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Beautiful boozers: Britain’s loveliest pubs

To celebrate the opening of historic buildings all over the UK as part of Doors Open Days throughout September, we’ve united two of our favourite diversions – beer and buildings. Read on and raise a glass to Britain’s most beautiful … Continue reading

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Seaside surprises: the renaissance of Britain’s coastal resorts

At one stage it seemed the British seaside had gone the way of bubble perms and £1 notes. With the advent of the package holiday in the 1960s and the lure of sun-kissed European beaches, Brits who had been content … Continue reading

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The church spire with a twist

Corkscrewing for the heavens, the twisted spire of Derbyshire’s largest church is said to be caused by the absence of cross-bracing in the spire and the use of unstable green timber. We prefer the explanation that the spire was so … Continue reading

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Portmeirion: a slice of Italy in Wales

Pastel-hued villas glowing in the warm spring sunshine, gently waving cypress trees, classical statues looking impassively over the piazza… All very Tuscan, you might say. Except we’re in Wales. And North Wales at that. Portmeirion was the vision of architect … Continue reading

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The three hares window: a medieval mystery

I know it’s a little late to wish everybody a happy Chinese New Year (a happy New Year of the Rabbit, in actual fact) but it does provide me with a rather shaky link to one of England’s most curious … Continue reading

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Stay in a modern marvel in one of the UK’s most surreal corners

The Shingle House in Dungeness is one of several lets operated by Living Architecture that let you stay in pioneering buildings at modest prices. I can thoroughly recommend it; the black concrete, sunken bathtub alone is reason enough to book. … Continue reading

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Brit buildings: Castell Coch

In a land of castles, it takes something a wee bit special to stand out from the crowd. This former 13th-century wreck, just west of Cardiff, was completely rebuilt by William Burges in the 1870s and the results embody the … Continue reading

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Brit buildings: The Neasden Temple

Delhi, Mumbai, Agra? No, sir. This fabulous fancy, built from 26,300 carved pieces of shining white stone, stands resplendent in the London suburb of Neasden, home to the UK’s first McDonald’s drive-through restaurant, an IKEA and the North Circular trunk … Continue reading

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Brit buildings: De la Warr Pavilion

This modernist masterpiece lounging on the Bexhill seafront is sexy seaside architecture at its most daring, elegant and original. Built in 1935 it must have been a shock to inhabitants more used to cosy Edwardian houses and crumbling Victorian hotels. … Continue reading

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Brit buildings: The Pineapple

This stone pineapple built in 1761 as a garden summerhouse is a strong candidate for one of Scotland’s most bizarre buildings. You’ll find it in the grounds of Dunmore House, the ancestral home of the Earls of Dunmore. Standing at … Continue reading

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