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Tower of London

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England itself is made up of four quite distinctive areas--the South of England, the Heart of England, the East of England, and England's North Country--each offering something unique and exciting: majestic moorland and craggy peaks, lush green fields and fens, wide sandy beaches and quaint fishing villages. However, England is not just countryside. There are elegant, refined and historic cities with Roman, Georgian, Tudor and Victorian influences; architectural splendors; university cities; cathedral cities and other vibrant, exciting cities with museums, art galleries, modern trendy restaurants, nightlife and some amazing theater.

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England's greatest artistic contributions have come in the fields of theater, literature and architecture. The country is also, right or wrong, a treasure house of art and sculpture, from every age and continent. Most visitors are overwhelmed by the stately homes of the aristocracy, and England's fine collection of castles and cathedrals
England is the largest of the three political divisions within the island of Great Britain. Bound by Scotland to the north and Wales to the west, England is no more than 29km (18mi) from France across the narrowest part of the English Channel. Much of England is flat or low-lying. In the north is a range of limestone hills, known as the Pennines, to the west are the Cumbrian Mountains and the Lake District. South of the Pennines is the heavily-populated Midlands, and in the south-west peninsula, known as the West country, is a plateau with granite outcrops, good dairy farming and a rugged coastline. The rest of the country is known as the English Lowlands, a mixture of farmland, low hills, an industrial belt and the massive city of London.
Put on your walking shoes or jump on your bike to see all the rare finds in the nooks and crannies of England. The best beaches for swimming are in Devon and Cornwall; the best surf is on Cornwall's west coast, notably at Newquay. Enjoy shopping in London&'s South End or spend a day enjoying England's castles. Many have beautifully manicured gardens. Don't forget to take in London's Theatre which is unparalleled in the world.
Climate and Weather
Britain's weather is very unpredictable, and it is not uncommon to experience all four seasons in one day! Winters are usually quite mild with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing; January and February are usually the coldest when snow is not unusual, particularly in Scotland and northern parts of England and Wales. In summer, temperatures have soared into the 80ºsF and 90ºsF in the last few years, particularly in the south, although it is still more often likely to be around 70-75ºF.

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Destination Wedding Information
Civil Ceremonies
A Civil Ceremony can take place in a Registry Office, or a venue that holds a Civil License. If you intend a Civil Ceremony in England or Wales the procedure you need to follow is:
  • You must have lived in the district for at least 7 full days before you can give notice.
  • Once you have given notice you can marry within a year, but not before 15 clear days have passed.
  • You need to book your date with the Registrar in the district you wish to marry. If you intend to have a Civil Ceremony in a venue that holds a Civil License you will need to discuss this with the Registrar and the venue as early as possible to ensure availability.
  • If you are marrying in a district that is different to the one you live in, your local Registrar will issue a Certificate of Authority to Get Married.
  • Additional evidence of identity may be required if you, or your partner, are resident overseas.
  • You need at least two people to accompany you, witness the marriage and sign the marriage register.

  • Further information can be obtained from your local Registry Office or from:
    Registrar General
    Smedley Hydro
    Trafalgar Road
    PR8 2HH
    Tel: 01704 569824

Religious Ceremonies For details of Religious Ceremonies you should contact the local Minister of your faith, as they will differ in procedural requirements.
England Reviews
by Cynthia Amin last updated on 10/06/2010
If you opt to fly over "the pond," London is the traditional starting-off point, so do make the most of it! We recommend Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Tate Museum or Westminster Abbey, followed by a hearty pub lunch in the Theatre District...
by Cynthia Amin last updated on 10/05/2010
If you opt to fly over "the pond," London is the traditional starting-off point, so do make the most of it! We recommend Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Tate Museum or Westminster Abbey, followed by a hearty pub lunch in the Theatre District...
One of my favorite European capitals is London, I was actually born there so I may be a bit partial but London is so full of things to see and do that you can go over and over and always have new experiences. Start with the obvious like Buckingham Palace...