Undoubtedly, it's one of the world's greatest cities but the UK isn't all about London.
Yes, London is the home of Dickens, Samuel Johnson, and Shakespeare - it's where Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen launched their careers and changed the course of fashion - but for every famous London story, there's one from Manchester, Bath, and Liverpool.
(Anybody heard of the Beatles?)
Join us on a tour of England: from its incredible coasts to its imperious northern cities.
Let's start an hour from London by train, on the UK's south coast.
Brighton's been a fashionable seaside resort since the eighteenth-century when it became a favorite of then-king George IV -- but it's popularity now has little to do with the throne.
This small seaside city is famous for its artisanal shopping streets called the Lanes, for Brighton Pride (and for its long association with the LGBT community in general), the Victorian-era pier, and for its vibrant body of students.
Oh, and did we mention the beach?
For a slice of Bohemia in England, look no further than Brighton.
In the words of Ian Brown, frontman of the super-influential Britpop band The Stone Roses, "Manchester has everything except a beach."
Though Manchester isn't even close to being England's second city in terms of its population, its cultural importance is unparalleled.
From the Smiths, Buzzcocks and the Fall to Joy Divison, New Order, and Oasis, Manchester dominated Britain's music scene in the 80s and early 90s.
Then, of course, there's football: Manchester United are England's most successful (and most famous) club, and they've got stiff competition from their rivals Manchester City these days.
If you want to delve into British counter culture, or just enjoy some world-class sport, Manchester's your city.
A place that takes its name from a Roman leisure complex can't be half-bad, and Bath is more-than good.
The city is famous for its use of Bath Stone, which gives it its distinct features. To see it for yourself, check out the Royal Crescent, the Circus, and the Pump Rooms.
Of course, you'll want to visit the baths themselves, which are at one of the best-preserved Roman sites in Northern Europe.
Round it off with a beer and dinner at The King William, one of the best pubs in the UK.
Almost as far southwest in England as you can go, you'll find St Ives.
Thanks to its location, St Ives has one of the mildest climates in Northern Europe. You'll even find palm trees at the beach.
This seaside town is also a haven for artists: Barbara Hepworth, one of Europe's most influential sculptors, lived and worked in St Ives for decades. The town also has its own outpost of London's Tate Britain and Tate Modern, opened in 1993.
If you're looking for your inner artist and some uncommonly good English weather, get yourself to St Ives.
Explore St Ives
The home of John, Paul, George and Ringo was also the first city ever to be described as a 'world city' - back in 1886, when a journalist wrote that "Liverpool has become a wonder of the world. It is the New York of Europe, a world city rather than merely British provincial."
It's easy to see why. Thanks to its history as a major port city, Liverpool has the oldest Chinese community in the whole of Europe.
It's also a major center for the arts. The music scene aside, Liverpool is second only to London for major art galleries.
Check out the National Museums Liverpool, the only English national collection outside of the capital.
Go for Penny Lane. Stay for the art. Long for the docks.
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