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Sunsets, happening creative hangouts, independent boutique boltholes, a Bohemian vibe (literally) and sweet sweet booze (literally)… it’s a hackneyed meme, sure, but: what’s not to like about Budapest? Don’t just take our word for it: check out this city-guide-cum-diary from roving reporter Robin Reetz. This travel-lovin’ Atlanta gal is a London-based lifestyle and fashion writer who has […]

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In the diary: Design Shanghai

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Buzzing Shanghai feels even busier than usual thanks to Design Shanghai, which is set to take over the city tomorrow. More than 40,000 architects, interior designers, developers, designers and design-conscious consumers are expected to gather at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre between 27 February and 2 March. We grabbed the event’s Creative Directors, Darrel Best and Ross […]

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A stay in North Yorkshire combines country and city, with market towns, scenic hikes in the dales and a trip to York’s lively centre. We’ve teamed up with Visit York to plan the perfect spring city break, when York’s most abuzz with activity. Literary festivals, lavish operas, horse-race hobnobbing and haunted houses can all be found at its historic […]

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If you didn’t already get the memo, for the first time in 11 years (!) Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday. As a bonus for American Smiths, it’s also the long President’s Day holiday. In short: there’s no better weekend to get a room, already. Whether you seek romance-reviving boudoirs or radiance-boosting spas, we’re here to […]

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The Drake in Toronto has its finger firmly on the pulse of culture. It’s like that friend who knows all the cool cats; the one who is just as able to slip you a hard-to-come-by recording of an up-and-coming band, as drop into conversation a reference to a classic movie you know you should have seen but […]

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An award-winning writer for screen, small screen and digital, Helen Bagnall (below) is co-founder of erudite events organiser Salon London, and runs The Transmission Prize. Here, the literary leading lady takes a magical mystery tour from lofty Liverpool bolthole the Hope Street Hotel, and finds Lebanese street food, pre-party prep stations and coffee with a side of folk harp… […]

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Member relations’ maestro Keith Oswin visited romantic Regency city Bath, where he stayed at the Queensberry Hotel – a genteel Georgian townhouse within walking distance of thermal spas, fine dining and bijou boutiques… It’s always nice to be shown to your room when you check in but few hotels provide an entourage. The two staff members who accompany […]

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Australia: the exhibition

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Don’t miss the exhibition of Australian art at London’s Royal Academy – organised with the National Gallery of Australia it runs until 8 December 2013. Go. If you can’t get there to see it in person, at least watch this video and treat yourself to the spirit of this show. Pictured: Charles Meere’s Australian Beach Pattern (1940) I don’t […]

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This Halloween we’re seeking out high-end haunted house hotels, vampy Transylvanian stays, ghostly guesthouses and the most spooktacular events. Our boutique hotels are renowned for being out of this world, but our pick of spine-chilling stays have an added air of mystery – from southern Gothic-style New Orleans’ guesthouses close to the ‘Cities of the Dead’ graveyards, […]

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At Mr & Mrs Smith, we have a serious love affair with Italy: the history, the food, the architecture, the lifestyle, the food. Thankfully, the Italian Film Festival has hit Australian shores, with screenings at Palace Cinemas across the country. Whether you want to catch a movie in Melbourne, Canberra, Byron Bay, Brisbane or Sydney, […]

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