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Britain March/April 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.

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Chelsea Magazine
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's letter

Just as sales of red lipstick soared in the dark days of wartime (Winston Churchill decreed it was not to be rationed as it kept morale high), this winter many of us have sought cheer in frivolity, namely the Netflix series Bridgerton, which is set in the decadent Regency era. This issue, we channel the glamour and excitement of those heady days in Regency revels (p22), diving into a whirl of scandal and romance; and we stroll the seafront promenade in Brighton (p77), whose Royal Pavilion is the ultimate expression of Regency frippery. History buffs will also enjoy a skirmish at the Battle of Tewkesbury (Roses remembered, p33), and a peek at two of Henry VIII’s once magnificent – but sadly long-lost – palaces (England’s lost palaces, p50). Time-travelling done, we armchair-travel to…

3 min
your letters

STAR LETTER TWICE IN A LIFETIME In December 1964 I was a young physician serving in the USAF Medical Corps and made my first trip to London. One evening I was invited to dinner at an apartment on the south side of Hyde Park. While awaiting the lift to my host’s floor, I noticed an elderly couple entering the lobby, he asleep in a wheelchair being pushed by an attendant, and she, regally erect, walking beside him. As they approached, I realized I was being joined by Sir Winston and Lady Churchill. We all stood in silence until the Churchills’ private lift whisked them away to what I was told by my host was their penthouse on the uppermost floor. A month later in January 1965 Sir Winston was dead, but…

1 min
wells worth a visit

First let me say I really would be lost without your publication as I am the world’s biggest Anglophile! I have made several trips and on 3 of them I visited Wells, and although you encourage staying at a B&B a mile away [Vol 88 Issue 6], I found the Ancient Gate House Hotel within the walls around the cathedral a delightful place. My favourite room was up a very steep stair to a room over a gate in the wall and I had a view of the cathedral from my window. Being right there I was able to attend early morning service at the cathedral before setting out on my day of sightseeing. Keep up the good work helping us tour my beloved England from our armchairs. Maureen Donn, Owings,…

4 min
the bulletin

MUSIC The show must go on Determined to celebrate its 150th birthday in style after a challenging year of cancelled shows and closed doors, the Royal Albert Hall’s anniversary programme will commence on 29 March with A Circle of Sound, a multimedia spectacular that evokes the spirit and history of the Hall. Led by David Arnold, multi-award-winning composer for five Bond films, and created in collaboration with local schoolchildren, community members and the Chelsea Pensioners, the 10-movement work promises to be a star-studded performance. Among the many other highlights of the anniversary season, the Hall’s associate orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, will present a series of concerts as it celebrates its own 75th anniversary. www.royalalberthall.com PLACES TO STAY Fine and dandy The opening of a new hotel in the Iconic Luxury Hotels Collection – a…

1 min
reading corner

Square Haunting by Francesca Wade (£20, Faber & Faber). A group biography of five trail-blazing women, who all lived between the wars at Mecklenburgh Square in London. The Woman Who Stole Vermeer by Anthony M Amore (£20, Pegasus). The true story of Rose Dugdale: from idyllic Devonshire upbringing to life of crime and major art heist. Stately Secrets by Richard Bradford (£9.95, Troubador). The 7th Earl of Bradford’s uproarious stories of life behind stately home doors. Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day by Captain Tom Moore (£20, Michael Joseph). The autobiography of the remarkable 100-year-old who became the nation’s hero during lockdown and was knighted by the Queen. Disraeli v Gladstone: Westminster’s Most Bitter Feud by Roger Mason (£25, Fonthill Media). An account of the bitter 40-year feud between the two great statesmen.…

6 min
break for the borders

The border between Scotland and England stretches from the rolling hills and moorland in the west, through gentler valleys to the high agricultural plains of the east, and on to the rocky Berwickshire coastline with its secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages. Swirl in chocolate-box-pretty market towns, dramatic ruined abbeys and some of Britain’s grandest castles and stately homes and it’s easy to understand why people fall deeply in love with the region. The Borders have always been sought-after: raids and counter attacks between jealous rivals in England and Scotland were the norm for hundreds of years. On occasion these skirmishes escalated into all-out combat, with deadly results for King James IV of Scotland and his son and heir King James V. Even after the ‘last’ border war between the English…