Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Top 25 Daily Itineraries in London

This list was compiled by my friends, Kevin and Seda living in Turkey, who spent a month in London. I think it's a good list with lots of things that I would love to do in London too.

Top 25 Daily Itineraries in London

After spending a month in London with two young children, here is a compilation of our daily itineraries and our own “Best-of-London” list – in no particular order:
  1. Walk around Holland Park, Chelsea, and embassy row at Hyde Park
  2. Go to Princess Diana Memorial Childrens Park at Hyde (Kensington) Park for the kids to play and the Diana Memorial Fountain for the kids to walk around in the water with the adults. There’s also a smaller park playground on the south side of Hyde Park near the Knightsbridge tube stop
  3. Go to Kew Gardens, which has a Kids play area and a Tree top walk high above the ground
  4. Go to M&M World in Soho- very colorful and fun for kids to look around – and get some M&Ms
  5. See the Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, walk by Westminster abbey, Big Ben and the houses of parliament
  6. Visit the Natural History museum and the Dinosaurs exhibit, visit the Creepy crawlies exhibit
  7. Visit Harrods to see the bottom floor – the food courts and then walk around Kensington and Chelsea
  8. Go to Tate Modern and see the exhibits (in our case – Miro). Then walk across the nearby Millennium Bridge towards St Paul’s cathedral
  9. Go to Hamley’s toy store near Oxford Circus/Soho has 7 floors of kid craziness
  10. Go to Notting Hill to walk down Portobella Road Market for all its shops and vendors
  11. Go by the London bridge, walk to Embankment from there via the Bankside
  12. Go to the Museum of London and check out the maps made by London residents (check out the London Loos map!)
  13. Go to the Borough Market near the London Bridge tube station for its large outdoor food market.
  14. Go to the O2 Arena – enjoyable place with outside music, free exhibitions, and restaurants inside.
  15. Go to Richmond Green, and walk along the river in Richmond
  16. Have an afternoon tea as part of the tradition – enjoy the cucumber and salmon sandwiches, scones, cookies, jam and cream and a pot of tea
  17. Visit Hampton Court palace on a Monday when they have free family activities (Kaya and Alara made Knight’s helmets) and go through the maze
  18. Visit Windsor castle and see the Changing of the guard, climb the tower, go through the Doll and state houses, and see Georges church
  19. Go to Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum, stroll in Kensington, walk through Hyde Park and to the Marble Arch and the Speakers corner
  20. Visit Richmond Park to see the Deer, view of London, Pembroke Lodge, King Henry’s Mound – view of St Paul’s Cathedral
  21. Ride the London Eye and take a short (two stop) boat ride along the river. Visit St Paul’s Cathedral and walk all the way up St Paul’s dome
  22. Go to Covent Garden to walk around and see the Market and street performers. Visit Trafalgar square to see the statutes.
  23. Go to Cambridge for an afternoon to see this Town of colleges and walk along the river there
  24. Go to Camden Town market for shopping and then walk along the Camden Lock and up the hill to see the magnificent views of London from Primrose Hill
  25. Pack a picnic and enjoy the vast parks, greenery and serene August beauty of London and find a list of pubs for where you will be and enjoy a pint in each of them

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