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England became a unified state in AD 927 and, since the 15th century, has had a significant impact on the wider world, developing the English language, the Anglican Church, and English law – the basis for the common law legal systems of many other countries around the world. Its beautiful and varied countryside is interspersed with quaint villages and cosmopolitan cities including the capital, London.
London West End

Five ideas for rainy days in London

With winter fast-approaching, here are our top tips for spending rainy days in London. 

Restaurant review: The Kensington Arms, Bristol

A quiet, sunny street of Georgian houses in a Bristol suburb seems an unlikely spot to find a gastronomic destination. But the Kensington Arms certainly deserves its reputation as a local foodie magnet – and…

Strawberry Hill House

Lost & Found

Horace Walpole’s precious collection of art, antiques and curios once filled his Gothic mansion, Strawberry Hill. Sold at auction by a profligate heir, the scattered treasures, now reunited, are set to return home On the…

Grasmere in Cumbria

On the trail of William Wordsworth

Following in the footsteps of William Wordsworth, Lawrence Alexander explores the poet’s beloved Grasmere and other Lake District haunts

10 Downing Street

Discover London’s architecture with Open House

Don’t miss this once-a-year chance to peek inside more than 800 of the capital’s most interesting buildings

The water maze at Hever Castle in Kent

Get lost in Britain’s best mazes at stately homes

From mystical labyrinths to planted puzzles of twists, turns and dead ends in stately home gardens, Lawrence Alexander gets lost in Britain’s best mazes 

Mallards Pike in the Forest of Dean

Explore the Forest of Dean, the magical woods that inspired JRR Tolkien

This picturesque part of the Wye Valley offers woodland walks, steam trains and real-ale pubs, writes Karen Campbell

Items belonging to Alice Hawkins. Alice was a machinist at the shoe factory in Leicester. She was a socialist, trade unionist and WSPU campaigner. She was imprisoned five times for her role in WSPU protests.

Voice and Vote: an exhibition not to be missed

Voice and Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament, the major, free exhibition at the Houses of Parliament, follows the story of women’s suffrage through the very building it inhabits. It gathers together objects and documents, often for…

The George Inn, the only remaining galleried inn in London.

6 historic British pubs

Britain has a long and celebrated history when it comes to local pubs. If you like your pint of beer with a touch of history, check out these time-honoured British establishments George Inn The George…

The Best British Places to Visit in September

As Summer slowly merges into Autumn, parts of the British countryside come alive with colour. Here are a few places that we think are particularly spectacular in the autumn Keswick, Lake District Nestled within the…