Among its many claims to fame, the Surrey region nurtured the British blues scene and other rock stars, boasting links to Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Paul Weller and Peter Gabriel of Genesis. Who is Paul Weller? Clearly, you’re not British — just ask a local and they’ll be glad to tell you about this UK institution from his bands The Jam and The Style Council to his ongoing solo career.
You’ll find much more, from beautiful campuses to stately country homes, museums, not one but two theme parks, historic sites like Box Hill and the Devil’s Punch Bowl to the Runnymede meadow, where the Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. Great shopping, great vistas, a romantic canal system for punting and much, much more, Surrey is a jewel…and sits cheek by jowl with London itself.