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Blakes hotel in London holds a special place in Smith lore: our original Mr and Mrs Smith, James and Tamara Lohan, got married in the ultra-romantic Suite 007. Where better, then, to gather some of our favourite wedding bloggers for a chat about one of our favourite topics: honeymoon hotels? If you fancy finding out […]

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Mr & Mrs Smith, MBE

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Congratulations to our co-founders, James and Tamara Lohan, who this week were made MBEs at Buckingham Palace! The original Mr and Mrs Smith were awarded the honour for their service to travel, and all of us Smith staff around the world are tremendously proud. Tweet

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Top 10 hotels to book for Easter

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Sorted out your Easter weekend plans? No? Tsk tsk. We’ve done the hard work for all you time-short, plan-lacking escape-seekers by rounding up short-break destinations for the fast approaching long weekend. We’ve still got plenty of romantic hotels with Easter availability (but probably not for long): below are 10 of our favourites. Be it country comforts, […]

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Crowdsauce: London’s best bars

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Here at Smith HQ we all have strong opinions on the best bars in London, so when one of our New York Travel Team consultants had a GoldSmith client heading our way and seeking tucked-away drinking dens, she sent up the Bat-Signal (Smith-Signal?). Five minutes later, she had ‘crowdsauced’ a list of recommendations sure to […]

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Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

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Chef Sophie Michell’s new Pont St address

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Food writer, TV host and chef Sophie Michell has been cooking professionally since she was a teenager. Now taking the helm of Pont St restaurant in London’s Belgraves hotel, she’s fast gaining a reputation for light, creative dishes and a Californian spin on seafood. Britain’s youngest female executive chef talks sea urchins, her new airport restaurant, and lunching with […]

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Last week, we held our very first Smith Hotel Awards – we were celebrating our 10th birthday, so we thought it an ideal time to reward some of the most amazing hotels we’ve discovered during our first decade of curating collections. Almost 50,000 people voted, our expert panel of judges judged… and then we threw […]

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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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Well. Take a deep breath, everyone. We can’t believe we’re saying this… We are 10 today! Little did we know that, when the first Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotel guide hit shelves, we’d have so much to celebrate a decade on. It’s been quite a ride (an emotional one at that), and although you […]

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We have something we’re very excited to show you… our very first handpicked hotels in Japan! Meet Beniya Mukayu in Kanazawa (bottom right), the Park Hyatt Tokyo (below) – yep, the one where Scarlett Johansson lounged around in her underwear in Lost in Translation – and, also in Tokyo, the very cool Claska hotel. Entirely different […]

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