My family is going to be in London in early August -- my planning is going well but I need some help figuring out two of the days. On Friday, we are planning to go to the Tower of London (arriving before it opens), and after a few hours there, go to see Tower Bridge in the afternoon. Do we need to get advance tickets for these or should we be fine if we show up early? If so, would 30-45 minutes before opening be enough?
On Saturday, we are planning to visit Westminster Abbey, Parliament and the Churchill museum. What order should we visit these in and should we get advance tickets? (We realize it will be a very full day.)
Lastly, is it a good idea to buy tickets for the London Eye and river cruise together and ahead of time?
I know London is very busy in the summer, particularly on the weekends, but we want to be as smart as we can about our time.
I appreciate any suggestions -- thanks in advance for your help!