I will be in London, traveling solo, from 12/28 thru 1/3. I have been reading guide books, websites, and previous posts here. I have a basic plan but would love any insights to help fill out my days. Basically, I have 1 main sight planned for each day and then hope to wander and get a feel for different areas of the city, maybe doing some of the walks from the RS London guide. I have booked a few things based on advice from a previous post and from my research. Please let me know any thoughts, ideas for neighborhoods to explore that connect well with each sight, places to eat, really any nuggets of wisdom you can add. Here is my tentative plan:
SUNDAY - Tower of London - I planned on joining London Walks. I think the tube line from my hotel near St. James park may be closed this day. Is the bus doable or should I switch this to another day?
MONDAY- Westminster Abbey - Is a tour recommended or can I do this using my guidebook info?
TUESDAY - St. Paul's in the AM, The Play That Went Wrong in the PM (booked based on lots of recs on this site!)
WED - New Year's - I have booked Tea at 1:00 and then Kew Gardens in the evening for the lights (thanks Claudia for the recommendation) . Is the tube the best way to reach Kew Gardens from the St. James area? I am hoping the main transport lines are running.
THURS - matinee of Mary Poppins
This is my first time in London but I hope to return at some point in summer. I am a frequent traveler to Italy and am fairly comfortable on trains, buses and public transportation. I enjoy architecture, history, and local culture. Any thoughts would be welcome.
One last thing. I plan on taking the tube to my first night hotel on arrival as it is near St. Pancras station (going onward to Bavaria before returning for time in London). I was planning on taking tube from St. James station to Paddington to catch the Heathrow Express to the airport for departure. Does this make sense?