Places in England
You can't get further west than the ancient Celtic kingdom of Cornwall (or Kernow, as it's known to Cornish-speakers). Blessed with the southwest's wildest coastline and most breathtakingly beautiful beaches, this proudly independent peninsula has always marched to its own tune.
With a population as big as Scotland's and an area half the size of Belgium, Yorkshire is almost a country in itself. It has its own flag, its own dialect and its own celebration, Yorkshire Day (1 August). While local folk are proud to be English, they're even prouder to be natives of 'God's Own County'.
Raised on lofty ambition and not afraid to declare its considerable bona fides, Manchester is – by dint of geography and history – England's second city (apologies to Birmingham), although if you were to ask a Mancunian what it's like to be second they might reply, 'Don't know, ask a Londoner'.
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Tips and articles
What’s on in London in summer
Something magical happens when the sun flickers into the British capital’s sky...
Where to shop in London
Napoleon famously referred to England as a nation of shopkeepers. Two hundred years later, London remains one of the best places in the world to go shopping...
What is London?
You might think you know London – Western Europe’s largest city and a powerhouse of commerce, fashion and culture. But the UK's capital has always had a complex personality...
London regenerated: developments in the capital
The 2012 Olympics shone a spotlight on London, and in particular the massive revitalisation that transformed the city’s east...