From Once to Brigadoon: 5 European Itineraries Inspired by Musicals

May 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s hard not to love visiting Europe, especially since country hopping is extremely easy. For jet-setters who frequent the continent, it's always great to find new ways to enjoy some of your favorite cities. So this year, instead of making the typical stops, consider having a theme for your travels. Many of today's most well-loved musical productions have been based on locations around the continent, making it easy to live out these productions in real life.

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Tate Modern's Expansion to Open June 17

May 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

The long-awaited expansion of London’s Tate Modern museum will finally open on June 17, 2016, the museum just announced. The building is designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, of the original Tate Modern, Barcelona Forum Building and Beijing National Stadium fame.

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3 Michelin-Starred Chef Opening First U.K. Restaurant in London

May 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s a pretty big honor to be one of only seven female chefs to be awarded three Michelin stars, especially if you were the first woman to achieve that status. Awarded her stars in 2007, Anne-Sophie Pic is known for her inventive French cuisine with classic English twists. Come late 2016, the grande dame of French gastronomy will debut her newest venture inside the currently unopened Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square.

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Fancy Tipples: Rarified Bars Around the Globe

May 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Siddharth Dasgupta

If travel, for you, is an intoxicating blend of taste, spirit and the heady desires of the heart, then perhaps these bars will be just your style. These alluring bars are striking windows into the cultural fabric and social zeitgeist of some of the world's chicest cities.

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Inside the Incredibly Cool Mondrian London at Sea Containers

Feb 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Travis Levius

The maritime-themed Mondrian London at Sea Containers docked along the Thames River is becoming one of the city’s hottest hotels. What was once an unsightly 1970s office building is now a stunning five-star property created by British Designer Tom Dixon. 

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5 Extraordinary Buildings Repurposed as Swanky New Hotels

Feb 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Every year, new hotels pop up across the globe; some are built from the ground up while others utilize the architecture that is already residing in a city. When developers and designers choose the latter, some pretty stunning properties can take shape. Restored from centuries-old structures, these hotels often times feature unique spaces, vaulted ceilings, original moldings, frescoes and even secret nooks. Of the many properties that debuted in 2015, here’s a look at our five favorite hotels that were conceived out of historic buildings.

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The Art, Collectibles and Design at London and Los Angeles Art Fairs

Jan 29, 2016  |   Contributor: Todd Jatras

The London Art Fair (January 20-24) took place this past weekend and visitors were greeted at the entrance with Infiniti’s QX30 art car by British wire sculptor Rachel Ducker. The compact, luxury hatchback was covered with 48,000 copper tacks that took more than 130 hours to apply. The effect is certainly radiant, but tacks or no tacks, the standard version of the auto—with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, producing 208 horsepower and connected to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission—looks sharp but won’t actually cut you when you try to wax your new ride.

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London's Uber-Exclusive Annabelís Club Updating to include Daytime Amenities For the First Time

Jan 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Ever since it was founded back in 1963, Annabel’s in London’s Mayfair neighborhood has stood as one of the world’s most-exclusive, members-only clubs. Though many elite organizations have a pretty large over 60 crowd, this place actually boasts a young membership base and some serious Hollywood heavyweights. Finally, after 50 years in operation, this high society haven is ready to make a major expansion that will open opportunities for an all-day lifestyle experience.

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Shop $428K Gold Bars At UKís First Bullion Showroom

Jan 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

Planning on giving your significant other something shiny for Valentine’s Day? For everyday investors (and fabulous gift-givers) Sharps Pixley has just opened the UK’s first bullion showroom in London. Located at 54 St James’s Street, the new store will offer customers access to gold bullions (in addition to silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium) in varying quantities—from gold coins priced around £35 (approx. $50) to £300,000 (approx. $427,590) gold bars.

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London to Display 30 Light Art Installations Around the City in First Lumiere Festival

Jan 7, 2016  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

London may have just figured out a way to beat the winter blues. The city will be holding its first Lumiere London Festival in areas of Piccadilly, Mayfair, King’s Cross, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, St. James and Regent Street.

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Elie Saab Set to Open London Flagship in Early 2016 For Brandís Interior Design Concept

Dec 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

Early next year, Elie Saab will be opening his first London store on 24 Bruton Street in the fashionable neighborhood of Mayfair. The four-level flagship will cover 8,640 square feet and neighbor boutiques from other luxury designers like Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney, Bugatti, Diane von Furstenberg and Hermès. The shop will offer ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrances in addition to a haute couture salon—the brand’s third after Beirut and Paris.

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5 Elegant London Hotels Where You Can Get Your Tea On in High Style

Dec 16, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen  |  4 Comments

The quintessential English experience—traditional afternoon tea in some of London’s most luxurious settings—is a seasonal practice worth getting into. Credit for the long-held custom dates back to the Duchess of Bedford, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria, who ordered tea with delicacies in her boudoir for friends. Since then, it has expanded exponentially with almost every major hotel offering its own version, each striving to outdo the other with innovative variations. 

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5 of the Best Restaurants to Dine at on Christmas for a Stress-Free Holiday Dinner

Dec 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

Planning an entire Christmas feast for the immediate family and 20 close relatives sounds fun in theory, but about halfway through the prep we’re usually wishing we could ditch the idea and head to our favorite restaurant.

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Partake in One of London's Oldest Traditions at These 6 Swanky Hotel Tea Lounges

Dec 1, 2015  |   Contributor: Kavita Daswani

Afternoon tea is to Britain what apple pie is to the U.S., an enduring staple of the culture. But that doesn't mean that the tradition of afternoon tea hasn't had to change over the years to accommodate new tastes and shifting requirements. A buttery scone with clotted cream and rose petal jam? Sure, but that scone can now be gluten-free. Egg and watercress finger sandwiches are made even better with organic, vegetarian-fed eggs. And give some of London's top tea specialists a little notice, and they'll come up with a fantastic vegetarian or nut-free spread, if so requested.

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LTIís 2015 London Report Outlines the Best Bars, Eateries and Hotels of the City

Nov 25, 2015  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

In an effort to rank the best of London’s hotels, spas, restaurants and nightlife, Luxury Travel Intelligence has just released their annual London Report. Over the past few months their team has compiled a list of the city’s most exquisite and luxurious spots, ranking everything from boutique hotels to Indian food.

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