Hello, we (2 Adults, 1 teen) are planning a trip to England and Scotland the first two weeks of June. The first 5 days of our trip will be in London. I'd love some advice on the itinerary I've built. I am aware this is jam-packed and I've done my best to organize the trip in areas so we aren't spending a lot of time traveling back and forth across the city. I always plan this way knowing full well we won't see everything but will always have something planned in case something else falls through. We each pick 3 must-sees and hope for the best on the rest. I am planning on buying a London Pass and use the tube as much as possible. I love the idea of the hop on hop off bus but I keep reading about the traffic and don't want to waste time at a standstill in traffic. We like to walk as well. Some of these things are just walk by and see (Big Ben) and some we'd like to go in (Churchill War Rooms). 2 Adults like beer. The teenager is amazingly easy to travel with so no issues sitting at a pub with us people watching enjoying a refreshment so visiting historical pubs would be amazing. I have listed what I've found on trip advisor but am open to changes. We do have one rule when we travel, we must learn something and no fast food. So here goes:
Day 1: arrive from US at 9:30 am London time; drop bags at hotel (VSC); head to Kensington Palace, see the gardens, see Royal Albert Hall, dinner somewhere (suggestions??) and then early to bed.
Day 2: Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Museum of London, Lunch at Ye Olde Mitre Pub (found on trip advisor and looked interesting) Shakespeare's Globe, St Pauls Catherdral, dinner at Bread Street Kitchen, back to hotel.
Day 3: Royal Mews, Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard, Churchill War Rooms, House of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, The London Dungeon (teenager will like this I think), London Eye, back to hotel and collapse into bed. We will need to eat at some point so suggestions here would be welcome.
Day 4: This one is my biggest concern as I'm uncertain of the timing. I REALLY want to see Hampton Court and Windsor Castle. We will leave for Hampton Court first thing in the morning. From there we will take the train (I believe I need to buy a train ticket as the London pass will not cover transportation from Hampton Court to Windsor Castle right?) to Windsor Castle, St. Georges Chapel, Eat lunch or dinner at Enzo's, check out the Windsor Royal Station and then head back to London and our hotel.
Day 5: Teenagers dream come true: Harry Potter Tour in Leavesden. Bought tickets. This is a planned all day event with maybe a visit to Trafalgar Square upon our return to the hotel. Dinner suggestions here?
Day 6: Check out and head to Edinburgh
So, what do you think?