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Archive for March, 2011

The man behind the music, our resident TuneSmith Rob Wood, proves you’re never too old for techno… ALBUM OF THE MONTH You Make Me Real by Brandt Brauer Frick When? You yearn to dance, but your knees won’t allow it Why? This is techno, but not as we know it Standing next to bass bins […]

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A few weekends back, I was lucky enough to stay at Hector’s Apartments in Deal, on the Kent coast, for a boutique fishing trip (you can read all about it in my piece for The Guardian). What made it extra fun was that Mark Rae (half of soulful hip-hop duo Rae & Christian, and Mr […]

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Inside London #12: Flemish flair

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Like food? Like art? Like all things Flemish? Get thee to the National Gallery, and its accompanying eatery, the National Café. An exhibition celebrating the work of Jan Gossaert, a renowned Renaissance painter from Flanders, is currently on display in the gallery’s Sainsbury Wing. To celebrate its arrival, renowned chef (and fellow Belgian) Matthieu Beudaert […]

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The Islington Hotel of the week

Friday, March 25th, 2011

We’re heading to lands faraway this week and to a lavish and luxe hotel in Hobart, the compact capital of Tasmania, an island famed for its coastal expanses, fertile orchards, ancient range of volcanic peaks and a certain fast-moving devil… Style Sumptuous blend of old and new Setting Tranquil ridge-top gardens Why this week? Until […]

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Inspiring itineraries #2: Greek odyssey

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

A soul-stirring island-hopping voyage around Greece from past to present, capital to coast: this month’s dose of travel inspiration offers sunsets over awe-inspiring relics, picturesque beaches and turquoise seawater. Our edifying Greek mini-epic takes you from an age-old capital to peaceful Crete, with a selection of Smith-style sun spots along the way… Before fleeing the […]

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Sydney spice master Christine Manfield takes her food – and her travel – very seriously. When she’s not at the stoves of Darlinghurst hotspot Universal, Christine leads gourmet tours through India, south-east Asia and Tunisia, and draws on her past life as a teacher to write pitch-perfect cookbooks (she’s currently polishing her sixth). So who […]

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John Makepeace Q&A: we ask the questions

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Last week, we caught a sneak preview of the John Makepeace exhibition at Somerset House. Makepeace is an industry maverick, championing bespoke furniture-making and sustainable practices in an age of hi-tech mass production – a man after Smith’s own heart, then, since we share a loathing of unimaginative replication and soulless sameness. A founder member […]

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Earlier this week, Team Smith hotfooted it to New York’s Cooper Square Hotel – the edgy East Village stay looming over the Bowery – for lunch at the Trilby, its new Euro-style comfort-food eatery and bar. Taking its name from the tiny titfer so beloved of Frank Sinatra (and countless Hoxton hipsters since), this laid-back […]

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Tigerlily: hotel of the week

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Our quest for this week’s champ has taken us a-wandering in Edinburgh, and, more specifically, to Tigerlily, a dashing den a block back from Princes Street… Style Decadent urban dwelling Setting Fashionable former finance hub Why this week? Throughout March, April and May, you can brush up on your cupcake-making skills at the same time […]

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We like to think we’ve got an eye for the finer things in life, and, having inspected some of the world’s most stylish interiors in our pursuit of dreamy design dens and hip hideaways for the ever-expanding Smith hotel collection, we know a Good Thing when we see it. And last night in London, at […]

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