Surrey borders London to the south west and is home to over 1 million people. Throughout modern history the county has had notable connections in both Roman and Saxon times. Indeed, Surrey has been the stage for victorious battles by King Aethelwulf and King Edward the Elder whom both defeated invading Scandinavian tribes. Possibly the most important historical event in Surrey’s history was the issuing of the Magna Carta in June 1215 at Runnymede. The importance of this single document throughout the English speaking world cannot be underestimated. In recent times Surrey has been home to many notable names including Arthur Conan Doyle, HG Wells, Benjamin Disraeli and Lewis Carroll to name but a few. Today you can take afternoon tea in some of Surrey’s most beautiful towns and villages.