We want to take a 1-week trip to England with my wife in November. We will land at London STN airport on Monday and we have a flight from London STN airport the following week. It's our first time coming to the UK and we're a little confused about planning. We roughly made a plan like this, but I'm not sure about the efficiency.
We want to see the city of London, Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh. (If we have time, we want to tour Warner Bros. Studio.)
On weekdays, Wednesday-Thursday, there is a flight to Edinburgh at 8.40 in the morning. Does it make sense to go to Edinburgh with a morning flight and return with an evening flight (19.30)? Or should we stay in Edinburgh for 1 night? (In this case, we may need to bring our luggage as well.) Can options such as train or bus be preferred instead of air for Edinburgh?
Is it easy to reach airports in the early hours? And how much does it cost?
Does it make sense to rent a car to go to places like Oxford and Cambridge? When I check the train schedules, renting a car and taking the train from London are the same price. But traffic is bad for me. Also, I do not know issues such as parking rules, emission zones, etc. In this case, what method would you recommend?
As a plan, I plan to spend the 1st and 2nd days in London, the 3rd day in Edinburgh, the 4th day in Cambridge, the 5th day in Oxford, the 6th day in Warner Bros., the 7th day in London, and the 8th day back. Would you recommend a different, more logical route?
Also, are there any events you would recommend, such as Christmas Market between 10 Nov - 20 Nov?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.