probably jump off the HOHO bus a few times to see a couple areas in more detail
- depending on weather, London Eye
- dinner and back to hotel for the night
Day 2 Monday - two options train to Windsor Castle or Tower of London but leaning toward Windsor, so figure that's a half day at least
-- when back in London, would like to go to Hamley's and Harrod's and maybe a museum (I've heard that the Transport Museum is good for kids, as I am not really into museums at all)
-- would Tower of London be feasible in the afternoon instead of morning? I don't recall their starting and ending times, but would definitely like to see the Crown Jewels
Day 3 Tuesday - train to Sheffield to see family - will be there until Thursday night
Day 4 Wednesday - Sheffield
Day 5 Thursday - travel from Sheffield to Colchester
Day 6 Friday - Colchester graduation and then back to London for rest of trip
--- we may get back into London in the evening on Friday and will be with family, so i'll feel more comfortable walking around at night -- so plan to walk around and see the city lit up. What other kind of evening activities are there to do?
Day 6 Saturday - still with family but not exactly sure what the gameplan is - our hotel is near Buckingham Palace (Sheraton), maybe walk by St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey and around that area. Something not too pricey because family will be on a budget.
Day 7 Sunday - tube back to LHR for noon flight back to US
I don't want to feel like i'm just wandering around the city with no clear plan, but I don't want to fill my days with nonstop busy either. Our definites are Windsor Castle, Tower of London, London Eye, Hamley's, HOHO bus. Any other suggestions for a 7 year old?
I've read that the oyster card is the best travel method, would I be able to get that at LHR after we arrive? Also, does anyone know if I'll need anything special to make my Sprint phone work in London?
Thanks in advance for the feedback and comments. I appreciate your time.