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Input on this 8 Day London Itinerary

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Hello, Fodors Community. I had such a wonderful response to a recent question about my Paris itinerary that I'm here again to get your thoughts and valuable input about the London leg of our trip.

I am traveling in 3 weeks with my husband and 13 year old daughter. We will be in London for 8 days before spending a week in Paris. We've never been before. Almost the entire inspiration for the trip comes from my daughter who has been listening with delight to the BBC podcast, The History of the World in 100 objects. She is now very keen on visiting the British Museum to see some of these famous objects on display. She is also a history buff and we all enjoy history, art, architecture, and gardens.

A couple of things to note is that we are all rather introverted and sensitive. Crowds will be a bit of a challenge for us. However, we live in an inner city and we've traveled to big cities before with my daughter (NYC, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco) so we are fine with that aspect but standing in long lines and being in busy areas in the heat are problematic for us. I mean, who likes that, right? So we are prepared for the inevitable crowds but are also trying to minimize some of that, too, in the choices we make.

We are staying in an apartment in South Kensington. Here is a rough-ish itinerary that I am struggling with a bit. I would love input regarding how doable it looks, suggestions for changes in the way I've ordered activities, things you would add, things you would scrap, restaurants you recommend, little insider tips etc.

Day 1: Monday, arrive at 2pm after flying all night from the west coast USA. Check into apartment. Take a walk in Hyde park, find something to eat nearby in our neighborhood, get groceries. Go to bed early, But not too early. :)

Day 2: Tuesday. Tower of London, ideally arriving at opening. See Crown Jewels first and then do a Beefeater's tour. Eat. Maybe the 1 hour river cruise down the Thames to take in the sights. Debating on whether to do the hop on and off cruise so we can see more sights on this day but know we might not be up to it due to jet lag.

Day 3: Wednesday. Get off at Victoria Station and walk up to Buckingham Palace (not that interested in seeing the changing of the guard but if we did, we would probably catch some of proceedings at the nearby Wellington Barracks). Walk by St James Park and on to Westminster Abbey in the morning. Verger's tour there, if possible. Walk past Parliament on to afternoon tea at the nearby Royal Horseguards hotel. Walk over the bridge to see the views from the other side of the Thames and maybe do the London Eye.

Day 4: Thursday. Stonehenge via Salisbury. Take the train and then bus. I know many people do not enjoy Stonehenge but my daughter has her heart set on it. Seeing the Salisbury Cathedral and the Magna Carta is also of interest to us.

Day 5: Friday. Sleep in. Go to the British Museum during its extended evening hours that night (5pm-) in hopes to beat some of the crush of tours/school groups and weekend visitors. We will likely make time to pop downtown to see some sights and grab lunch beforehand. Oh, maybe pop into the British Library. And/or Bloomsbury Square.

Day 6: We have tickets to a matinee in the West End. Not sure what else we might add to that day. I'm a bit afraid of the weekend crowds. :)

Day 7: Sunday. This is Father's day so we will likely try to have a nice meal somewhere. Honestly, not sure what to do. The National Gallery and Tate modern appeal but for the crowds. Charles Dickens Museum sounds good, too.

Day 8: Monday. Maybe St Paul's and Tate Modern? Harrods? and/Or visit the British Museum again?

Phew. If you have read this far, thank you! I know there are a million things to do and I've missed so much but I don't want to overload either, considering our temperaments. Any and all responses most welcome.

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