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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.

Garden Within Doors at London’s Geffrye Museum

The British love their gardens and this love of plants and flowers carries through inside the house. In its latest exhibition, London’s Geffrye Museum explores plants and their role in homemaking over 400 years.

300 years of British Quilt Making

THE V&A is exploring 300 years of British quilt making in its exhibition this spring. Head there to uncover more than 65 examples of quilts, from a cot cover made in the 1690s to recent…

Rediscovering Greece and Rome in Cambridge

If you are interested in ancient civilisations, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge’s newly reopened gallery, Rediscovering Greece and Rome, is a joy. Months of conservation, research and redisplay brings the focus onto people.

Major expansion at two London museums

  The long-awaited refurbishment of two of London’s most prestigious museums, the Jewish Museum in Camden and the Museum of London at the Barbican, has put them top of visitors’ what-to-see list this spring.

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…

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