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10 day Itinerary critique

Heading to London in May for a trip with my sister. We are first timers and want to make the most of our time. Would love any tips or suggestions. Thanks in advance.

Day 1 (Monday)
Arrive early morning
Heathrow to Earl's Court Airbnb by Piccadilly Tube
Explore Hyde Park

Day 2 (Tuesday)
Tower Of London Morning
Explore the City Afternoon /Evening

Day 3 (Wednesday)
Walking Tour of Westminster/Whitehall Area

Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace Westminster Abbey)
Phantom of the Opera

Day 4 (Thursday)
Train to Bath
Evening tour to Stonehenge
Stay overnight in Bath

Day 5 (Friday)
Tour to Cotswold
Back to London by train

Day 6 (Saturday)
Early Morning: Portobello Rd Street Market/Notting Hill
Late Morning Hampton Court Palace

Day 7 (Sunday)
Service at St. Paul’s
Walk Regent Canal Little Venice to Camden Lock Market

Day 8 Monday
West End Self guided Tour
And/or Thames Cruise

Day 9 (Tuesday)

Day 10
Leave Heathrow 11:30 am

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Hi jacieh2002,

Looks like fun!

Get a membership in Historic Royal Palaces. You are planning to visit 3 of their properties, membership will save money and time. You can buy on site -- e.g. Day 1 instead of Hyde Park, or in addition, go to Kensington Palace and get it there.


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Thank you Jill! That is a wonderful suggestion and I will definitely purchase the membership!!

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Hi Jacie / jacieh2002,
You're very welcome ;-) – I have a membership myself and I love being able to drop in and out if I happen to be passing one of the properties.
Also, with an HRP membership you could visit the Banqueting House, which is on Whitehall, & is often overlooked. You can visit quickly if pressed for time. It's small and definitely worth looking at since you will have the membership already. Also on a practical note you can sit down, catch your breath, and find a washroom here – not available to the public.
Your trip sounds like a lot of fun!

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Adding to the Tuesday itinerary, after your morning visit to the Tower of London considering walking up (10 mins) to the class covered LeadenHall market.

It butts up against the futuristic Lloyd's of London building and is a stones throw from the glass covered "Gherkin." I find the dichotomy in the architecture fascinating.

After a nosh at the lovely LeadenHall Market you could walk up to Spitafield's Market and Brick Lane. Maybe evensong at St Brides.

On Sunday partake in a traditional Sunday Roast.

Great city. Enjoy yourselves.

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Thank you Jane and Claudia! Love your suggestions Claudia. Will add those stops in and will research Sunday Roast!

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I think this is a well-paced itinerary that will let you see a lot of great sights with time to stroll, catch your breath, and make new discoveries. Taking an overnight trip to Bath lets you avoid the rushing too many day-trippers experience.

You might consider spending the night of Day 9 in or near Windsor, which is a short way from Heathrow, saving you a trip back to London that night and out again to the airport the next morning. Or even sleeping near the airport itself.

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My London Top Ten looks like this ...
1. Tower of London
2. Westminster Abbey
3. Houses of Parliament & Big Ben
4. St Paul's Cathedral
5. Trafalgar Square & National Gallery
6. British Museum
7. Tower Bridge
8. Buckingham Palace
9. Tate Modern
10. London Eye

Museums are free and you have not included any of them.

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David, As I was looking over my itinerary again yesterday, I realized that I had omitted some of the museums, but had not added them yet. Thank you!
Also wondering if the Victoria and Albert Museum is a good one to add? Appreciate your feedback!

Re Victoria & Albert Museum: are you at all interested in applied art, like textiles, ceramics, jewellery, fashion, furniture and glassware? If yes, get yourself to the V&A. It also has a very good cafe and gift shop and is housed in s gorgeous building. Plus, except for special exhibitions, it is free to enter.

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Jane, Thank you. I will definitely add V&A to my itinerary! Appreciate your feedback.

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I say to people to try and knock over the biggies in 3 days ...
1. Tower of London / Tower Bridge (photo stop) / St Paul's Cathedral / Tate Modern
2. Buckingham Palace (photo stop) / Westminster Abbey / Houses of Parliament & Big Ben (photo stop) / Trafalgar Square & National Gallery
3. Hyde Park / V&A Museum / Piccadilly Circus (photo stop) / Covent Garden / British Museum

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You are welcome and as first timers I suggest visiting the Museum of London. Provides excellent insight about the dynamic city you are visiting.

Have a great first trip.