Yes, the Brits were chased out at independence in 1948, but their legacy lives on in much more than an often impenetrable bureaucracy addicted to forms. Colombo has wide, tree-shaded streets where you’ll see the structures of the empire at its most magnificent. The National Museum building is redolent with empire. Look around a little and you’ll find the colonial legacies of the Dutch and Portuguese, as well. And what could be more British than a nice cup of tea? Head to the hills and you’ll discover wonderful colonial era tea planters' bungalows (many now converted to hotels) tucked away on the ever-productive tea estates. Back down on the coast is Galle, which is arguably the gem in the colonial architecture crown, though here it’s Dutch rather than British influence that shines through.