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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.

Sanderson: 150 Years of English Decoration

One of the world’s most pioneering fabric and furnishing companies – a quintessentially English company – is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Head to Bermondsey for an exhibition on Sanderson. One of the world’s…

Knightsbridge and Belgravia – London Insider’s Guide

“Guests want three things: a big smile at the door, comfy beds and fluffy towels,” says Kate Levin of The Capital and Levin Hotels in London’s Knightsbridge. And an award-winning restaurant can be quite welcome,…

Hooray Henley at Hotel du Vin

Whether you are looking for a riverside retreat from which to enjoy the annual Henley Royal Regatta, or just a weekend break in this picturesque pocket of Oxfordshire, Hotel du Vin Henley-on-Thames fits the bill….

One Lombard Street: Eat, drink and be merry in the City

ONE LOMBARD STREET restaurant in the City of London, with its Michelin star and dramatic former banking hall interior, tickles our editor’s tastebuds with its Festive Season menu. Much as I adore the traditional Christmas…

Sir Richard Branson joins with RAF Museum London to honour Battle of Britain hero

IN THE YEAR of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Sir Richard Branson narrates the podcast on Battle of Britain ace Douglas Bader, on the centenary of the pilot’s birthday.   ON THE…

The Duchess of Cornwall goes back to school

THE DUCHESS of Cornwall was greeted by flagwaving when she visited Westonbirt’s new school for its official opening. She also toured the gardens which are being restored by the Holford Trust. THE WESTONBIRT ESTATE in…

Take a trip to Derby, me old China

Get a handle on the many looks of Crown Derby at the exhibition in the city of Derby, until 30 March 2010

Christmas Time-Travelling at the Geffrye Museum

DISCOVER HOW Christmas was celebrated in the English home over the centuries from 1600 to the present day at the Geffrye Museum. Christmas in 1935, photo by Steve Speller A NOSTALGIC exhibition called Christmas Past,…

Portsmouth Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard celebrates the 10th birthday of Victorian Festival of Christmas

For its 10th birthday, the Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is planning a magical festive extravanganza, with Victorian entertainment and a huge Christmas market.

Guide to Christmas Shopping in Britain

If you’re dreaming of a traditional white Christmas, of fairy lights, festive atmosphere and seasonal shopping, here’s our guide on what to buy and where to go

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