VisitEngland Hall of Fame exhibition underway

Happy Birthday Shakespeare – today is the Bard's birthday, at least as far as many people believe. Were he still with us, the King Lear scribe would be turning 450 today.

And the playwright-poet recently won the People's Choice vote as part of VisitEngland's Hall of Fame. The Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet writer got 50 per cent more votes than any of his competitors in the poll.

Shakespeare is featured in a St George's Day Hall of Fame exhibition at Observation Point, Southbank, London, which will be in place until April 30th.

Earlier this year, VisitEngland called on members of the public to suggest members for England's Hall of Fame. Suggestions, sent in via an app, came to nearly 1,000.

Following this, several experts gave bronze to gold awards in six categories – while the public alone decided on The People's Choice of Shakespeare.

In the History and Heritage category, for example, the gold award went to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Another category, The Great, The Good and the Notorious, saw Octavia Hill The National Trust's founder, get gold.

The engineering masterworks of Isambard Kingdom Brunel in Bristol won gold in the Inventions and Discoveries category. And when it came to Food and Drink, gold went to the sandwich.

In Sport and Leisure, gold was won by the beginnings of the modern game of rugby at Rugby School. And famed pop band The Beatles won gold in the Culture and Entertainment category, with Glastonbury Festival getting bronze and Highclere Castle – as seen in Downton Abbey – getting silver.

According to VisitEngland, 96.4 million domestic overnight trips happened in the country in 2010, and it received 25.5 million inbound visits.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist hospitality recruitment agency.