Hello! My sister and I are planning to visit London and several other areas of England for a couple of weeks in May. Because of other constraints, it will work best for us to fly into London on the 5th or 6th. I know the coronation is happening on the 6th, and that the 8th will be a bank holiday, but I don't know how crazy that will make things.
We're not interested in attending the coronation at all, so we were thinking the best thing might be to fly into London and then take a train directly to one of the other places we want to go -- Oxford, Canterbury, Stratford-on-Avon, etc. -- maybe straight from the airport if that's possible? But will the entire country be essentially closed down for the day? Will the trains be running on a regular schedule? And how extensively do things shut down on bank holidays, especially a bank holiday after such a huge event?
We've never been to England before, so any help or perspective anyone can give me would be welcome.