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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.

The Hogwarts Castle Model on the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London

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.

Big Ben and Parliament building complex in England at dusk

Quick Trip to London, England

Over a decade ago, I had the opportunity to spend a month at Oxford University exploring things to do in Oxford. As part of my program, we spent a few hours in London, seeing a play at The Globe Theater, taking a cruise on the Thames, and generally getting quite lost. With so little time …

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