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Having a Christmas party? (Yes, that drinks-with-neighbours thing counts.) Need a playlist, pronto? Our resident TuneSmith, dazzling party DJ and audio animateur Rob Wood – founder of Music Concierge – lays down sound advice about background music and puts together a jingle-bells-free Top 10 Xmas Tunes soundtrack for your seasonal shindigs, be they New Year nibbles or Christmas Eve carnage… There’s […]

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Hotel Yasmin, Prague: hotel of the week

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Christmas markets calling! Chic, contemporary and unusual, Hotel Yasmin in Prague is the ideal base for style-savvy travellers to enjoy svařené víno-aided strolls around the city’s seasonal markets. It’s great value, too, leaving you plenty of euros to splash out on gifts for others (or yourself).  Style Graphic-design hotel Setting Nigh on Wenceslas Square Why this […]

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Smyth, New York: hotel of the week

Friday, November 21st, 2014

New York is starting to get nippy, so the unveiling of Smyth hotel’s recently revamped digs couldn’t have been better-timed. What’s more enticing than settling down with an artisanal cocktail by the toasty fire in this luxury stay’s new-this-month Evening Bar? Its farm-to-fork restaurant, Little Park, is new, and equally compelling, too. Style Mad Men modern Setting Tailored triangle below Canal Why this week? In […]

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Palazzina G, Venice: hotel of the week

Friday, November 29th, 2013

What do Casanova, Canaletto and Vivaldi have in common? Bold, artistic and chivalrous, they were all born in Venice, a romantic floating city of maze-like islands, glittering canals and charming footbridges. Re-tread the history of this fascinating city at boutique hotel Palazzina G. This sleek and sultry retreat is older than all three famous Venetians […]

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You want a stylish packing tip? We’ve got a great one: this must-have accessory is the sort of indispensable, tackle-all-climates, wear-anywhere, outfit-perking, round-the-world wonder you won’t know how you did without. And <blush>, this little Lily and Lionel number has Mr & Mrs Smith written all over it… We’ve long been fans of Lily and […]

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Tuesday, December 25th, 2012


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After several days spent juggling turkeys, presents and bottles of whisky (for Santa, natch) while entertaining the family, you’re probably in need of some downtime. Why not give yourself a pat on the back and retreat to a fabulous 15th-century boutique hotel in the Cotswolds? Style Fifteenth-century thoroughbred Setting Racy Prestbury Why this week? If frantic last-minute Christmas shopping has […]

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Festive fun in London: a Christmas to-do list

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

What’s that you say? It’s nearly Christmas? Cue cold sweats, mild panic buying and a belated urge to sling on some knitted accessories, sing a merry tune and stock up on seasonal good cheer. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a festive assortment of great London activities that will sate yuletide appetites, scent your […]

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Looking for a room at the inn? We all know this is a crazy time of year, but The Wheatsheaf Inn has gone totally crackers, with an amazing ‘Golden Ticket’ Christmas offer – this chic Cotswolds coaching house turned gastrohub (and Bloody Mary competition host) has just a few rooms left for December 2012, and has […]

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Project runway: plane-to-party travel tips

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Are you a fly-by-night kinda gal? We’ve got style counsel for your party destination: Lucy Fennings helps you land the right look, with day-to-night dresses, stay-put foundation and ante-upping accessories

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