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Hello everyone. You have all been so helpful thus far in planning our family vacation for October of this year that I wonder if I can impose on you again for some guidance. I tend to underestimate how long it will take to get from point A to B. Our dilemma is of course a shortage of time. Really short in this case.
We will arrive at Gatwick on October 9 at 11:45 am. I understand the best way to get to our hotel (Citadines Trafalgar) is to take the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station and then we will probably take a taxi to the hotel. We are only in London the 9th, 10th, and 11th. We take the Eurostar to Paris on the 12th with a noon departure.


On the 11th we have a full day private tour planned with London Walks. We'll visit Westminster Abbey, West End, and the Tower of London. Then I have hopes to get a reservation at Darwin Brasserie at Sky Garden.

The 10 th is as yet unplanned, but my question is about the 9th. Is it likely that once we check into the hotel, we will have time to visit anything that day? Yes, we'll have jetlag, but it's never stopped us before.
Here are some of the things that interest us

Tate Britain
National Gallery
Cecil Court
Penhaligans
Fortnum and Mason
Wallace Collection

Drive bys of

10 Downing
Buckingham Palace
Globe Theater
I have hopes that there will be fewer crowds at that time of year, but it does seem that many museums etc. close by 6.

Thanks again for your thoughts on this.

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