Simon Jenkins is a journalist, author and chairman of the National Trust. He writes a column twice weekly for the Guardian and weekly for the London Evening Standard. He edited the Evening Standard and The Times, was political editor of the Economist, and worked on Country Life and the Sunday Times. He served on the boards of British Rail, London Transport and the Museum of London and was deputy chairman of English Heritage. His books include works on London, the press and British politics. He wrote England’s 1,000 Best Churches, and England’s 1,000 Best Houses and a study of Welsh architecture. He recently published A Short History of England (2010) and his latest book is England’s 100 Best Views.