For such a small country, England is certainly a tourism heavyweight. London is, of course, the jewel in the crown, with some of the most famous hotels and hotspots in the world, that others have imitated with more or less success across the globe. Aside from luxury shopping, elegant tea, fabulous theatre and the allure of Royalty, London is the most eclectic of mixed bags, with Old Masters around the corner from subway graffiti contests, the best of stand-up comedy jostling for position with world class Opera, bustling food, clothing and antique markets, an entire street of bookshops and every cuisine under the sun.
Take a break from the speed of the city and enjoy cosy inns along the sweeping bays of the south coast, or indulge in long windswept walks over fens and heather-strewn moors. The golden stone of cute Cotswold villages, Oxford's "dreaming spires" and the grace of Georgian spa towns are all within a short train journey of the capital.