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Help with London Itinerary!!!!

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Hello again friends!

I will be landing in London around 7am on a Tuesday and will be there until early Friday morning where we are taking the Eurostar to Paris.

I was wondering if you guys could give me a feasible itinerary for each day pertaining to the location and distance of each attraction. Basically we are wanting to do as much as we can in the time we are there and dont want to go from one place in town across to another and waste time.

The places we want to see are as follows:
Tower of London
Buckingham Palace
Changing of the Guard
Westminister Abbey
Churchill Musuem
Parliament
Trafalgar Square
Picidilly Circus
Borough Market
The Globe
Millennium Bridge
London Bridge
The Eye
The National Gallery

Thanks for all the help everyone!

Austin

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    London is a very walkable city (although public transportation and taxis are readily available when/if needed). You need to check hours (and days) for some of your must do's. For instance, depending on when you're going, changing of the guard is every other day. Some of your spots are "pass-bys", for instance, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. You may want to divide your days by area - eg Westminster Abbey, Parliament (you can check on admission times/tickets, and Churchill Museum - one day. Second day - from the Changing of the Guard) it is an easy walk to the National Galley. Covent Gardens is not very far from there. Tower of London is a bit out of the way, but a must. You may want to try to get tickets for the evening, Ceremony of the Keys. The Globe and the Eye are across the river. You can check what is happening at the Globe and do that in an evening. The Bridges can be seen and crossed when you're there. Also, if you have time, the British Museum is quite interesting. And of course, try to go to the theater.

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    Step 1, get a map.

    Step 2, go to Londontown.com - has itineraries and suggested walks.

    Comments that may help you budget your time

    +Tower of London - This needs 1/2 day, minimum. Also, google Ceremony of the Keys.
    +Buckingham Palace - unless you've obtained tickets to go inside, this is a photo op and needs 15-20 minutes.
    +Changing of the Guard - this is pageantry, not solemnity and not akin to the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. You need to arrive at 8-9 a.m. and stand around for two-plus hours before watching the bands play show tunes like it's a Thanksgiving Day parade. Wouldn't do it.
    +Westminister Abbey - worth a good chunk of time; combine with Churchill War Rooms (Churchill Museum is part of the War Rooms) due to proximity. Combined, 4 hours or more.
    +Churchill Musuem [sic] - see above.
    +Parliament - thisclose to the Abbey and the War Rooms. Will it be in session? If not, then you wander around it and take pictures of the building and the large clock tower.
    +Trafalgar Square - if you're just going to the square, big deal - take 10-15 minutes and look at the Nelson Monument; if you're going to the museums nearby, you'll need to budget some time.
    +Picidilly Circus - it is Piccadilly Circus and it's full of sound and fury signifying not a whole lot. What do you want to do there?
    +Borough Market - um, you really have other stuff to do. If you want to shop, go to Jermyn Street. If you want to do something interesting, replace with British Museum (which should be high on any list)
    +The Globe - this is accessible in a short walk from the Millennium Bridge and is close to the Tate Modern, which has modern art, which is accurately described only as "modern" . . .
    +Millennium Bridge - uh, yeah, this is a footbridge. It's significance is minimal unless you think the Dementors will fly around and Death Eaters will snap its cables while you're trying to cross. The view back towards St Paul's (and why is that not on your list?) is a good photo.
    +London Bridge - the original London Bridge is somewhere in Arizona. The current one is a yawner of an arch concrete bridge. If you're talking about the iconic span, that's Tower Bridge and, appropriately, a short walk from the Tower.
    +The Eye - it's utility is weather-dependent. It is across the river from Parliament and a bit east - if you actually get good weather, you can try a sunset ride after wandering around Parliament Square and the Abbey and War Rooms.
    The National Gallery - well, this abuts Trafalgar Square, so naturally, you'd visit them the same day.

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    Big Russ has laid out things pretty well.

    Of your list the following are 'walk by's' (or in the case of the two bridges - walk over's) :
    Buckingham Palace
    Parliament
    Trafalgar Square
    Picidilly Circus
    Millennium Bridge
    London Bridge (actually Tower Bridge)
    The National Gallery

    Of the rest:
    Tower of London - half a day
    Changing of the Guard - a huge time water - especially on such a short visit.
    Westminister Abbey - at least 2 hours
    Churchill Musuem - at least 2 hours - most spend about three hours
    Borough Market - depends on how much shopping/eating you do.
    The Globe - depends on whether you take the tour or not. w/ the tour about 90 minutes.
    The Eye - total about 45 mins including queue time.
    The National Gallery - minimum 2 hours.

    To all this you need to add quite a bit of travel time plus meals etc.

    Are you flying in long haul? If so day 1 will be mostly a jet lag drudge. Basically you have 2 full days plus what you can manage on Tuesday. Not a chance in H**L you can get to all those sites in 2+ days. You have laid out about 5 day's worth.

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