Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Planning in progress (two weeks to departure!)

Only two weeks until we fly out of Sydney to London!

So far, we have inked in:
  • new members' tour of Hampton Court Palace
  • a walk around The Borough with London Trails, using old maps (love maps, especially old ones, love history, love seeing the changes, so I'm really looking forward to this one)
  • a meeting with a friend who has been living in England for the past year
  • day trip to Carlisle, up near the Scottish border, to coincide with the Festival of British Archaeology
  • new members' tour of the Tower of London, after hours
  • Garden History tour of Kensington Palace
  • a day trip to the Gunnislake Festival in Cornwall
  • a tour of the Buckingham Palace State Rooms (only open in summer).
And in pencil (flexible dates):
  • Birdoswald Roman Fort, part of Hadrian's Wall (while we're in Carlisle, if there's time)
  • the Banqueting House, in London
  • an Unseen tour (in London, guided by homeless people)
  • Kew Palace & Gardens
  • day trip to Dover and Canterbury
  • day trip to Bath
  • BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall (standing room 'promming' ticket on the day)
  • Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House
  • British Museum
  • V&A
  • Tate & Tate Modern
  • National Gallery
  • Royal Hospital Chelsea (home to the Chelsea Pensioners, who conduct tours) and the nearby Physic Garden
  • the Jubilee Walk, in sections, stopping frequently to visit places along the way - will take a week or so if we do it all, but looks like a very flexible way to see lots of London on foot
  • and of course we need to explore our 'local' area - South Kensington, with all the institutions on offer close by.
Somehow I don't think three weeks will be enough!

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