It was launched as a platform for the views of the British Conservative Party. Its masthead incorporating a quotation of the former Conservative Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, referring to him as Lord Beaconsfield: "What is the Tory Party, unless it represents National feeling?"
The magazine was published by the Cecil Club, which became the United and Cecil Club in 1949. The magazine was renamed the National and English Review in 1950. It closed in 1960.
- (1883–1887) Alfred Austin with William Courthope
- (1887–1893) Alfred Austin
- (1893–1932) Leopold Maxse
- (1932–1948) Violet Milner
- (1948–1954) Edward Grigg
- (1954–1960) John Grigg
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