The biggest problem that we Anglophiles have is that Britain is usually far away from us (unless you’re in Europe already). For many people, traveling to Britain is just a dream, something they hope to do one day. This is a real shame but we all have to be realistic, it’s just not possible for everyone to travel there, for whatever reasons.
That’s why we thought it would be fun to put together a list of places in the United States that have a British connection. They’re spread out all over the country and there’s plenty to see. Some places are really surprising. From the original London Bridge to an English Manor house that was dismantled and put back together – there are tons to see and do in America for the Anglophile with the urge to travel.
We also plan to put together a list of British themed pubs here in the States, but that will come later.
Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill in Las Vegas
This is one of the newest restaurants in Las Vegas and features an authentic English pub experience in Las Vegas, as only a native UK chef can provide. Located in Caesar’s Palace, they serve a full range of British dishes in a British themed restaurant. The center piece of the restaurant is a striking bar with an array of beer taps and a backdrop reminiscent of iconic British telephone booths. Sounds like a ton of fun!
Beatles LOVE – Cirque du Soleil
LOVE celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles. Drawn from the poetry of the lyrics, LOVE explores the content of the songs in a series of scenes inhabited by real and imaginary people. The international cast of 60 channels a raw, youthful energy underscored by aerial performance, extreme sports and urban, freestyle dance. The show is playing at the Mirage.
London Bridge in Lake Havasu Arizona
When we asked readers what to add to the list – this was at the top. Back in the 1960’s London needed to build a new bridge to replace the famous London Bridge. An American entrepreneur decided to buy the bridge, dismantle it and re-assemble it in Lake Havasu, Arizona, turning it into a tourist attraction. The myth about the story is that he though he was buy Tower Bridge, but this is not true. The Lake Havasu City Visitors Center conducts a 45-minute walking tour of the London Bridge. Arizona tourists can see the strafing scars from WWII that mar the bridge’s granite surface and stroll over sparkling Bridgewater Channel. We’ve heard this be a bit of a tourist trap but it’s still pretty cool to see a bit of London in Arizona! There’s an open air mall in the theme of an English Village but this has apparently become rather run down.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida
Located at Universal Studios in Florida, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the first major theme park dedicated to Harry Potter. There are many HP themed rides, a replica of the village Hogsmeade and HP themed restaurants. Sounds like a ton of fun!
Cameron’s Pub & Inn – Half Moon Bay, California
This pub has a British Theme, including the decor. They have a B&B featuring British themed rooms and you can enjoy your pint in actual London Double Decker busses. They even have a shop selling goods from Britain.
Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA
Transport yourself back in time aboard the legendary British ship the Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, the Queen Mary is now a full-service Long Beach hotel, historical landmark, and entertainment venue. The Queen Mary gives visitors a unique glimpse into a bygone era of class, elegance and tradition.
Master and Commander Ship Calls San Diego home
One of my favorite movies from last decade is Mater & Commander. The ship, HMS Surprise, that they used for filming is display at the Maritime Museum in San Diego. Rumor has it that the sale of the ship to the museum stipulates that it must be made available for possible sequels. We can still hope!
National Churchill Museum in Fulton Missouri
Winston Churchill made his famous ‘Iron Curtain’ Speech at Westminster College in Fulton Missouri. In honor of this, they’ve developed the country’s only museum dedicated to everything Winston Churchill. They even managed to buy a Christopher Wren Church from London and had is re-assembled on site.
Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA
While this is a general aviation museum, there’s a ton of British built aircraft on display here including a Concorde – one of the last ones to fly.
Great Dickens Christmas Fair, California
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London – an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically lit music halls, pubs, dance floors, and Christmas shops. It’s a twilight evening in Charles Dickens’ London Town – a city of winding lanes filled with colorful characters from both literature and history. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. Held the 4 Weekends after Thanksgiving and before Christmas.
One way to have a fun time exploring Anglophilia is to go to a Renaissance Faire. There’s are too many around the country to list here but most states have a large one. Our favorite is the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Illinois/Wisconsin.
Stonehenge Replica in Maryhill, Washington
The Stonehenge Memorial was built by entrepreneur Sam Hill as a tribute to the soldiers of Klickitat County, Washington, who lost their lives in World War I. Sam Hill’s Stonehenge is a full-scale replica of England’s famous Stonehenge in Wiltshire.
Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut
What could be better than an entire museum dedicated to British Art? They feature a collection of British art from the Elizabethan period to the present day, including paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, rare books, and manuscripts.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Held every year, this is one of the largest celebrations of the works of William Shakespeare in the country. They even stage their plays in a replica of the Globe Theatre.
Magna Carta at the National Archives in Washington D.C.
The US government is in possession of one of the founding documents of British (and western) Democracy, the Magna Carta. It’s on public view in the Rotunda of the National Archives.
The Cheshire Inn – St. Louis, Missouri
A St. Louis tradition with roots dating back to the 1920s, The Cheshire embodies the charm and authenticity of a traditional British inn with all the modern conveniences of today. Generations of St. Louisans and thousands of visitors to our city came to love the old world feel and quirky charm of The Cheshire Inn and Lodge. What started as a modest hamburger joint, evolved through the decades into a landmark restaurant and hotel known as the Cheshire Inn and Lodge. Now, after undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, this local treasure has been reborn.
Old Globe Theatre – San Diego, CA
The Old Globe is a replica theatre of the original Globe in London and they put on productions of Shakespeare’s works as well as other playwrights.
Agecroft Hall – Virginia
This is at the top of my list of places I’d like to visit. Agecroft Halls was a Tudor Estate house in England that had fallen into disrepair. An American by the name of Richmonder Thomas C. Williams, Jr (quite a name!) purchased the house at auction, had it disassembled and then put back together in Richmond, Virginia in its original form. They also hold plays and it’s open to tours.
England Showcase – Epcot – Disney World
The United Kingdom pavilion is a bustling destination. Through the seamless blend of architecture that takes you from the streets of London to an English cottage, the essence of this nation is yours to enjoy. Cobble-stoned streets, a quaint pub, the scent of fish and chips in the air combine to make this an authentic “trip across the pond.”
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage B&B and Inn in Virginia
A lovely looking B&B in Virginia with a Anne Hathaway/Shakespeare theme. The place even has a thatched roof – it couldn’t look more English!
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Odessa Texas
We really love building replica’s of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, there’s another on Odessa, Texas. They’ve also built a full-sized replica of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage as well that’s available for banquet rental.
Scottish Tartans Museum – North Carolina
The Scottish Tartans Museum is a non-profit heritage center dedicated to the history and traditions of Scottish Highland Dress, especially tartan and the kilt.
Did we leave something off the list? Tell us all about it in the comments below!