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Archive for July, 2008

Mark Jolly is founder and editor of globorati.com, a brilliant online resource for globetrotting travellers who have expectations that go somewhat beyond those of your average backpack-toting wanderer. This luxury-travel newsfeed reports on upcoming travel trends and cutting-edge hotel design, covering topics from glamping in the Golden Triangle to Mongolia’s manliest man contest (I’ve got […]

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Smith: an iPhone-friendly travel blog

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

If you happen to reading this on your iPhone, you’ll already know what I’m about to say –  namely, that you can now read Mr & Mrs Smith’s ever-lovelier blog on pocket-sized screens around the world in an Apple-friendly format, with no risk of compatibility snag-ups or slow-load nightmares. Whether you have an iPhone or […]

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Boutique hotels were only the beginning; now Mr & Mrs Smith have taken to the roads too. You might have spotted a wee piece in Grazia the other week (the one sporting a delightfully floral Cameron Diaz on the cover)  about boutique road trips – the Smith team have road-tested seven great drives all over […]

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The ‘Inn’ Thing

Monday, July 28th, 2008

On Saturday, when the Guardian ran a little piece about some of Smith’s boutique hotels in the South-of–France wine country, James and I were enjoing a glass or two over lunch at The Olde Bell in Hurley, Berkshire. It’s a return to the age-old idea of the ‘inn’, not a hotel where the rooms usually […]

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Darren Cronian is the editor of Travel Rants, an award-winning consumer travel blog. He started writing in April 2005 after a frustrating experience booking a holiday with a high-street travel agency and has since been blogging his socks off about pretty much every conceivable aspect of travel. We asked him to write a few words […]

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If there’s one thing we love more than staying in luxury boutique hotels in fabulous European locations, it’s staying in luxury boutique hotels in fabulous European locations for free. Doubtless, you feel the same, or chances are you wouldn’t be reading this. It’s great news for all of us, then, that Mr & Mrs Smith’s […]

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Drum roll, please… we at Smith HQ are delighted to announce that Jason Badrock is the winner of Mr & Mrs Smith’s ‘Design our Blog’ WordPress Theme Competition. A freelance designer, Jason managed to incorporate Smith’s unique style and brand values into a new WordPress blog-theme design, without simply copying our main website. We all […]

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Superior coffee #2: the daily grind

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Today we bring you more insights on superior coffee from NY-based coffee-oracle Oliver Schwaner-Albright. To distract ourselves from the Sisyphian nightmare that is trying to find a coffee good enough to make our daily commute tolerable (mission: impossible, unless you can make a lengthy detour to Monmouth, purveyor of the best coffee in London, according […]

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Superior coffee: a Q&A with Oliver

Monday, July 14th, 2008

As promised, we’ve been quizzing top New York Times coffee blogger Oliver Schwaner-Albright about all things brown and beautiful (that doesn’t sound quite right, but you get the gist of what I’m trying to say!), as part of our quest to track down the Best coffee in London. Tam – who is the real-life Mrs […]

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Best coffee in London?

Friday, July 11th, 2008

After yet another maddening on-the-way-to-work wait for a gritty, feeble, bitter café latte, I’ve been doing some pondering forward-slash getting angry. (A) Why is it that so many people who work in cafés in London have absolutely zero interest in actually serving you any coffee? This morning I pretty much had to jump up and […]

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