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Britain January/February 2020

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
$9.11(Incl. tax)
$36.50(Incl. tax)
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's letter

“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. Top of my list is the North Coast 500, an atmospheric drive through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery (Take the high road, p72). We’re also marking some special anniversaries. It’s 400 years since a certain ship set sail on an epic voyage, and in doing so, changed the course of history. In the first of a two-part series, we tell the stirring story of the Mayflower (Pilgrims ’ progress, p23). And we’re wishing a very happy birthday to the National Trust (National treasure, p35): this venerable institution turns 125 this year. Elsewhere, we tour Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic Coast…

2 min
your letters

ALARM BELLS I cannot tell you how much we enjoy your magazine, and could wish only that it had come to our attention sooner. But I’m sorry to point out an error in the November issue [Vol 87 Issue 5]; one that sadly, you’re not alone in making. I refer to the name Big Ben, right in the legend of the exquisite photograph of the Houses of Parliament and the Elizabeth Tower. In truth, no one, neither locals nor tourists, can see Big Ben, for the simple reason that it is not the tower, nor the great four-sided clock face of the tower. Big Ben is nothing less than the largest of the tower’s several bells, the one that strikes the hour, the one heard on the radio during The War, the deep,…

1 min
star letter capital verse

Oh, how I miss you, may I count the ways? Regent Street & Leicester Square, countless stores with wondrous ware. Oxford Street and dear old Marks; many green and lovely parks. How I long for Street of Bond, lots of goodies and beyond? Piccadilly, oh so grand; Trafalgar Square and then the Strand. City great and so sublime. Let me see you one more time. Elizabeth Mercer, Hilo, Hawaii, USA Our star letter wins a London Underground luggage tag in Central Red (£12.50, London Transport Museum Shop), a bright and cheerful accessory to add a pop of colour to your suitcase. www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk…

4 min
the bulletin

EXHIBITION British Baroque Tate Britain called on the country's stately homes to lend artworks for their upcoming exhibition British Baroque: Power and Illusion. Some of the paintings have never been seen before, and it will be the first time that Tate has staged a show devoted to the later 17th century. From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the momentous change of the late Stuart period gave rise to a new age of art: one that was preoccupied with status and influence. The exhibition, which will celebrate grand-scale portraiture, the artifice of trompe l’oeil and the impact of baroque mural painting, runs from 5 February to 19 April. www.tate.org.uk OPENING Naval legacy For its opening this spring, Plymouth’s new museum, The Box, will be exhibiting 14…

1 min
reading corner

My Dearest Heart: The Artist Mary Beale (1633-1699) by Penelope Hunting (Unicorn, £25). The first biography of the life and work of Mary Beale, portrait painter. Other Ranks by William Vincent Tilsley (Unicorn, £14.99). A First World War classic, first published in 1931 but lost in the wave of war memoirs and novels since. Utopia: The History of an Idea by Gregory Claeys (Thames & Hudson, £9.99). This book is an illustrated history of a perennially powerful idea: the quest for the ideal society. British Castles and Palaces by Roy Charles (White on Black Publishing, £9.95). This illustrated hardback is stuffed with facts about Britain’s inspiring historic buildings. Charles and Ada: The Computer’s Most Passionate Partnership by James Essinger (The History Press, £16.99). Letters shed light on the friendship between computer scientists Ada Lovelace…

6 min
history set in stone

An impoverished fossil-hunter born in Lyme Regis, Dorset, in 1799, Mary Anning has long been a footnote in the history books, but a new film, Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet, is set to change all that. Mary’s father died when she was just a child, and she spent her days wandering the coast around her home town, collecting the area’s abundant fossils to sell for the family’s upkeep. This rugged stretch of southwest England is now known as the Jurassic Coast, thanks to extraordinary evidence of 185 million years of history imprinted into its rocky shores. Mary’s efforts reaped rewards. Aged 12, she unearthed the 16ft fossil of a sea monster belonging to the genus now known as Ichthysaurus, followed by other startling finds. The theory of extinction was a new idea, and…