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AU­TUMN’S STORMS ARE, thank­fully, a fad­ing mem­ory and win­ter’s com­ing is her­alded by Hal­loween and Bon­fire Night cel­e­bra­tions, lead­ing up to an­other fun-filled Christ­mas and New Year ex­trav­a­ganza. For many, this means the joy of shop­ping and where bet­ter to start than with our ideas of stylish gifts for your favourite peo­ple (pp22,24,27,28) or a saunter down his­toric Burlington Ar­cade (p52)? We have selected some en­ter­tain­ing Christ­mas ex­pe­ri­ences and events and th­ese will, we hope, help you make the most of this mag­i­cal time. Start­ing at the very top, see what Wind­sor Cas­tle has to of­fer (p48) be­fore sam­pling a sen­sa­tional visit to Bath, with its charm­ing Christ­mas Mar­ket only adding to its his­tor­i­cal ap­peal (p84). In the coun­try­side, many of our gar­dens and ru­ral prop­er­ties are putting on spe­cial dis­plays and plot­ting stim­u­lat­ing win­ter-walks (p62) but, for the less ad­ven­tur­ous, we sug­gest some very spe­cial din­ing-venues (p40) and there is a show­case of the fab­u­lous cel­e­bra­tions (p74) demon­strat­ing our na­tion’s en­er­getic ap­proach to this high­light of the Chris­tian cal­en­dar. Our travel-team has been busy, seek­ing out the best of hospitality des­ti­na­tions, and, in this is­sue, we fea­ture a su­perb Chelsea tour­ing-base (p70), a wine-lover’s dream ho­tel, near Down­ton Abbey, (p36) and Al­lan Pick­ett’s new bar and restau­rant at Shake­speare’s Globe The­atre (p98). Show­cas­ing our take on Bri­tish style, we in­ter­view the CEO of Pride of Bri­tain Ho­tels (p58), look into the thriv­ing her­itage of ‘the writ­ten word’ (p30) and dis­cuss the mer­its of whisky, as an in­vest­ment ve­hi­cle (p88). With so much fas­ci­nat­ing con­tent, as well as our reg­u­lar fea­tures on Bri­tain’s cul­tural life and travel news, we hope you will find plenty to en­joy!

Jes­sica Way Head of Mag­a­zine

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