England should not be confused with Great Britain, which the island that includes Scotland and Wales—two other “home nations”—nor should it be confused with the United Kingdom, which adds the fourth “home nation” of Northern Ireland (on the island of Ireland, politically separate from the state of Ireland).

Politically, the British islands also include the island crown dependencies of the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea and the Channel Islands—Guernsey and Jersey—in the English Channel, though off the coast of France. To further clarify, the British Isles includes the whole of the island of Ireland, in addition to the British islands and Ireland.

Regions of England

Greater London

City of London + City of Manchester + Kensington and Chelsea + Hammersmith and Fulham + Camden + Islington + Hackney + Tower Hamlets + Greenwich + Lewisham + Southwark + Lambeth + Wandsworth

33 boroughs including the 13 inner boroughs listed above, Parliament, finance, fashion, culture


Herefordshire + Shropshire + Staffordshire + Worcestershire + West Midlands + Warwickshire + Leicestershire + Derbyshire + Nottinghamshire + Lincolnshire + Rutland + Northamptonshire + Bedfordshire + Hertfordshire + Cambridgeshire + Norfolk + Suffolk + Essex

Cambridge University, Birmingham, Norwich, Trent river valley, Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon

Southern England

Cornwall + Devon + Somerset + Dorset + Gloucestershire + Wiltshire + Hampshire + Isle of Wight + Oxfordshire + Berkshire + Buckinghamshire + Surrey + Kent + West Sussex + East Sussex

Bath, Stonehenge, the Cotswolds, Oxford University, Brighton beach, white cliffs of Dover

Northern England

Cheshire + Merseyside + Greater Manchester + Lancashire + West Yorkshire + South Yorkshire + East Riding of Yorkshire + North Yorkshire + Durham + Tyne and Wear + Cumbria + North Umberland

Yorkshire, York, Liverpool, Manchester, Lake District, Newcastle, Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland National Park

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