Going to be a long first arrival day of driving. Much longer than you will be anticipating. I’d drop Windsor at the beginning and use a 1/2 day from London and go by train.
Can’t comment about Scotland. Never visited.
I agree with Laurel you are shortchanging my favorite city on the planet.
Been to London Numerous times. Ever evolving yet always the same. I’m presuming cuz I haven’t read the RS London guidebook that Westminster Walk is a stroll about Parliament Square and nearby environs.
It’s an easy walk you can do on your own. Tube to Westminster and exit and walk outside to where you will be in the shadow of Elizabeth’s Tower ( in scaffolding).
Follow the hordes, crossing the road at the light and remember only idiots jay walk in a country where you forget traffic will come from the opposite side of the street than your brain is programmed for....so wait for the light!
Photo ops of Parliament, Westminster Abbey (Vergers tour is well worth the £’s. So is going early) and then meander to the Churchill War Rooms. Timed tickets are needed to book in advance.
Then I’d stroll thru St James Park via Bird Cage walk up to Buckingham Palace. If the flag is up HRH is in residence. Forget the Changing if the Guard, boring and a massive crowd.
From the Palace cross the roads....they’ve set up traffic barricades to make it easier to get past the Victoria Memorial to Green Park. Stroll through it and you’ll be at Piccadilly. Turn right and head toward Fortum and Mason. Stop, shop ( tea tins for gifts are a good option), have an afternoon tea and if tea isn’t appealing then stroll down (200 yards
maybe) along the adjacent Jermyn Street to Cafe Nero next to St James of Piccadilly. Theres a small park. Lovely albeit expensive shops along Jermyn. If you walk past the park, Cafe Nero and St James to Duke of York street and turn right you’ll find a Red Lion pub and nearly next door a Pret a Manger.
As far as theatre I loved seeing Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall by Jubilee Gardens and London Eye in December. It’s staged in actual courtroom.
If not that then hit the Leicester Square ticket booth for half price day of tickets. In days of yore you find the offerings written on a chalk board and it was cash only. Now daily offerings are listed online and the booth is digitized. Something like Hamilton won’t be offered but Lion King might be.
I’d like to offer up a suggestion to check out the Mercado Mayfair market. Converted church. Food booths, sit down eateries, main level and balcony and a lovely vaulted wine cellar restaurant in the basement. Google it.
I’m also big on taking a walk along the Regents Canal from Granary Square which is behind St Pancras station ( you should look inside St Pancras as well. The statue of the Kiss is worth it, so is having tea or a cocktail at the gorgeous Booking Office)
to Camden Lock market. You could also bike it.
So much to see and do besides the “ must see “ sites. Stroll in a park, find a traditional
pub along the Thames ( my fav away from the city center is the Dove), visit the The museum of Water and Steam, climb Parliament Hill for a view of London, visit Kew Gardens, Cruise the Thames at dusk and watch London light up, find a London Walk(www.walks.com)
that meets your interests and take it, etc., etc., etc.!
Slow down after the beginning whirlwind and explore not just see London!