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Brawn – London (Hoxton), UK


Sibling restaurant of Covent Garden’s hugely successful French resto, Terroirs, this little bistro follows in its footsteps as a homage to simple, seasonal, British and French peasant and homely food. Starters and nibbles include saucisson, chunks of aged parmesan and anchovy cream.  Main dishes such as pan-fried wild mushrooms on chunky toast with poached duck egg yolk, and prawns with lime and chilli are sublime, and sit beside accomplished steak tartare and roasted chicken. … Read more

7 January 2011   No Comments

Cox Cookies & Cake – London (Soho), UK

Cox Cookies & Cake

Wickedly titillating brand new cake shop slap bang in the middle of Soho, nestled between a gay bar and a massage parlour. Yet it’s most definitely not seedy – metres of luxuriously sparkly black granite and neon lights set the scene for some of the most decadent, beautifully decorated and fun fairy cakes you’ll ever see. Brainchild of world-renowned British shoe designer, Patrick Cox, the shop is a world away from London’s typical twee cupcake bakery. As well as everyday… Read more

10 December 2010   2 Comments

Radisson Blu1835 – Cannes, France


Cannes once suffered a dirth of modern, boutique hotels, preferring to rely on her grand palace establishments to keep its hoards of visitors happy. A flurry of renovations across the glamorous city has seen the Radisson Blu 1835 (formerly the 1835 White Palm) recently open on the site of the old Sofitel hotel, located on the opposite corner of the Vieux Port to the Palais de Festivals. The airy lobby is spacious with lots of sofas, and the welcome is warm with the hotel’s experience… Read more

1 November 2010   No Comments

Maison 9 – Cassis, France

Maison 9

Only a 10-minute walk into Cassis, this luxury maison d’hotes, fully renovated by a German couple in 2009, is situated in the middle of vineyards looking across to the Cap Canaille. With only four suites located apart from the main house, the feeling is one of peace, tranquillity: it’s the perfect place for serious grown-up relaxation. Beautifully decorated rooms have fantastic beds, small sofas, lovely large bathrooms with walk-in showers and a small kitchenette with espresso maker. The… Read more

19 September 2010   No Comments

Au Vieux Panier – Marseille, France

Au Vieux Panier

Renovated and recently opened maison d’hotes in the up-and-coming Le Panier quarter run by half-English, half-French Jessica Venediger and her boyfriend, Paco. Super-central, just 5-minutes on foot from the Vieux Port, the five rooms have been creatively and stylishly decorated, with art installations by French artists. Comfy beds, with great showers. The owners are super-savvy locals who know their restaurants and are happy to share their favourite addresses. Check-in can be flexible /… Read more

19 September 2010   No Comments

Story Hotel – Stockholm, Sweden

Story Hotel

Office block renovated and redesigned by a group of well known Stockholm nightclub and restaurant owners which opened in February 2010. Super-central, a 15-minute walk from the train station, five minutes down to the water and located in the heart of the up-market Ostermalm district. Rooms are very stylishly decorated with comfortable beds and cool bathrooms. Some of the rooms are very small and can be noisy but the web site is honest and clear about which ones these are and the price (and… Read more

8 July 2010   No Comments

The Halcyon – Bath, UK

Bath’s first boutique hotel is housed in a beautifully restored stone townhouse in the middle of the city and run, on behalf of the owner, by a couple who recently relocated from London. The stylish reception doubles up as a café-cum-bar and the vibe is a world away from the usual stuffy, chintzy hotels Bath has to offer. A contemporary design runs through the hotel and bathrooms are particularly nice with mock-croc tiles in the showers.  Each bedroom has a mini-dualit kettle, plus… Read more

1 July 2010   No Comments

Home Hotel – Buenos Aires, Argentina


The security guard outside this discreet, bunker-like façade is the only clue that you’ve arrived somewhere a little bit special. Located just on the wrong side of the train tracks in Palermo Hollywood, the address is perfectly situated within the city’s edgy, creative, media hub yet only a ten-minute walk from posh Palermo Soho and its fantastic boutiques. As the name suggests, the welcome is warm, friendly and the décor reminiscent of a 1950’s living room – but with a definite… Read more

20 January 2010   No Comments

La Coluccia – Sardinia, Italy

La Coluccia

A member of the exclusive Design Hotels portfolio, La Coluccia has a lot to live up to.  Its sleek low-rise design and chic interiors ensure it stands out amongst the traditional bland hotels that Sardinia generally has to offer and the location is outstanding: just enough north of the Costa Smeralda to avoid the bling, yet right on the doorstep of some of the finest beaches the island has to offer.  The hotel looks out onto the Arcipelago della Maddalena – a  group of islands granted… Read more

12 June 2009   2 Comments

The Modern Pantry – EC1, London

Clerkenwell’s creatives can’t believe their luck.  Not only has Anna Hansen (The Sugar Club; Providores) chosen their favourite square to unleash her eclectic, innovative cooking, but they get to pick from three distinct spaces in which to enjoy it: a white and antique grey painted open-kitchen style brasserie, plus deli on the ground floor, and the more opulent, grown-up dining rooms upstairs, set to open later this month…. Read more

27 May 2009   No Comments