THE GREY DAYS are past and, be­lieve it or not, day­light hours are draw­ing out, by 5 min­utes a day! North of the bor­der, Hog­manay is a happy, hazy mem­ory but the joys of Burns Night (25th Jan­uary) beckon. Win­ter hangs on but there's no short­age of en­tic­ing des­ti­na­tions, sea­sonal sights and ex­cit­ing ex­hi­bi­tions to en­joy. In this is­sue, we cel­e­brate the best of British with a re­view of forth­com­ing arts and cul­tural events (p18), a show­case of our world-lead­ing leather­goods man­u­fac­tur­ers (p30) and sug­ges­tions for seek­ing out mem­o­ries of our lit­er­ary and leg­endary he­roes (p14). We sug­gest the best of tours and mu­se­ums based on iconic UK sport­ing venues (p52), un­ex­pected plea­sures to be had from spec­tac­u­lar Gulf Stream gar­dens (p68) and amaz­ing prop­er­ties, at the top-end of the mar­ket (p110). Stand­ing proudly at the pin­na­cle of stately-home ho­tels are Lu­ton Hoo (p106) and Brocket Hall (p102) and, if that's not enough to whet your ap­petite, we take a leisurely look at other grand des­ti­na­tions around UK, tour­ing in In­ver­ness (p92), York­shire – by train (p76), Not­ting­hamshire (p86) and Jer­sey, the Queen of the Chan­nel Is­lands (p58). If get­ting about Bri­tain, on your own, is just too much, take the per­son­alised guided tour of your choice (p98) or make your hol­i­day spe­cial in one of the Land­mark Trust's re­stored her­itage prop­er­ties (p46). With so much fas­ci­nat­ing con­tent, as well as our reg­u­lar fea­tures on London's iconic depart­ment stores (Lib­erty, p36), fash­ion, shop­ping, ac­ces­sories, news and events, we know you will want to en­joy what Bri­tain has to of­fer!

Cover Im­age: Bow Fid­dle Rock, Mo­ray, Port­knockie, The High­lands © Visitscot­land / Kenny Lam

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