My husband and I and our two children (age 18 girl & 13 boy) will be enjoy our first RS 14-day BOE tour starting on June 22 in Paris. Prior to the tour, we will be flying into London (from Atlanta) for a quick stopover on our own. As my husband and I have spent a week in London before and this will be our kid's first trip, we are letting them pick what they would like to do.
Below is our overall tentative schedule based on their interests. I welcome the group's feedback and suggestions to minimize long lines, and recommendations for restaurants & other things to do.
Friday, June 19 - our Thursday overnight flight will arrive in London around 10 AM Friday (we're hoping we can sleep on the plane!) Should we book a private 2 hour tour by taxi or ? to see some highlights until our hotel (Luna Simone) is ready? After checking in & freshening up, visit the British Museum (open until 8:30 PM) and walk the Covent Garden area. We have a reservation for Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London at 9:30 pm this night.
Saturday, June 20 - visit Tower of London when they open at 9:00 AM. (Any skip the line options or should I just order my tickets online now?) Lunch & possible river cruise. Visit the Westminster Abbey (any skip the line options?). Walk the area by Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye (possibly ride), Horse Guards, Trafalgar Square (loosely RS walking tour). Purchase advance tickets to a show in West End that evening. Dinner recommendations?
Sunday, June 21 - check out & store luggage at hotel. See the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace at 11:30. Lunch somewhere fun to celebrate for Father's Day...suggestions? Other ideas? We have booked Eurostar train to Paris which leaves at 4:01 PM that afternoon.
We'll be seeing the Eiffel tower (will reserve timed ticket) the next morning in Paris and exploring the Champs-Elysees area before joining our RS tour at 2:00 PM.
Thanks everyone for your feedback. I'm loving this forum!