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May 2nd, 2016, 04:40 AM
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Itinerary advice for 9 days in London for female solo traveller

Hi all, I'm from Singapore and I will be traveling to UK solo this coming summer, spending 9 days in London and 3 days in Edinburgh..

This is my first time to the UK and here's my London itinerary, any advices will be much appreciated, especially for a solo female traveller. Also, will there be any clash in any of the visits?

Thank you!

Day 1 (Sat): Touch down at LHR @ 5.50am. I will be staying near King's Cross. I hope to reach my hotel by 9am to deposit my luggages first.
Portobello market, Oxford Street, Harrods.

Day 2 (Sun): Bath and Stonehenge (8am to 6.30pm)

Day 3 (Mon): Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Les Mis musical night show

Day 4 (Tues): Harry Potter studios tour (12pm entrance). I plan to stay til late evening then head to Hyde Park for a stroll when I get back to London.

Day 5 (Wed): Westminster Abbey, Sandemans tour (11am to ~1.30pm), Kensington palace, Royal Albert Hall, Lion King musical night show (3 days London pass)

Day 6 (Thurs): Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, London Eye in the evening (3 days London pass)

Day 7 (Fri): Windsor castle, V&A Museum or National Gallery (V&A Museum opens til around 10pm while National Gallery opens til 10 pm on Friday night). (3 days London pass)

Day 8 (Sat): Covent Garden (Is Sat a good day to visit?), Harry Potter muggle tour (11am to 1pm), Piccadilly Circus, Chinatown, Wicked musical night show

Day 9 (Sun): Visiting British library in the morning before catching a train to Edinburgh at about 1pm.
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May 2nd, 2016, 05:25 AM
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Well you have a lot of things I consider extraneous (Harry Potter anything, bridges, London Eye, Royal Albert Hall, etc) and seem to have avoided most of the major museums (National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, British, Tate and Tate Modern).

I think Covent Garden is much better during the week since it;s less likely to be mobbed with teens.

Chinatown? (I didn't even know there was one)
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May 2nd, 2016, 07:26 AM
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>>Day 1 (Sat): Touch down at LHR @ 5.50am. I will be staying near King's Cross. I hope to reach my hotel by 9am to deposit my luggages first.
Portobello market,<<

This is a problem because by 10AM when you'd get to Portobello Road it will be EXTREMELY crowded. I'd put this off until your second Saturday in London when you can get there early.

>>Day 2 (Sun): Bath and Stonehenge (8am to 6.30pm)<<

I would not do this your first full day in London -- you will likely still be recovering from the jet lag/travel and all day sitting in a coach would be awful.

Day 4 no need to stay until late evening -- Plan on about 4 hours at the HP studio.

(3 days London pass) Please PLEASE don't but the London Pass (if you already have it -- make the most of it and don't fill your itinerary with second and third tier attractions simply to use the darn thing)

Day 7: Windsor will take until late afternoon so only a late opening museum or gallery will work. Either that or another play.
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May 2nd, 2016, 07:27 AM
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Should say >>Please PLEASE don't buy the London Pass<<
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May 2nd, 2016, 08:30 AM
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You give no indication of your age which can effect one's susceptibility to jet lag. I'm finding myself much more effected this trip than in years prior. My only point is to give yourself leeway while you're working through this itinerary. It's going to take a great deal of energy to accomplish and I'd recommend, when possible, to do your favorites early in case you can't manage them all.
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May 3rd, 2016, 11:06 AM
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We returned from London two weeks ago. Just a few of my thoughts:

H.M. Tower of London-- Be there at opening time and go straightaway to the Crown Jewels, if you intend to see them. We weren't there first-thing but were among the early ones and the Crown Jewels exhibit filled up noticeably whilst we were there. Be sure to go on one of the scheduled Yeoman Warder tours; fun and informative!

We arrived LHR at 8am from the US and were able to stay awake and active for most of the first day. But it would be good to keep the activity light on that arrival day.

Try to plan what sites you visit on a particular day by their relative proximity to each other. You don't want to spend ££ and time moving between different areas of the city.

Enjoy your trip!
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