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.
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Founded in 1990 by technology luminary Tudor Brown and Acorn – makers of some of the earliest home computer systems
Britain is famous the world over for its tradition of craftsmanship. Over the last couple of centuries, this nation has become well known for its fine furniture makers, silversmiths and wonderful pottery. Sadly, however (and as is the case all over the
The term “bespoke” originated in Savile Row when cloth for a suit was said to “be spoken for” by individual customers. Still known as the
Wilberforce was a deeply religious English member of parliament and social reformer who was very influential in the abolition
Lady Amanda Harlech
Behind the great man of fashion that is Karl Lagerfeld is a great creative woman – namely the Oxford University alumnus
The Ordnance Survey is quite literally everywhere in Britain. But of course, as the government’s national mapmaking
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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
Given that mushrooms are one of the most varied foodstuffs there is, with dozens of different varieties and a world of
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
The 1948 Morris Minor was an incredible achievement in the mass production vehicle industry of the time and an icon of post-war British carmaking. Designed by Alec
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
Known as the British “godfather of neon art”, over the last three decades Chris Bracey has had an integral role in the development of neon lighting as a craft in its own right. Starting out in the early 70s, when he worked as a graphic designer re-signing London’s Soho district’s infamous establishments, Bracey made a name for himself when he began producing neon and lightbulb artworks of his own. Bracey’s pieces are all
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
Spearheaded by Cian Deegan and Alice Casey, who had worked for practices including Niall McLaughlin Architects, Dublin-based
The earliest British recipe specifically recorded for a wedding was Bride's Pye, outlined by Robert May in 'The Accomplisht Cook'. It called for an elaborately decorated pastry crust that concealed a debatably (un)appetising filling of oysters, pine kernels, bacon, cockscombs, lamb stones (testicles), sweetbreads and spice. The recipe even suggested the bizarre addition of live birds or snakes within the pie to entertain
English football is often referred to as the national sport as it was where the game was developed and codified. England is
The Penguin English Library comprises 100 of the best novels in the English language. Penguin is dedicated to celebrating the pure pleasure of reading, and the Penguin Library of books are designed to be collectables to cherish forever. From romances like ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘A Room With A View’ and ‘Jude the Obscure’ to gothic horrors such as ‘Dracula’, ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ to fantastic tales
Fox Brothers & Co Ltd
Established in 1772 by Thomas Fox, Fox Brothers have been supplying luxury woollen cloth to London's historic Savile Row tailors, the military and exclusive fashion designers ever since. To this day Fox Brothers continue to produce fine woollen fabrics at their site in Wellington, in the beautiful rural surroundings of Somerset in the West of England. In addition to being the
Open Air Theatre Regents Park
One of London’s most memorable theatrical experiences and home to the New Shakespeare Company, the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park is an idyllic, enclosed corner with a magnificent Triton Fountain featuring a muscular merman and his conch. It is the only permanent professional outdoor theatre in Britain and spectators can bring hampers to enjoy on the picnic
Aesthetica Film Festival
The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent film from across the world, and an outlet for supporting and championing short filmmaking. Based in York, home of the Aesthetica arts and culture magazine, it uses the ancient walled city as a backdrop for its screenings, hosting films in hidden, surprising and intriguing locations around the
The V&A Museum of Childhood
From a wooden paddle doll dating from 1,300BC, to Mary Quant’s Daisy Doll from 1973, the Museum of Childhood in London’s Bethnal Green boasts the largest collection of dolls in the UK. Over 4,000 dolls, representing men, women, and boys and girls from all around the world and constructed from traditional materials such as wood, cloth, ceramic, wax as well as
The Royal College of Art is a public research university specialised in art and design, located in London. It was first
When the new building for the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh was under construction, everything about it was controversial:
“I’m in no rush,” says Sebastian Tarek. Not today nor in fact, in general. The bespoke shoemaker, based in East London,
Riflemaker is a contemporary art space in London, co-founded by Virginia Damtsa and Tot Taylor. The space exhibits emerging artists and has been widely praised for its innovative programme.
Every Monday evening, Riflemaker hosts either poetry and music, film shows, talks and performances within the space.
Recent exhibitions have included portraitist Stuart Pearson Wright in a dual painting and a film exhibition
Thames & Hudson
Thames & Hudson was founded in 1949 by Walter and Eva Neurath. Their mission was that its books should reveal the world
I hope you enjoy this interactive game you can play with your friends and family. All that’s need is a biro or crayons and a very good knowledge
Britain is great because of the people. The sense of humour is completely our own. There is very much a British attitude and I love that.
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
Director of CDR Books
Oak trees – I grew up making bark rubbings of the trunks of the ones on Hampstead Heath, and often wear a brass acorn necklace, that
We're looking forward to the second episode of Inside Claridge's tonight on BBC2, more from inside the #BrilliantBritain @ClaridgesHotel!