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‘This prestigious and popular leg of the global Grand Slam of Eventing brings the world’s top riders and horses together to test their skill, stamina and speed across three pulse-quickening equestrian disciplines at the highest competition level: CCI 4*. Away from the thundering hooves and gleaming tack, there’s a weekend’s worth of eating, drinking, shopping and people-watching to enjoy’

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It’s remarkable how much you can see and do in just one weekend away to Italy. A night at Il Salviatino and then a night at Palazzo Victoria treated me to a concentrated hit of two of the world’s most cultured cities with a restorative whirl in the countryside, plus a good measure of cocktails, […]

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David Kelman, head chef of Cotswolds country house Ellenborough Park, marks his TV appearance on The Great British Menu with a limited series of dining events (the next one’s on Wednesday 9 July). Smith sent managing editor Anthony Leyton along for a taste of what promises to be a unique gourmet getaway… ‘So the menu’s […]

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Beautiful boutique hotels are a great source of inspiration for your home interiors, but we don’t all have Bill Benson, Kit Kemp or Ilse Crawford on speed dial; nor can we spare the time to travel the world sourcing one-off objects or cutting-edge furniture. We’re a handy bunch here, so as well as helping you out with our Mr […]

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Marylebone Village, just north of Oxford Street, is turning into one of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods for aesthetes, eaters and amblers. A whirl at a family-owned boutique hotel fashioned from seven Grade II-listed townhouses and two mews homes showed us it has a lot more to it than an impressive address and notable neighbours… Where we stayed…  […]

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The breathtaking displays of cherry-blossom may have faded in Tokyo’s Ueno Park, where residents flock each spring to enjoy the delicate blooms and delicious scent of sakura season, but if you’re in London this week, you can still make it for cocktails beneath blossom-laden boughs at one of London’s best sushi spots, Sake No Hana, until 19 […]

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Greece: your go-to guide

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

History-crammed landscapes, dazzling azure coves, charming seafood tavernas, that pupil-tightening combination of brilliant whitewash against cobalt blue skies… Greece has long been the ultimate summer-holiday destination. But which romantic island or pine-lined coastline to pick? We point you in the right direction with our go-to guide to the best Greek getaways, from honeymoon hotels on volcanic […]

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Smith’s royal Australian itinerary

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

The recent royal visit to Australia reminded us that one doesn’t need to be next in line to the throne to feel like a royal. Stay at one of Mr & Mrs Smith’s luxurious hotels and you’ll be pampered to perfection from the moment you check in. Get the royal treatment with a bottle of […]

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We’re inviting you to join us in Clerkenwell on Sunday 11 May, 6pm–8pm, for an intimate, relaxed, book-saluting salon at the Zetter Townhouse in celebration of London’s Social Book Week and to support the Reading Agency… Tickets: a £25 donation* (*but of course, we won’t object if any of you lit-loving philanthropists want to donate more. And should you want to […]

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Fleeing the city to the Cotswolds in spring is always a treat, but never more so than when you trade home for a whirl at style-drenched Dormy House. From this season, stays at this luxe manor house just got that little bit more spoiling too, thanks to a chic new spa. Who says you can’t have a […]

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