Will arrive at Kings Cross by 10:30 am on Monday 4/13/15. Would like to visit the Tower of London, maybe the London Bridge Experience, & The Shard. The next day (Tuesday 4/14) I am thinking about seeing Big Ben (just pictures from outside), Westminster Abbey, British Museum, Trafalgar Square, and then a night tour on a sightseeing bus after dinner. On Wednesday I am planning a bus tour of Stonehenge & Bath. On Thursday see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and maybe a river cruise and catch a train at Kings Cross by 2:30 pm. My first question is whether this schedule seems feasible? My second question is with this schedule, would it make sense to purchase a London pass? I also need to find a decent hotel with a reasonable price for 3 nights, so any suggestions of hotel/location would be appreciated.
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9 Feb 15, 09:08
if you're getting to kings cross at midday, presumably you've still got to go to the hotel after that and maybe have something to eat, so you probably won't get to the tower of london until midday-ish. i would normally give the tower at least 3 hours. you can squeeze the other two in okay, but it won't give you a lot of spare time. luckily the shard stays open late. bear in mind that the tower is a lot of walking and a lot of stairs. the london bridge experience is on your feet as well. and you might already be knackered from the flight.
day two is easy enough. you can probably fit something else in as well. maybe the london eye? which is just across the river. or the national gallery. or you could go and have a look at leicester square and piccadilly circus which are within easy walking distance.
You should check the schedule for changing the guard closer to the date (they haven't released april yet), just to make sure that it's actually running on that day. because they only do it alternate days in april (it will either be the odd days or the even days) -- http://www.londondrum.com/events/?p=18995 by the time you have walked to the river after the ceremony to catch the boat, it will probably be 12:20 -- 12:30-ish (its a fair walk from the palace to the river, and buses won't be able to do it any quicker). which won't leave you very much time to ride a boat if you've got to get to kings cross by 2:30. especially if you've got to pick your bags up from the hotel as well
i would advise against getting a london pass. if you compare the prices of the individual attractions against the cost of a london pass then i doubt very much that you will save any money. you typically have to visit three or even four different attractions on each day to make it worthwhile, and some of your places aren't even included on the london pass anyway -- like the shard (and the british museum is already free). if you are thinking of getting it for the travelcard then just buy that separately -- the cost of a travelcard is the same whether you buy it normally or through a london pass.
15 Feb 15, 03:15
Thanks for your advice on the attractions, schedule, & the London pass. Do you have any recommendations regarding a hotel? I think that something within walking distance of Kings cross would be best so we can drop off and pick up on luggage easily.
15 Feb 15, 23:24
I've never personally stayed in a hotel around there, so I wouldn't like to recommend one. the closest place ive stayed is the holiday inn near great portland street, but that's probably a little bit too far to walk with luggage.
Kings cross is not the nicest area to stay. It might be more convenient for the first day, but for all the other days you'll have to get the bus or tube everywhere. If it was me I would try and move a little bit closer to the centre, somewhere like Bloomsbury is nice. Or around Holborn, I've stayed in a nice 4-star there -- http://www.londondrum.com/blog/?b=207