National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place (just off Trafalgar Square)
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11 Apr 17, 10:14
are you trying to do all of this in one day? it could be doable in a day, but you haven't said which ones you're planning on going inside and how much time you've got, so we can't say.
if you're planning on going inside buckingham palace and parliament then you might struggle to get it all done. and the 22nd is the very first day that buckingham palace opens for the summer, so it will be very busy. you need to book your ticket in advance as well because they give you a specific time.
you don't really need to catch the tube from waterloo to leicester square. the London eye is only a quick five minute walk from the station, so you can do that first, and then walk across westminster bridge to Big Ben.
It looks like you're trying to show them all the sights in a day, so i would dump the national portrait gallery because if you're squeezed for time you've already got the national gallery, which is definitely better. Two galleries in one day is a bit dull -- how about walking down Whitehall and seeing Downing Street and the soldiers outside Horse Guards? You've missed out the neon lights Piccadilly Circus as well, which is within easy walking distance.
If you're walking the whole lot do it in this order: Waterloo to london eye, Big Ben (via Westminster bridge), Downing Street, horse guards, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham palace (via the mall and st James's park -- remember to cross over the bridge on the lake for the photo), Piccadilly Circus (via green park and Piccadilly), Leicester Square, Covent Garden
15 Apr 17, 19:02
Covent garden is a good choice. There will likely be street entertainment there. Nearby in Garrick St is a supermarket. You can buy sandwiches, ice-cream etc at normal supermarket prices and eat them in the churchyard opposite. The churchyard is very pleasant with grass, benches, and flowers. So that would be a good stop when you are hungry.
And, if you are not too tired, it's nice to walk beside the Thames at night and see the city lights.