England Travel Guide

Located in downtown Northampton, this Japanese-style spa has been welcome guests to its hotsoaking tubs, sauna, and treatment rooms since 1981.

Housed in a hulking converted power station, this vast modern art showplace opened in 2000, but still breaks new ground with installations. Each year Tate Modern hosts the unique Unilever Series, where different artists are asked to create an installation for Turbine Hall.

Opened in 2003, this gorgeous contemporary gallery is the London branch of a renowned German chain run by art dealers extraordinaire Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers.

Housed in restored Victorian potting sheds, this artisanal food shop is located at the southern edge of the Home Park, part of the Windsor Castle estate.

Why It’s Cool: In recent years, London kept a somewhat low architectural profile, but the buildings it did add—like this glittering office tower, nicknamed “the Gherkin” for its cucumber dimensions—exude panache.

While living in this historic house, Dickens wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby, his sister-in-law Mary died at 17, and he welcomed two daughters into his family.