Some last comments…
British Air: The Dulles to Heathrow leg. If you ever book a flight on a BA 777-200, DON’T get seat 27A (and probably 27K). Under the seat in front of you is something I think could be a combination of the cabinet for the in-flight entertainment and the in-armrest tray tables (row 26 is an exit row) that takes up most of the floor space. I don’t think there was enough room to put package of copier paper under the seat. I had to put my left foot between the cabin wall and the seat support, and my right kinda at an angle sticking a bit into my neighbors foot area. Cabin crew was pretty good — reset my entertainment console.
Air France: Return was London to Paris to Dulles. That’s what happens when you use award travel. Air France has a different take on baggage restrictions. Your checked bag has the normal 23Kg limit. But they have a weight limit for your two carry-ons — 12 Kg. I had to repack my checked bag (made it 22.9 Kg), and wore my coat with pockets stuffed. As soon as I passed through security, I moved the coat and all the stuff in the pockets back into my carry-on duffel.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
If you lived in London, you’d be crazy not to have a membership: http://www.kew.org/
Well worth it to spend the extra money for the mini-bus tour instead of the large motor coach tour. David was a personable, knowledgeable guy and the small group means you have a little more flexibility. His company is Stone Circle Tours:
Booking was through International Friends:
Transportation: The easiest way to get around London is by the Underground (the Tube). I recommend getting an “Oyster”, which is a smart card you preload and touch to the yellow circle on the fare gates when you enter or exit a Tube station, or when you get on a bus. You can buy them at each of Heathrow’s terminals. The card costs £5 (which can be refunded if you turn the card in when you fly home). I loaded my card with £25 — and had 70 pence on it after my last Tube trip.
Transport for London: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/
The London Eye: http://www.londoneye.com/
The Shard: http://the-shard.com/
National Gallery: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/
Courtauld Gallery: http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/
Covent Garden: http://www.coventgardenlondonuk.com/
London Transport Museum: http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/
British Museum: http://www.britishmuseum.org/
Victoria and Albert Museum: http://www.vam.ac.uk/
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Apollo Theatre):