My week in London

I have often been accused of wanting to do everything in a place in a short space of time. It comes from my inherent FOMO – Fear of Missing Out. Although it is impossible to do everything there is to do in London for a tourist – in a week – we (my husband and I and our 2 kids aged 9 and 11) did manage to fit quite a bit into our week there – even though the days were short. Sunrise was at 8 am and sunset at 3:50 pm.  At the end of the week, we were exhausted. It had been a hectic and exhilarating week but we – and the kids loved London.

This was how our week went.

Day 1

  • Arrived at Heathrow.
  • Took the underground to Wembley Park.
  • Checked into our hotel.
  • Took a walk in Wembley, going past the Wembley Stadium and London Designer Outlet.

Day 2

  • Went to Trafalgar Square.
  • Took the hop-on hop- off bus around London.
  • Went to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard.
  • Went on the London Eye.
  • Visited the London Dungeons.

Day 3

  • Took the hop-on hop- off bus again.
  • Visited Harrods
  • Visited Madame Tussauds
  • Went to Soho

Day 4

  • Visited the Tower of London
  • Did a river cruise on the Thames River to Greenwich and back
  • Took a walk on the GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) line at the Royal Observatory
  • Visited Cutty Sark, one of the world’s most famous retired ships.

Day 5

  • Visited the 72nd floor of the Shard and experienced the View from the Shard.
  • Visited Whitechapel area
  • Went to Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station
  • Visited the British Museum and saw the Rosetta Stone
  • Visited the British Library
  • Took a walk on Oxford Street, Europe’s busiest shopping street

Day 6

  • Day visit to Birmingham, about 2 hours from London, to visit family.

Day 7

  • Visited Notting Hill and Portobello market.
  • Visited Ripley’s Believe it or Not
  • Visited Foyle’s bookshop and a few other Bookshops

Day 8

  • Drove to Gatwick Airport to catch a flight to Orlando, USA where we stayed for a week.

After London

We spent a day in each of Walt Disney World’s four parks and a day at Universal Orlando Resort. We walked about 16000 steps each day according to my Fitbit.

Cinderella's Castle - Walt Disney World

Cinderella’s Castle

Our return leg looked like this:

Flight from Orlando, USA to Gatwick Airport, London. Arrive at 7 am London time.

Take a taxi from Gatwick Aiport to Heathrow Airport, about an hour away.

Board flight from Heathrow Airport to Johannesburg, South Africa at 6pm.

Arrive in Johannesburg at 7 am Johannesburg time.

Who said holidays were relaxing?

We returned exhausted, but richer for the experience – and minus my camera which I left on the flight from Orlando. More about all of these to follow.

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