Greenwich Village

Today we will spend a day taken at a leisurely pace to enjoy the beautiful views and wander around a museum.

Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi
  • Doorstep

From Hotel to Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich DLR Station:

  • Total travel time is about 1 hour 2 mins.
  • From Hotel walk about 3 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Broadway
  • Take the District Upminster to Cannon Street Underground Station
  • Total travel time is about 27 mins (14 stops)
  • 11th Stop: Temple, 12th Stop: Blackfriars, 13th Stop: Mansion House
  • Alight at Cannon Street Underground Station and walk 4 mins to Bank Station DLR
  • Take the DLR Lewisham to Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich DLR Station
  • Total travel time is about 18 mins (10 stops)
  • 7th Stop: Crossharbour, 8th Stop: Mudchute DLR Station, 9th Stop: Island Gardens

We will visit the following:

  1. Cutty Sark
  2. Greenwich Market
  3. Greenwich Park (2 hours)
  4. Royal Observatory (2 hours 30 mins)
  5. National Maritime Museum, Free (2 hours )
  6. The Queen’s House
  7. The Painted Hall
  8. The Trafalgar

Stop 1 – Cutty Sark
Continue on with the river behind us, heading up Greenwich Church Street. From here turn left onto Turnpin Lane, boasting many fine houses dating back to the early 1800’s, into Greenwich Market

Stop 2 – Greenwich Market
Exit the market onto Nelson Road and turn left along King William Walk. Enter Greenwich Park and walk up the hill.

Stop 3 – Greenwich Park
Continue up the hill toward The Royal Observatory

Stop 4 – The Royal Observatory

  • Stand at the centre of world time and space, on the prime meridian of the globe. The Meridian line crosses the Observatory courtyard (entrance fee) and it also crosses Greenwich Park. We can see the line up close for free by going through the small gate to the right of the clock and the examples of British Weights and Measures on the wall next to the Observatory.
  • Trivia: To help people synchronize their clocks to Greenwich Mean Time, the Astronomer Royal in 1833, John Pond, had the time ball installed on top of the observatory. The ball drops daily at 1:00pm all year-round – so get our mobile phones and our watches ready!

Stop 5 – National Maritime Museum

Leave the Observatory and head back down the hill. Follow the marked paths and signs toward the National Maritime Museum

  • One of the highlights is the actual jacket that Nelson wore during the Battle of Trafalgar (allow for 2 hours).

Walk along the marked path towards The Queen’s House

Stop 6 – The Queen’s House

From here walk towards the river and turn right onto Romney Road. Then make a left onto Park Row and walk all the way down to The Painted Hall
Stop 7 – The Painted Hall

We can take part in their guided tours of the space or download their self-guided tour http://www.ornc.org/assets/images/shared/ORNC_PH_leaflet_(ENG).pdf

Stop 8 – The Trafalgar
We could also have a look around the Old Royal Naval College (http://www.londondrum.com/cityguide/old-royal-naval-college.php). Don’t miss the famous Painted Hall and Chapel (allow for 60 mins).

If you haven’t already had a spot of lunch, then we recommend walking into the historic town centre. Greenwich (http://www.londondrum.com/cityguide/greenwich.php) is a World Heritage Site that dates back hundreds of years, and there are plenty of old pubs in Greenwich.

When you’ve got some energy back, take a stroll up the hill in Greenwich Park (http://www.londondrum.com/cityguide/greenwich-park.php), for some fantastic views of the London skyline. Then check out the Royal Observatory (http://www.londondrum.com/cityguide/royal-observatory.php). The museum covers everything from time-keeping to astronomy, and there is a large planetarium on site with several shows a day (allow for 3 hours in total).

After dinner, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.

National Maritime Museum (Free)

Opening Hours:  10:00am to 5:00pm (Mon-Sun); Last entry 30 mins before closing

Visiting hours are subject to change

Address:  Romney Road, Greenwich SE10 9NF

Tel:  Work 0208 312 6565

Ticket cost:  Adults free entry

Time required:  A typical visit to National Maritime Museum lasts 1½-2 hours (approx)

Web:  rmg.co.uk (http://www.rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum)

Buses:  129, 177, 180, 188, 199, 386

London bus fares (http://www.londondrum/transport/bus-fares-ticket-prices.php)

Trains:  Cutty Sark (http://www.londondrum.com/transport/trains.php?station=cutty-sark) DLR

The closest train station to National Maritime Museum is Cutty Sark (http://www.londondrum.com/transport/train-station.php?near=nationalmaritimemuseum)

London underground fares (http://www.londondrum/transport/train-fares-ticket-prices.php)

Some of the photographs taken in London.

Museums, Harrods, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

Day At The Museums, Harrods, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Plan route:

  1. Victoria and Albert Museum (1 – 2 hours)
  2. Natural History Museum (2 – 3 hours)
  3. Science Museum (2 – 3 hours)
  4. Option A: Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (1 hour 30 mins each) (Optional depending on time)
  5. Option B: Harrods
  6. Option C:

Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi
  • Doorstep
    From Hotel to Victoria and Albert Museum:
  • Total travel time is about 19 mins.
  • From Hotel walk about 7 mins, 0.3 miles to Hammersmith Station
  • Take the Piccadilly Cockfosters from Hammersmith to South Kensington Station
  • Total travel time is about 8 mins (4 stops)
  • 1st Stop – Barons Court Station; 2nd Stop – Earl’s Court, 3rd Stop – Gloucester Road, 4th Stop – South Kensington
  • Alight at South Kensington Station
  • From South Kensington Station Walk about 4 min , 0.2 miles to Victoria and Albert Museum.

Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Estimated time to spend: 1 to 2 hours or less.

Lunch options:
Option A: At any of the cafes or
Option B: Bring our own food to be eaten at dedicated picnic areas in the Museum: the Picnic Terrace on Level -1, and outside Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery on Level 3.
Natural History Museum

  • Estimated time to spend: 2 to 3 hours or more

Must See:

  • “Dippy” a 32 meter long replica of a Diplodocus Carnegii skeleton
  • In the Large Mammals Hall you can see the skeleton and model of a blue whale which is 25 meters long.
  • Another giant is Archie, an 8 meter long giant squid caught off the Falkland Islands in 2004.
  • The Treasures in the Cadogan Gallery is a collection of 22 of the most unusual exhibits in the museum like the fossils of dinosaur teeth; the Emperor Penguin Egg which was brought back from the Antarctic by Captain Scott; a first edition of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and the intricately carved 17th century Hans Sloan’s Pautilus Shell.

To See:
Earth Galleries: Rocks and minerals

  • Look out for the genuine pieces of moon rock and fossils – which our ancestors believed to be the weapons of Zeus
  • Models of volcanoes erupting and tectonic simulators let you experience the sensations first-hand, and there’s also a mock-up of a Japanese supermarket during the 1995 Kobe earthquake, so you can feel the ground shivering and shaking as the power is unleashed.

Earth’s Treasury, where you can see real sapphires, diamonds, rocks and minerals… plus some lowly grains of sand
Science Museum

  • Estimated time to spend: 2 to 3 hours or more

Depending on time, we have 2 options:
Option 1 – Visit Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Option 2 – Shopping at Harrods
Option 1: Walk to Royal Albert Hall
Option 2: Take Bus 360 from South Kensington Museums (Stop K) to Royal Albert Hall (Stop RC). 3 mins non stop

Walk AROUND the Royal Albert Hall to the back, where you will see a wonderful statue of Prince Albert himself.
Royal Albert Hall – Take pix of The figure of Albert and The inscription that runs around the top of the Hall.
It’s free to simply walk around the entirety of the outside.

Albert Memorial – photo op

Kensington Palace (Paid), Kensington Gardens (Free) – look for the partially hidden statue of Peter Pan which is here as a reminder to the Boy who never grew up
Serpentine Galleries, Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
The Serpentine

Speaker’s Corner
Marble Arch
Go for Dinner nearby, if still not tired may do some shopping in Oxford Street.
To Buy from Harrods:

  • Harrods English Butterscotch Biscuits (Cookies) Price: £7.95
  • Harrods Coffee in an Exclusive Tin Price: £10.95

If time permits we may visit Harrods – the world’s most famous department store. You’ll find it a short walk down the Brompton Road (allow for 1 hour shopping time, or more if you use the restaurant).

May also visit nearby shops – Top Shop, Zara, Sainsbury’s Local
Dinner will be at nearby places.

  1. Leto
    https://letocaffe.co.uk/menus/
  2. McDonalds, Brompton Road
  3. Pizza Express
  4. Hawksmoor Knightsbridge
    2 Courses £25.00, 3 Courses £28.00 (Available for reservations made Monday – Thursday 12-6.30pm and Friday – Saturday 12.00-6.30pm, 10pm – 10.30pm)
    To try – sticky toffee pudding, dessert with chocolate and salted caramel https://thehawksmoor.com/locations/knightsbridge/food/lunch-dinner/

From Harrods to Hotel:

  • Total travel time is about 22 mins.
  • From Hotel walk about 5 mins, 0.2 miles to Knightsbridge Station
    Take the Piccadilly Heathrow Terminal 4 from Knightsbridge Station to Hammersmith Station
  • Total travel time is about 11 mins (5 stops)

From Hammersmith Station Walk about 6 min , 0.3 miles to Hotel.
After a satisfying steak dinner and shopping, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.

Victoria & Albert Museum[FREE]

Opening Hours:  Sat-Thu 10:00am – 5:45 pm, Fri 10:00am – 10:00pm

Address:  Cromwell Rd., South Kensington, London

Tel:  020 7942-2000

The V&A Museum holds the world’s largest collection of decorative arts and design objects! Some of the over 4.5million pieces include music instruments or statues, relating to fashion or history, as well as a rotating collection of fantastic exhibitions. Our personal favourite, the “Britain” gallery with artefacts relating to the history of Britain includes an entire Jacobean room that has been rebuilt inside the Museum.

Science Museum [FREE]

Opening Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm

Address:  Exhibition Rd., South Kensington, London

Tel:  0870 870-4868

A family favourite, this museum offers a lot of hands-on exhibitions, creating an awesome interactive experience. From the world’s oldest steam locomotive, the first jet engine, and even an IMAX theatre showing science and nature documentaries, there is a lot to see here.

Natural History Museum [FREE]

Opening Hours:  10:00am – 5:50pm

Address:  Cromwell Rd., SW7, Southwest London

Tel:  020/7942-5000

The Natural History Museum is filled with fascinating pieces collected from all over the world: extinct animals, and even better a T-Rex dinosaur that moves while you stand in the shadow of the skeleton, a cutting of one of the largest trees in the world, and collections of spiders and butterflies. You can take a walk through the solar system or take a close look at the gemstone collection that rivals the Queen’s!

Royal Albert Hall

One of the most famous concert venues in Europe, the Royal Albert Hall opened to the public in 1871, and quickly became one of the most high-profile musical venues in the country, hosting more than 350 events every year. The Hall is named after its’ founder, Prince Albert (husband to Queen Victoria) who never lived to see the completion of the Hall, having died in 1861. Today the Hall holds various events including concerts, Cirque du Soleil performances, film premieres and the BRIT awards. It is possible to tour the Hall with a paid-for-guided-tour but it’s free to simply walk around the entirety of the outside.

The inscription that runs around the top of the Hall is a dedication that reads: This hall was erected for the advancement of the arts and sciences and works of industry of all nations in fulfilment with the intention of Albert Prince Consort. The site was purchased with the proceeds of the Great Exhibition of the year MDCCCLI. The first stone of the Hall was laid by Her Majesty Queen Victoria on the twentieth day of May MDCCCLXVII and it was opened by Her Majesty the Twenty Ninth of March in the year MDCCCLXXI. Thine O Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty. For all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine. The wise and their works are in the hand of God. Glory by to God on high and on earth peace. …whew!

Walk AROUND the Royal Albert Hall to the back, where you will see a wonderful statue of Prince Albert himself. With the statue and the Hall behind you, go down the steps. Turn left onto PRINCE CONSORT RODE. Walk until you come onto EXHIBITION ROAD and turn RIGHT. This road will take you straight to the SCIENCE MUSEUM, THE V&A MUSEUM and THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM.

Albert Memorial

Commissioned by Queen Victoria as a tribute to her late husband, Prince Albert, the Albert Memorial was opened in 1872 by the Queen herself. The Memorial is 176 ft tall (54 m) and was built at a cost of £120,000 – which is the same as over £10 million today! It took ten years to complete the structure, which depicts a seated golden Prince Albert, under a canopy and surrounded by statues that represent the areas of the globe (Asia, Africa, America and Europe) as well as arts and sciences (agriculture, commerce, engineering, and manufacture). To provide a base for the gigantic statue, the gardens here were dug up and filled in with a series of stone and brick arches to support the Memorial, which was then covered up and relayed with grass, leaving no trace of the huge work that was undertaken here.

The figure of Albert is facing your next stop.

Kensington Palace (Paid)

Opening Hours:  Nov-Feb 10:00am – 4:00pm, March-Oct 10:00am – 6:00pm
Address: The Broad Walk, Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London
Tel:  0844/482-7799

Admission: £19
Tube: Queensway, High Street Kensington

Web: www.hrp.org.uk

The side of the Palace facing the pond features a marble statue of Queen Victoria (actually carved by one of her daughters) who was born here on the 29th of May 1819. The Palace was built by King William III and his wife Queen Mary II in the 1680’s and much of the work seen today was completed by noted architect Sir Christopher Wren (who also designed St. Paul’s Cathedral).

In the 1990’s, Kensington Palace became home to Diana, Princess of Wales and her sons on her divorce from Prince Charles and it was here that Diana was living when she was killed in Paris on the 31st of August 1997. Many people will recognise the golden front gates of the Palace as the location for millions of flowers and tributes (reaching over 5ft deep) that were placed here shortly after her death.

On a happier note, it is here at Kensington Palace that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, live with their son, George (and soon-to-be baby number 2, as of writing). The palace is open to the public, but the quarters of the royal-couple are completely off-limits.

Once you have explored the grounds – or indeed the palace itself – position yourself with your back to the marble statue of Queen Victoria. Turn RIGHT and walk down the path you are standing on (THE BROAD WALK) until you get to the edge of the park. Turn LEFT and walk until you reach the ALBERT MEMORIAL and ROYAL ALBERT HALL.

Kensington Gardens (Free)
Visit Duration: 1 hour, 30 mins

Opening Hours:  6:00am – -dusk
Address:  Kensington, London

Tube: High Street Kensington, Lancaster Gate, Queensway, South Kensington Web:

Phone Number: 030 0061-2000

www.royalparks.gov.uk

1.2 KM, 15 minutes walking from Hyde Park

The lovely Kensington Gardens which border with the Hyde Park well deserves a spot in any trip itinerary to London. Like the Hyde Park, the Kensington Gardens was also a royal garden and was later opened for the public. The Garden is somewhat more quiet than Hyde Park and less crowded. This piece of greenery is a perfect location for a stroll or picnic under the shades of the lovely trees.

Kensington Gardens’ most noteworthy view is the Kensington Palace which was the birthplace of the Queen Victoria and was the former residence of the Late Princess Diana.

While in the park, look for the partially hidden statue of Peter Pan which is here as a reminder to the Boy who never grew up. It was also the garden which was where the shooting of the film “Finding Neverland” featuring Johnny Depp as the famous J.M. Barrie had taken place. The park has been the location for many other films such as  Bridget Jones Diary, Edge of Reason, Wimbledon and many others.

Apart from being a film favorite location, Kensington Gardens is a nature lover’s perfect park. You will find swans swimming in the lakes and the beautiful Italian fountain garden in the midst of the garden. Kensington Garden is considered to be more formal than the Hyde Park as it is only open during the day. This garden is an excellent place for joggers, morning walkers and cyclists. On a fine day, you will even find many sunbathing or enjoying a picnic.

Serpentine Galleries Here are two contemporary art galleries, located a short walk from one another. Both museums are free and have a constantly-changing schedule of various pieces and exhibitions, both inside and outside their buildings. The original Serpentine Gallery was established in 1970 and has held works by people like Andy Warhol, Gustav Metzger, Jeff Koons, Man Ray, etc.  Read our post on free London museums and galleries.

The second gallery was opened in 2013 and is located inside a former gunpowder store from 1805.

Continue walking through the park in a north western direction. You will soon come to the Round Bond, and just beyond this pond is KENSINGTON PALACE.

The Serpentine

Created by Queen Caroline of Ansbach, wife to King George II in 1730, this beautiful recreational lake has a surface area of 16.2 hectares and marks the boundary between Hyde Park and Kensington Garden. The Serpentine today is visited by the public who come here to feed birds, take pleasure boats along the water, or even swim in the summer months. During the London Olympics, the Serpentine was the venue for the men and women’s triathlon and marathon swimming events. Think about grabbing a drink at the cafe here and enjoy your walk along the water!

Keep heading west along the water until you get to CARRIAGE DRIVE, which will allow you to cross the water. Turn LEFT onto the bridge, then make a RIGHT when you see the SERPENTINE GALLERIES.

Speaker’s Corner

This north-easy point of Hyde Park has been a popular place for public speaking since the 1800’s. Any member of the public can speak here, however, police can intervene if the speech is said to be “unlawful” or “profane.” Today, most speakers here are preaching on religious and political matters, both topics having actually caused riots to break out here in decades gone past. Notable Speaker’s Corner orators include Vladmir Lenin, George Orwell, and Karl Marx, just to name a few.

Follow one of the paths through Hyde Park – keeping an eye on posted maps as you go to keep you in a southwest direction. Soon you will come to THE SERPENTINE.

Marble Arch

Built in 1827 by esteemed architect Sir John Nash (who also laid out Regent’s Street), the Marble Arch was originally supposed to be an entrance to Buckingham Palace, and it was first placed outside the Palace when it was constructed – where the famous balcony at the East Front of the Palace is today. In 1851, Buckingham Palace was expanded and the arch was moved to its current location. Traditionally, only members of the Royal Family and the Royal Horse Artillery are allowed to pass under the Arch!

Leave the Marble Arch Roundabout and into the park. Cross over CUMBERLAND GATE and come to the corner of HYDE PARK. As soon as you enter, you will be standing at SPEAKERS CORNER.

Here are some photographs taken in London.

Night at the Museum

Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi

Plan route:

  • Little Venice
  • British Museum – Fridays the museum is open until 8.30pm. Plan to stay: 2-3 hours
  • Sir John Soane museum
  • Saint George Bloomsbury (Church)

Option 1:
From Hotel to Little Venice:

  • Total travel time is about 24 mins.
  • From Hotel take bus to Hammersmith Station, stop Hammersmith (Stop W)
  • From Hotel walk about 5 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Station (not Broadway)
  • Take the Hammersmith & City Barking to Paddington Station
  • Total travel time is about 12 mins (8 stops)
  • 5th Stop: Ladbroke Grove Station, 6th Stop: Westbourne Park, 7th Stop: Royal Oak
  • Alight at Paddington Station and walk 2 mins to Paddington Station
  • Take the Bakerloo Queen’s Park to Warwick Avenue Station
  • Total travel time is about 1 min (nonstop)
  • Alight at Warwick Avenue Station and walk 2 mins, 0.2 miles to Little Venice
  • Exit Station and walk following the traffic on Warwick Avenue
  • Turn Right on Warwick Avenue and walk following the traffic.
  • Turn Left on Warwick Avenue and walk against the traffic till Warwick Place
  • Continue walking on Warwick Place till Bloomfield Road, then turn Left
  • Follow the road, then turn right on Westbourne Terrace Road.

Option 2:
From Hotel to Little Venice:

  • Total travel time is about 27 mins.
  • From Hotel take bus to Hammersmith Station, stop Hammersmith (Stop W)
  • From Hotel walk about 5 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Station (not Broadway)
  • Take the Circle King’s Cross to Royal Oak Station
  • Total travel time is about 10 mins (7 stops)
  • 4th Stop: Latimer Road Station, 5th Stop: Ladbroke Grove Station, 6th Stop: Westbourne Park

Alight at Royal Oak Station and walk 12 mins, 0.6 miles to Little Venice

  • Exit Station and walk against the traffic on Lord Hills Bridge/B411 toward Harrow Rd/A404
  • Turn left onto Harrow Rd/A404 onto Bourne Terrace
  • Continue straight onto Bourne Terrace
  • Turn left onto Chichester Rd
  • Turn right onto Delamere Terrace
  • Turn left at Westbourne Terrace Rd

(A) Little Venice: Walk southeast along Warwick Avenue towards Little Venice. The canal intersects with Warwick Avenue and so you should see the canal running below the road on your left and right. Start by turning right and walking on the sidewalk until you come to the stairs leading down to the towpath. Walk down to the towpath and around this circular bit of Little Venice to see some of the most famous boats in the area. There are many businesses that operate out of canal boats such as the Floating Boater Cafe, Waterside Cafe, or the Puppet Theatre Barge!

(B) Rembrandt Gardens: Adjacent to Little Venice are the Rembrandt Gardens. 5000 tulips and 500 hyacinths were donated to the formerly named Warwick Gardens to mark the 700th birthday of the City of Amsterdam. The name of the ornamental gardens was then changed to celebrate the gift.If you fancy a quick walk around, head back up to the sidewalk to have a look before continuing down along the towpath.

(C) The heart of Little Venice: The stretch of canal located on the other side of Warwick Street is the most famous bit of Little Venice. As each boat is someone’s home, they vary immensely in terms of colour and style.

(D) Cafe LaVille: Continue east along the canal towards Regent’s Park. If you’re in need of a drink or snack, pop into this small cafe which has beautiful views of the canal as it is located directly above the water.

Lunch will be at Paddington station burger king or macDonald’s
Take to oxford underground – tottenham, lunch at flat iron

British Museum

  • To see The Rosetta Stone, Mummy of Katebet, the Lewis Chessmen
    Daily eye-opener tours
    Free
    30-40 minute tours
    Throughout the day
    Meet at the relevant gallery

Please note: the Collecting the World tour meets outside Room 1

  • 11.00 Collecting the World, Room 2
  • 11.15 Roman Britain, Room 49
  • 11.30 Ancient Greece, Room 17
  • 11.45 Ancient Iraq, Room 56
  • 12.00 Africa, Room 24
  • 12.30 The Enlightenment Gallery, Room 1
  • 12.45 Mexico, Room 27
  • 14.15 World of Money, Room 68
  • 14.30 Ancient Egypt, Room 64
  • 14.45 Medieval Europe, Room 41
  • 15.15 Ancient Rome, Room 70
  • 15.45 Assyrian Reliefs, Room 6

Lunchtime gallery talks
Free
45 minute talks with guest speaker or curator
Tuesdays–Fridays, 13.15
Spotlight tours
Friday evening spotlight tours
Free
20 minute tours focussing on highlights
Every Friday evening

  • 17.00 & 17.30 The Parthenon
  • 18.30 & 19.00 The Enlightenment
  • 17.00 & 17.30 Rosetta Stone
  • 18.30 & 19.00 Death in ancient Egypt

After dinner, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.

ADDRESS

British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

OPENING TIMES

Selected galleries are open late Thu & Fri | Closed 1 January, Good Friday, 24, 25, 26 December

PRICES

FREE | Charges apply to major temporary exhibitions.

Sir John Soane’s Museum

Address:  13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP

Opening times:  Wednesdays to Sundays, 10.00am – 17.00pm, Last entry at 16.30pm

Admission is free

Welcome to the historic house, museum and library of distinguished 19th century architect Sir John Soane. At Soane’s request, the house has been left untouched since his death – almost 180 years ago.

Prepare for your visit with our amazing digital fly-through of the house ‘Explore Soane

Some of the photographs taken in London.

Warner Bros Studios Tour London The Making of Harry Potter

A wonderful place to visit and enjoy an entire day of seeing the behind the scene of Harry Potter special effects.

Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi
  • Doorstep

After breakfast, we shall begin our 1 day adventure to Warner Bros. Studios Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter in Leavesden, southeastern England.

Take anytime from 12.30pm to 3pm tour
Estimated time to spend: 4 hours
Estimated travel time: 1.30 hours
Must leave hotel before 10.30am. Need to be in bus by 10.30am.
Last Tour 6.45pm
Closes at: 10pm

  • Experience your favorite Harry Potter scenes and characters as you explore independently
  • Walk through Diagon Alley, the Great Hall and other sets used in the films
  • See the original Hogwarts Express steam engine and pose for photos at Platform 9 ¾
  • Discover the actual props, costumes and special effects that made the movies so magical

From Hotel
walk to Iffley Road to take bus
27 to Kensington Station (Stop K) Chalk Farm,
6 stops away , 14 mins.
3rd stop: Latymer Court (Stop G),
4th stop: Brook Green (Stop H),
5th stop: North End Road (Stop J),
6th stop: Kensington Station (Stop K)
Walk 4 mins to Kensington (Olympia)

From Kensington (Olympia) take the Southern Milton Keynes Central, 30 min(4 stops) to Watford Junction. 1st stop: Shepherd’s Bush, 2nd stop: embley Central, 3rd stop: Harrow & Wealdstone, 4th stop: Watford Junction

Walk about 1 min , 276 ft to Watford Junction Railway Station
Walk to Watford Junction Railway Station (Stop 4) to take the coach (311 – Service run by Mullanys Coaches) to Harry Potter Studio. 15 mins travel time.
Need to pay cash.

RETURN TICKET £2.50
SINGLE TICKET £2.00

Need to arrive 20 minutes earlier than booked time.

Collection of tickets are from the ticket windows or automated kiosks outside the main entrance!

The entrance is strictly via timed entry as per your ticket. They are really strict on it so do be punctual!

After dinner, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter allows you to walk around independently to see real sets used in the Harry Potter movies, including the Great Hall and Dumbledore’s office. Check out the storefronts of Flourish and Blotts, Ollivanders wand shop, Gringotts Wizarding Bank, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and Eeylops Owl Emporium as you explore Diagon Alley, pretending that Harry, Hermoine and Ron are right by your side.

Learn about the special effects and makeup that brought spells and beloved characters like Dobby to the screen, and see costumes and props used by the actors. Don’t-miss photo ops abound, so don’t forget to charge your camera!

Your experience ends at Platform 9 ¾ , where you can pose with a luggage cart as it disappears into the wall and enjoy an up-close view of the original Hogwarts Express train, whose 78-year-old engine billows steam. Then make the drive back to London to conclude your tour of the magic of moviemaking.

Some photographs taken at Studio.

I have taken more than 1000 photographs at the studio, it is too much to display here. You must go and visit to enjoy what I have seen there.

Museums Harrods Hyde Park

Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi
  • Doorstep

Plan route:

  1. Victoria and Albert Museum (1 – 2 hours)
  2. Natural History Museum (2 – 3 hours)
  3. Science Museum (2 – 3 hours)
  4. Option A: Harrods
  5. Option B: Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (1 hour 30 mins each) (Optional depending on time)

From Hotel to Victoria and Albert Museum:

  • Total travel time is about 19 mins.
  • From Hotel walk about 7 mins, 0.3 miles to Hammersmith Station
  • Take the Piccadilly Cockfosters from Hammersmith to South Kensington Station
  • Total travel time is about 8 mins (4 stops)
  • 1st Stop – Barons Court Station; 2nd Stop – Earl’s Court, 3rd Stop – Gloucester Road, 4th Stop – South Kensington
  • Alight at South Kensington Station
  • From South Kensington Station Walk about 4 min , 0.2 miles to Victoria and Albert Museum.

Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Estimated time to spend: 1 to 2 hours or less.

Lunch options:
Option A: At any of the cafes or
Option B: Bring our own food to be eaten at dedicated picnic areas in the Museum: the Picnic Terrace on Level -1, and outside Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery on Level 3.
Natural History Museum

  • Estimated time to spend: 2 to 3 hours or more

Must See:

  • “Dippy” a 32 meter long replica of a Diplodocus Carnegii skeleton
  • In the Large Mammals Hall you can see the skeleton and model of a blue whale which is 25 meters long.
  • Another giant is Archie, an 8 meter long giant squid caught off the Falkland Islands in 2004.
  • The Treasures in the Cadogan Gallery is a collection of 22 of the most unusual exhibits in the museum like the fossils of dinosaur teeth; the Emperor Penguin Egg which was brought back from the Antarctic by Captain Scott; a first edition of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and the intricately carved 17th century Hans Sloan’s Pautilus Shell.

To See:
Earth Galleries: Rocks and minerals

  • Look out for the genuine pieces of moon rock and fossils – which our ancestors believed to be the weapons of Zeus
  • Models of volcanoes erupting and tectonic simulators let you experience the sensations first-hand, and there’s also a mock-up of a Japanese supermarket during the 1995 Kobe earthquake, so you can feel the ground shivering and shaking as the power is unleashed.

Earth’s Treasury, where you can see real sapphires, diamonds, rocks and minerals… plus some lowly grains of sand
Science Museum
Estimated time to spend: 2 to 3 hours or more
Depending on time, we have 2 options:

  • Option 1 – Dinner at Hawksmoor Knightsbridge and Shopping at Harrods
  • Option 2 – Visit Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

Dinner will be at nearby places.
Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

2 Courses £25.00, 3 Courses £28.00 (Available for reservations made Monday – Thursday 12-6.30pm and Friday – Saturday 12.00-6.30pm, 10pm – 10.30pm)
To try – sticky toffee pudding, dessert with chocolate and salted caramel
https://thehawksmoor.com/locations/knightsbridge/food/lunch-dinner/

From Science Museum to Hawksmoor Knightsbridge:

  • Total travel time is about 7 mins.
  • From Science Museum walk about 5 mins, 0.2 miles to Victoria and Albert Museum (Stop M) Bus stop
  • Take the Bus 74 Baker Street to Brompton Square (Stop KW) Bus Stop
  • Total travel time is about 1 min (non stop)

Alight at Brompton Square (Stop KW) Bus Stop and walk 2 mins, 0.1 miles to Hawksmoor Knightsbridge. It is on the lane directly opposite the bus stop.

  • walk against the traffic on Brompton Road to the traffic junction.
  • Cross the traffic lights and walk against the traffic on Brompton Road
  • Turn right onto Yeoman’s Row
  • Destination will be on the left

Option 1 – Shopping at Harrods
After dinner we will visit Harrods – the world’s most famous department store for some shopping. It’s a short walk down the Brompton Road (allow for 1 hour shopping time, or more if you use the restaurant).
walk 5 mins, 0.2 miles along Brompton Road to Harrods. Walk against the traffic, straight.

To Buy from Harrods:

  • Harrods English Butterscotch Biscuits (Cookies) Price: £7.95
  • Harrods Coffee in an Exclusive Tin Price: £10.95

From Harrods to Hotel:

  • Total travel time is about 22 mins.
  • From Harrods walk about 5 mins, 0.2 miles to Knightsbridge Station

Take the Piccadilly Heathrow Terminal 4 from Knightsbridge Station to Hammersmith Station

  • Total travel time is about 11 mins (5 stops)
    From Hammersmith Station Walk about 6 min , 0.3 miles to Hotel.

Option 2 – Visit Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

Option 1: Walk to Royal Albert Hall
Option 2: Take Bus 360 from South Kensington Museums (Stop K) to Royal Albert Hall (Stop RC). 3 mins non stop
Walk AROUND the Royal Albert Hall to the back, where you will see a wonderful statue of Prince Albert himself.
Royal Albert Hall – Take pix of The figure of Albert and The inscription that runs around the top of the Hall.
It’s free to simply walk around the entirety of the outside.
Albert Memorial – photo op
Kensington Palace (Paid), Kensington Gardens (Free) – look for the partially hidden statue of Peter Pan which is here as a reminder to the Boy who never grew up
Serpentine Galleries, Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
The Serpentine
Speaker’s Corner
Marble Arch
Go for Dinner nearby, if still not tired may do some shopping in Oxford Street.
After a satisfying steak dinner and shopping, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities..

Victoria & Albert Museum[FREE]

Opening Hours:  Sat-Thu 10:00am – 5:45 pm, Fri 10:00am – 10:00pm

Address:  Cromwell Rd., South Kensington, London

Tel:  020 7942-2000

The V&A Museum holds the world’s largest collection of decorative arts and design objects! Some of the over 4.5million pieces include music instruments or statues, relating to fashion or history, as well as a rotating collection of fantastic exhibitions. Our personal favourite, the “Britain” gallery with artefacts relating to the history of Britain includes an entire Jacobean room that has been rebuilt inside the Museum.

Science Museum [FREE]

Opening Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm

Address:  Exhibition Rd., South Kensington, London

Tel:  0870 870-4868

A family favourite, this museum offers a lot of hands-on exhibitions, creating an awesome interactive experience. From the world’s oldest steam locomotive, the first jet engine, and even an IMAX theatre showing science and nature documentaries, there is a lot to see here.

Natural History Museum [FREE]

Opening Hours:  10:00am – 5:50pm

Address:  Cromwell Rd., SW7, Southwest London

Tel:  020/7942-5000

The Natural History Museum is filled with fascinating pieces collected from all over the world: extinct animals, and even better a T-Rex dinosaur that moves while you stand in the shadow of the skeleton, a cutting of one of the largest trees in the world, and collections of spiders and butterflies. You can take a walk through the solar system or take a close look at the gemstone collection that rivals the Queen’s!

Royal Albert Hall

One of the most famous concert venues in Europe, the Royal Albert Hall opened to the public in 1871, and quickly became one of the most high-profile musical venues in the country, hosting more than 350 events every year. The Hall is named after its’ founder, Prince Albert (husband to Queen Victoria) who never lived to see the completion of the Hall, having died in 1861. Today the Hall holds various events including concerts, Cirque du Soleil performances, film premieres and the BRIT awards. It is possible to tour the Hall with a paid-for-guided-tour but it’s free to simply walk around the entirety of the outside. The inscription that runs around the top of the Hall is a dedication that reads: This hall was erected for the advancement of the arts and sciences and works of industry of all nations in fulfilment with the intention of Albert Prince Consort. The site was purchased with the proceeds of the Great Exhibition of the year MDCCCLI. The first stone of the Hall was laid by Her Majesty Queen Victoria on the twentieth day of May MDCCCLXVII and it was opened by Her Majesty the Twenty Ninth of March in the year MDCCCLXXI. Thine O Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty. For all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine. The wise and their works are in the hand of God. Glory by to God on high and on earth peace. …whew!

Walk AROUND the Royal Albert Hall to the back, where you will see a wonderful statue of Prince Albert himself. With the statue and the Hall behind you, go down the steps. Turn left onto PRINCE CONSORT RODE. Walk until you come onto EXHIBITION ROAD and turn RIGHT. This road will take you straight to the SCIENCE MUSEUM, THE V&A MUSEUM and THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM.

Albert Memorial

Commissioned by Queen Victoria as a tribute to her late husband, Prince Albert, the Albert Memorial was opened in 1872 by the Queen herself. The Memorial is 176 ft tall (54 m) and was built at a cost of £120,000 – which is the same as over £10 million today! It took ten years to complete the structure, which depicts a seated golden Prince Albert, under a canopy and surrounded by statues that represent the areas of the globe (Asia, Africa, America and Europe) as well as arts and sciences (agriculture, commerce, engineering, and manufacture). To provide a base for the gigantic statue, the gardens here were dug up and filled in with a series of stone and brick arches to support the Memorial, which was then covered up and relayed with grass, leaving no trace of the huge work that was undertaken here.

The figure of Albert is facing your next stop.

Kensington Palace (Paid)

Opening Hours:  Nov-Feb 10:00am – 4:00pm, March-Oct 10:00am – 6:00pm
Address: The Broad Walk, Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London
Tel:  0844/482-7799

Admission: £19
Tube: Queensway, High Street Kensington

Web: www.hrp.org.uk

The side of the Palace facing the pond features a marble statue of Queen Victoria (actually carved by one of her daughters) who was born here on the 29th of May 1819. The Palace was built by King William III and his wife Queen Mary II in the 1680’s and much of the work seen today was completed by noted architect Sir Christopher Wren (who also designed St. Paul’s Cathedral).

In the 1990’s, Kensington Palace became home to Diana, Princess of Wales and her sons on her divorce from Prince Charles and it was here that Diana was living when she was killed in Paris on the 31st of August 1997. Many people will recognise the golden front gates of the Palace as the location for millions of flowers and tributes (reaching over 5ft deep) that were placed here shortly after her death.

On a happier note, it is here at Kensington Palace that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, live with their son, George (and soon-to-be baby number 2, as of writing). The palace is open to the public, but the quarters of the royal-couple are completely off-limits.

Once you have explored the grounds – or indeed the palace itself – position yourself with your back to the marble statue of Queen Victoria. Turn RIGHT and walk down the path you are standing on (THE BROAD WALK) until you get to the edge of the park. Turn LEFT and walk until you reach the ALBERT MEMORIAL and ROYAL ALBERT HALL.

Kensington Gardens (Free)
Visit Duration: 1 hour, 30 mins

Opening Hours:  6:00am – -dusk
Address:  Kensington, London

Tube: High Street Kensington, Lancaster Gate, Queensway, South Kensington Web:

Phone Number: 030 0061-2000

www.royalparks.gov.uk

1.2 KM, 15 minutes walking from Hyde Park

The lovely Kensington Gardens which border with the Hyde Park well deserves a spot in any trip itinerary to London. Like the Hyde Park, the Kensington Gardens was also a royal garden and was later opened for the public. The Garden is somewhat more quiet than Hyde Park and less crowded. This piece of greenery is a perfect location for a stroll or picnic under the shades of the lovely trees.

Kensington Gardens’ most noteworthy view is the Kensington Palace which was the birthplace of the Queen Victoria and was the former residence of the Late Princess Diana.

While in the park, look for the partially hidden statue of Peter Pan which is here as a reminder to the Boy who never grew up. It was also the garden which was where the shooting of the film “Finding Neverland” featuring Johnny Depp as the famous J.M. Barrie had taken place. The park has been the location for many other films such as  Bridget Jones Diary, Edge of Reason, Wimbledon and many others.

Apart from being a film favorite location, Kensington Gardens is a nature lover’s perfect park. You will find swans swimming in the lakes and the beautiful Italian fountain garden in the midst of the garden. Kensington Garden is considered to be more formal than the Hyde Park as it is only open during the day. This garden is an excellent place for joggers, morning walkers and cyclists. On a fine day, you will even find many sunbathing or enjoying a picnic.

Serpentine Galleries

Here are two contemporary art galleries, located a short walk from one another. Both museums are free and have a constantly-changing schedule of various pieces and exhibitions, both inside and outside their buildings. The original Serpentine Gallery was established in 1970 and has held works by people like Andy Warhol, Gustav Metzger, Jeff Koons, Man Ray, etc.  Read our post on free London museums and galleries.

The second gallery was opened in 2013 and is located inside a former gunpowder store from 1805.

Continue walking through the park in a north western direction. You will soon come to the Round Bond, and just beyond this pond is KENSINGTON PALACE.

The Serpentine

Created by Queen Caroline of Ansbach, wife to King George II in 1730, this beautiful recreational lake has a surface area of 16.2 hectares and marks the boundary between Hyde Park and Kensington Garden. The Serpentine today is visited by the public who come here to feed birds, take pleasure boats along the water, or even swim in the summer months. During the London Olympics, the Serpentine was the venue for the men and women’s triathlon and marathon swimming events. Think about grabbing a drink at the cafe here and enjoy your walk along the water!

Keep heading west along the water until you get to CARRIAGE DRIVE, which will allow you to cross the water. Turn LEFT onto the bridge, then make a RIGHT when you see the SERPENTINE GALLERIES.

Speaker’s Corner

This north-easy point of Hyde Park has been a popular place for public speaking since the 1800’s. Any member of the public can speak here, however, police can intervene if the speech is said to be “unlawful” or “profane.” Today, most speakers here are preaching on religious and political matters, both topics having actually caused riots to break out here in decades gone past. Notable Speaker’s Corner orators include Vladmir Lenin, George Orwell, and Karl Marx, just to name a few.

Follow one of the paths through Hyde Park – keeping an eye on posted maps as you go to keep you in a southwest direction. Soon you will come to THE SERPENTINE.

Marble Arch

Built in 1827 by esteemed architect Sir John Nash (who also laid out Regent’s Street), the Marble Arch was originally supposed to be an entrance to Buckingham Palace, and it was first placed outside the Palace when it was constructed – where the famous balcony at the East Front of the Palace is today. In 1851, Buckingham Palace was expanded and the arch was moved to its current location. Traditionally, only members of the Royal Family and the Royal Horse Artillery are allowed to pass under the Arch!

Leave the Marble Arch Roundabout and into the park. Cross over CUMBERLAND GATE and come to the corner of HYDE PARK. As soon as you enter, you will be standing at SPEAKERS CORNER.

 Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

3 Yeoman’s Row, Chelsea, London SW3 2AL, UK

Harrods

87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, UK

Some photographs taken for this trip.

Pool of London

Breakfast options:

  • Food purchased the night before
  • Macdonalds
  • Sushi from Wasabi
  • Doorstep

From Hotel to Monument Station:

  • Total travel time is about 37 mins.
  • From Hotel walk about 3 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Broadway
  • Take the District Barking to Monument Station
  • Total travel time is about 30 mins (15 stops)
  • 12th Stop: Blackfriars, 13th Stop: Mansion House, 14th Stop: Cannon Street Underground Station

Alight at Monument Station

We may take RV1 single decker bus for this route.

The best seat for this single decker is on the right-hand side, at the front of the highest level seats.

Pool of London
Circular Walk
Leisure walker: 2 hours
Power walker: 45 minutes

START: Monument Underground: Northern, District and Circle Lines

Monument → London Bridge → Southwark Catherdral → Borough Market → Clink Prison → Golden Hinde → London Bridge Experance → Hay’s Galleria → Britain at War → London Dungeon → H.M.S. Belfast → City Hall → Shad Thames → Design Museum→ Butler Wharf → Tower Bridge → St Katherin’s Dock → Tower of London → Monument (Great Fire of London)

FINISH: Monument Underground: Northern, District and Circle Lines

Stop 1 – Monument, London Bridge, Southwark Catherdral

Our Pool of London STARTS at Monument Underground Station. Exit the station at the Cannon Street EXIT and turn sharp left. Walk down the west (right hand) side of KING WILLIAM STREET EC4 onto LONDON BRIDGE. Continue over the right-hand side of LONDON BRIDGE to Glaziers Hall. Take the narrow flight of steps behind Glaziers Hall down onto MONTAGUE CLOSE SE1 (Thames Path) and turn right at the bottom. Follow Montague Close around to the left, walking behind Southwark Cathedral.

Stop 2 – Borough Market, Clink Prison

  • We may have our lunch at Borough Market and pack extra for when we are in Museum of London.

Turn right onto WINCHESTER WALK SE1 then left through Jubilee Market into Borough Market. After walking around the markets exit left back onto Winchester Walk. At the end turn right into STONEY STREET SE1 then left into CLINK STREET SE1 for the Clink Prison Museum.

Stop 3 – Golden Hinde

Re-trace your steps back along Clink Street into PICKFORD’S WHARF SE1. Passing the 12th century ruins of Winchester Palace walk up to the Golden Hinde.

Stop 4 – London Bridge Experience, Hay’s Galleria, Britain at War, London Dungeon, H.M.S. Belfast, City Hall

Walk around the front of the Golden Hinde onto CATHEDRAL STREET SE1, and then turning sharp left back into MONTAGUE CLOSE SE1. Follow the road under LONDON BRIDGE to the London Bridge Experience.

From the London Bridge Experience continue under LONDON BRIDGE into TOOLEY STREET SE1. Turn left down the narrow passage way just before Saint Clave House, turning right at the end onto the Thames Path (The Queen’s Walk). Walk along the riverside path to Hay’s Galleria.

For the Britain at War and London Dungeon attractions walk through Hay’s Galleria back onto Tooley Street, turn right and cross the road. Walk back through Hay’s Galleria to re-join the walk.

Continue along the riverside path pass Hay’s Galleria to H.M.S. Belfast.

Continue along the riverside path from H.M.S. Belfast to City Hall.

Continue along the riverside path from City Hall to Tower Bridge.

Stop 5 – Shad Thames, Design Museum, Butler Wharf

Walk under Tower Bridge and along the narrow SHAD THAMES SE1 road to the Design Museum.

From the Design Museum walk back to Tower Bridge along the riverside path, in front of Butler’s Wharf restaurants and shops, to the passage way at the end that leads back through to SHAD THAMES SE1. Turn right and continue back to TOWER BRIDGE.

Walk up the west (left hand) flight of steps onto TOWER BRIDGE and walk across to the first flight of steps on the other side. Walk down the steps on to ST KATHERINE’S WAY E1. St Katharine’s Way.

Stop 6 – Tower Bridge, St Katherin’s Dock, Tower of London, Monument (Great Fire of London)

After walking round St Katherine’s dock take the footpath leading to the front of the Tower Thistle Hotel and continue back to TOWER BRIDGE. Walk under Tower Bridge along the cobbled road to the Tower of London and Traitors Gate. Continue along the river front path past, Three Quays, Sugar Quays, Customs House and Old Billingsgate Market to LONDON BRIDGE.

Walk under the first part of LONDON BRIDGE, turn right and take the steps up onto LONDON BRIDGE. Turn right at the top of the steps on to KING WILLIAM STREET EC4. Continue a short distance and turn right into MONUMENT STREET EC4for the Monument column.
To Bank Of England Museum

Take Bus 133 Bishopsgate from Monument (Stop Q)
2 stops
Alight Bank Station Threadneedle St (Stop C)

  • Bank Of England Museum
  • Museum Of London
  • Roman Fort Ruins, just a wall

Museum Of London

Find the entrance
The museum’s entrance is located on a pedestrian high walk which can be reached by stairs, escalators or lifts from Aldersgate Street; London Wall or St Martin’s-le-Grand.
Free WiFi
Connect your mobile or tablet in the museum free of charge

Opening Times:
Museum is open 10:00am to 6:00pm daily (last admission 5:30pm)

After dinner, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.

Museum of London
Address: 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7001 9844
Website : http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk
Public transport:
Tube: St Pauls / Barbican / Moorgate. Barbican/Moorgate: Follow signs to the Museum along the High Walk.
Tube
Barbican (5 minutes walk) St Paul’s (5 minutes walk)
Bus
4, 8, 25, 56, 100, 172, 242, 521

The Bank of England Museum [FREE] – This museum details the history of the Bank of England, beginning back in 1694. Some of the oldest bank notes in existence are on display here, as well as forgeries from over the centuries, historical artefacts, and a genuine solid gold bar – which you can even try to pick up yourself!

Royal London Tour

Royal London Tour, River Thames Walk
Breakfast options: Food purchased the night beforeMacdonaldsSushi from WasabiDoorstepHome-made sandwiches, muffins, dougnuts  
Note: Starting this tour around 10:00 will result in being near St. James’s Palace during the Changing of the Guard. Start: Green Park Underground Station Finish: Parliament Square for Westminster Underground Station Duration: 2 – 3 hours depending on watching the Ceremony
After breakfast, we shall commence our Royal London Tour. From Hotel to Green Park Underground Station: Total travel time is about 21 mins. From Hotel  walk about 3 mins, 0.2 miles to Hammersmith Broadway Take the  Piccadilly Arnos Grove to Green Park Underground StationTotal travel time is about 14 mins (7 stops) 4th Stop:  South Kensington, 5th Stop:  Knightsbridge, 6th Stop:  Hyde Park Corner Underground Station Take the exit for BUCKINGHAM PALACE.   Walk towards the black marble DIANA FOUNTAIN. This is our Start Point  
We will be making the following places for photo ops:   Plan Route: Stop 1 – Green ParkStop 2 – Buckingham PalaceStop 3 – Clarence HouseStop 4  – St. James’s PalaceStop 5 – Nell Gwynne’s HouseStop 6 – Trafalgar SquareStop 7 – Admiralty ArchStop 8 – St. James’s ParkStop 9 – Horse Guards ParadeStop 10 – 10 Downing StreetStop 11 – Red Phone Boxes and Big BenStop 12 – Westminster Abbey (Paid) – Westminster Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Open Monday -Saturday (Sundays are for worship only) the public is free to wander around at their leisure.  
Stop 1 – Green Park: Take the path that directs us towards BUCKINGHAM PALACE and follow it to the end of the park.
Stop 2 – Buckingham Palace: We now want to walk AWAY from Buckingham Palace. Look at the VICTORIA MEMORIAL and notice that her back is to the Palace and she is facing down a long red road known as THE MALL. Walk down the MALL and stop when we see large black gates on the left side of the road.  
Stop 3 – Clarence House: Continue down the Mall and take the first LEFT onto MARLBOROUGH ROAD. Walk to the end of the road and make a LEFT onto the main road, PALL MALL.
Stop 4 – St. James’s Palace: Now go back on ourself, staying on PALL MALL, cross over MARLBOROUGH ROAD and continue going straight. Stop at 80 PALL MALL.
Stop 5 – Nell Gwynne’s House: Now continue down PALL MALL until we walk to TRAFALGAR SQUARE.
Stop 6 – Trafalgar Square Leave Trafalgar Square by crossing PALL MALL toward The Admiralty pub. Take the small road to the right of The Admiralty, SPRING GARDENS. This road will bring us back to the red road of THE MALL.
Stop 7 – Admiralty Arch: Walk to the first set of traffic lights between us and the Palace. Here, carefully cross the road and, where it is safe to stop in the middle, we can see the entire length of the road toward Buckingham Palace. Cross to the other side of THE MALL. Continue walking straight ahead from the traffic lights down a small path with the concrete bunker (covered in ivy) on our right. At the bottom of this path is HORSE GUARDS PARADE.
Stop 8 – St. James’s Park  
Stop 9 – Horse Guards Parade Now walk toward the huge white building and walk through the CENTRE ARCH. As we go through the courtyard here we may see some of the Household Cavalry who are stationed here. Between 11:00am and 10:00pm there are usually two, mounted on horses, at the front of the courtyard here. Walk straight ahead onto the main road of WHITEHALL. Turn RIGHT and walk down until we get to the large black gates on our right side.
Stop 10 – No. 10 Downing Street Continue down WHITEHALL until we get to the huge traffic junction with BIG BEN on the opposite corner. Turn RIGHT onto PARLIAMENT STREET, where we will see Parliament Square opposite and red phone boxes on our side of the road.  
Stop 11 – Red Phone Boxes and Big Ben Here we also have a brilliant view of Big Ben.The small bells ring what we call ‘The Westminster Chimes’ every 15 minutes, and Ben rings at the top of the hour only Continue down PARLIAMENT STREET with Parliament Square on our left. When we get to the traffic lights, cross over and walk down PARLIAMENT SQUARE – with the square still on our left, and the statues of George Canning and Abraham Lincoln on our right. When we get to the corner, cross AGAIN into the courtyard of Westminster Abbey.
Stop 12 – Westminster Abbey Now cross BACK over the road into PARLIAMENT SQUARE
Stop 13 – Parliament Square  
Stop 14 – The Jewel Tower  
Lunch at: Flat Iron https://flatironsteak.co.uk/ The Laughing Halibut http://thelaughinghalibut.com/contact/
River Thames Walk Boasting some of the most picturesque views in London, this River Thames Walk will take us along the River Thames, taking in historic sights and beautiful skyscapes. This walk can be done both at night and in the day time. Estimated Time to Spend:  3 hours
START: Westminster Underground Station Take the EXIT for the River Thames and Westminster Pier. As soon as we exit the station we will see Statue of Boudica
Plan Route: Stop 1 – Statue of BoudicaStop 2 – London County HallStop 3 – The London EyeStop 4 – Cleopatra’s NeedleStop 5 – Somerset HouseStop 6 – Isembard Kingdom Brunel StatueStop 7 – Temple GardensStop 8 – OXO TowerStop 9 – Millennium BridgeStop 10– Tate Modern MuseumStop 11 – Shakespeare’s Globe TheatreStop 12 – The Clink PrisonStop 13 – Winchester PalaceStop 14 – GOLDEN HINDStop 15 – Southwark CathedralStop 16a – London Bridge Stop 16b – Borough Market  
STOP 1 – Statue of Boudica With the river to your RIGHT, walk away from the statue. Stop opposite the long building with the green tower in the centre.
Stop 2 – London County Hall CONTINUE in the same direction for around a minute before standing directly opposite the LONDON EYE.
Stop 3 – The London Eye Continue in the same direction. Go under the bridge until we reach CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE on the edge of the river (our RIGHT).
Stop 4 – Cleopatra’s Needle Continue in the same direction, under another bridge. On our LEFT will be SOMERSET HOUSE.
Stop 5 – Somerset House Continue until we reach the traffic lights. The statue on our left is of ISEMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL.
Stop 6 – Isembard Kingdom Brunel Statue Stay along the river and continue walking until we see MIDDLE TEMPLE LANE on our LEFT.
Stop 7 – Temple Gardens We may wish to explore Temple Gardens. When we are done, return to the river and take note of the tall tower on the opposite side.
Stop 8 – OXO Tower Continue on until we reach Blackfriars Bridge. Continue along the river path UNDERNEATH the bridge. Stay on this path until we hit the MILLENNIUM BRIDGE. Walk across the Bridge, pausing in the middle for some good photo opportunities.
Stop 9 – Millennium Bridge At the Southern side of the Bridge is the TATE MODERN MUSEUM.
Stop 10 – Tate Modern Museum   Open today 10.00am–6.00pm   Get off the Bridge in front of the Tate Modern. As we step off the Bridge onto the Southbank, the Thames will be in FRONT of us and the Tate will be BEHIND us. Head to our RIGHT to visit SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE THEATRE.
Stop 11 – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Keep the Thames on our LEFT and continue walking. We will cross under SOUTHWARK BRIDGE. Continue on until we walk past THE ANCHOR pub. The River path will then veer to the RIGHT. Follow it and we will be led underneath another Bridge toward THE CLINK.
Stop 12 – The Clink Prison Keeping the Clink on our RIGHT, continue down the cobbled path-way until we can see the ruins on our RIGHT.
Stop 13 – Winchester Palace Just AHEAD of us is a Ship. Walk to it, our next stop.
Stop 14 – GOLDEN HIND With the Golden Hind on our LEFT, walk down the road and then we will be facing SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL.
Stop 15 – Southwark Cathedral With the Cathedral IN FRONT of us, go to the LEFT and head down the path. On our LEFT side we will come to a set of stairs. CLIMB THE STAIRS. This puts us on top of LONDON BRIDGE
Stop 16a – London Bridge? The Tube and Rail Station are to our RIGHT and if we walk to the middle of the Bridge we can get stunning views of the City, as well as Tower Bridge.
Stop 16b – Borough Market With the Cathedral IN FRONT of us, go to the RIGHT and head down the street. This will bring us into BOROUGH MARKET. The wholesale market opens every morning from 2 a.m. but the retail market is Wednesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Photographs of sightseeing below: