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It is very difficult to suggest itenararies to suit all tastes on something like a website. I have put together few thoughts in my experience on what can be done in a day. Its upto you to mix n match the days as per your liking. e.g. if you have two days, you can do first day as per the 1-day itinarary and do second day as per the 3-day itinarary.
Many sites are within central london zone 1, so if you study the sites and tube map together, you can also design your own itinarary to suit your taste. There are many possibilities, so do send me your thoughts on the itinarary you planned and how it went. If you wish, I can add it on the site under user suggeted itenararies.
Do check the opening and closing times of all sites to decide / change the sequence of visits.
Itinararies for London
day itinarary - Glimpses
of London day. Its a pity that you
have just one day. However this is my suggested
itinarary to cover all tastes and not taxing
you too much physically. I have done this itinarary
myself with several of my friends and guests
and found it to be liked a lot.
with Trafalgar square (chring
cross station) - There is no better site than
coming out of the station into the bustling
square. After spending half an hour with the
pigeons there, move onto St. James'
Gardens (gardens outside the Buckingham
palace). Its just 5 - 10 minutes walk from there
any you can see the main entrance gate from
the square. Spend about an hour there enjoying
the fresh air and proceed onto Buckingham
Palace. You can see it from the Garden.
You can see the change of gards if you are there
at the right time. Facing the palace at the
main gate go to your left towards the Westminister.
Visit the Church and see the pariliament
buildings and Big Ben. Incidentally,
Big Ben is the bell inside the tower and not
the Clock or the tower itself as many think.
Over the Bridge on the other side, you can ride
the London Eye (if booking
available or you have pre booked) or take a
boad ride on thames. It is
about 15:00 now. You come back on the Bridge
and go to 10 Downing Street (If you are not
aware, this is the Prime Minister's residence,
don't expect him to call in for a coffee though!).
If you decide not to see 10 D S, get a tube
from the Westminister station and go to Tower
Hill station. See Tower of London
from outside and see the famous Tower
Bridge. If you want to visit the Tower
of London from inside, you can save time at
the London Eye/ boat ride stage to reach there
before the closing time.
can also do this tour other way round like Tower
Bridge / Tower of London -> Trafalgar etc.
2 - day
itinarary - Meuseum day.
This will be your Meuseum day. You can do above
for day 1 and on day two, you can do Natural
History Meuseum / Science Meuseum (South Kensington
station) which are next to each other. These
would be liked by children and adults alike.
Highlight is the huge Dinasour skeleton at the
entrance. You can also see an IMAX film in the
Science Meuseum. Best part is that the museums
are free entry on 31 Aug 05. You have to pay
for the IMAX. Visitors from the commenwealth
may enjoy the next door Victoria & Albert
meuseum. It has the Tipu sultan stuff. This
would take whole day. If you are not a sciency
person and want to visit another history meuseum,
go to the British Meuseum. Or you can chose
to go to the Tate galary. After meuseums, if
you still have the engergy left, you can go
to the Leicester square / oxford circus area
3 - day
itinarary - Sports day.
2 days as mentioned above. You can start your
day at St. Paul's cathedral.
Do first two days as above. You can go to the
Lord's cricket ground and Wimbledon.
To go to Wimbledon, my suggeted way is to go
to East Croydon station (zone 6) from London
Victoria. It takes about 15 minutes. From East
Croydon you can take a tram (yes, a
tram) to Wimbledon (20 mins). Your
6 zone travelcard is valid on this tram. Before
going, check on their sites if you would be
able to visit (e.g. if there is a match on Lord's,
you would not be able to take the guided tour).
If you don't know what the heck this sport cricket
is, its something like baseball - but much better!
You can also go to Harrod's
/ Selfridges (for window shopping
like I do) on this day.
You can also go to Hyde park
in the evening.
- day itinarary - Gardens
day. 3 days as mentioned above. Today,
you can choose to go to the Kew gardens
for almost the whole day. At the end of the day,
you would not have the engery left to do any more
Alternately, you can start your day visiting Sherlock
Holmes meuseum at xxx. If you did not know what
to fill up at xxx, don't bother visiting. Only
the staunch SH fans would like it (like my mother-in-law,
who loves SH, did enjoy taking pictures with the
ficticious stuff!). Incidentally, its at Baker
Street. Then go to Madam Tussaud's
wax meuseum. You can also see the Planetoriam
in the same premises. Proceed to Hyde Park which
is just a few minutes walk from there. You can
also go to any of the missed places from above
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