We are visiting London in July and want to leave the city for 3 - 4 days. Any suggestions? What about: 1. train to Brugge and Amsterdam. 2: Drive up to Edinburgh and make stops along the way. 3. Anything to do in the Lake country? 4. What about Wales?
Eurostar to Paris. Fly to Ireland. Fly to Istanbul. Fly to Italy.
That's the wonder of Europe. In a matter of hours you can experience whole other countries.
You could stay in London and do day trips by train...
Stratford-upon-Avon, Windsor, Bath, Cardiff Wales, Canterburry, Dover, Winchester, Brighton, and many more.
I would suggest taking the train from Paddington Station in London to Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds. There is so much to see and do in the Cotswolds. You should however have a car while there. There is bus service there but, the buses do not go to many of the smaller quaint villages.
You mention driving. If you are up to driving in England you can go in almost any direction from London and have a great experience: Cotswolds if you want it easy; Somerset, Devon and Cornwall is a little further to drive; Cathedral Cities: Salisbury, Winchester, canterbury, Wells. York and the moors etc etc. Depends what interests you
The Lake District is grand. Take ferries. Walk. Send your luggage forward by bus. Eat in small pubs. Stay in farmhouse B&Bs.