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itinerary and neighborhood help

Hi!!! My England trip is finally coming in April and I want to know if I am missing any great neighborhoods. If so, what to swap out. We enjoy getting lost in a great neighborhood, visiting historic buildings, dipping into historic pubs, and eating local foods. I dont love big museums that requires hours to visit, but if there is one that is unique, I'd be interested. We arrive at 7am. So have the entire first day to explore. We are staying West Hampstead

Day 1- St. Johns (abbey Rd), maybe Sigmund Freud Museum. Then explore Hampstead at night

Day 2- walk around Mayfair, Soho, Covent Garden. Maybe checkout the British Museum (for the hubby) in the morning, or Charles Dickens

Day 3 - Portobello Market then head to Camden.

Day 4 - Walk over Tower Bridge. St. Dunstan in the East, head to Spitafields. Maybe Jack the Ripper Tour.

Day 5, 6, 7 - Liverpool (huge Beatles fans)

Day 8, 9 - Conwy

Day 10 - Chester

Day 11- Back to London - walk around City of London (St Pauls, Leaden market, St. Bartholomews

Day 12 - Buckingham, Westminster. (maybe Victoria Alberts or Churchill war rooms). A very late Afternoon Tea and then we will pick a nighttime neighborhood.

What am I missing and if so, what should I swap. Anything unique in any of these neighborhoods that would be cool? And if this itinerary is unrealistic please let me know.
Also.. I am aware that the Tower of London, the Skygarden, the National Gallery, Tate, etc are not on the list.

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In Liverpool I would definitely visit the childhood homes of Macca (20 Forthlin Rd) and Johnny Lennon (Mendips). The Anglican Cathedral is the largest religious building in Britain and the 8th largest church in the world (designed by Giles Gilbert Scott who also designed the red telephone box and Battersea Power Station).

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Victoria and Albert Museum
Imperial war Museum
National Portrait Gallery
Both Tates
All the Hawksmoor Churches
Some parks and gardens? London has 3, 000.

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The National Portrait Gallery in London is currently closed. Its website announces a reopening date of June 22.

Liverpool has a number of quality sights unrelated to the Beatles. The new Slavery Museum on the waterfront is good, and the Western Approaches HQ is somewhat similar to London's Churchill War Rooms minus the Churchill Museum component, but at a much lower cost--£13.50 vs. £27.25 for adults.

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I will start my research on all it.

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Since you're a big Beatles fan, and since you'll be in the neighborhood for the British Museum, I highly recommend the Treasures of the British Library! The displays rotate, but typically include some Beatles memorabilia, like the birthday card or napkins with song lyrics. It's literally just two rooms, so it's a very manageable, quick visit.

Also, when you walk over Tower Bridge, we love exploring Borough market.

Looks like a great trip that is very focused on your interests, which is exactly what you want. Have fun!

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Well afternoon tea is at the Wolseley, so since we are in the neighborhood, figured we'd get some sightseeing in and walk past Buckingham.