United Kingdom

England is a country rich in history, from past invaders to a former Imperial power, it has been one of the world’s greatest influencers in diverse matters ranging from law and music culture to fashion and innovations. And we can't forget the Beatles.

England is also home to many of the sports; rugby, football, badminton, snooker and even those complicated games that no-one except the English really understands, like cricket. Sport is a serious pastime of the English, next to their love of the pub and that undeniably black sense of humour that only the Brits can do well.

History and heritage peek through at every opportunity and are especially to be seen in the museums, a treasure trove of worldly travels and conquests. Palaces, the monarchy, Constable's painterly countryside and an ever-changing coastline make England an affectionate friend to visit – and despite Brexit, it remains as loveable and welcoming as ever.

The English say "sorry" even if it is not their fault and form an orderly queue at every opportunity, although they never "stand in line". Food is also now firmly on the agenda and some say that London is now overtaking New York & Paris on this front – it has come a long way from the humble yet delicious national dish of Fish ‘n Chips.

A neighbour to rugged and effortlessly beautiful Scotland, a swift journey north to the Highlands should always be on the cards for the England-bound traveller, preferably by car or rail of course - with beauty spots like the Lake District, you definitely don't want to miss the view as it whizzes on by.

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