Portugal is known for keeping its untrodden beaches a secret, so where are the hush-hush stretches of sand and attractive white-wash pastel towns that will offer a true local Portuguese experience.
Take a break from the sandy stretch of Portuguese and European holidaymakers swarming the sunburnt Portimao beach at the new Blanco Beach Club.
The first of its kind in the Algarve, Blanco offers an oasis just steps from the sand. Large round white sun beds laden with ice buckets of Moët, Grey Goose and reclining bronzed bikini-clad millennials are surrounded by relaxed fire-pit seating areas, beach beanbags and luxurious white-wash cabanas with their own private Jacuzzis.
Eneko at One Aldwych is the newest venture from Eneko Atxa, a three Michelin-starred chef whose restaurant Azurmendi in Spain is number 16 in The World’s 50 Best, and the first to be awarded three stars in Bilbao.
The words sexy and fish when put together don’t exactly scream ‘masterstroke of fine dining’, which happens to be the new vision of the regenerated Ivy. Still, by throwing caution to the wind, Caprice Holdings have opened a restaurant called just that.
The artistic hub and members only club, The Hospital Club was Founded by Paul Allen and Dave Stewart. The story goes that one night, Paul and Dave were having a drink in Covent Garden when they spotted the boarded-up St Paul’s Hospital over the road. Between them, they hatched a plan to revive this once elegant shell, and transform it into a hub of creativity – full of people, ideas, music and life.
Fancy a night in an luxurious giant robot! So very aesthete.
October 2014 marked the opening of The Beaumont, the first hotel by Corbin & King; the London restaurateurs behind our glamorous art deco favourites The Wolseley, The Delaunay, Fischers and Brasserie Zedel.
The Hoxton, Holborn is a chip off the Shoreditch block in the heart of London. The chic hotel offer the epitome of style for anyone from Millennials and media types, to the budding tourist looking for a one stop shop that’s right on trend.
One of the first purpose built fire stations in London, Chiltern Firehouse is the first international property in André Balazs' collection of luxury hotels, which include the renowned Mercer in New York and the iconic Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. The, now somewhat controversial restaurant, frequented by the Beckhams, Lohans and Delevingnes of the world is at the heart of Chiltern Firehouse.
In the early 20th century, Vienna was considered to be the focal point of European Modernism with some of the most influential composers, painters, authors and dramatists creating in this glamorous era. Sending us back to this romantic era, Fischer’s comes to London mimicking the cafés and konditerei of the bustling squares of Vienna.
Firmdale Hotels were revolutionaries in the early days of the boutique hotel concept, and now manage a myriad of luxury hotels in the US and London. The Ham Yard Hotel, part of the Firmdale family is sibling to a list of impressive addresses including The Soho Hotel and Covent Garden Hotel, both home of the resting heads of many celebs when they visit town.
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