Here is the beginning outline, Looking for some comments and suggestions of more places to see. Have rented a apartment in Clerkenwell. Trip is with my wife and daughter (21 yr old) who is graduating from the university and this trip is a graduation cerebration. Will arrive London on Saturday morning May 23th and will take Eurostar to Paris on Saturday May 30th for a week in Paris. Cheers
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28 Feb 15, 16:16
a few things... you need to be careful of the timings when you're doing changing the guard, because if you want a great spot you won't have time to do anything beforehand (read my review). the queens gallery doesn't open until 10, and westminster abbey at 9.30 AM. even if you get to westminster abbey at bang on 9.30 AM and only give it 90 mins (which isn't enough time really), by the time you walk down to the palace you won't be able to get a good spot. same for the queens gallery. because you really need to spend at least an hour in that place. the queens gallery usually gives out timed tickets on busy days, so you can't even be sure what time you'll get in -- you may be asked to come back a couple of hours later
so that is something to bear in mind... you'll be better off just doing sightseeing before the changing the guard -- maybe taking some photos of parliament and big ben, down whitehall, past horse guards and downing street, and by trafalgar square. then you can just walk up the mall to the palace
your first day is a bit empty. you can use that sightseeing bus as a hop-on hop-off ticket, so you can get off and see some other stuff as you're going along. maybe you could get off around Bank and have a look round there. they've got some really fantastic buildings around that area. you could get off around tower bridge as well and have a look at that. a lot of people like the london eye... that is a good thing to do on your first day because you can get a good look at the city at the beginning of your holiday. you haven't got any room for piccadilly circus in your itinerary either. you've got to go there and get a photo of the neon lights. maybe have a look at Leicester square and covent garden as well, which are both close by.
the science museum and kensington palace are definitely worth doing, but if it was me i would probably give madame tussauds a miss and do something else. its just long queues, high prices... not really much to look at inside (especially if your kid is already 21) -- check out my review to see what its like inside. i would maybe go for the natural history museum instead, or harrods, because they are both in that area
i would give the london duck tour a miss as well, if it was me. it sounds exciting on paper, but the road bit of it will just be repeating the same stuff you saw on the first day (when you did that other bus tour), and the river bit only goes from lambeth bridge to westminster bridge -- have a look on a map and you will see that the only landmark it goes past is parliament. that is it! then it just turns back round and comes out again, if you want a boat tour then i would get a proper one (a TRS cruise or CityCruise from westminster pier, and travel all the way up the river to tower bridge. then walk over the bridge and back down the other side yourself to london bridge, for the shard. that is something you can save for later, because the shard opens late (but book your ticket online beforehand). if you want to treat your family then you could even book a meal in one of the restaurants halfway up the shard. there is a bar up there as well