DayTrip – Kensington, London, England

What about a short trip to a beautiful garden and three good London museums in one day ? Sounds challenging, so get ready with a pair of comfortable walking shoes.

Let’s start …

  • It’s a long day, so get up early and have a good breakfast in the hotel first. Or pop in any of the coffee shops around your hotel, get a good cup of coffee and a scone.
  • Take the Tube to the Glocester station (served by Circle line).
  • The station is a small one and find your way to the Cromwell Road. Walk towards East, since it’s the morning, the sun is in front of you 8-).
  • Around 10 minutes later, you will be in the intersection of Queen’s Gate and Cromwell Road. Turn left, cross the road and towards North.
  • Another 15 minutes or so, you will find the entrance to the Kensington Gardens. Have your camera loaded.
  • In no time, you will see the extravagant Albert Memorial. It is a monument to the memory of Queen Victoria’s beloved consort, Prince Albert – it has to be seen to be believed.
  • Across the road is the Royal Albert Hall, a auditorium capable of holding 8,000 people.
  • Leave the garden and walk along the Exhibition Road (south bound). Soon you will find the Science Museum, the first museum of the day.
  • You will probably spend two hours or so there. The admission is free. There are special shows all day long, and their collection of computers is facinating.
  • It is good idea to take a break here, have a quick lunch there. And then continue your trip to the next museum, along the same Exhibition Road.
  • Around the corner of Exhibition Road and Cromwel Road is the impressive Natural History Museum. The admission is free but it is a good idea to buy the museum guide. You will find outstanding exhibition of dinosaurs, whales, birds and all kinds of animal (including man).
  • Another two hours or so (you have to be a quick walker 😎 and just in time for an afternoon tea break.
  • What’s next ? Just next to the Natural History Museum is the “V & A” – Victoria and Albert Museum. It’s probably the world’s greatest collection of the decorative and applied arts. Another two hours there …
  • Ooops … the museum is going to close. Yes, you shall spend more time in these great museums. Pick another day.
  • Find a good restaurant around Glocester station and wrap up the day with a good Italian, English or American dinner.

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DayTrip – Tower of London, London, England

This day trip is about touring the interesting places around Tower of London. You will first spend the morning along River Thames and then the afternoon in Tower of London

  • Have a good English breakfast in your hotel. You won’t find the authentic English bacon and sausages elsewhere.
  • Go to the nearby subway station (Tube), and probably get a day pass or 7-days pass, then travel to Temple station on Circle / District lines.
  • Leave the station and walk towards the River Thames.
  • Have your camera ready, and enjoy the walk along the riverside, towards the Millennium Bridge.
  • Take a few photos in the Millennium Bridge, but don’t across the river yet. Instead, walk back to the St. Paul’s Cathedral. If you have some time, visit the various Galleries and the Dome.
  • Now, walk along the Cannon Street, until the interchange of King William Street. Then turn right and find the Monument in your left hand side. It is over 200 feet high and, if you have time, go up to the platform – good photo spot. Also don’t forget to take a few photos from London Bridge.
  • Again, don’t cross the bridge but walk along the riverside and you will reach Tower of London soon.
  • You may want to have a break here, and enjoy a fish and chips lunch from the kiosks around the Tower of London. .
  • Don’t forget to buy the official guide.
  • You will probably spend two or three hours there. Make sure you visit the Crown Jewels, and White Tower. In addition, you can join the Beefeater guide tour that will lead you to the Chapel Royal as well. Perfect photo point for the Tower Bridge is outside the Traitors’ Gate.
  • It is now probably around 5 pm have a short break, then leave the Tower of London and take the Tube to another station – MarbleArch.
  • Do some light shopping there (Oxford Street), and have a great dinner.
  • Back to your hotel, relax, and plan for your next daytrip.

How’s that ? Your comments, suggestions and corrections please.