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Britain May/June 2018

Packed with 196-pages of the best attractions, days out, places to stay and food and drink destinations, the 2015 BRITAIN Guide is your definitive companion to getting the best out of your holiday. From forgotten medieval villages, to country houses within easy access of London and shopping areas for picking up quintessential gifts, you won’t want to leave home without it.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's letter

I’m sorry to say that this is my last issue in the editor’s chair – I’m off to pastures new (well, Scotland). As I reflect on my four years at the helm of this magazine, I can’t help but think of how wonderful it’s been hearing about all of your adventures in Britain. I hope I have played a small part in inspiring you to visit the places in these pages. One place I will certainly be visiting this year is Royal Deeside. In Paradise in the Highlands (p14), our writer follows in the footsteps of Queen Victoria and uncovers a Scottish landscape rich in natural beauty and culture. However, with the promise of warmer weather on the horizon, you may be dreaming of sweeping beaches, coastal walks and seaside towns, in…

2 min
your letters

THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Dispatch from the winner of last year’s Great British Holiday competition: I’ve just finished the London leg of my tour and had a brilliant weekend. The five-star Dukes hotel was marvellous, very luxurious and relaxing, with succulent food at the Great British Restaurant. After spending the morning shopping on Oxford Street, we browsed Harrods, then went for a wonderful afternoon tea at The Capital –my friend and I were treated like royalty. We returned to our hotel, and after a quick change, it was off to the theatre to see Wicked. A fantastic show, not to be missed. After a splendid day, we slept like babies. I can’t wait for my next excursion to The Swan at Lavenham, in Suffolk. Lisa Yeomans, Kent, UK BRITAIN REPLIES: Great to hear from…

1 min
star letter a bear by any other name

I have just read with interest the story of Winnie the Pooh (Volume 85 Issue 6). Though the article tells how Pooh Bear was named, it didn’t mention the ‘Winnie’ connection – an important part of the history of Pooh Bear. Winnie the Pooh was named after a bear at London Zoo, but that bear had been named Winnie by First World War soldier Harry Colebourn (right), who brought her to England and named her after his adopted hometown of Winnipeg. There are several books about the Winnipeg connection, many recently published, and many online resources, too. Christine Lussier, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Our star letter wins a copy of Cornish Short Stories, a charming collection of Cornish tales from a selection of brilliant contemporary writers (£12, The History Press).www.thehistorypress.co.uk…

4 min
the bulletin

HERITAGE Keeping the faith The triforium of Westminster Abbey, 70ft above the floor, has been hidden away for more than 700 years. In June, it finally opens to the public. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries will display more than 300 objects telling the story of the grand Gothic church as the setting for every Coronation since that of William the Conqueror in 1066 and the venue for a mere 16 royal weddings. Look out for Queen Mary II’s Coronation Chair; the Liber Regalis (Latin for ‘Royal Book’) – a 14th-century illuminated manuscript with guidance on how to conduct a coronation (should you ever need to) and the marriage licence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.www.westminster-abbey.org STAY A cut above When 18th-century industrialist Walter Barton May suspected that his wife was cheating on him, he…

1 min
reading corner

Shakespeare’s London on 5 Groats a Day by Richard Tames (Thames & Hudson, £12.95) Sightsee in the capital as if it were Elizabethan times, among merchants, courtiers and the Bard. The Servants’ Story: Managing a Great Country House by Pamela Sambrook (Amberley Publishing, £20) Life below stairs at Trentham in Staffordshire during the 19th century. Lost Lanes West by Jack Thurston (Wild Things Publishing, £16.99) One for cyclists. Pedal through Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset or Wiltshire. Shades of Green by John Sales (Unicorn, £25) The secrets of looking after 50 glorious landscapes by the National Trust's former Head of Gardens. Walk Through History: Discover Victorian London by Christopher Winn (Ebury, £9.99) From mansion blocks to chapels, the capital is full of delights. You just need to know where to look.…

7 min
paradise in the highlands

When Queen Victoria wanted somewhere to escape to, it was to Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire that she headed. Victoria was so enamoured with the raw beauty of the Scottish countryside on her first visit in 1842 that by 1852 she’d secured land and her very own castle. Describing the landscape in her diary, she wrote: “All seemed to breathe freedom and peace”. After a glorious rebuild, a new castle was completed for Victoria in 1856: Balmoral is still the Scottish holiday home of the Royal Family, where HM The Queen returns every summer. The area is rich in history and heritage, and it’s still possible to follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria and experience what she referred to as “my dear paradise in the Highlands”. One port of call worth making is…