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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.

Fit for a King – 500 years of Royal Arms and Armour

The new exhibition Fit for a King, showing 500 years of Royal arms and armour, is now permanently on view in the White Tower at the Tower of London.

Best of British in bloom at Hampton Court

HAMPTON COURT PALACE Flower Show is celebrating its 21st birthday this year (6-11 July) with an eclectic showcase of horticultural delights on the 33-acre site beside the River Thames. HAMPTON COURT PALACE Flower Show is…

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The Petersham and the Bingham on Richmond Hill

DESIGNED BY Victorian architect John Giles and opened in 1865, The Petersham hotel sits on Richmond Hill with views over the River Thames. Nearby, the Bingham offers Michelin fabulous cuisine.  The Petersham on Richmond Hill…

Victoria and Albert: Love and Art

A charming exhibition at London’s Queen’s Gallery until 31 October looks at the relationship between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, from their engagement through to his untimely demise. Franz Xaver Winterhalter, The Royal Family in…

Love Never Dies: The return of The Phantom

Twenty-four years after his first outing, The Phantom is back in Andrew LLoyd Webber’s latest musical, Love Never Dies. Fresh from its world premiere in London’s West End, Sarah Hiscock reports on the man behind…

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…