In this year of celebrations, British luxury brand Mulberry goes beyond the bunting to champion the unsung heroes, craftsmanship traditions, and unique characteristics that make Britain great, and to celebrate in its own way the charms and eccentricities of its motherland.
Now over to you:
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dozens of British treats.
How long is “a moment”? According to an old English system of time units, it’s one and a half minutes.
The Savile Row-trained designer Lee McQueen was a genius when it came to balancing the astonishingly beautiful with the grotesque. His graduate show, which incorporated human hair and was inspired by Jack the Ripper's Whitechapel victims, immediately grabbed the attention of industry heavyweights. Stylist Isabella Blow bought the entire collection, even after failing to obtain
Wilberforce was a deeply religious English member of parliament and social reformer who was very influential in the abolition
Alain de Botton
Britain is great because of its most endearing national trait, MODESTY. We’re a people of low self-esteem in a good way. In an age when
Northumberland is an amazing county and one that is often overlooked as it is also the least populated. To me it represents a huge spectrum of
This plant, with its pretty little leaves and juicy stems, now sold in pressurised bags in every supermarket across the land, is more remarkable than we knew. Aldresford near Winchester, within the luscious land of
Fortnum & Mason's
In the year 1707, the reigning Queen Anne, insistent on fresh candles in the Royal Palace every night, unwittingly provided her enterprising footman William Fortnum with a lucrative sideline. He found a market selling spare wax, and joining forces with his landlord, Hugh Mason, soon founded the now world famous grocery Fortnum & Mason.
Today Fortnum’s (as it’s known
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According to the World Luxury Index - an analysis of the most searched luxury brands, conducted by the Digital Luxury Group - the British are a little handbag mad. The research, released this summer, finds that the UK racks up 422 handbag searches per 1,000 internet users. Cue a big brass band of trumpet blowers down Chilcompton way, because Mulberry is clearly in the right business.
Established in 1972 by the young
Claire de Rouen
Occupying a little L-shaped space on London’s Charing Cross Road, Claire de Rouen Books is something of an institution - not least because it is the only specialist photography and fashion bookshop in London.
Opened seven years ago by Claire who ran the shop with the help of her pug Otis and partner Johnny, the store is a treasure trove of rare and signed titles, self-published books, magazines and Japanese
The Artisan Smokehouse
These days, smokers aren’t usually welcome in Britain’s restaurants, but here’s one exception. In gastro circles, the family-run Artisan Smokehouse on the Suffolk coast is making waves. The practice of smoking food
Kendal Mint Cake
Kendal Mint Cake is, in the true British tradition of giving things confusing names, not in fact a cake at all. Not quite a
London Underground & the Johnston Typeface
Not just famous for being the first, or the most expansive, and one of the busiest metropolitan mass transit systems in the world, the London Underground is equally as revered for its influence on the world of graphic design and typography. The famous UNDERGROUND roundel is one of the most recognisable pop-culture symbols in the
Paul A Young
Who wouldn’t like to spend all day with chocolate? Paul Young is a chocolatier who is at the forefront of the British
Described in 1880 as a ‘palace of the modern magician’, Cragside House in Northumberland was the first building in the world to be entirely lit
The brainchild of Moroccan-born Maxim Laroussi and GA Wheatley, this Irish practice has scooped up multiple awards, as well
Britain's florists are a colourful bunch in general, and the best independent businesses have blossomed at a time when people were seeking something a bit more special. Twig, in Tetbury, is just one example. Past the topiary boxes and terracotta pots, and
I love the ability that Brits have to sit, in the wind and the cold, on a beautiful, crashing, wild beach, and have the time of their lives. Try
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Since 1896, visitors to England and Wales’ tallest mountain, Snowdon, have been taking the 4.7 mile journey in the narrow
A larger-than-life-size hologram of the Queen – Royal portraitist Chris Levine took more than 10,000 images and 3D data-sets of Her Majesty, all during
Slow roast lamb recipe by Tom Aikens
“This is a recipe served at Tom’s Kitchen – a seven hour shoulder of lamb cooked with balsamic vinegar and onions. It’s delicious and easy plus
Thanks in part to a fierce community spirit, Lamb’s Conduit Street is a tiny oasis in London that has yet to be bound up by
In Japan seaweed is a dish best served with sushi. In Julia Lohmann's London studio, however, it is an undervalued natural and sustainable material that could be used as an alternative to man-made plastics.
Lohmann is exploring the potential of seaweed
In 1748 John Wesley - the founder of Methodism - established a school to provide an education for the sons of local colliers in Kingswood near Bristol. Now more than 250 years later, having relocated in 1851, Kingswood school sits in the grounds of the former Lansdown estate in Bath, where it educates around 950 boys and girls, both day pupils and boarders, between the ages of 3 and
Britain is great when I'm sitting under a verandah, waiting for the rain to stop, giving up and still having a good time anyway.
When the new building for the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh was under construction, everything about it was controversial: its location, the choice of Enric
Pimms! Served by the bucket load in summer whether the weather is warm or wet.'
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
A major destination for anyone in the market
The Open University
The Open University was founded in 1965 by the then serving Labour Party government under Prime Minister Harold Wilson. The Open University allows students to study and research from home, while still achieving the
For more than 200 years this half-hidden street has tailored almost exclusively for men, and is a one-stop-shop for the modern gentleman to get kitted out from head to toe. Established by Henry Jermyn just a stone’s throw from Piccadilly the street boasts 14 shirt makers (both bespoke and ready to wear), handmade shoemakers, tip top hat makers, shops for buying braces and of course, cologne.
The brands on Jermyn are
Over two ﬂoors on Marylebone’s Chiltern Street, Trunk brings a refreshing new style to menswear retailing, sourcing a
In the digital realms of Second Life and Entropia, users are encouraged to engage with a parallel existence of extraordinary detail. They are able to
When the new building for the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh was under construction, everything about it was controversial:
A successful potato farmer of several decades, in 2002 William Chase founded what would become one of the most recognisable brands of hand cooked potato crisps in Britain - namely Tyrrells. In time, however, he sold his majority stake in the crisp
Bompas and Parr
Can you conquer 30ft of chocolate? This was a challenge boldly proposed at Mt. Rocky – a colossal Rocky Bar replica that claimed a double coup as the world’s first chocolate-based climbing wall and largest scratch-n-sniff structure. This is
We're looking forward to the second episode of Inside Claridge's tonight on BBC2, more from inside the #BrilliantBritain @ClaridgesHotel!