First, I appreciate all the quick responses! I will plan to go through with this day as described, but if time allows will consider adding the Royal Observatory. A few quick individual responses:
Lee and Emma—The ceremony sounds good! I hope to do it some year!
Keith – I’ve also noticed the odd rankings…I don’t know how they determine the order when so many places get many terrific reviews. I don’t usually notice that number, however, and look at each place’s range of scores.
Nigel and Ed – I’m not having anything both ways…I read forums like this one and TA with full knowledge that any one hotel, attraction or restaurant gets both very good, and very bad, reviews. I look for trends.
As for whether I’ve seen “everything” in Greater London, let me re-phrase myself…after 10 Wimbledons I have seen almost all the major (and some minor) attractions in greater London: Tower of London (the best), Changing of Guards (great pageantry), tour inside Buckingham Palace, Big Ben/Parliament (the best photo spot), Churchill War Rooms (excellent), Westminster Abbey (terrific), St. Pauls, V&A, Prince Albert Memorial, British Museum, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Picadilly Circus, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Mews (twice, loved it), Imperial War Museum (Fabulous!), the tour at Fullers Brewery (samples!), Harrods and a daytrip to Hampton Court (well worth it)….and many that most probably don’t bother with (mostly with good reason): Museum of London, Cavalry Museum, Ben Franklin House, Tower Bridge, Jewel Tower, Guards Museum, and a Sunday service at St. Martin in the Fields. I’ve taken the Big Bus Tour around town, and walked around Hyde Park, St.James Park, Regent Park, Kensington Gardens, Covent Garden, the cemetery on Old Brompton Road near Earls Court, and the center of Richmond. I’ve taken a lovely boat ride from Richmond to central London where I’ve seen lots all the key landmarks, even the Ronald Reagan statue and 9/11 memorial next to the US embassy. Plus I’ve enjoyed three daytrips via Evan Evans: Windsor Castle/Bath/Stonehenge, Leeds Castle/Canterbury/Dover, and Warwick Castle/Stratford/Oxford (I rank them in that order). Last year I did the E-E daytrip to Paris. If you want my thoughts on numerous restaurants (mostly South Kensington, Earls Court, Kens High Street and Wimbledon Village), check out TA (“nagled”).
So although I haven’t done (nor heard of) the things you suggest and have no doubt they are lovely, I think I’m safe in saying I’ve seen almost everything noteworthy (especially since I have no interest in the Zoo, Natural History Museum, a wax museum or the Big Ferris Wheel). This year, in addition to my outing to Greenwich, I plan to go to the Portobello Market in Notting Hill and to attend church in Chelsea and explore the nearby parks. And yes, I should get to the Tate Modern and the Ceremony of the Keys some year. And would love if a concert at Royal Albert Hall would work out someday with my schedule. My really big ideas are to do a few days in Edinburgh some year, and also the 5-day Viator tour of the Southwest of England.
But thanks for your point of view, reminding me of the many charms of London.