Archive for August, 2016

Alt city guide to Bristol

August 3, 2016

Bristol projects its irreverent spirit and powerful sense of identity through its cutting-edge music, arts, clubs, bars, street festivals and food scenes Nungwi Village In Bristol, there is a shop, Stokes Croft China, that sells fine bone china emblazoned with quotes from Tony Benn, images of the late, local music legend DJ Derek and a […]

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Where to grab some of the best kebabs in Berlin

August 3, 2016

As Berlin marks its role in kebab history with the Kebabistan street food festival, its founder wraps up some of her favourite grills in the city From street food feasts serving ramen burgers and pulled pork sandwiches to farm-to-table restaurants opening every month, Berlin’s culinary scene is rapidly improving. But for a long time, the […]

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Edinburgh rocks … but there’s lots more to see nearby

August 3, 2016

Our writer and his son stop off in North Berwick on the East Lothian coast for some seaside fun before hitting the Edinburgh children’s festival• The alternative guide to Edinburgh I’ve always felt it’s mad, criminal almost, to go all the way to Scotland (I live in London) only to visit its cities. Edinburgh may […]

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Alt city guide to Edinburgh

August 3, 2016

The Edinburgh festival may dominate the headlines every summer, but all year round there’s a tight-knit local scene of off-beam music, grassroots art and theatre, and a stupidly good range of affordable grub and booze It is easy to visit Edinburgh and feel you have not got under its skin. During the festival you are […]

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10 of the best urban beaches and city riversides in Europe

August 3, 2016

From London to Warsaw, sand is being placed along rivers, reggae is pumping from cool cocktail bars, there’s beach volleyball and plenty of places for a swim The French capital has put a lot of energy into developing its urban beach and riverside culture; the Paris-Plages have been a feature on the banks of the […]

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The best new affordable boutique hotels in Europe

August 3, 2016

Chic and contemporary, these beautifully designed boltholes – in Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and beyond – make for stylish short breaks and weekend getaways This may be a hotel in practice, but it is a members’ club in spirit (coq stands for Community of Quality). Guests are encouraged to add to a collaborative city guide, events […]

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Elemental Islay: big skies, powerful history … and whisky galore!

August 3, 2016

Whisky aficionado Charles MacLean has been to every Scottish island, but it’s Islay that draws him back, with its wildness, warmth – and eight distilleries My first encounter with Islay was on a sailing adventure in the early 1970s. As a student I took off with a couple of crazy friends to explore the west […]

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SNCF gives a green light to Paris’s art and music-based renewal projects

August 3, 2016

The French rail giant, once at loggerheads with art collectives, is now a partner in a wider bid to make the capital a greener, more vibrant city While the French government and rail company SNCF continue their dispute with the CGT union over new labour laws, the rail giant’s relations with another old foe have […]

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The Woodspeen, Berkshire: restaurant review

August 3, 2016

Attention to detail shines through in everything they do here, right down to the sensational salt and vinegar crisps The Woodspeen, near Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8BN (01635 265 070). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £80-£125 They had me at the bowl of salt and vinegar crisps. These were cooked on site, each disc […]

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The Astor Grill at Cliveden House, Berkshire: restaurant review

August 3, 2016

The stables at Cliveden are now a new grill. But the prices are so high, you’ll have to be an Astor to enjoy it The Astor Grill at Cliveden House, Taplow, Berkshire SL6 0JF (01628 607 107). Meal for two, including wine and service: £160-£195 Mediocrity is often, by its nature, hard to spot. The […]

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