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1st time in London - want to see as much as possible

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1st time in London - want to see as much as possible

Won tickets to Olympics so, of course, will work around that schedule. Bought London Pass (don't scold, but want the majority of costs spent up front). Staying at St. Ermine's.

Arrive at Heathrow at 10:05 am on Thursday 7/26.

Tickets to 7/27 opening ceremonies at 7:30 pm

Tickets to 7/28 4 matches beach volleyball at 2:30 pm

Tickets to 7/29 2 games (but probably can only force daughter to watch 1) men's basketball at 2:30 pm

tickets to 7/30 swimming at 7:30 pm

Fly out at 11:45 am on 7/31

Want to do EVERYTHING, but know it's not realistic. Daughter really wants ride a double-decker bus and to see Globe theater. Doesn't look like we can fit in one of the plays.

Can someone work out a potential itinerary for me?

St Paul's, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, Changing of the Guard, Big Ben are on my list of really want-to-do's.

Probably have to forego the Eye because Hubby's already upset with the costs and I haven't even left.

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1. Re: 1st time in London - want to see as much as possible

How old is your daughter? The Tower of London is definitely a must see as is Westminster Abby.

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2. Re: 1st time in London - want to see as much as possible

Sorry. Daughter is 18 years old. This will be her high school graduation present.

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3. Re: 1st time in London - want to see as much as possible

The Beach Volleyball is at Horse Guards so Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace will all be in walking distance. If you arrive at Westminster early on 7/28 you might be able to fit all those in before 2.30pm. I have never been to the changing of the guard. I understand you have to arrive early to get a good spot.

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4. Re: 1st time in London - want to see as much as possible

Lucky daughter.

Come and enjoy.

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5. Re: 1st time in London - want to see as much as possible

The Changing of the Guard involves a fair amount of standing around for a small payoff. Consider watching the Horse Guards change in Whitehall as an alternative.

Of double decker buses there are thousands in central London. You and Miss stwrdt will find plenty of them in Victoria Street and beyond: tfl.gov.uk/tfl/…victoria-2277.pdf The number 15 from Trafalgar Square to the Tower and the number 9 from Trafalgar Square to Kensington High Street operate Routemasters: proper old style buses with open platforms at the back and conductors on board. Travelcards are accepted on Routemaster services.

Westminster Abbey and the clock tower for Big Ben are adjacent to each other in Parliament Square. Take the 15 towards Tower Hill or Blackwall for St Paul's, and continue on the 15 for the Tower. tfl.gov.uk/tfl/…westminster-2298.pdf tfl.gov.uk/tfl/…charingcrossquad-2048.pdf

The RV1 from Tower Gateway or Covent Garden will take you along the South Bank for the Eye and the Globe Theatre and to / from the Tower as well: tfl.gov.uk/tfl/…aldwychquad-11500.pdf tfl.gov.uk/tfl/…toweroflondon-2261.pdf Alternately, walk across Millennium Bridge from St Paul's and then take the RV1 to the Tower.

Given the time needed for travel to and from the venues, your sightseeing will be limited to a few hours on the 26th, part of the 27th and most of the day on the 30th.

You can walk from the Jolly St Ermin's to Parliament Square. From Westminster station you may take the District or Circle line to Tower Hill, but taking the bus will allow you to see some of London rather than the inside of Underground tunnels.

Be prepared with alternate methods of travel from point to point. If for example Westminster station is chockablock or there are problems on the District or Circle line you should know how to get from there to Tower Hill; the spider maps given above are useful in that respect.

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6. Re: 1st time in London - want to see as much as possible

The Beach Volleyball is at Horse Guards, so the changing of the guards over there will not happen during the Olympics.

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7. Re: 1st time in London - want to see as much as possible

Olympics or no, they'll still sh one t on Whitehall.

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8. Re: 1st time in London - want to see as much as possible

Just for clarification, the St. Ermin's is no longer the Jolly St Ermins - it has had two different owners over the past few years.

Also, the hotel is literally around the corner from St. James's Park tube station which is on the District and Circle lines, so no need to get to Westminster station.

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9. Re: 1st time in London - want to see as much as possible

If it is on a day that accommodates your schedule, consider doing the London Walks (www.walks.com) Westminster and West End walk. It starts about 10:30 and goes for 2 hours. Fantastic walk and you get to see (enough) of the Changing of the Guard to satisfy without having to wait hours. Their Westminster Abbey walk also sounds great.

Get to the Tower of London EARLY and then you can go to Tower Bridge (they are right next to each other).

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10. Re: 1st time in London - want to see as much as possible

Just walk as much as possible - central london is really easy to get around on foot and it just opens up so much stuff and sights - also public transport will be HELLISH all through the games. Hope it stops raining for you!