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Britain July/August 2019

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

Summer is upon us, and at this time of year there’s nowhere we’d rather be than Cornwall, whose salty shores hold some of England’s most stunning sights (Hidden Cornwall, p14). Watch Shakespeare under the stars at the rock-hewn Minack Theatre, visit serenely beautiful St Michael’s Mount or take in some art in sunny St Ives. Continuing the coastal theme, we’ve rounded up the very grandest of grande-dame hotels (Beside the Seaside, p61), offering sea views, history and luxury galore. Elsewhere this issue, we head north to the Peak District (Peak Performance, p76), whose moody moors are carpeted with purple heather in late August; and revisit nostalgic summery scenes from our favourite books (Summer Reading, p32). Finally, I hope you enjoy our new back page, dedicated to the hidden gems that are scattered across…

2 min
your letters

LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR I just wanted to share my delight in reading this magazine. I’m from Essex and I’ve lived in America for 11 years now. I live in Brooklyn in Clinton Hill and one of my neighbours gets this magazine sent to them. They kindly leave it in the building lobby after they are done and I manage to get it very often! It makes me miss home but it’s so nice to feel that pride every time I read it. Thank you and thanks to my mystery neighbour who gets this sent! Lorna Martin-Latner, New York City, USA ROYAL ROOTS Having recently done my family tree it was exciting to see the portrait of Elizabeth Woodville in your magazine [Vol 86 Issue 5] as she is my 15 times great-grandmother. I am…

1 min
star letter memories of london

Your Hilltop Havens article [Vol 86 Issue 6] brought back so many wonderful memories of when my late husband and I lived in North London in the mid-Seventies. Immediately following our wedding in Sydney in 1975, we left for a 2-year stay in London. Being somewhat ‘impoverished’ newlyweds, we soon discovered the joys of venturing out on foot at weekends to nearby Highgate and Hampstead Heath. We watched local cricket matches on lazy summer afternoons on the Heath, delighted in seeing the Spring daffodils near Kenwood House and rustled through the leaves during long autumn walks. I recall on one very cold winter’s day discovering Karl Marx’s massive headstone in Highgate Cemetery. It began to rain so we took shelter in an antiquarian bookshop in Highgate Village where we purchased vintage…

3 min
the bulletin

EVENT Pop-up Shakespeare Step back in time to experience what it would have been like to see a play in the 16th century at Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre. The pop-up Shakespeare’s Rose will present eight plays this summer, at the foot of Clifford’s Tower in York and in the grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. The 13-sided playhouse, complete with Elizabethan-style garden, will be hosting performances of Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest and Twelfth Night in York until 1 September, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Richard III at Blenheim Palace until 7 September. www.shakespearesrosetheatre.com HERITAGE Bridge to the past A jaw-dropping new footbridge will be opening at Tintagel Castle this summer. The 13th-century castle is currently reached via a challengingly steep staircase, but the new footbridge will follow the…

1 min
apple and lemon sandwich cake

Ingredients: 225g (8oz) baking spread, plus extra for greasing225g (8oz) caster sugar225g (8oz) self-raising flour1 tsp baking powder4 large eggs, beaten2 eating apples, peeled, cored and grated FOR FILLING 150ml (5 oz) double cream3 tbsp lemon curdicing sugar, for dusting Method: You will need two 20cm (8in) round, loose-bottomed sandwich tins. Preheat the oven to 180 C/160 C Fan/Gas 4, then grease each tin and line the base with a disc of baking paper. Measure all the sponge ingredients except the apple and icing sugar into a large bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk until combined. Fold the grated apple into the mixture, then divide between the tins and level the tops. Bake in the oven for about 25–30 minutes until golden, well risen and coming away from the sides of the tins. Allow to…

1 min
reading corner

RHS: A Nation in Bloom by Matthew Biggs (White Lion Publishing, £30). A beautifully illustrated story of how plants and gardens can transform people’s lives. 2,000 years of Manchester by Kathryn Coase (Pen & Sword Books, £16.99). The history of Manchester from a Roman settlement to a city at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. Anna Duchess of Cleves: The King's Beloved Sister by Heather R. Darcie (Amberley Publishing, £20). A fresh look at Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth wife. Cutty Sark: The last of the tea clippers by Eric Kentley (Bloomsbury, £20). This special 150th anniversary edition is a wonderfully illustrated narrative. The Austen Girls: The Story of Jane & Cassandra Austen, the Closest of Sisters by Helen Amy (Amberley Publishing, £20). An investigation into the life of Jane Austen’s sister, Cassandra,…