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Upstairs Downstairs

We explore what relationships were really like between the upstairs and downstairs residents of Britain’s big houses In the new Downton Abbey film, veteran housekeeper Mrs Hughes is unequivocal in briefing staff: “I want every...

Top 5 London restaurants for a Christmas meal

For a festive meal to remember, head for one of the capital’s historic restaurants. Wiltons For a special meal, Wiltons is hard to beat. Started as an oyster stall in 1742, Wiltons was opened as a...

How to decorate your Christmas tree like the British Royal family

Renowned royal Christmas tree providers, Pines and Needles, give us the low-down on the Royal family's festive flourishes Pines and Needles decorate and install trees in some of the UK’s most famous venues, from  Wembley...

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“Look to the future, but remember the past” could be the theme of this issue. As a new decade dawns, we’re busy filling the diary with plans and trips for the year ahead. We’ve picked...

Hauteville House

The bold, eccentric decor of Victor Hugo's Guernsey home speaks volumes about he poet's world and his works. On 31 October 1855 the poet, playwright and novelist Victor Hugo arrived in windswept Guernsey, in desperate search of...
Christmas Charles Dickens plates

How to celebrate Christmas like Charles Dickens

Don’t be a Scrooge! Celebrate the spirit and former haunts of Charles Dickens, the Victorian author who shaped our vision of the modern festive season On the evening of October 5 1843, Charles Dickens took his...

8 Great historic art collectors

Felicity Day examines the legacy of eight prolific patrons of the arts, from art-loving royals to private collectors of curios. Many of Britain’s finest museums owe their existence to the magpie instincts of a private...

Best British winter experiences 2019

Winter experiences that embrace the seasonal atmosphere without celebrating Christmas... not just yet Bonfire night has been and gone but we're reluctant to welcome Christmas too eagerly this early in November. We've found some perfectly-pitched,...

Festive feasts: A history of royal Christmas food

We serve up mouthwatering moments from history, tucking in with kings and queens as they have feasted through the centuries. Wild boar’s head cooked in wine, boiled capon, roast goose, peacock, swan, fruit jellies, syllabubs...

10 of the best hotels for Christmas and the New Year

Don’t be run ragged by the demands of the festive season. Book a hotel break for Christmas or New Year and let others take care of you from morning to night, while you relax...

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