Sophie Campbell takes us around some of Britain’s best castles. Castles are our earliest live-work spaces: too fortified to be houses, too domesticated to be fortresses. It’s the marriage of form and function that makes them truly fascinating to visitors – not to mention their strategic location in the landscape, their fabulous views, bristling […]
THE GUIDE MAGAZINE Spring / Summer 2018
Blue Badge Guides show you their favourite places around the UK.
A new £10 million TV adaptation of Thackeray’s classic novel Vanity Fair will be broadcast on ITV later this year. The literary classic, set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, follows Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English society. This is the fifth […]
The Royal Academy of Arts is 250 this year. Britain’s oldest art school – whereTurner and Constable learned to paint –is celebrating its birthday with a radically transformed interior that opens to the public in May. The £50 million redevelopment connects the 18th-century Burlington House on Piccadilly with the Palazzo on Burlington Gardens. British architect […]
Blue Badge Guide Gavin Webb takes us around the bohemian village of Hampstead Tour de Force
From urban ‘boozers’ to snug country inns, there are 50,000 pubs in Britain – Marc Zakian uncovers their history. ALE IN A DAY’S WORK The first recorded English alehouse was called Hell. Was it named for serving the devil’s brew, or as a refuge for spouses who’d been told where to go? We will […]
Blue Badge Guide Felicity Whittle tours us around Nottingham’s literary history.
2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, the law granting certain women the right to vote. There are countrywide events planned to mark the centenary. In April, a statue to suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett will be unveiled in London’sParliament Square – the first woman to be honoured in that prestigious […]