I have drafted the following tentative itinerary for our week in London. We are travelling in early July, and have a 10 year old son and an 11 year old daughter. Their input is reflected in the itinerary below – you can probably guess their choices!
Thursday, July 3: Arrive 3:00 p.m. St. Pancras. Buy 7 day Zone 1-2 paper travelcards for all 4 of us (although my son would travel free, we think the 2 for 1 offers make it worthwhile to purchase a travel card for him). Taxi to apartment (near Angel Tube). Settle in at apartment. Dinner in Islington, pick up supplies. Evening - ???
Sunday, July 6: 9:30 a.m. Madame Tussauds (2 for 1). Early lunch (I don’t expect we will spend more than 2 hours at Madame Tussaud’s – please correct me if I am wrong). At 2:00 p.m. we will do another London Walks (Ancient London). Sunday dinner at 6:00 p.m. in Islington.
Monday, July 7: Daytrip to Manchester.
Tuesday, July 8: 10:00 a.m. London Eye (2 for 1) – assuming weather is decent. Following that, we split up and one of us takes our son to the London Dungeon (2 for 1) and the other takes my daughter to afternoon tea at 3:00 p.m. (already booked). I am looking for an activity for my daughter from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – we need to be near Kensington Palace for 3:00 p.m. so maybe a visit to Hyde Park and/or Kensington Palace..? My son will likely visit Hyde Park or the Museum of Natural History. No evening plans as of yet.
Wednesday, July 9: Trip to Windsor Castle. We plan on being there for around 9:00 a.m. I know they open at 9:45 a.m. but I am hoping to avoid long lines if we get there in advance.
Thursday, July 10: Depart for Edinburgh (around 11:00 a.m.)
I thought about including a HOHO bus, but I find them very expensive. I understand there are a couple of bus routes (11 and 25 I think?) that cover many of the major attractions (Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Parliament etc.). I’m wondering if this would be a good post-dinner activity...? As you will see, I don’t really have much planned for the evenings, so I am particularly looking for suggestions for this time slot. The children are usually in bed by 9:00 – 9:30 p.m. as we like to get an early start in the mornings.
I have tried to group attractions in a logical way (where possible) but if anything looks glaringly wrong, please let me know. I am trying to cover 2 or 3 attractions a day – hoping that is reasonable. I don’t want to be dragging cranky kids from place to place :)
Many, many thanks in advance!