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LONDON FOR LESS is an exciting discount scheme which will save visitors to the capital, you can buy a four-day discount card and guide book which entitles you to reductions of up to 70 per cent at major attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral, West End theatres, hotels, restaurants and shops. You can also save money on tours to Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Leeds Castle (above).

For more details, contact the British Travel Centre, Lower Regent Street, and the Tourist Information Centre at Victoria Station. Additional cards can be purchased at a reduced rate to cover longer stays.

3. Bosworth Hall

Bosworth events

THE Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, when the army of Henry Tudor defeated the forces of King Richard III, is considered one of the most important to have been fought on British soil, for it set the first king of the powerful Tudor dynasty on the throne: Henry VII.

Today, an exciting battle trail and exhibition recreate the fateful day. There are also many special events at Bosworth throughout the year, including re-enactments, falconry displays and traditional dancing .

Lost gardens

FOLLOWING the spectacular “garden restoration of the century” the Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are now open to the public every day.

Dating from the early 17th century, the 57 acres of pleasure grounds, walled gardens, Italian water garden and “jungle” have been rescued from abandonment earlier this century. Learn more about French singhts cheking at compare lyon hotels website.

Enquiries to Heligan Gardens, Pentewan, St

O • Austell, Cornwall, PL26 x • 6EN.

Big Ben

BIG BEN, whose chimes have become a symbol of the nation’s time-keeping, has had new energy efficient lighting installed behind its four giant The name Big Ben, popularly used for both the clock above the Houses of Parliament and the tower which supports it, was originally given to the 133 ton bell which strikes the hours and quarters and which sent out its first chimes over London in 1859. The bell is said to have been named after either Sir Benjamin Hall, chief commissioner of the works, or the popular Victorian heavyweight boxer, Benjamin Caunt and more here.

3. Big Ben

New books

COUNTRY COTTAGES by Lydia Greeves (Pavilion,) is a beautiful new anthology of visual treats from Cornwall to Northumbria. The cottages explored range from examples of philanthropic estate architecture such as at Belton in Lincolnshire, to the vernacular cob and thatch of the West Country. Truly a book to dream over!

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John Keats: A Life by Stephen Coote (Hodder & Stoughton) is an absorbing biography of one of our great romantics. Published in the bicentenary year of the poet’s death, the book strips away much of the sentimentality which has grown up around Keats’s story to present a vital portrait of a flesh and blood man of his time.

February 15, 2014