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I'm traveling from the US to London in July. I will be meeting my family who will come from another country. I would like to make the most out of my trip and will give you a lot of info so you can help me with suggestions. I have divided my visit into 3 sections:

Section 1 (Tuesday to Saturday): I will arrive London (Heathrow airport) 11/7 (Tuesday) at 8am. I will be alone until my family arrive on 16/7 (sat). I'm looking for a cheap place with wifi (preferably free) to stay while I'm exploring London on my own. Cheap and safe is the main key. Also, I prefer not be near where people get drunk, curse, etc. Noise doesn't bother me as long as it's not bad words. I plan to meet my distant relative there whom I have not met. She gives me 1 hour after 11am the same day I arrive to meet and talk to her (that's because she has a trip overseas the very next day). I would also like to set aside time to visit a church for midweek service (either Wednesday or Thursday night - see "NOTE" below). Other than that, I am open and I'm all alone. I don't mind traveling at night either.

Section 2 (Sunday to Tuesday morning): Then on Saturday night around 6:30pm, my family will arrive at Heathrow airport. I plan to meet them there. Then we will all stay in Uxbridge (we have conference there the following week). Interests will now be diverse so I want to set up things to do/see that will interest most people. Here are things that are planned:
Monday - Conference & trip to Oxford U.
Wednesday - Conference & Excursion to Central London, London Eye, evening dinner cruise on the River Thames
Thursday - Conference & trip to Cambridge U.
There are also conference on Tuesday and Friday that I'm planning to skip to explore London or nearby areas.
We are all open on Saturday and Monday. Some have expressed interest in taking a day trip to Manchester. So suggestion on that would be great.
Everyone but my 25 year old cousin will be leaving around noon (Heathrow airport) on Tuesday.

Section 3 (Tuesday afternoon to Thursday night): My cousin and I will be on our own. We have not planned on where to stay or places to visit yet so we are open. I just want WIFI (preferably free) in the room and we are looking to find a place that's under $100 a night for both of us.

NOTE: I'm setting aside time to visit BOTH the midweek and Sunday service to any of the following location / time.

Sunday: Chelsea SW10 0LB 11am-6pm, OR Windlesham, Surrey GU24 8TD 10:30am-12:30pm AND 6pm-8pm, OR Wimbledon SW19 1QJ 11am-1pm AND 6pm-8pm

Mid week: Chelsea SW10 0LB Thursday 7pm, OR Windlesham GU24 8TD Wednesday 7-9pm, OR Wimbledon SW19 1QJ Thursday 7:45pm

My interest: White Cliff, Stone Hedge, Bath, Millennium bridge, king cross station, London tower (is this the same as tower of london?), Hyde park, Trafalgar square, Westminster Abbey (cousin's request), and other must see attractions...

My family's interest: it's very diverse because the group comprise of Dad & Mom in their 60's, older sister in her 30's, cousin in her 20's. My dad and cousin want to go to Manchester (we will probably all go together), Wembley Stadium & Madam Tussuad. My mom loves to visit libraries (if you know some good ones that would help me narrow it down), my sister loves shopping and see castles (Windsor, etc).

Places we are interested in in Manchester: Old Trafford, John Rylands Library, Whitworth Art Gallery (maybe), Royal Northern College of Music (maybe), Heaton Park, City Airport (maybe), Central Library (maybe), Ancoats (maybe), Museum of Science & Industry, Open to other suggesions as well (but we only have a day to spend there).

I would also like to know what would be the best public transportation deal (weekly pass?) to get. We will not drive in England.

Should I get a London pass?

This is quite a long topic. Maybe I should I divide it up into multiple smaller topics.

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