I'm arriving in London on 19/9/14 at 7:40am via United from EWR. I am travelling with my Mom, and we will both have 1 checked luggage and one small carry-on. We are staying at the Park Lane Sheraton. The plan is to purchase one way tickets to the Green Park tube station via the Piccadilly Line and walk to the hotel. I doubt the room will be ready that early, so we will drop off our suitcases and then purchase our Travelcards from a rail station. I'm not sure how much
of the 2for1's we will be using, but I would rather get these just in case.
What is the closest/easiest station to purchase the Travelcards?
Once that is done, I wanted to check out the Borough Market for a little while. After that, my planning for the first day is really wide open.
My biggest problem is that the things we want to see versus where they are located don't make sense logically when I am planning them.
I don't want to fall into the trap of planning too much in one day, we would rather just experience things as they come and if they don't, we wouldn't be the wiser if we missed them.
So on that Friday (19th) after the Borough Market, I wanted to fit in going to Abbey Rd (St. John's Wood Station), Harrod's, and if feasible a walk around the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Westminster Abbey - tour
St. Pauls Cathedral - tour
Should they be in reverse order?
walk around each of the areas to see:
Big Ben, 10 Downing St, Scotland Yard, the Horse Guards Parade and anything else that we are lucky enough to view.
London Walks Jack the Ripper Tour
The London Eye - weather permitting
Sunday (21st) - Sunday is set in stone, so these items cannot be changed.
Buckingham Palace, we have 9:30am reservations for the Queen's Gallery. I previously purchased the Royal Day out ticket package and already have the tickets in hand.
Afternoon Tea at the Thistle Marble Arch at 14:00.
Ceremony of the Keys: 21:15.
Tower of London
just walk around and see London
Old Curiosity Shop
British Museum - if possible
I was going to add a show in at night on either Saturday or Monday night, but I'm not sure if we will be too tired or not. I live very close to New York City, so not seeing something in London, while it would be a nice experience, would not be the end of the world.
Full Day Stonhenge/Cotswolds/Bath tour.
We leave for Paris. The train departs at 10:25. We will most likely get to the St. Pancras station early and have breakfast there. I'm also planning on purchasing a carnet of metro tickets for Paris at the station, or onboard the train.
I appreciate the help and opinions in my attempts at planning.