Great Britain 2

But expensive trinkets can’t conceal Bath’s sophistication. Once second only to London as the social capital of England, Queen Anne’s visit to the natural hot springs here in 1701 established Bath as one of the great meeting places for 18th-century British artists, politicians, and intellectuals. Heavily bombed in World War II, Bath has been painstakingly restored so that today, too, every thoroughfare is fashionable, though more hair salons than literary salons grace its fair streets.