London Guide 2018
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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.

Buckinghamshire: The home county

The compact county of Buckinghamshire is often unfairly labelled ‘commuter country’, but it’s better described using the superlatives of Roald Dahl

Hotel review: The Arch London

BRITAIN’s Editor Jessica Tooze finds a boutique bolthole in central London that is quietly impressive.

London’s unseen treasures

We speak to Philip Davies, author of London: Hidden Interiors, and explore some of the capital’s hidden gems

Visit Whitstable Oyster Festival

Famous for its native oysters, the charming seaside town of Whitstable celebrates the ocean’s bounty each summer

English country garden

From tulips to snowdrops, there is a garden for every season and you will find much to inspire at our selection of must-visits through the year.

England’s second city: Birmingham

Long pigeon-holed as a centre of industry, Birmingham is a vibrant centre of arts and literature, shopping and socialising, a mix of the old and the new.

Review: Great Fosters hotel

Step back in time with a stay at the magnificent Great Fosters hotel, just 10 miles from Heathrow, and enjoy a country house ambiance in lovely grounds.

The countryside of kings and queens

Coveted by invaders, Hampshire is home to picturesque villages, stunning coastline and a great forest

Rare retreats

From tree houses to trailers, roulottes to railway carriages, these unusual escapes offer a chance to abandon bricks and mortar without sacrificing style or comfort.

Five facts about Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten put a small seaside town on the classical music map forever after he launched Aldeburgh Festival