From British heraldry to St Paul’s Cathedral and the capital’s strange street names, we shed light on some of Britain’s quirky traditions and secret histories
If you travel to certain parts of the world, it can feel as if every second bar was frequented by Ernest Hemingway. Even in death, the great American author continues to make a significant contribution to the takings at drinking establishments from Paris to Venice, Florida to Havana. In Britain, however, we tend to celebrate famous clientele not via the renaming of bars but hotel rooms.
We decided to celebrate that fact in this issue with a look at seven suites dedicated to unlikely former guests. You’ll uncover favourite haunts of Charles Dickens and Queen Elizabeth I, as well as learn why Mahatma Gandhi found himself in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley.
Our fascination with historic names continues in the London section with a look at the stories behind the British capital’s many oddly-named roads. Like the issue as a whole, we hope you find it right up your street.
A taste of issue 219:
Explore Lochaber in the western Highlands, taking in Ben Nevis and the Harry Potter train among many other man-made and natural landmarks, not to mention its stunning scenery.
Was Oliver Cromwell the gallant head of a new republic or Britain’s most controversial leader? We reassess Britain’s short-lived attempt at being governed as a republic.
Enter our latest competition for the chance to enjoy a relaxing stay in a historic highwayman’s hotel.
Also inside the issue:
- English Heritage’s Heather Sebire takes us inside Britain’s ultimate stone circle, Stonehenge
- Discover the hidden rooms and untold stories behind St Paul’s Cathedral, London
- Our series on iconic Londoners continues with the infamous dandy, Beau Brummell
- A 24-hour whistle stop tour of Stirling
- An insider’s guide to the Natural History Museum
- A travel guide to the historic gorges and caves of the Mendip Hills in southwest England
- The mysterious pictorial language of coats of arms are explained in full