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Archive for November, 2010

Congrats to Brits abroad, Ben Towill and Phil Winser (below), the oh-so-creative team behind The Fat Radish on the Lower East Side, just round the corner from Hotel on Rivington in New York. When I was in town recently interviewing for an editor to join our team at our new office on Broadway (we look […]

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Hotel of the week: Lucknam Park

Friday, November 26th, 2010

With snow on the cards, Smith wants to snuggle up in a scenic country pile. Where better than the spa-adorned Lucknam Park, in rural Wiltshire? Style Epicurean country pile Setting Woodland, hedges and herbs Why this week? Book a two-night stay and take advantage of the hotel’s Shop and Spa offer for as little as […]

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Inside London #11: We have fleas…

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

No, we’re not riddled with parasites – we’re just celebrating the glories of the flea market. Partly because, taking inspiration from New York’s thriving vintage-sale scene; London’s suddenly crawling with them, partly because we’re excited about this weekend’s Kensal Flea Christmas Fair (which Smith’s own Juliet has a well-manicured hand in); and partly because we’re […]

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To be, or not to be in the Mr & Mrs Smith hotel collection, that is the question. And in the case of the Church Street Townhouse, the brilliant and bijou boutique hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon where Mr & Mrs Smith checked in last night, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. Especially with picturesque views of […]

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Postcard from France: Château La Thuilière

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Love at first sight. It happens. Juliet and I are proof of that. Not that we fell head over heels for each other, you understand (though JK, if you’re reading this, I hold you in the highest regard), but for a hotel. And not just any hotel: Château La Thuilière in the Dordogne. Our love […]

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Hotel of the week: Holm House

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

This week, instead of buying Uncle Fred and Aunt Mildred a bottle of port and a cashmere scarf for Christmas, Smith are putting their pennies towards a stay at the deliciously cwtchy (that’s ‘cosy’ to the non-Welsh) Holm House in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales… Style Deco-fuelled modernity Setting Penarth’s Victorian seafront Why this week? […]

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One day left: half-price two-night stays

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Newsflash! Alert! Man the lifeboats! And so on! Not wishing to be overdramatic, but our two-nights-for-the-price-of-one hotel deal with The Times comes to an end on Saturday, so if you’re in the market for a half-price two-night getaway, ACT FAST! BUY NOW! MIND YOUR HEAD! And suchlike. There are 70 hotels in the UK and […]

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Must be Mustique

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

As the rain turns to frost in London, our minds have wandered to a place where the warm Caribbean sun is always shining, a place where every electricity cable runs underground, golf buggies tackle the unpaved terrain instead of cars, it’s so safe doors are left unlocked, and everybody knows your name. It’s not the […]

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No, not a Would you rather? question, but a genuine offer. For the third year running, Mr & Mrs Smith is getting into bed with some of the world’s finest travel bloggers (now there’s an image) in recognition of Passports with Purpose – a worldwide blog initiative intended to raise money for noble causes. The […]

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Hotel of the week: Strattons

Friday, November 12th, 2010

This week, we’re Norfolk-bound to Strattons: an art-collector’s hotel in Swaffham, a market town of wellies, Barbours and fine cheese stalls… Style Eco, eccentric, arty and eclectic Setting The Norfolk Brecks Why this week? Book in for three nights from now until the end of June next year, and, if you’re a Smith member, you’ll […]

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