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Real Tennis: the sport of kings

Literally the game of kings, real tennis is exactly what it sounds like. Unlike Lawn Tennis and Squash, it’s the genuine article: proper tennis Henry VIII was into it, wasn’t he? Like many pastimes, tennis became...

The story of the Royal Albert Hall

Prince Albert’s huge domed red-brick amphitheatre celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2021. We look at the history of London's most atmospheric concert venue On 20 May 1867, Queen Victoria, dressed entirely in black, laid the...

5 best places for afternoon tea in London

To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week, which takes place from 8-14 August this year, we’ve picked the finest treats London has to offer.
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Walk in the footsteps of Charlotte Brontë

To mark the bicentenary of birth of Charlotte Brontë, we bring you some of the cosy Yorkshire places she would have known and where you can now stay.

The best British September day trips

As summer slowly merges into autumn, parts of the British countryside come alive with colour. Here are a few places that we think are particularly spectacular in September Keswick, Lake District Nestled within the craggy mountains...
Minack Theatre. Credit: Marshall Ikonography/Alamy

Shakespeare in the sun: Britain’s best outdoor theatres

Summer is here, so why not book tickets for one of our nation’s brilliant outdoor theatres and enjoy some culture al fresco? A peculiar British tradition, each year we wrap up warm and pack a...
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 Next time you visit London’s Westminster Abbey, why not bypass the crowds queuing outside the East entrance and enter through...
Isle of Raasay Distillery with views towards Skye. best Scottish whisky tours

Scottish whisky tours: the best distilleries old and new

Try a wee dram at one of these distilleries, which range from the historic to the brand-new, for the best in Scottish whisky tours If you want to sample some of the best of Scotch...
London landmark, Big Ben clock tower and the Houses of Parliament | Big Ben’s Bongs

Big Ben’s bongs to fall silent during restoration work

The iconic sound of Big Ben’s bongs will not be heard in London until 2021 as essential restoration work is carried out to Westminster’s Elizabeth Tower They are recognised the world over as a symbol...

UK’s best garden tea rooms

On a sunny afternoon, there's little better than tea and cake in a pretty garden tea room. We pick the best around the country from Somerset to Yorkshire  RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire  Any list of the...
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