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Archive for February, 2009

This week, we bring you tidings from our newest co-blogger, Marrakech-based American abroad, Maryam Montague (right). Maryam is the self-confessed design junkie and boutique hotel addict behind the gorgeous to look at, lovely to read My Marrakesh blog. Here’s her first Smith postcard, with a great insider tip on a child-friendly activity in the usually […]

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Travel gallery: the views Outback

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Late last year, we dispatched our antipodean hotel expert, Sam, on a mission to uncover the best boutique hotels in Australia. She not only uncovered some of the most mind-blowingly stylish stays south of the equator, she also proved to be pretty handy with a camera. Back at Smith HQ, we were braced for politely […]

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If – like us – you’re an opinionated foodie (and we know you are), you’ll have some strong ideas about what you think are the best restaurants in London. In fact, you’d probably leap at the chance to air those views in a constructive way. SO, hate it or rate it: why not help trusted […]

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Fashionistas have flocked to the British capital for London Fashion Week’s shows, after-parties and insider club scene; so if you’re looking for a stylish place to stay in London, we thought we’d pinpoint where some of the catwalk creators showing their A/W 09 collections might bunk up, bed down and tuck in while they’re in […]

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As London Fashion Week gets into full swing this weekend, art-performance-fashion collective House of Blue Eyes’ idiosyncratic creative director Johnny Blue Eyes gives roving Smith stylista Toni Jones his top 10 quirky style tips for the upcoming season. Read Toni’s interview with Johnny Blue Eyes, posted yesterday, for a bit of background on London‘s most […]

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Many happy returns to London Fashion Week: the industry’s coolest catwalk collection celebrates 25 years of fabulousness, starting today. Designers might go to New York to make money and Paris to show off … but London is where the most creative and crazy fashion moments happen (ok, as a London-based fashion ed I might be […]

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The Telegraph’s top 50 travel news tweeters

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding and allow Mr & Mrs Smith a moment of smug self-congratulation. It’s back-slapping Friday here at Smith HQ – our travel-blogging team are collectively delighted to have our Twitterings recommended on the Telegraph’s top travel Tweeters list. We’ve been playing around with Twitter for a little while now, letting […]

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Britain’s best beach cafés

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

You know what big fans we are of our own Great British coastline here, and it’s not like we need much persuading to dig out our buckets and spades and storm the UK’s best beaches at the first hint of a little weak sunshine. Part of the pleasure is tucking into that classic beach and […]

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Recipe: Rosie Sykes’s roast duck

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

As promised in the last post on our trip to The Crown Inn in Amersham, the Smith Travel Blog is quivering with lip-licking delight to bring you Rosie Sykes’s exquisite duck recipe, exclusively from her manifesto for The Kitchen Revolution. We tried it over the weekend, and, though it didn’t quite produce the gustatory fireworks […]

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The Inn Thing 3: Love a duck

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Last week, Mr & Mrs Smith’s production queen Jasmine (who sorts out the printing of our books and all the lovely pictures on our site and arranges hotel reviews and, ooh, about six million other things) and I headed into the darkest depths of the Metropolitan line to Amersham, Buckinghamshire. It’s a sleepy satellite market […]

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