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London & Paris Itinerary with some Questions

London & Paris Itinerary with some Questions

Old May 5th, 2019, 07:35 AM
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>>I am not sure if changing your hotel is an option- <<

The OP isn't staying in a hotel, they have rented a flat -- probably not doable/practical to change locations.

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I would check into left luggage at Windsor station or castle. Then I would take a cab there on arrival at Heathrow since it is so close. Spend a few hours and then take train into the city. Get settled into your apartment and start walking around the city to stay awake. Take that time to walk to/by Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Parliament, Westminster Abbey. Head back to apartment when you are spent and get a good night sleep.

Start the next morning first thing at the Tower. If you can get the free tickets to Sky Garden that is nearby. It is a different viewpoint than the London Eye but still very nice and free! The good thing about the London Eye is it is open late so you can play it by ear and hit it one evening if it is nice and you feel up to it. We had a gorgeous blue sky day when we did it and 3 of the 4 of us agreed it was a one and done event for us. If we had to wait a long time, it wouldn't have been worth it. And we used the 2 for 1 voucher so paid 1/2 the price. Full price would have stung. Day 2 afternoon you can do one of the prebooked tours at the Palace or Parliament. Or head over to check out St. Pauls, the Globe, the Tate, etc. Or go to the British Museum if you go to Stonehenge the next day.

Third day could be British Museum and whatever else is left on your must do list. If you must do Stonehenge, look into a tour for this day. Though it is quite a trek for such a short time in London.

As for Paris, we covered a lot more ground in less time so I don't think you have a packed schedule there at all. Our feet were very tired but we were happy we did it. For example, in one day we started at Conciergerie mainly to get our museum passes without a line, St Chapelle, Notre Dame, walked around the small island, Marais neighborhood for lunch and strolling, back to Berthillon for ice cream on the way to the Pantheon, Luxembourg Gardens, a rest at apt, the Louvre (opened late) and an evening boat ride. Most people would say we were crazy but we are happy we covered it and never felt rushed. Different traveling styles.

I've seen pictures and heard stories but Versailles in August is packed. Like shoulder to shoulder packed. I would stay in the city and see more sights if I were you.
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London Bridge station is not too far from Tower and perhaps has left luggage?
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London Bridge Station like most of the U.K.'s stations does not have left luggage. A thing of the past. I imagine the nearest station with such facilities would be Waterloo.
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Thank you all for your suggestions and advice. I have incorporated much of the ideas you have suggested.
Have decided to forgo Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford/Bath and opt for a "real castle". Its between Dover, Leeds and Warwick.
Leaning towards Dover for a real castle experience but thinking about Leeds. Warwick seems to young children oriented.
Also thinking about going to Dover to see the castle, staying over night on our way to Paris.
Our Flats do not have A/C but it seems like the weather will be 65F in London and 75 in Paris. Do we really need it?
BTW our flat in Paris has been verified Whew!
Was planning to do Trafalgar, Piccadilly or Covent Sunday night but seems as though Covent will not be good Sunday night.
Also will try to see St Paul's after London Tower.

Thanks again to everybody. The time you take to share your experience is appreciated.
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>>h and opt for a "real castle"<<

OK -- You do know the Tower of London is a 'real castle' - right? About the ultimate real castle.

Dover Castle is huge and very interesting but the town is a dump. Leeds castle has pretty gounds/gardens but otherwise is pretty meh (primarily a wedding/conference venue) and Warwick Castle doesn't make sense when the Tower is IN London, and Windsor is only a short train ride . . . I'd forget about Dover this trip and stick to castles IN London since you have so little time.

>>Our Flats do not have A/C but it seems like the weather will be 65F in London and 75 in Paris<<

Absolutely no way on earth to know what the weather wi/l be like in August. Could be 65F in London or could be 55-60F . . . or could be 85-90F which would seem much hotter in London than at home because of the lack of a/c. Or it could be 65 one day and 85 the next and 60 and raining the next.

Same for Paris -- could be 75F - or 65F or 95F - youz pays your money and takes your chances.
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