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Britain London Guide 2021

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

Welcome to BRITAIN 2021, our annual look at the very best that the country has to offer. After a year of restricted travel, get ready to revisit old haunts and explore more of our beautiful shores. Whatever you love about Britain – craggy castles or winding country lanes, rambling gardens or scenic beaches – you’ll find it in these pages. We’ve given each part of the country its own mini chapter, with highlights and hidden gems to help you plan a visit. And we’ve visited some of the country’s loveliest corners to inspire you, from historic 1066 Country to Yorkshire’s atmospheric moors; from north Norfolk’s stately homes by the sea to the timeless villages of Cornwall. Happy planning! @BRITAINMAGAZINE FACEBOOK/BRITAINMAGAZINE PINTEREST/BRITAINMAGAZINE @BRITAIN_MAGAZINE US COVER IMAGE: ST MICHAEL'S MOUNT, CORNWALL © ANDREW MICHAEL/ALAMY. UK COVER IMAGE: BAMBURGH…

14 min
where to stay in 2021

Country house hideaways Rothay Manor, Cumbria There’s no better place than the Lakes for a few days’ walking, and this handsome Regency manor, a ten-minute stroll from Ambleside, makes the ideal base. All the details are just right: an acclaimed restaurant – one of the best in the Lakes – stylish but comfy rooms whose vast beds come with cloud-like mattresses, and private hot tubs to ease aching muscles after yomping the fells. The full Cumbrian breakfast will set you up for more of the same the next day. www.rothaymanor.co.uk Grove of Narberth, Pembrokeshire A romantic Welsh hideaway, Grove of Narberth overlooks the Preseli Hills and is just a 15-minute drive from pretty Tenby. Rooms are dotted with art, antiques and period fireplaces, imbuing them with warmth and character. Six 15th-century cottage suites in the…

1 min

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a lifelong Londoner, Britain’s vibrant capital is entrancing. ‘Tired of London, tired of life’ goes the old adage, and it’s true: beyond the top tier of world-class sights, from the Tower of London to the British Museum, there are numerous smaller museums, galleries and buildings to absorb you, each with stories to tell. And even if you don’t set foot in a single one, you’ll find endless (and free) entertainment exploring the capital’s markets, tucked-away Georgian squares and City backstreets, or people-watching on the South Bank, home to Tate Modern, the London Eye and Shakespeare’s Globe. Then there’s the food. London has evolved into one of the world’s great culinary capitals, with an impressive 66 Michelin-star restaurants; take afternoon tea, join a food tour or…

2 min
london essentials

ANNUAL EVENTS Trooping the Colour This parade of over 1,400 soldiers and 200 horses has marked the official birthday of the British sovereign for over 260 years. 12 June Wimbledon Tennis Championships The world's oldest tennis tournament is set to go ahead this year – without the queues. 28 June-11 July BBC Proms A world-renowned eight-week classical music festival held each summer in the Royal Albert Hall. 30 July-11 September RHS Chelsea Flower Show A must for all keen gardeners, the Chelsea Flower Show has cutting-edge show gardens and fabulous floral displays. 21-26 September HIGHLIGHTS SOUTH KENSINGTON MUSEUMS A superb trio of museums – the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the V&A – make this cultural pocket of southwest London a must-visit. NATIONAL GALLERY This beautiful gallery houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world, and also offers…

1 min
every item has a story…

399 Strand This Elizabeth I pound is a superb example of English Renaissance metallic art. Elizabeth was extremely fussy about her appearance; she personally inspected examples of her portrait and chose designs as it’s known that she destroyed any which she judged to be inferior. If it seems unusual that the PUC £1 - a stamp used to promote a conference about international co-operation - features a very elaborate, yet violent, design showing St George attacking a dragon. it is because this design was not originally intended for this stamp. @StanleyGibbons @StanleyGibbons /StanleyGibbonsGroup @Baldwin’s Coins @BaldwinsCoins /BaldwinsCoins…

5 min
culture capital

For months London’s museums stood empty, but all that changed in May with the long-awaited reopening of museums, galleries and other venues. There are some exciting shows planned to welcome you back, which we’ve outlined on these pages (plans can change so please check dates and other details with the museums directly). The Royal Academy of Arts is one of the oldest permanent collections of art in the UK, housed in magnificent Burlington House. The Royal Academy reopens with a hopeful reflection on the wonders of the natural world and the beauty of spring. David Hockney spent 2020 at home in Normandy, chronicling the unfolding of spring in a flurry of works ‘painted’ on his iPad. The 116 large-scale works that make up this showstopping exhibition are both a breath of…