Bordeaux Wine Vintage 2020 Completes A Winning Hat Trick

getty[This and another article published today complement each other.]A hat trick is defined as three successes of a similar kind within a limited period. It often applies to sports—three goals in a row, three successive car racing wins. The term originates from a 19th century cricketer’s trio of successes: his fans, in celebratory unison,…

An Inspector Calls on London’s Sunborn Yacht hotel

The Sunborn Yacht hotel is the closest place to stay near the ExCel centre, London. Just one minute’s walk and you are there.From its stern, there are terrific views of Canary Wharf, the Emirates Air Line cable car (hardly anyone on it), what was the Millennium Dome and, in the distance, the Shard. The staff are pleasant and it’s clean.But, my…

Ice cream with a dollop of history in Turin

This is no health farm. Piedmont – underneath the Alps, in the top left-hand corner of Italy – introduced the world to Nutella and Martini.It’s also where chocolate-covered ice cream on a stick was invented, 50 years before any lolly-eater had ever heard of a Magnum.So it’s no surprise that my first stop in Turin, Piedmont’s main city, is Gelateria…

CitizenM’s Tower of London hotel pairs affordable glamour with lukewarm service

CitizenM threw a huge party to launch the third of its ‘affordable glamour’ hotels in the capital.‘This is so cool,’ was the consensus as revellers drank cocktails looking out over the Tower of London.A week or so later the tempo has dropped, but so have standards.Chic: CitizenM’s rooms all come with double beds, desks and iPad-controlled…

A weekend trip to Bordeaux for a glass of claret? Why not?

A new section of high-speed line means the train journey from Paris, via TGV, now takes just over two hours — 70 minutes less than before.So you can reach the south-west of France on the Eurostar from London’s St Pancras (via Paris, and a quick scoot from Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse) in just under six hours. Elegant and accessible in…

London’s The Hoxton is busy, buzzy and sometimes a little barmy

It’s not obligatory to have your laptop, tablet or any other snazzy device up and running in the huge lobby at The Hoxton in London’s Holborn — but you might feel undressed if you don’t.So even if you’re insecure in any tiny way, you must adopt a stiff upper lip hipster-style — which means reclining on a sofa as if on the set of a Tom Ford…

Senegal

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:The whole of Senegal based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.To enter Senegal, you must provide a negative test for COVID-19 dated no more than 5 days earlier, issued in the country where you started your trip and authorised by that country or a recognised health organisationSeveral airlines…

Stunning whales to spot in the UK and Ireland – that aren’t in the Thames

It’s a story that pops up every few years – an unfortunate whale somehow ends up a decent distance down a river, leaving concerned volunteers and conservationists with the unenviable task of herding it back out to sea.This time a young minke whale took a wrong turn and became stranded near Richmond in London, though a successful rescue has now…

Colombia’s vibrant cities and Caribbean beaches make for a lively cocktail

Colombia has undergone a revolution. Yes, the dark days of rule by drug traffickers (or ‘Narcos’) and guerrilla fighters might never be forgotten – but the country has moved on.This week, Juan Manuel Santos, attended the first ever state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honour of a Colombian president, and gave Prince Philip a pen crafted from…

The London restaurants and bars…

Working on His ‘Koala-ifications’: Cute Koala Joey… Storyful • 5hA rescued koala joey was still mastering the art of eating leaves, in a sanctuary in New South Wales, Australia, on May 3.Port Stephens Koalas posted a video that shows a weaned joey koala, Warwick, trying…

Russian revolt! Visit St Petersburg a century on

Adventure it was, and one of the most marvellous mankind ever embarked upon, wrote the American journalist John Reed.His eyewitness account of the Russian Revolution of 1917, Ten Days That Shook The World, told the gripping story of the Bolshevik revolt against the tyranny of the ruling Tsars.Lenin and Trotsky, the leaders of the uprising, were committed…

Seeing Michelangelo’s Rome with a new perspective

Sometimes stiff competition is just the inspiration you need. And in late 15th and early 16th-century Rome, rivalry was fierce.Particularly between two of the city’s greatest artists, Michelangelo and Raphael.They vied with one another, furnishing the city with masterpieces that continue to thrill crowds today. Raphael painted so hard, he died aged…

The top city spots to visit for opera

Teatro San Carlo in Naples is the oldest continuously active opera house in the worldOpera has never been more popular – and opera houses are a fine way to understand a city and its people. This is the message brought home by a new exhibition, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.What’s more,…

Magical Milan: How to enjoy Lombardy’s grand capital

Home to luxury labels such as Prada, Versace and Armani, Milan regards itself as not only the fashion and design capital of Italy, but also the world.This city of 1.3 million in Lombardy fizzes with energy. Rome may be revered and Florence feted, but it’s this spirited northern powerhouse that dominates Italy’s commercial and cultural life.Call…

London launches new £7m campaign to revive hospitality

Newly re-elected London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has announced plans for the biggest domestic tourism campaign the capital has ever seen.The plans are designed to help the economy get back on its feet as Covid-19 restrictions are eased. In a speech this morning, Khan confirmed an immediate priority will be the new ‘Let’s Do London’ campaign, which…

An Inspector Calls on the Lalit near Tower Bridge

Once in a while a new hotel comes along and you want it to succeed so badly. Not because it’s a bargain (it isn’t), nor because everything is perfect (far from it), but because you can tell how much effort (and money) has gone into it.The Lalit is the Lalit Suri group’s first venture outside Asia, occupying a former school near Tower Bridge,…

Fulham Town Hall prepares for new life as luxury hotel

Following a decade behind closed doors, Fulham Town Hall is set to welcome the local community and beyond this month with the launch of ‘Art in the Age of Now’.The exhibition will bring together contemporary art, live music, talks and performance art, in what is billed as one of the most anticipated events of the spring.The show will bring the…

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