England is a spectacular tribute to the strength and flexibility of tradition. Alongside the grand country mansions and grim fortified castles, you'll find cutting-edge art, stylistic innovation, and up-to-the-minute shopping. To blend in with the English, stash your street map or your cell phone, slide a folded newspaper under your arm, and head for the nearest park bench or cafe. Many people have a romantic idea of what winter in England is like snow covered rolling hills, small robins chirping on a red post box, rosy-cheeked kids breathing huge clouds of steam running around sporting woolly hats and scarves and gloves. Winters in England aren’t quite like that. There’s not much snow but it’s far too cold to spend much time outside. London has everything a world capital should have, rich culture and history, thrilling art and theater scenes, world-class restaurants and sensational shopping along with crowds, traffic, and high prices. It shouldn't be missed if you appreciate modern cities.