Can you offer Palliyana some help with this itinerary? Why not post a reply?
9 Jul 15, 17:38
maybe we can help a bit better if you tell us a date, because then we can say if places like buckingham palace and parliament will be open for tours. and what kind of things are you interested in? galleries, museums, history? then we can tell you the not-to-be-missed stuff
things that i would include myself, that you haven't got, are a trip up the shard, a boat trip from big ben to greenwich i would swap the science myseum for the V&A (the science museum is still okay though) i love london zoo as well, but that will take up half-a-day at least.
you definitely need to go and have a look at The City
i would probably scrap Ripley's, because that's a bit rubbish in my opinion (and expensive!). I would only go there if I had kids (and even then i probably wouldn't!)
buckingham palace opens for tours on the 25th july... (your last day). is that the day you fly home? if not then you should definitely try and book a ticket for it now, because you won't be able to get in if you just turn up on the day. here is the info: tickets.royalcollection.org.uk/state-ro ... -2015/2015
unfortunately parliament doesn't open till the 27th, so you won't be able to go inside that
getting a train from greenwich isn't too bad, but it's a fair distance (you definitely don't want to get a bus -- that's too far) there's no underground station in greenwich, so you have to get the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) instead. it's not ideal, because you'll probably have to get another train or bus afterwards, but it's actually quite fun, because it's a driverless monorail train -- http://www.londondrum.com/blog/?b=202
The DLR only takes you as far as Tower Hill (for Tower Bridge and the Tower of London) or Bank, which is in the heart of 'The City' (the financial square mile -- the business area of London). you need to go to Bank at least once, because you don't want to miss getting a photo of the Royal Exchange.