Britain

Country Facts

England is as well-known for the Royal Family and Stonehenge as it is for fish and chips, warm beer and football. It hosts some of the world's most famous symbols and institutions such as afternoon tea, the Lords, Ladies and big hats at Ascot, Big Ben, London fashion, Lord's Cricket Ground and some of the best clubbing this side of the universe. The diverse landscape, which includes the mountains of Lake District and the wide, open spaces of East Anglia, rival the variety of accents that range from cockney to the Edinburgh dialect. To get under the skin of England, watch 'Four Weddings And A Funeral', read 'The Canterbury Tales' by Chaucer and listen to the Beatles.

  • Capital: London
  • Official Languages: English
  • Government: Constitutional monarchy
  • Currency: Pound
  • Time Zone: +0:00 GMT (5 ½ hrs behind India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 0044

When To Go

Best time to visit: May to September. Spring lasts from March to May with an average of 11°C, summer from June to August with an average of 20°C. Autumn is from September till November with an average of about 13°C, and winter lasts from December to February with an average temperature of about 6°C degrees. It rains throughout the year and the weather can be quite unpredictable.

What To Do

With curious names such as Spotted Dick and Toad-in-the-Hole, staple British food is based on meat and fish and is served with potatoes and other vegetables. But most of England these days, eats curry, and their 'true national dish', according to the BBC, is Chicken Tikka Masala.

What to eat and drink
  • Fish and Chips: batter-fried fish with fries
  • Yorkshire Pudding: oven-baked and made with a batter of flour, eggs and milk Cornish Pasties: pastry with crimped edges, filled with meat, potatoes, onion and turnip
  • Sunday Roast: a joint of meat, served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, vegetables and gravy. Different gravies are used with different kinds of meat--horseradish with beef, mint sauce with lamb, apple sauce with pork and bread sauce with chicken
  • Toad-in-the-Hole: sausages covered in batter and roasted
  • Spotted Dick: steamed suet pudding containing dried fruit, topped with custard
  • Shepherds' Pie: made with minced lamb and vegetables covered with mashed potato
  • Banoffee Pie: pastry-based dessert made from bananas, cream and toffee on a base of crumbled biscuits and butter
  • Ale: the 'proper' kind of beer
Shopping

English tea and teapots, jams, cheeses, fine wines, whiskey, commemorative souvenirs, high-street fashion, antiques and music CDs.

Packages

Escorted Tours

The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

A world leader in budget travel, Cosmos combines the benefit of escorted travel with a great price. Ideal for practical, value-minded travelers. Vacations include comfortable hotels, breakfast and some meals, sightseeing with local guides and the services of an expert Tour Director.

Unmatched selection, more included features, quality first class hotels, and vast experience make Globus the obvious choice for travelers who want more. The world leader in quality escorted travel, Globus delivers memorable vacation experiences with knowledgeable Tour Directors and local guides.

Attractions

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