To paint a picture of England, you need a broad canvas. This green and pleasant land lays claim to soaring mountains and magical lakes. Where walks could take you past ancient stone circles and craggy castles – and, as a small island, you’re rarely far from the coast. But some of the world’s most exciting cities call England home too. Embark on a city break to take in on-the-pulse restaurants, striking architecture, and a huge variety of art and culture. With grand country retreats right through to chic townhouses, England is the stuff of luxury hotel dreams.
From the crown jewels in London to the natural treasures of the countryside, every corner of England has a story to tell.
- Capital city: London.
- Currency: British Pound – in £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes.
- Cuisine: There’s more to England than fish and chips. This is the place to discover culinary superstars, cosy pubs and food influenced by global flavours.
- Saying hello: A polite“Good morning” or “Good evening”, depending on the time of day. Otherwise, simply say “hello”.
- Tipping etiquette: Some eateries will include a service charge on bills. Otherwise, tip 10-15% for excellent service in hotels, restaurants and taxis.
WHEN TO GO
The weather is a major topic of conversation throughout England. So it’s little surprise that this is a place for every season – and every forecast. Summers are balmy, in spring the countryside comes to life and autumn fires the landscape with shades of red and rust. At Christmas, towns and cities across the country light up. The sporting calendar is busy all year round, whether you’re a football, rugby, cricket or tennis fan. Look out as well for festivals celebrating everything from literature to food.
For a taste of England’s heritage – or a touch of romance – travel by steam train. You can hop aboard beautifully restored carriages in the South West right up to the Scottish borders.
Top tip from SLH