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Archive for March, 2009

Have we got news for you: Boris Johnson is often accused of being a bit of a twit, but Londoners will be laughing on the other side of their faces when they hear he’s poised to turn a pretty profit out of the costly London bendy-bus decommissioning debacle. Boris had the brilliant idea of inviting […]

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Well I don’t know about where you are, but it is a GORGEOUS day here in London town, so we thought we might try to lure you to our fair capital not only with spring sunshine, jolly daffs and unusually chipper citizens, but with a taster of one of our latest London hotel reviews: rejuvenated […]

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You might remember a couple of weeks back we spent a day raving about some of Britain’s Best Beach Cafés. As threatened promised at the time, Mr & Mrs Smith paid a visit to some of them, for – ahem – research purposes (nothing to do with the lure of knickerbocker glories, marshmallow-pink prawns, fresh […]

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Think of your top three interior designers and there’s one name that should definitely crop up: Ilse Crawford. Returning to our series of interviews with the industry giants who featured in our Top 10: Boutique Hotel Designers, we managed to grab 20 minutes with the one-woman powerhouse behind Studioilse, the company that has created some […]

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Inject a little vintage style into your wardrobe with a weekend whirl at this designer hotel in London… The concept of ‘Vintage Lifestyle Weekends’ at London boutique hotel the Pelham conjured up two mental images. And I’m not sure which gave this dress-adoring boutique-hotel lover a bigger thrill: the thought of someone presenting stylish finds […]

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In the diary: a bit of all-white

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

SNOWBOMBING Date 29 March to 4 April Place Mayrhofen, Austria Style Boards, barns and bands Setting Alpine winter wonderland Now a decade old, Snowbombing fills the Austrian mountain resort of Mayrhofen with parties, DJs and bands for six days in April, attracting snowboarders and fellow revelers from around the world. Snowbombing has close links to […]

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Insider address book: Ronda Carman

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Last month, we met luxury lifestyle blogger Ronda Carman, the style-seeking online radar who picks up on ‘All the Best‘ luxury travel and design trends. She scours the globe for everything from the world’s best hotel rooms and champagne to interior-design trends, so we knew she’d have some great travel tips to share. Here are […]

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Calcot Manor on Cookie

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Tamara’s been cheating on the Smith Travel Blog again – she’s just done another post for our favourite US parenting mag, Cookie’s Going Places blog. We don’t mind her philandering with other blogs, however – especially when she’s posting about what’s probably the UK’s most child-friendly hotel, Calcot Manor in Gloucestershire. Tamara visited en famille […]

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When I was in Grenada staying at beloved Laluna boutique resort, I popped into a really sweet shop called Veronica’s Visions in St George’s, which sold fabulous screen-printed garments and bags. Now, this is an island on the cruise-ship circuit – but stay at a romantic hotel like Laluna and venture to this little retail […]

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This month, Mr and Mrs Smith can’t leave home without… Ting’s eco-friendly recycled travel bags On planet fashion, green is the new black. So what better (and more tenuous) way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than with something super-stylish that will also up your green credentials?! TING is a small London-based company that creates sustainable […]

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