Venice in 24 Hours

TRAVEL: As you fly into Venice, gasping at the Roman marvel wrapped in a blue lagoon beneath you, feel smug in the knowledge you’re about to receive… Do NOT get the public transport boat! It will waste hours of your time and cramp the Venice debut, surrounded by snogging couples with selfie-sticks… Hold your breathe/pockets and invest in a…

Paris in 48 Hours

…Sans les tourists If you want to see the real Paris and steer clear of global hipsterism, overpriced smoothies, and swarms of tourists, read on. While the tense socio-political situation still grips the city, and its inhabitants remain weary, Paris is slowly but surely reclaiming its spark. TRAVEL: The Eurostar is the best way to…

Trend: Sub Prime Celebrity Culture

‘Our culture has become so obsessed with celebrity that it’s easy to confuse fame with success. They are not the same thing.’ – Daniel Rodriguez, Rise: A Soldier, a Dream, and a Promise Kept. ‘Celebrity’ or ‘fast track publicity’ has become an unquestioned and unaccountable part of our society. We trade in it, we perpetuate it,…

Stockholm in 48 Hours

It can be done. It couldn’t be recommended more. Be mindful though that Swedish drinking laws have the potential to kill any Friday night touch-down buzz. You’ll struggle to get a drink in many bars after 11.30… Fuel up on the flight or take Friday afternoon off work. Sleep: Hotel Diplomat The rooms play on scandi minimalism…

St Petersburg: the thawing city

You’ll understand why there was a revolution when you ogle at the magnificent palaces illuminating St Petersburg. The city’s frosty reputation is finally beginning to thaw, undeniably with due credit to the BBC series War & Peace. There has never been more incentive to bear the Russian Visa application headache and pack your cashmere socks. A banging…

Review: Espa Life at Corinthia Hotel

The compulsory, pre-paid relaxation call of spas has always seemed an incredibly unrelaxing concept. I have accepted that the knots in my shoulders are as tight as my intentions to spend on indulgences other than food or travel. And there is that subliminal, yet oh-so-tangible pressure to emulate the elegant spa poster girl while refining your laconic drawl alongside fellow Zen-junkies. Still,…

Winter Diary: ’tis the season

Disco, The Bill Bernstein Photographs This photographic show pays tribute to New York’s disco scene and inspires you to go home via a vintage shop and pick up a sequined jumpsuit! We are plied with images of Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol carving up Studio 54’s dance floor but it’s a breathe of fresh air to…