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Columbus, Ohio
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Does this sound like a feasible itinerary?

Hello all,

I've been perusing TripAdvisor and these forums a lot as I've been planning my September London trip and I think I've finally got an itinerary together.

At this point, I'm looking for some help in reviewing my plans to see if this sounds like something two people could do. I've added times since I just work better that way, but they are just guidelines.

Any help would be appreciated.

Day One: Arrival and quick view of London

1110: Plane arrival

1130: Alight from plane

1215: Restroom, wash-up, head to customs

1245: Through customs; purchase Oyster Cards

1300: Arrival at transport

1345: Arrival at hotel

1415: Check-in and hotel room review

1430: Gather water, etc at the Waitrose/Sainsbury's

1530: Lunch and catch HoHo Big Bus Tour Blue Bus

1800: Arrival back at the hotel

1900: Clean room and relax

2000: Dinner

Day Two: Bath

0700: Wake and breakfast in the room

0800: Tube to Paddington

0830: Train to Bath

1000: Arrive in Bath

1015: Bath Visitor Centre and a snack

1030: Bath Abbey tour

1200: Roman Baths tour

1315: View Pulteney Bridge and walk to Queens Square

1330: Jane Austen Centre

1445: Lunch in the Regency Room

1545: View The Circus and Royal Crescent

1615: No. 1 Royal Crescent

1745: Taxi back to train station

1800: Rest and snack for the train

1900: Train to Paddington

2030: Tube to Kensington

2100: Dinner

Day Three: London sites and Hampton Court Palace

0700: Wake and breakfast in the room

0815: Travel to Tower of London

0900: Tower of London; Crown Jewels, Beefeaters tour, Medieval Palace

1115: Train to National Gallery // British Museum

1145: National Gallery // British Museum (Still can't decide between these two yet)

1315: Find lunch for the train

1330: Train to Hampton Court Palace

1530: Hampton Court Palace

1800: Train to Kensington

2015: Dinner

Day Four: Churches and Buckingham Palace

0700: Wake and breakfast in the room

0800: Train to St. Paul's Cathedral

0845: St. Paul's

1030: Bus to Westminster Abbey

1100: Westminster Abbey Verger tour

1230: View Big Ben and Westminster Palace

1245: Thames River Cruise and lunch

1430: Train to Buckingham Palace

1515: Buckingham Palace State Rooms

1730: Tube to Kensington

1800: Dinner

1845: Bus to Apollo Victoria for 1930 Wicked

Pack for home before bed

Day Five: V&A and departure

0730: Wake and breakfast

0900: Walk to Victoria and Albert

0915: Victoria and Albert Museum

1030: Walk back to hotel

1045: Transfer to Heathrow for 1500 flight

Many thanks!

Edited: 07 June 2014, 21:38
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1. Re: Does this sound like a feasible itinerary?

Day 1 your timings won't work but you should be able to fit this in.

Day 2 I'm not an expert on Bath but this sounds like an exercise in box ticking that will leave you no time to relax and enjoy anything.

Day 3 works if you take out Hampton Court.

Day 4 may be technically possible but would be very rushed - again you run the risk of ticking things off rather than enjoying them. I would drop one of the churches or Buckingham Palace.

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2. Re: Does this sound like a feasible itinerary?

IMO you have way too much packed into your London itenerarys. I don't think you can really scratch the surface of your vists with this schedule. I would suggest no more than 2 major sites in one day. Personally I can spend an entire day at each of your major sights- Hampton court palace, Tower of London, British museum, Westminster abbey. I am not sure if you have allowed enough time to travel between sites and possible queue times for some things. September won't be as busy but some places might.

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3. Re: Does this sound like a feasible itinerary?

It's madness trying to squeeze the Tower of London and Hampton Court into one day. HCP requires the best part of a day, and not mention it's a half an hour journey to get there from central London, and the trains only run every half an hour. Personally, I'd spend the better part of a day at the Tower as well.

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4. Re: Does this sound like a feasible itinerary?

Day three is the obvious one that does not work. You need to choose the Tower plus one museum or gallery for the afternoon. Or Hampton Court plus maybe one other thing if there is time when you get back into London.

Columbus, Ohio
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5. Re: Does this sound like a feasible itinerary?

Okay, I've definitely got some things to scratch for this visit. Thank you all very much for your help!

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6. Re: Does this sound like a feasible itinerary?

If you drop HCP and spend more time at Tower of London you could wander down to the Tower Bridge for some good photo ops, then just a little further is St Katharines dock with the lovely Dickens Inn for a bite to eat, then either get a boat back up to Westminster Bridge or walk back up along the Thames.

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7. Re: Does this sound like a feasible itinerary?

By micro planning the specific minute you are setting yourself up for a fall. Partly because the world doesn't always work on time (planning to the minute about getting through an airport is laughable) but equally, what happens if you spot something, and want to look, or suddenly fancy a coffee, do you just not do it because it would delay your schedule?

I'd replan, with flexibility, understanding a few fixed points like train times, but otherwise go with the flow, notjust tick off a list

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8. Re: Does this sound like a feasible itinerary?

why, in this tight a schedule, are you spending an hour on day 1 cleaning your room? (19.00-20.00).

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9. Re: Does this sound like a feasible itinerary?

>>why, in this tight a schedule, are you spending an hour on day 1 cleaning your room? (19.00-20.00).<<

To be fair he does say "and relax" as well, but I'm not sure why a hotel room that's just been checked into would need "cleaning" by a guest?

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10. Re: Does this sound like a feasible itinerary?

Hmm... it is possible OP has OCD, I worked with someone like this, without a planned micro list of what to do each day he was totally at a loss and shaking, it is quite a problem for some people. Fair play to OP for not letting it get the better of him (if this is the case).