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bigger-than-ever edition of Discover Britain. I am excited to have taken the reins as editor of this wonderful magazine, which celebrates the best of British travel and history. Our heritage starts with the often gloriously eccentric people that this country has raised over the years. This edition we kick off our series celebrating the unconventional characters that typify the country with Edith Sitwell, who once said: "I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty... but I am too busy thinking about myself." We Brits may be famed for our reserve, but some things are worth showing off about. And nothing is that truer of Page 60 The Palm Court at The Ritz than the spirit of keeping calm and carrying on that pervaded during the Blitz. Seventy-five years since the Luftwaffe hit the UK's cities, we commemorate the pluck that prevailed during that time (p13). The Ritz London is another British institution that knows a thing or two about keeping preternaturally calm at all times. I was privileged ACCESS ALL AREAS to be granted an audience with the The Soane Museum's model unflappable Lewis Wilson, head room is open to the public pastry chef in the hotel's engine for the first time in 160 years.
room - the kitchen - where he is James Hulme takes a tour responsible for sending out 400 afternoon teas daily (p.60). We also take the 70th anniversary of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead THE BRIDESHEAD Revisited as our cue to examine the CONNECTION Evelyn Waugh's real-life real people and places behind the inspiration for Brideshead, plus book, plus we talk to the definitive Anthony Andrews on-screen Lord Sebastian Flyte, Anthony Andrews, about why the 1981 adaptation still inspires new generations of viewers (p.24). CAPTURING Elsewhere, historian and television THE CASTLE presenter Dan Jones kicks off the first Historian Dan Jones charts the brutal and bloody history of in his series on British castles with the Warwick Castle imposing fortress at Warwick (p.35); Alexander Larman visits Gravetye Manor gardens in Sussex (p.46); and Miss Manners answers your modern HEIRS & SPARES etiquette problems (p.98). I do hope you enjoy t&iSlsSile... --""'"" - Thespares,to the throne
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COUI TRY GARDEN Alexander Larman visits
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PUTTING ON THE RITZ Taking afternoon tea with Lewis Wilson, head pastry chef at The Ritz
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Dan is a bestselling historian, journalist and TV presenter. He presents Secrets of Great British Castles for Channel 5 and his books include The Plantagenets (a New York Times bestseller); The Hollow Crown (a Sunday Times 'Book of the Year'); and Magna Carta.
Yuki is a London based lifestyle photographer, originally from Tokyo. Her work, which specialises in food photography, has graced the pages of The Telegraph, Jamie Magazine and file Japan. In this issue, she went behind the scenes at The Ritz.
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