England

The Tower Bridge as viewed from the Tower of London - the final stop on your Heathrow Layover itinerary.
The Tower Bridge as viewed from the Tower of London

Along with Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, England is part of the United Kingdom. From its times as a colonizer through the Industrial Revolution and up to today, the country has had a major impact on the culture, customs, and legal systems around the world. As major economic and political player, it is a critical actor international organizations and governing bodies such at the United Nations and NATO. Its national religion is the Church of England, which was established in 1534. The country has a parliamentary system and a constitutional monarchy. Its Royal Family is probably the most visible and well-known in the world.

When many people think of England, they think primarily of its capital city, London. With landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, and so many more, London is indeed an incredible city (reached internationally most often by its enormous Heathrow airport). It’s known not only for history but for shopping, museums, and culture. The much smaller city of Oxford is known for its world-class University, which has been a center of learning for centuries and where some of the world’s greatest discoveries have been made and great works of literature composed. From Liverpool to Bath to Stratford-Upon-Avon and beyond, there are so many things to see, do, and learn about in this beautiful country.

Walking along the River Avon is one of the great things to do on a weekend in Bath England

From Bubbles to Buns: An Ideal Weekend in Bath, England

Over 25 years ago at summer camp, I met a young woman from Bath. She told me stories about a beautiful town in the west of England that had hot springs and looked like it was right out of a movie set. It turns out she wasn’t lying.

From seeing beautiful buildings to trying pubs and visiting world-class museums, there are so many fun things to do in Oxford England.

18 Fun Things to Do on a Weekend in Oxford

Oxford was the place that made me want to become a traveler. It took me 20 years to return, and I spent two days both wandering in my old footsteps and doing some things for the first time.

The open-air rooftop pool at the Thermae Bath Spa.

Soaking Royally at the Thermae Spa in Bath

Many cities claim a heritage of thermal baths, but Bath delivers on that history. These days, the Thermae Spa in Bath has been completely re-envisioned as a modern palace of relaxation.

Eating our way through London's Soho neighborhood, including Chinatown.

A Rocking London Food Tour

We know what you’re thinking: London food tours? Yes, British cuisine has long had a negative reputation. Ask anyone to name a dish from England and you’ll probably get a unanimous answer: fish and chips. But we discovered there’s a lot more to British cuisine than beer batter.

A view of Parliament on the Thames River on a London Walking Tour.

A London Walking Tour Along the Thames

“The history of the city is permanently linked to the river,” our guide Emily explained. On our London walking tour of the South Bank of the Thames River, we realized that the best way to enjoy and appreciate this city is from the banks of the Thames.

The Hogwarts Castle Model on the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Feeling the Magic on the Harry Potter Studio Tour

The magical world of Harry Potter has captured the world’s attention, including ours. From the very first book, we were captivated by the story of the little boy wizard. When we learned we were coming to London, there was no question that we’d visit Warner Brothers for a Harry Potter studio tour.

The spa pool at the Sofitel hotel at London's Heathrow Terminal 5.

Travel Insider Tip – Getting a Shower at London’s Heathrow Airport

Long haul travel can really take its toll on the traveler. Transiting multiple continents can be a grind and the airlines don’t make it any easier for travelers – even their most loyal frequent flyers. London’s Heathrow airport is one of the busiest transit hubs in the world, but getting a shower at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 is not as obvious as one might expect. Here is our definitive guide to Heathrow showers.

Experiencing London on a long Heathrow Layover. Buckingham Palace is the first stop on this step-by-step itinerary.

Seeing London on a Long Heathrow Layover

Imagine you’ve booked a vacation and end up with a connection through London’s Heathrow airport – resulting in a 13 hour layover. How much of London can you see on a long Heathrow layover? As it turns out, the answer is a lot.