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.
Traditional bar at the Anchor Inn, Hampshire | Cosy English Inns | Near Chawton, Jane Austen’s Hampshire

Review: The Anchor Inn, in Jane Austen’s Hampshire

A cosy inn with open fires, but the biggest draw of The Anchor Inn in Hampshire is surely its proximity to Jane Austen’s home in Chawton

Westminster Abbey afternoon tea, London

Review: Christmas afternoon tea at Westminster Abbey

Book a festive treat with afternoon tea at Westminster Abbey for a real behind-the-scenes feel

Catherine Steadman as Romaine and Jack McMullen as Leonard

Agatha Christie’s gripping murder mystery play comes to County Hall on London’s South Bank

Witness to the Prosecution is the first major production of an Agatha Christie play to be staged in London since the Sixties

The heather-clad Slat Cellar in the Derwent Valley in the Peak District. Peak District Photos

Beautiful photos of the Peak District

We explore the picturesque villages and countryside of the Peak District, which inspired both Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte – take your own imaginary tour with these stunning Peak District photos

The Clifton, St John’s Wood, London. Review, the clifton neighbourhood pub

Review: The Clifton, St John’s Wood, London

Hidden down a side street in London’s leafy St John’s Wood, The Clifton is a friendly neighbourhood pub that offers all-day dining and cosy interiors

Northcote hotel in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire

CLOSED: WIN two nights in a luxury Michelin-starred Lancashire hotel – plus a five-course dinner

Enjoy a two-night stay for two at Northcote – a boutique hotel in the Ribble Valley – with a lavish five-course dinner

Anthony van Dyck, Charles I, 1635-6

Charles I’s art collection reunited for first time since Civil War at London’s Royal Academy

King Charles I had a huge art collection. After his execution, it was split up and sold off across Europe. Now, for the first time since the 17th-century, more than 100 paintings and sculptures are…

'Bump, bump, bump', Winnie-the-Pooh chapter 1, pencil drawing by E. H. Shephard, 1926

Winnie-the-Pooh comes to the V&A in the UK’s largest exhibition of the bear of ‘very little brain’

Created by A. A. Milne and drawn by E. H. Shepard, Winnie-the-Pooh is one of the best-loved characters in children’s literature. Now a major exhibition is coming to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum

Entrance to GBR in Dukes of London, an all-day brasserie in St James’s

Review: GBR restaurant in Dukes of London, St James’s

This bright and chic brasserie tucked away in London’s St James’s offers refined respite from the busy shopping thoroughfare of Piccadilly

White Tower, Tower of London, history of London’s castles

The history of London’s castles

The capital is home to many palaces that have been impeccably preserved but London’s castles are a little more elusive. Here are four of the castles in London to have withstood the test of time…