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London, England – Our Somewhat ‘Kid-Friendly’ Itinerary

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(View from St. James’s Park)

I’ll just come right out and admit that I am a control freak when it comes to vacation planning.  I am THAT type who would create a spreadsheet with multiple tabs when I do research and plan.  My spreadsheet for London contained tabs ranging from the initial list of all the point of interests that I would like to visit potentially, to various cost analysis, the tube routes and stations for each destination, down to the final ‘ideal’ day-by-day itinerary and the ‘reality’ daily schedule afterwards.  Judge me if you must, but I feel that this was the best way to ensure that we get as much as we can out of this trip.

I kept going back and forth on how I want to ultimately record this trip.  I was going to put everything from a summary perspective into one post, but it started to get way too long-winded, especially after I added in additional comments or thoughts.  Therefore, I’m going to just list out our ‘itemized’ day-to-day itinerary here, and then will write up the details in subsequent posts.

Our itinerary is in no way a representation of all the must-do’s/see’s.  Rather, it’s merely a record/reference as the fruits of my labor, and something for me to reminisce on in the future.  😀  And by ‘kid-friendly’, I don’t mean that our schedule revolved around places that are geared towards kids (such as Sea Life London Aquarium, London Zoo or Shrek’s Adventure).  We are in London to see the iconic landmarks after all.  It just means that I did not squeeze in as much in a day, taking into account things such as not rushing from one place to the next, and also taking the time to sit down for snacks and lunches.

Saturday, October 1 (Arrival Day)
I had figured that since our flight would arrive at 10:30 in the morning, we should be able to get to our Airbnb flat in the city around 1pm.  That should leave us with plenty of time to do some grocery shopping and rest for a bit, and then get some sightseeing in.

Planned:  Walk along the south bank on River Thames to see Shakespeare’s Globe and Tate Modern from the outside, and to walk on Millennium Bridge.  OR, take the ‘Queen’s Walk’ from London Bridge to Tower Bridge to see the Tower Bridge lift at 5pm.

Reality:  We were caught in some horrendous Saturday London traffic and it took us almost 3 hours to finally get into the city.  We were all exhausted and hungry by that point, and just wanted to find some food and call it the day.  We ended up taking a short walk in Hyde Park by Marble Arch while searching for some late lunch, and made our way straight to the flat afterwards.  Hubby went for a quick grocery shopping around the block so he could make dinner, and then we all passed out around 8pm. 😩

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(Marble Arch)

Sunday, October 2
– Horse Guards Parade
– Changing the Guard
– St. James’s Park
– Buckingham Palace Tour
– Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye
– Westminster Abbey Organ Recital

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(Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall)

Monday, October 3
– ‘The Queen’s Walk’ along the south bank of River Thames
– Millennium Bridge
– Ride the double-decker #11 bus
– Natural History Museum

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(View from south River Thames)

Tuesday, October 4
– Tower of London
– St. Paul’s Cathedral
– Sky Garden
– Dinner in Leadenhall Market

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Wednesday, October 5
– Greenwich
– River Cruise
– Dismounting Ceremony at Horse Guards Parade
– Trafagar Square
– London by Night Open Top Bus Tour

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(Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich)

Thursday, October 6
– Tower Bridge Exhibition
– Virgin Train from London Euston to Rugby and arrive at our friend’s home in Hinckley, Leicestershire

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Friday, October 7
– Stonehendge
– Bath

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Saturday, October 8
– Dovedale National Nature Reserve, Derbyshire

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Sunday, October 9
– Rugby Game
– Harry Potter Studio Tour

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Monday, October 10
– Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds
– Bibury, Cotswolds
– Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

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(Bibury, Cotswolds)

Tuesday, October 11
– Oxford

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(Radcliffe Camera)

Wednesday, October 12
– Virgin Train from Rugby to London Gatwick Airport
– Homework catch-up day

Thursday, October 13
– Flight home from London Gatwick Airport

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