Archive for January, 2018

Gul & Sepoy: ‘Not as clever as it thinks it is’ – restaurant review

January 3, 2018

Harneet and Devina Baweja’s first two places were rapturously received, and their reviews have all been good. Until now Gul and Sepoy, 65 Commercial Street, London E1 6BD (020 7247 1407). Meal for two, including alcohol, £120 Sometimes it just doesn’t matter how good individual dishes are. It doesn’t matter if there are things that […]

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Curse of the Cook Islands – and a chance to turn derelict hotel into a tourist hotspot

January 3, 2018

On a crumbling site on Rarotonga, every attempt to build a hotel has failed. Now it’s the turn of a China-backed group to try to beat the hex Half-submerged by a jungle and populated by cows, chickens and goats, it is one of the more unusual tourist attractions on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga: […]

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The Coach House, Darley Abbey, Derby: B&B review

January 3, 2018

With its stylish, Scandi-tinted interiors, this B&B edges into hotel territory; an impression reinforced when gorging on its lavish breakfast When I heard a new B&B had opened in my home town of Derby, I had a mental picture of the dull, dreary guesthouses in a Patrick Hamilton novel. I couldn’t have been more wrong. […]

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The Bull Hotel, Fairford, the Cotswolds: review

January 3, 2018

A pair of 15th-century coaching inns has been knocked together and renovated to offer romantic dining, traditional boozing and serenely cosy bedrooms There’s something inherently festive about the Cotswolds: all chocolate-box villages, ancient churches, and pretty pubs with open fires for warming up after a frosty countryside stomp. Kate Moss and her posse have been […]

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The Trivago woman: ‘People have an opinion, but don’t know me from a bar of soap’

January 3, 2018

Australian performer Gabrielle Miller became an internet sensation after appearing in frankly, boring adverts about the hotel comparison website. How often does she get recognised now – and has it helped her band? It’s hard to explain why the Australian actor in the Trivago adverts became such a phenomenon this year. The television adverts she […]

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Winter palace: Sweden’s Icehotel opens its doors – in pictures

January 3, 2018

Founded in 1989, the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland is built from the snow up each year, using ice from the local river. The rooms are designed by international artists and this year feature spacemen and an ice queen Continue reading…

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Penang guide: what to do, plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

January 3, 2018

Its street food scene is legendary and the capital George Town, one of the hottest destinations in Asia, now buzzes with nightlife – but the verdant island’s beaches and jungle are also worth exploring This exotic tropical island off the north-west coast of Malaysia is one of the world capitals of street food, with a […]

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Designer trees and board-game butlers: Christmas in London’s poshest hotels

January 3, 2018

At Claridge’s they will read your children stories as you sip champagne, while the lights on the Connaught’s tree spell out bespoke poems by Tracey Emin It’s a popular family ritual across the world – settling the children down and reading them ’Twas the Night Before Christmas as the excitement builds for the big day. […]

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The Tower House, Oxford: hotel review

January 3, 2018

This altruistic B&B and restaurant funds social projects and oozes warmth and quirky charm, but the food and some of the decor need a rethink Students are generally regarded as selfish and self-obsessed – Channel 4’s Fresh Meat made flesh. But in Oxford, where the contrast between privilege and poverty could not be sharper, there […]

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La Paz, Bolivia guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

January 3, 2018

High in the Andes, Bolivia’s de facto capital is having a moment, thanks to local artists, chefs and cafe owners on a mission to breathe new life into the historic centre There are few cities with such an extraordinary setting as lofty La Paz. At 3,640 metres above sea level, Bolivia’s de facto capital has […]

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