After our cruise ended in Dover last August, we had a few days in London before our flight back to Florida. We chose to spend one day with friends in the suburbs leaving us just one full day in the city plus a little time the day we arrived and the day we left.
We find it is best to set priorities and leave those items that don’t make the list for another trip. Even on a longer visit, we narrowed our list to ten items — the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace did not make the list — and, although it was on the list, we never got to the British Museum.
With such limited time, our priority became the British Museum. We visited it the first day for as long as our legs held up. The museum has 10 departments [six geographic and four by subject such as coins and medals, conservation and research]. We saw them all.
The second day we had a more perfunctory London overview on the Hop-on Hop-off bus. We did stop to visit Westminster Abbey, but photographs were not allowed inside the Abbey.
On our final morning, we took a quick tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral — again no photos allowed.
Once again, the changing of the guard did not make the list. But when returning to our hotel from St. Paul’s before heading to the airport, we found our cab following the guard to the palace. We waved to the crowd on the sidewalks in a poor imitation of the Queen.
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P.S. In an attempt to make the “alphabetical index” at the top of the page more useful, I have begun adding hyperlinks. Now you can find many locations and just click on them to go to the relevant post.