We are a family of 4 (kids ages 16,19) arriving on June 16 for 4 days in London. We are staying in an Airbnb in central London (the Clerkenwell area near Exmouth market- zone 1.) Our closest tube station in Farringdon and the bus stops right in front of our place. We arrive at Heathrow airport around 10:15am and plan to ride the tube (Picadilly line) into Central London. No clue about the tube system but were thinking about getting an Oyster card fo the 4 days we will be there- thoughts?
Here's a rough itinerary:
DAY 1: Saturday (arrival) - I'm guessing we will probably not get to our accommodation until at least 12:30ish....drop bags and acquaint ourselves. Possibly do a HOHO bus tour? Recommendations on a good one? We will be tired and jet lagged so this seemed to make sense but we are open to suggestions for weary travelers who want to take advantage of the day but don't want to do any major touring on arrival day bc of exhaustion.
DAY 2: 10:30-2pm We are doing the Grand Bike Tour with Brake Away to see all of the main attractions at a glance (London eye, Big Ben, Westminster abbey, changing of the guard, etc) This will give us an overview of the city and what we may want to do after the bike tour has ended. WE are meeting in the Waterloo district so will probably spend the rest of the day in that area-Possibly ride the London eye?? Thoughts on this? Is it worth it?
DAY 4: (Last day) This is where I'm stumped. Part of me wants to go to Windsor Castle for the day but another part of me wants to just enjoy the City and take in more museums. My husband wants to see the Churchill war rooms and I'd like to have tea with my daughter. I think my son is flexible. Thoughts??
I don't want to cram in too much but at the same time this is probably the only time we will be in London and I want to see as much as possible. I should mention the museums we want to visit and maybe someone can help us fit them into our rough itinerary?
Victoria & Albert Museum
Churchill War Rooms
Thanks in advance for any help or recommendations of things I haven't covered.