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3.5 Day Itinerary for London - Assistance Please

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3.5 Day Itinerary for London - Assistance Please

There will be two of us traveling to London September 25-29 leaving us about 3.5 days of exploring. It is two ladies of which one of us is mid 20's and the one is late 30's. We are ready to explore and shop our way through London and pack our days! Could someone please help us put together an itinerary as we have some ideas of what to do but no idea what things are near each other or if we are missing any must check out sights or shopping areas! We are not really into doing the museum thing.

Here is a list of some things we have seen that might be worth adding to our itinerary:

Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Borough and Camdem Lock Market, Eye of London, Thames River Cruise, Covent Garden, Harrods, Changing of Guards, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Tea Time, Oxford Street, Buckingham, Piccadilly

Not sure if some of that is not worth it or if there are better things to add in. Also, do you think there is time for a day trip?

I appreciate any feedback!

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1. Re: 3.5 Day Itinerary for London - Assistance Please

Definitely not time for a day trip.

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2. Re: 3.5 Day Itinerary for London - Assistance Please

Have you looked at a map?

You could see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace then walk through St James's park to Big Ben which is next to the London Eye. From there, walk through Whitehall passing No 10 Downing Street which would lead you to Trafalgar Square.

As to what is worth seeing then that is up to you.

Shopping wise, if you want department stores then Oxford Street is the place for you. Otherwise, it is tacky.

Piccadilly, would only attract me because of Fortnum and Mason and the Burlington Arcade.

Covent Garden is a lively spot with some great shops so I would keep that on your list.

Harrods, people either love or hate it. I fall into the former category. I quite like a browse around Sloane Street as well.

The Tower of London is usually on itineries and if you go there then set off early in the morning. Also see the crown jewels first.

Everything on your list is achievable but I agree that you haven't time for a day trip.

Edited: 12:36 pm, August 27, 2013
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3. Re: 3.5 Day Itinerary for London - Assistance Please

Borough Market is mainly for food, and isn't open every day. Are you shopping just to get a look at everything, or do you plan to make purchases, and if so, what kind? It would help us if we knew.

Count on the Tower of London taking up at least 3 hours, possibly up to 5.

I'm curious--what else is on your half day? Is that your departure day? If so, are you departing by train or plane? You may or may not half the half day you think. For example if you have a flight out to Boston at 2:00, you really need to leave London by 10:00 to arrive there at 11:00. Hardly a half day.

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4. Re: 3.5 Day Itinerary for London - Assistance Please

Something Free quick and lots of sights. 2miles at most under 2 hours is walking from Westminster bridge in a circle and a 2nd day in the City of London

Get tube to Westminster

. Directly opposite the exit is Big Ben. If you turn Left in about 100 yards is the Thames and London Eye but have a look if you have time later.

Turn right and in 100 yards cross Whitehall .Cross Parliament square on your left is Westminster Abbey. Go down Birdcage walk into St James Park.Walk thru park keeping lake to your left and you arrive at Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Monuement .

Turn and go up the Mall keeping St James park to your left. Pass Clarence Hous, St James Palace and the Duke of York steps on your left.

( if you deviate to go up the D of Y steps and walk along for about 300 yards you arrive at Piccadilly and Regent Street for shops)


under Admirality Arch into Trafalgar Square (National Gallery,St Martins in the Field)

Take 1st right down Whitehall . Past the Horseguards. If your on the hour you may see the changing of the mounted sentries of the Queens Houshold Cavalry (either Blues & Royals or Lifeguards)

Continue walking past Cenotaph, Downing St and you are back at Westminster where you started.

Across the bridge is the London Eye and the stop for the River bus. Next day you could catch it to Tower of London, St Pauls , the wibbly wobbly bridge over the Thames to the Shakespeares Globe and Tate Modern and Borough Market

Of course you would need more time for a detailed visit to some places but you can certainly see a lot

Edited: 1:38 pm, August 27, 2013
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5. Re: 3.5 Day Itinerary for London - Assistance Please

The best section of Oxford Street for middle range price shopping is between Marble Arch and Oxford Circus.

Half way along that section is Bond Street and New Bond St which have the designer wear shops. That leads down to Piccadilly and then a few yards away beside the Royal Academy is Burlington Arcade which is again full of top of the range designer shops.

Edited: 3:35 pm, August 27, 2013
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Thank you all for your suggestions!!!!

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