7 Day London Itinerary: Plan a Perfect Week in London
Use this day-by-day London itinerary to plan your trip on what to see and do while you are in London.With 5 days in London, you will have enough time to hit all of the highlights if you are smart about how you organize your time. However, I’d recommend planning a week in London to leave some time for day trips or specialty tours as well. Based on our own trip, and my experience planning multiple London trips for other families, I’ve put together this 7 day London itinerary as your very own cheat sheet to planning an awesome trip.
Due to her health, the Queen is not seen in public as often as she used to be, and it’s very easy to forget that she was once much more than an obscure figure waving to crowds from her balcony.
From travelling the world to serving in a war, the Queen has really done it all. She has even driven a train on the London Underground, one of her forgotten accomplishments from her younger days.
In 1969, the Queen drove a Victoria Line train from Green Park to Oxford Circus as part of the line’s opening ceremony. Although she only drove the train for one stop returning back to Green Park from the comfort of a passenger’s seat, photos of the momentous day have etched themselves into British royal history.
The Queen heads for cooler climes at Balmoral: Her Majesty leaves Windsor Castle for Scottish home
The monarch, 96, was seen looking out from the rear passenger window as a police convoy led her vehicle away from Windsor Castle this afternoon. Balmoral has had a number of adaptations in recent years, including her Craigowan Lodge, which was fitted with a wheelchair-friendly lift in 2021.The castle was bought for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852 for £32,000, and it has been the Scottish home of the royal family since. She usually arrives at the estate in mid-July.It comes after Her Majesty kept calm and carried on with her royal duties as Britain faced its hottest day on record on Tuesday.
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A video of the day she took control of the train was shared by the British Pathe on Youtube . In the newsreel, the narrator is heard saying: “Her Majesty inspected the automatic controls of one of the line’s 34 silver trains, then pressed the buttons which sent the loco in motion. That’s all the driver has to do. Computers do the rest.
“The Queen stayed at the controls for the short journey between Green Park and Oxford Circus.” © 2008 Getty Images Queen Elizabeth II enters the underground at Green Park Station in 1969
What made her trip extra special was the fact that it was the first time a reigning monarch travelled on the London Underground. Shortly after arriving at Victoria, the Queen unveiled a plaque marking the occasion.
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Trains may be out of service and some tours canceled as the continent's temperatures soar to a blistering 110 degrees.Record temperatures “have been broken in many places" in Europe, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Joe Curtis. “The new records set in the United Kingdom were particularly notable,” Curtis says, referring to Eastern England's peak of 104.5 degrees Fahrenheit on July 19. “All-time temperature records were not only exceeded, but completely shattered by several degrees in a country where reliable weather records date back more than 150 years.
Another interesting point to note is that the Queen even paid for her own ticket when boarding at Green Park station. © Keystone/Getty Images Queen Elizabeth II travels down the escalator at Green Park Station, past a poster for Alan Bennett's '40 Years On' and an advertisement for Quickies make-up remover in 1969
The train she rode on can today be found at London Transport Museum Depot in Acton, having long been taken out of service.
It was only her second ever trip on the Tube, her first being in 1939 when she was 13, when she and her sister Margaret were given permission by their father King George VI to take a trip to St James's Park. They were accompanied by nanny Marion Crawford, minder Lady Helen Grantham and the house detective. © Keystone/Getty Images Queen Elizabeth II travels on the tube like an ordinary commuter in 1969.
Some eight years later, in 1977, the Queen was once again allowed into the driver’s cabin during the opening ceremony of an extension to the Piccadilly line.
In 2013, the Queen also marked the 150th anniversary of the London Underground by making an appearance at Baker Street.
Commonwealth Games 2022: Event kicks off in Birmingham .
Prince Charles will appear in place of The Queen, 96, as she remains at Balmoral for the summer break over fears the long trip down to Birmingham would be too taxing for her mobility issues.Prince Charles and Camilla appeared at the official start of the 2022 games where the senior royals represented Her Majesty, who is patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation and Head of the Commonwealth.