Cultural. Scenic. Progressive. England does culture and class like nowhere else.
While heritage, monarchy and history draw first-time visitors, day-to-day England has one of the world’s foremost art scenes, and its urban centres are as renowned for their music, nightlife and restaurants as their museums. From history to hipsters, quaint seaside towns to rolling national parks, endless coastline and London’s striking skylines, England has strong game.
Drive along winding country roads in a classic British sports car; arrive at an aristocratic family’s historic stately home, frequented by the British Royals; try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, deer stalking, fly-fishing, and falconry on the sweeping parkland of a private estate; wander between Oxford’s spires and retreat to honey-stoned Cotswold villages; watch the boat race at Henley or punt through the historic city centre in Cambridge; hike up Snowdonia and ride motorbikes through the Lake District; stand below Big Ben as it chimes and take a private tour of St Paul’s Cathedral; cycle the Malvern Hills; wild swim in the lakes, waterfalls and pools of the Peak District; dine at the best tables in London’s finest restaurants; take a ghostly, guided tour of the city at night; have a private view of the Crown Jewels; watch a live performance at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Where to Stay
Slick city boltholes; sprawling stately homes; exclusive apartments at the epicentre of London’s scene; lavish country house hotels.
When to Go
From June to September for the English summer, though the cities buzz year-round.