London and South East England

The capital is a whirlwind of glitzy West End theatres, energetic East End markets, green swathes of royal parkland and architectural feats. Think gothic spires, Georgian townhouses and abstract skyscrapers resembling razors and shards – even gherkins. Step outside the 'big smoke' and relax in green spaces including Kent's (known as the Garden of England), the undulating Sussex downs and Hampshire's lush New Forest – pack your bike and riding hat. History lessons in the Home Counties transport you back in time with Irons Age forts, motte-and-bailey castles and Jacobean mansions. The scenic southeast coastline is a Hollywood star, making cameos in iconic films like Brighton Rock and The White Cliffs of Dover.

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June events: Enjoy a flutter on the horses at Royal Ascot

Enjoy a quintessentially British day out at Royal Ascot – a highlight of the summer social calendar and one of the most exciting events of the year.

Location: Ascot, Berkshire

 

July events: Henley Royal Regatta

Enjoy the excitement and action of a classic English pastime in the scenic Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: Henley, Oxfordshire

 

Visit the UK’s premier racing venue at Silverstone

There’s far more to this legendary circuit in Buckinghamshire than you may imagine.

Location: Silverstone, Buckinghamshire

 

July events: Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Take a kite to Southsea Common and get involved in one of the world's biggest and best kite festivals.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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