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Archive for April, 2010

Hotel of the week: Hôtel de la Paix

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Give us one wish, and we’ll ask for more. Give us one (bank) holiday and we start planning our next getaway. With the call of duty somewhat muffled, we’re busy daydreaming of towering temples, liquid-gold sunsets and ravishing retreats styled with Cambodian cool. Hôtel de la Paix, in the hot-off-the-press, brand spanking new Mr & […]

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Our TuneSmith, Rob Wood, the ears behind our sexy CD collection, selects the soundtrack to the bank holiday weekend… ALBUM OF THE MONTH The Optimist by New Young Pony Club Why This pop comes with added bounce When A pogo is in order Pop music you can dance to is always a good thing. New […]

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Join Smith – marvellous marketeer wanted

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Like boutique hotels? Like what Mr & Mrs Smith do? Like marketing? Like a job? Mr & Mrs Smith are on the hunt for a full-time marketing executive to join our fast-paced marketing and PR department in London. Our current executive, the sublime Sabine, has been seduced by our Melbourne office, and we need someone […]

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Election-flavoured cocktails at St James’s

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

As the election looms closer, we swing-o-meter fans are thinking of new and inventive ways to see in results night. We’ve already told you about election events in London, including The Arch’s MP-faced eclairs and Brown’s Hotel’s Commons-related canapés, and now St James’s Hotel and Club wants to play… Anyone up for a bit of […]

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Last-minute bank holiday hotels

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

If, like us, you’ve forgotten that this coming weekend is an extra-long bank holiday extravaganza of sun-basking laziness, and are currently lamenting your failure to organise anywhere to do your lazing, then fear not. We’ve had a chat with the ever-efficient Smith Travel Team and they’ve given us an up-to-the-minute breakdown of which hot hotels […]

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Hotel of the Week: Oundle Mill

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

All the aviation-avoiding adventures of the last week have made us fearful of flying, afraid that we too will get caught out, stranded abroad with only sheep for company. So, here in the UK, we’re turning our attentions a little closer to home… Why this week? There’s no stopping us getting to Northamptonshire and so […]

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Mr Smith versus the volcano

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

We’ve all told the odd white lie about why we’re home late, but ‘sorry, love, a volcano erupted’ doesn’t normally hold water. Until last week, that is. Here’s my own tale of enforced overground travel, hire-car hell, and unruly sheep. I think it gives an insight into the kind of journey that tens of thousands […]

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Volcano-proof travel? Take the train

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The geological antics of the last few days have had us all scrambling around in search of alternative modes of transport.* When the skies are out, man has no choice but to turn to the seas, roads and tracks… We’ve sung the praises of traincations in the past, but that was before The Volcano. As […]

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Election fever is gripping the capital. Well, by ‘election fever’ we mean ‘a faint awareness of political events’, and by ‘gripping’, we mean ‘inspiring at least two special hotel events in’. Anyway, we’re excited. First up, the historic, Olga Polizzi-styled Brown’s Hotel in London‘s Mayfair is giving us all an alternative to sitting at home […]

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So cool at SOTO

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Smith’s recent love-in with ELLE Decoration travel supplement wouldn’t have been possible without our city spies updating us on where to go, what to do, and who to do it with. One such trusted trend-reporter is Philip Gaedicke, based in Berlin. Philip opened his new boutique, SOTO, just last week, and since we couldn’t be […]

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