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Victorian dock area, originally built of iron, stone and brick, now fully restored and claiming to be the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the country. The complex includes car parking, hotels, shops, restaurants and several museums, including: Slavery Museum; Maritime Museum; Beatles Story; and Tate Liverpool. Albert Dock is about a 20-30 minute walk from Lime Street station.

Location/Address: Liverpool Waterfront
County: Merseyside
Post Code: L3 4AA
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: Albert Dock website
Tip/Nearby: 5 minutes from Mathew Street and the Cavern Quarter
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

Borough Market claims to be the oldest in London, established in 1014. It has certainly grown in the 21st century to become a riot of colour, noise and produce. It is an astonishing place, mainly selling an enormous range of fresh food - fruit, vegetables, fish, cheese, nuts - as well as speciality chocolate and drinks. At its fringes are a host of streetfood outlets, serving dishes from all over the world.

And all in the shadow of London Bridge's railway arches and Southwark Cathedral.

Location/Address: 8 Southwark Street
County: London
Post Code: SE1 1TL
Main Historic Period: N/A
Useful Website Address: Borough Market's website
Tip/Nearby: London Bridge Railway Station, Southwark Cathedral
Primary Management: Other

London's famous fruit and vegetable market relocated to Nine Elms in 1974. The district, which had been congested and run-down, has been redeveloped and now offers a range of facilities - two extensive areas of market stalls, selling artwork, hand-made jewellery, unique gifts; plus a range of high-end shops, pubs, bars and restaurants. Covent Garden is also famous for its street performers and includes the Royal Opera House, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the London Transport Museum. In the Middle Ages, it was the garden for Westminster Abbey, developed into a fashionable Italian-style square in the 17th century - and then became a place of ill-repute!

Location/Address: Covent Garden
County: London
Post Code: WC2E 8RF
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Useful Website Address: Covent Garden's website
Tip/Nearby: Nearest tubes Covent Garden or Charing Cross. Easy walk from Trafalgar Square.
Primary Management: Local Authority

Dalwhinnie Distillery is located within the Cairngorm National Park and said to be the highest distillery in Scotland. The name 'Dalwhinnie' is derived from the Gaelic for 'meeting place', where cattle drovers would gather in days gone by. Dalwhinnie's 15-year old single malt is allegedly known for its gentle flavours accentuated with notes of heather honey, citrus, vanilla and sweet malt. You can sample this at a tasting, or at the end of a tour to see how it is made, accompanied by a handmade chocolate. Dalwhinnie Distillery tours are renowned for the friendliness and expertise of the guides. It is always advisable to book before making a special trip.

Dalwhinnie is part of the massive Diageo group, whose other whisky brands include Cragganmore, Glenkinchie, Lagavulin, Oban and Talisker. According to Wikipedia, Dalwhinnie village is one of the coldest inhabited places in Britain; bear that in mind if you decide to visit in winter.

Location/Address: Dalwhinnie
County: Highland
Post Code: PH19 1AA
Main Historic Period: N/A
Tip/Nearby: Highland Folk Museum, Highland Wildlife Park
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
Fitzbillies, Cambridge

Part of Cambridge's student life since 1920 (and now on the tourist trail), Fitzbillies is a quality bakery and café, particularly famous for its Chelsea buns. When it became known that it was heading for bankruptcy in 2011, it was saved by Alison Wright when she saw a tweet by Stephen Fry, which said: “No! No! Say it ain’t so - not Fitzbillies? Why I tweeted a pic of one of their peerless Chelsea buns but a sixmonth ago”.

Location/Address: 51-52 Trumpington Street
County: Cambridgeshire
Post Code: CB2 1RG
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Fitzbillies' website
Tip/Nearby: Fitzwilliam Museum and all central Cambridge attractions
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly

Fortnum and Mason is a luxury department store founded in 1707 by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason. Fortnum was a footman in Queen Anne's household and the business was allegedly established on the profits he made from selling partially used royal candles. "Fortnum's" began life as a quality grocery store and, though it has expanded, it is still primarily known for its fabulous speciality foods and luxury hampers.

Location/Address: 181 Piccadilly
County: London
Post Code: W1A 1ER
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Portnum & Mason's website
Tip/Nearby: Green Park, Trafalgar Square
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

They say whisky was distilled at Morangie Farm since at least 1703. Glenmorangie's best selling malts, include The Original and the rich Quinta Ruban, are matured in white oak casks from Missouri and used to mature bourbon for 4 years before being shipped to Scotland. Glenmorangie is famous for its products allegedly being 'Perfected by the Sixteen Men of Tain' and its logo is based on a design from Pictish stone, the Hilton of Cadboll Stone, discovered nearby on the Tarbet Peninsula, Easter Ross. Various tours of the distillery are available and it is always advisable to book.

Location/Address: Tain
County: Ross-shire
Post Code: IV19 1PZ
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Glenmorangie's website
Tip/Nearby: Dornoch Cathedral
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
Harrods, Knightsbridge

Harrods is a luxury brand, its iconic Knightsbridge shop the biggest department store in Europe with over 300 departments on a 5-acre site. It is eye-opening to visit, even if you don't buy anything - though be warned, a dress code is applied. The brand was founded in 1824 by Charles Henry Harrod, who opened a store on Borough High Street. Harrods moved to Knightsbridge in 1849. A disastrous fire in 1883 resulted in the present, grand, building. Harrods motto is 'Omnia Omnibus Ubique' - 'all things to all people everywhere'.

Location/Address: 87-135 Brompton Road
County: London
Post Code: SW1X 7XL
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Harrods' website
Tip/Nearby: Natural History, Science & V&A museums just up the road
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

Originally a fresh food market dating back to the 14th century, Leadenhall Market stands at the centre of what was Roman London. It was redeveloped into an ornate iron and glass arcade building in 1881 and, with its distinctive red, gold and green colour scheme it is a site in its own right. It contains a variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as several high-end specialist shops. Leadenhall Market famously featured in the film, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'.

Location/Address: Gracechurch Street
County: London
Post Code: EC3V 1LT
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Tip/Nearby: Bank, Monument
Primary Management: Local Authority
Liberty London

Liberty is an iconic London store located in a wonderful mock-Tudor building. It is famous for its printed fabrics and slightly exotic wares. The business was founded by Arthur Lasenby Liberty (1843-1917) and its style is often associated with the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements.

Location/Address: Regent Street
County: London
Post Code: W1B 5AH
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Christmas at Liberty
Useful Website Address: Liberty London's website
Tip/Nearby: Oxford Street
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
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