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London -- which/how many sights per day

Hello all,
So we purchased the London Pass, and these are the sights that we need/want to see within our three day period (we're doing Sat, Sun and Mon):
- Westminster Abbey
- St. Paul's
- Tower of London
- Shakespeare's Globe
- Windsor Castle
- Chelsea FC Stadium Tour
We are definitely doing Tower of London at opening on Saturday morning (per RS book suggestion). We cannot do the Chelsea tour on Saturday because they have a match. The churches are closed on Sunday. I feel like this is a logic problem...
Anyway, based on location, hours of operation or any other factor you all may be aware of, can you suggest which sights on which days is most logical and won't tire us out completely? We need time to drink beer in between the sights. :D

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I would arrange them geographically.
Day 1 - Go to the Tower in the morning, (insert late-morning beer here), head over to St. Paul's (you can have lunch in the undercroft - yum!), and then walk across the Millennium bridge to the Globe Theater in the late afternoon. Last tours start around 5.
Day 2- Go out to Windsor and see the castle. This will take 1/2 to 3/4 of your day at least. Have a beer in town...cute place!
Day 3 - Get to Westminster when they first open so it won't be as crowded. Depending on how thorough you want to be you can see it in a hour or take 3 or 4 hours. Insert beer here. After that head to Chelsea. These two aren't geographically close but that's all that's left in the list!
This should enable you to see all your target sights without too much exhaustion...good luck!

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Love it! Sounds logical, and it also takes into account our need for beer as sustenance. ;) I am going to print this and do it! I will only consider swapping days around if weather interferes with our day at Windsor! I really appreciate it, Anita.

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Even though I won't be seeing the same sights at the topic creator, I appreciate the logic behind the suggested daily design! Good tips.

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As Ben Franklin said, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." :)

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Wow, I may have to change the signature quote on my emails, Anita! I was researching and couldn't find "The Undercroft". Is that IN St Paul's?

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Amy,

An undercroft is an underground floor in a church, also known as a crypt :-) If you go to St. Paul's website www.stpauls.co.uk. you can find information about their restaurants under the Visits & Events link. We've climbed to the top of the dome several times, but never eaten in the restaurants--though they look quite nice.

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Or you could have a pint and lunch at The Blackfriar pub near St. Paul's. The architectural difference from the adjacent Blackfriar's Tube station and the Art Deco of the pub typifies why I love London. Food at The Blackfriar is great. I hope you are seeing a production at the Globe. Fabulous place to enjoy theatre.

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Here's a good day for you: Start at the Tower in the morning, walk across Tower Bridge and along the Thames to the Globe, you can also drop in the Tate Modern before crossing the Millennium Bridge leading to St. Paul's. We did it in reverse because of the location of our hotel and had a few along the way as well. Ended up that night at the Old Mitre for a few more!

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Okay, I'm re-thinking the sites that I'd like to do... After really thinking about it, and looking at what's covered on my London Pass, it dawned on me, that I really should go see Hampton Court. I'm a huge fan of the Tudor period and think that I would really appreciate going there. So after reading that it's over an hour to get to Hampton Court, I will have to give something up. Shakespeare fans will probably cringe when I say this, but I'm not a major Shakespeare fan so I'm willing to give that up. But I'm wondering if I should (sigh) give up Windsor Castle since that will eat up so much of a day, and replace it with Hampton Court Palace. I'd simply replace the Globe, but I don't think giving up the Globe will open up enough time to do Hampton. Any thoughts? Or do you think if I could do the following (in three days) without being totally wiped out?
- Westminster Abbey
- St. Paul's
- Tower of London
- Hampton Court Palace
- Windsor Castle
- Chelsea FC Stadium Tour
OR, if I were to need to give up Windsor Castle, can someone suggest another sight that I would enjoy as a Tudor fan?

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Thank you Leslie for explaining how to find the restaurant info for St Pauls! I just pulled up the menu and I see that they serve Afternoon Tea and it's actually quite affordable. Less than £16/person?! That's one of the best prices I've seen and I've been searching for affordable Afternoon Tea in London for a few weeks! My question would be this: do you think the restaurant there is too fancy for my husband and I to have tea there in jeans and sneakers? You see, my husband scoffed when I said I wanted to do Afternoon Tea in London (he's a man's man). But if we're already at St Pauls touring, and we go to the restaurant, and "OMG! It's time for Afternoon Tea!" He may just acquiesce... :D

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Kevin, I just realized that I already had Ye Old Mitre saved under favorites! Looks like a great pub to check out!

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Amy,

I've only seen the restaurants while we were shopping in the gift store nearby. However, I've seen people in jeans and sneakers having tea at The Orangery at Kensington Gardens/Palace. If your husband is willing and it means you get to have afternoon tea, I'd say go for it.