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.
The Triforium, Westminster Abbey

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries open at Westminster Abbey

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, set some 52 feet above the Abbey’s floor in the 13th-century triforium, has opened to the public for the first time in 700 years The triforium, tucked beneath the vaults,…

History of Royal Ascot

History of Royal Ascot

The 300-year story of racing at Ascot begins in 1711, when Queen Anne put the idea into motion to pursue her love of horse racing The 300-year story of racing at Ascot begins in 1711, when…

A distant view of Logan Rock, Cornwall. Credit Visit Britain

Cornwall’s spectacular coastline

Even in a region as well explored as Cornwall, with its lovely coves, harbours and hills, there are still plenty of places that attract just a trickle of people. We’re heading off the beaten track in one of…

Sir Robert Peel. Credit: Creative Commons

History of the Metropolitan Police

In 1829 the Home Secretary, Robert Peel, founded the the Metropolitan Police in London Before the passing of the Metropolitan Police Act, law enforcement among the general population was carried out by volunteer constables and ‘watchmen’….

Fred Perry in action at Wimbledon in 1936. The history of Wimbledon tennis: where it all began

The history of Wimbledon Tennis

We look back at the history of the tennis championships, which bring Wimbledon to a standstill every year.

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King Arthur’s Cornwall

In the new issue, we explore the mythical landscape of Cornwall’s north coast and the legends of King Arthur. Here’s a pretty pictorial taste of what’s in store…

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle: The largest inhabited castle in the world

How much do you know about the history of the largest inhabited castle in the world? Though the origins of Windsor Castle go all the way back to 1070 when William the Conqueror ordered the construction…

Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey, London. Credit: Westminster Abbey

How London inspired the world’s greatest authors

From Virginia Woolf to Charles Dickens, many of the world’s greatest authors have drawn inspiration from life in the English capital  WORDS  Florence Sheward Virginia Woolf For centuries, London has acted as both a nurturing…

Millennium bridge with St Paul's Cathedral. Credit: Getty Images

London at night

With several tube lines now running 24 hours a day on Friday and Saturday, we celebrate the many nocturnal delights of the English capital WORDS Steve Pill In her 1927 essay Street Haunting, Virginia Woolf claimed…

London’s historic pubs

For a true measure of London life, pay a visit to one of the capital’s best historic pubs WORDS George Dailey Cittie of Yorke In 1951, Dylan Thomas, one of the finest Welsh poets ever to…