Planning a 7 night trip to London for April 2018 and was hoping for some feedback on my proposed itinerary as well as answers to some questions. I was in London for a few days for business a couple of years ago and was able to do a few of the big sites then (British Museum, Tower of London, Thames river cruise, concert at Royal Albert Hall, etc.). Most of my itinerary is flexible, just trying to get an idea of how much I’ll be able to do and what to group together so I can prioritize.
Day 1: Arrive in London from the U.S. Royal Albert Hall tour if it hasn’t closed for maintenance week yet, otherwise a London Walks tour or tour from RS book like Southbank.
Day 2: Kensington Palace, V&A, Harrods food Hall
Day 3: Harry Potter Studio tour and British Library treasures room (Library open late)
Day 4: National Gallery for Monet special exhibit, walk around West End and tea at Fortnum and Mason’s The Parlour (or Westminster Abbey for Wednesday Lates), Orchestra in the Age of Enlightenment concert
Day 5: Day trip to Windsor or Oxford by train, National Portrait Gallery open late if have time
Day 6: Walk around the City and Southbank (if not on Day 1), may go in the Museum of London and/or Shakespeare’s Globe, maybe London Walks Inns of Court tour
Day 7: Parliament tour and Westminster Abbey (if not on Day 4), see a play
Day 8: Morning free for anything I don’t get to earlier in the week, flight home late afternoon
I have the recently refurbished Trafalgar St. James Hilton booked. Originally planned to stay at the Conrad St. James, but was concerned about the number of people who said they experienced noise issues and that it’s in more of a business focused area. The Trafalgar with soundproof windows seemed like a better option, but interested in advice on either hotel.
- Has anyone been to Wednesday Lates at Westminster Abbey? Can you see most things? I’m thinking it would be a less crowded time to go and would be okay with not having a tour available.
-Is the Museum of London worth visiting for adults or more geared towards children? Would I be better off trying to do that and the City earlier in my trip, before seeing some of the other historical sites?
-Kensington Palace reviews are mixed at best, and it seems like parts of it are closed right now. Is it still worth doing? I’m torn between Windsor and Oxford for a day trip, removing KP would give me more flexibility to maybe do both or have more time for something else in London.
-If I want a smaller town for a break from London, would Windsor be the better day trip choice? I know the castle itself is very busy, but it sounds like the bus tour groups usually come in the morning for the changing of the guard and then leave, so I’m thinking I could wander around the town and Eton and go into the castle after lunch?
-Plays: Has anyone seen Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall? I’m looking at that and/or Julius Caesar at the new Bridge Theatre. Looking for an experience more unique to London, and it sounds like they are/will be staged in unique ways.
Appreciate any advice all of you have. Thank you!