London Guide 2018
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England

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.
Kirkstone Pass in The Lake District

The Lake District and Beatrix Potter country

The Lake District continues to charm visitors with its breathtaking landscapes, picturesque pubs and award-winning attractions. Here is our pick of the Lakes’ hidden gems.

Norfolk Broads

Norfolk insider’s guide

Messing about in boats on the Broads and the birthplace of Britain’s most famous naval hero, Nelson, Norfolk, is a county of discovery.

The Quantocks, Somerset. Photo: Stephen Spraggon/Visit Britain

BRITAIN’S photos of the week: serene Somerset

Spring, and now nearly summer, has sprung, which means short-break season. We look to the rolling hills of Somerset for inspiration.

Ockenden-Manor-Hotel-&-Spa

Spoil yourself at Ockenden Manor hotel

Retreat from the rain at a classic country house hotel, only an hour from London.

Prince William and Prince Harry, the Thames, Berkshire

Prince William and Prince Harry help flood victims

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, and his brother Prince Harry arrived unannounced to help flood victims on the Thames this morning.

London West End

Five ideas for rainy days in London

It’s official: this January has been the wettest on record, and with no sign of the rain abating, here are our top tips for spending rainy days in London. 

Gordon's Wine Bar, Embankment

Best cosy London pubs

Brrr… it’s cold out there, so here is our pick of the best London pubs for a winter warmer, complete with log fires and hot toddies a plenty

Daphne du Maurier’s Cornwall

With tales of romance, smugglers and secrecy, author Daphne du Maurier wrote spellbinding novels inspired by the drama of the Cornish landscape.

Shop, sleep and spa in west London

We discover a hidden hotel in revamped Shepherds Bush that offers the perfect base to see the capital and is home to a wonderful spa.

The English cathedral

The interiors of England’s 42 Anglican cathedrals are strikingly different. We examine the history and design of these majestic buildings