Europe

The Best Bars with a View in London

A blog post for City Wonders, September 2017
"Sky-high bars rarely have rock-bottom prices, and considering Duck and Waffle's placement bang in the middle of the city, there are plenty of high-earners willing to flash the cash here..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Sicily, Italy

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, August 2017
"Sicily is a veritable open-air museum of extraordinary archaeological sites nestled among staggering and oh-so-dramatic nature (we’re talking volcanoes exploding into the night sky)..."

The Best Climbing Hotspots Around the World

A blog post for From the Grapevine, August 2017
"Acadia National Park in Maine is a patchwork of lake-studded, mountainous terrain; a place where high peaks and the sea collide, resulting in some of the world’s best climbing terrain..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Umbria, Italy

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, May 2017
"Rolling hills carpeted in green, interrupted only by rows of pristine vineyards and serene olive groves, picture-perfect towns and fine cobbled-street villages: Umbria is Italy at its very best..."

The Latest Spa Wellness Trend? Salt Rooms

A blog post for From the Grapevine, April 2017
"It's been around since the time of the Romans, but in recent years the salt therapy trend has gone global. You'll find it used to treat everything from allergies to asthma, colds to eczema..."

Hannover City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, March 2017
"One of the largest cities in northern Germany, Hannover lies at the heart of modern German culture. Famed as a trading centre, the city also has the world's second largest Oktoberfest..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Puglia, Italy

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, March 2017
"There are good reasons why Puglia is the Italian region of the moment. Here are just three of them: the extraordinary cuisine, the exuberant architecture and the picture-perfect coastline..."

Astrotourism: Five Magical Places to Stargaze

A blog post for From the Grapevine, February 2017
"Dark sky reserves and sanctuaries across the globe are experiencing visitor booms, as city-dwellers descend. They've come in search of fiery stars illuminating the unpolluted night sky..."

Moscow City Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, February 2017
"The epicentre of Russia’s political and cultural legacy, Moscow is also a city of contradictions, where Byzantine splendour and Soviet-era architecture combine to recall a complex history..."

The Function Room: Venue Pages

Website copy for Greene King, February 2017
"The Grosvenor serves up pub food classics as well as draught beers and locally brewed cask ales, including their own proprietary pour from Nottingham’s own Navigation Brewery..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to The Midlands, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, January 2017
"While in the Midlands, action addicts can paintball or quad bike, sightseers can tour macabre museums and TV filming locations, and animal lovers can try their hand at medieval falconry..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Costa Blanca, Spain

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, December 2016
"Behind the 'Brits abroad' throngs on touristy beaches lie a wealth of attractions waiting to be unearthed, including stunning mountains, hidden coves, lush vineyards and ancient villages..."

Eight Fantastic Funiculars Around the World

A slideshow blog post for From the Grapevine, December 2016
"Hilly Pittsburgh boasts two funiculars: the Monongahela and Duquesne inclines. Both dating back to the late 19th century, they trundle up the dauntingly steep Mount Washington slope..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Crete, Greece

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, November 2016
"With crystal-clear waters, postcard-worthy seafront towns, history in spades and jaw-dropping landscapes, the idyllic island of Crete is a place to make all your holiday dreams come true..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Sicily, Italy

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, October 2016
"It might be a part of Italy, but Sicily has carved its own individual identity over the centuries. Today, it is an open-air museum of incredible archaeological sites amid staggering scenery..."

The World’s Best Restaurants for Seafood Lovers

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2016
"From meaty monkfish to creamy chowder, silky raw tuna to crispy battered cod, the Earth’s waters yield untold gastronomic delights. Here are seven great spots for a seafood supper..."

Vila Vila Parc Website Content

Website copy for Vila Vita Parc, September 2016
"Our accommodation comes in various shapes and sizes, from chic, sea-inspired rooms and suites with ocean-view terraces to gloriously spacious whitewashed villas with private pools..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Ireland

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, September 2016
"A land of literary greatness, folktales, incomparably romantic landscapes and legendary good times, Ireland is an unsung hero when it comes to great European destinations to discover..."

The Best Busking Cities Around the Globe

A blog post for From the Grapevine, September 2016
"Good buskers have the power to stop busy passers-by in their tracks, making them take an impromptu time-out from their daily routine and even convince them to cough up their cash..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Devon, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, August 2016
"The Napoleonic fortifications are just one of the reasons to visit Berry Head National Nature Reserve; you'll also find an array of wildlife, fine coastal walking trails and adventure sports..."

Who Would Live In a Place Like This?

A blog post for From the Grapevine, August 2016
"When we bring iconic buildings to mind, we will often think of office-filled skyscrapers, lavish palaces and grand structures. But there are many great works of residential architecture too..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Norfolk, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, July 2016
"Norfolk’s charms are just as broad as the famed network of rivers that run through it. With an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife, it's a county of quintessential English countryside..."

Seven Yoga Retreats Around the World

A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2016
"Yoga retreats give you the chance to check out from everyday life and kick back in gorgeous locations, but the wellness breaks also afford you the opportunity to work on your wellbeing..."

AlmaLusa: Designer Boutique Hotel Opens in Lisbon

A press release for Bacall Associates, June 2016
"As the debut property of AlmaLusa Hotels, this boutique 28-room hotel in the heart of Lisbon offers a smart alternative for urban travellers looking for a contemporary approach to luxury..."

The Function Room: Venue Pages

Website copy for Greene King, June 2016
"This handsome, gable-roofed building in the centre of Chiswick first welcomed patrons in the middle of the 17th century. And since then, it's made its mark on the history books of London..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Wales

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, June 2016
"Wales has its own unique culture, its own distinct language and its own stunning landscapes. The fiercely proud people are also fiercely welcoming, greeting you with a smile and a pint..."

Seven Great Under the Radar Cities to Visit

A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2016
"In any other country, Toulouse would top the tourist agenda. Its old quarter is built with warm pink-hued bricks, so on a sunny day it is as if you're seeing it all through rose-tinted glasses..."

London’s Best Parks (For A Great Escape)

A city guide for Buggl, June 2016
"This East End park, opened in 1845 and subject to a recent multimillion pound makeover, is far less prim and proper than the capital's Royal Parks, affording it a more laid-back charm..."

Hotel Villa Franca Website Content

Website copy for Hotel Villa Franca, May 2016
"With the picturesque cobbled piazzas of Positano and two blissful beaches just steps away, this divine hilltop retreat allows you to soak up the glamour of the enchanting Amalfi Coast..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Sussex, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, May 2016
"England’s far south is characterised by gentility, which means that the quaint, historic villages possess an appealing old-world atmosphere that’s now all but extinct elsewhere in England..."

10 Travel Instagram Accounts to Fuel Your Appetite

A blog post for From the Grapevine, April 2016
"Whether you’re after the latest dining hotspots in your hometown or are planning a foodie trip to some far-flung city, these culinary-minded Instagrammers provide great inspiration..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to The Cotswolds, England

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, April 2016
"Straddling several counties, the Cotswolds boasts undulating hills and farmland, spectacular architecture and monuments and some particularly charming villages made for day trippers..."

Genoa City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2016
"Part of Italy’s Riviera, on the northwestern coast, Genoa offers visitors a glimpse of authentic Italian life, where great family-run restaurants dish up the region’s famous speciality: pesto..."

Champagne Life at the Saatchi Gallery, London

An article for Private Air Magazine, April 2016
"This year is the Saatchi Gallery's 30th anniversary. Birthdays call for a celebration, so this art gallery decided to kick off the festivities with its first-ever all female show, Champagne Life..."

Cities Aglow: Light Festivals Around the World

A blog post for From the Grapevine, March 2016
"Holographic creatures racing around urban streets, drab gray buildings rendered in glorious Technicolor and skyscrapers as canvases for international art - the world loves light festivals..."

Geneva To Lyon Cycle Tour

A cycling tour itinerary for Cyclomundo, March 2016
"Lush green vineyards nestled into rolling hills; secretive Alpine forests skirting the banks of crystal clear lakes; and traditional French villages with the scent of local cheese and wine..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Scotland

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, March 2016
"The Scots are fiercely proud of their nation - and rightly so. This compact country has two of the UK’s most exciting cities and one of Europe's last remaining patches of true wilderness..."

Monaco and the Jet-Set Lifestyle

An article for Luxe Magazine, March 2016
"Just the name of this tiny tax-free principality conjures up images of the glamorous Grimaldis, fast-living Formula 1 drivers, champagne-popping property tycoons and high-flying film stars..."

London’s Best New Restaurants

A blog post for Samsung Live, March 2016
"London is the best city in the world for foodies, but the sheer choice of dining options can be overwhelming. To make things simpler we've picked some of our favourite recent openings..."

Immersive Accommodation for Adventure Travelers

A blog post for From the Grapevine, February 2016
"Leave your comfort zone and high-thread-count sheets behind to experience an Amazonian lodge, a real Bedouin hut or another of these culturally-immersive accommodation options..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to the Algarve, Portugal

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, February 2016
"Away from those high-rise resorts is a natural, unspoiled coastline; wide sandy stretches and rocky coves, edged by clear-as-glass sea one side and distinctive red-hued cliffs the other..."

Adler Mountain Lodge: All-In Dolomites Luxury

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2016
"The incredible beauty, drama and otherworldliness of the Dolomites make it one of the most spectacular and rewarding natural landscapes in the world. And it isn’t overrun with tourists..."

London’s Top Coffee Shops

A city guide for Buggl, January 2016
"Monmouth has got quite the glowing reputation among London’s coffee connoisseurs - and deservedly so. Since it opened more than 35 years ago it has built up a die-hard following..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Languedoc, France

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, January 2016
"With its cultural idiosyncrasies and independent identity, Languedoc has long marched to the beat of its own drum. Yet, from Romans to Moors to Cathars, it wears its long history proudly..."

Run in the Dark: Exploring Edinburgh at Night

A blog post for Samsung Live, January 2016
"Since starting in 2012, the Run in the Dark event has expanded from its initial five locations to take place in over 50 cities globally. And Edinburgh is one of the UK's most popular venues..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Aquitane, France

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, January 2016
"With Atlantic beaches, buzzy cities, medieval villages and chateaux-dotted countryside in its armoury, the vast and astonishingly diverse region of Aquitane is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser..."

MERGE: Festival Fun on London’s Artistic Bankside

A blog post for Samsung Live, December 2015
"Everyone in London knows that the Southbank is where all the city's artists hang out. So it's no surprise that it is also home one of the wackiest and most inventive festivals anywhere..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to the Dordogne, France

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, December 2015
"This sunny, serene and languorous corner of the country is dotted with pretty chateaux and imposing bastides - entering the Dordogne is like yielding to a pleasant, drifting daydream..."

Museums at Night: London’s After Dark Exhibitions

Newsletter content for Samsung Live, December 2015
"As the Night at the Museum films attest, there is something that sparks the imagination about what happens to exhibitions after the visitors leave, the doors are shut and the lights go out..."

On the Literary Trail in Devon

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, November 2015
"Devon is an amazing destination for well-read travellers, thanks to local wordsmiths such as Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry Williamson, Ted Hughes and Rudyard Kipling..."

Three Restaurants With Only One Item On the Menu

A blog post for From the Grapevine, November 2015
"From grilled cheese to peanut butter, restaurants with variations on a single dish are now big hits worldwide. Novel byproducts of an overcrowded restaurant scene, or something more?..."

Open House: Unlocking London

A blog post for Samsung Live, November 2015
"Curiosity is part of the human condition. So it's little surprise that Open House, during which hundreds of private buildings in London fling open their doors to the public, has been a hit..."

La Spezia City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, October 2015
"Hop off the tourist trail and come to experience the lively atmosphere of La Spezia; a packed naval city loved by tourists as a gateway to the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre's coast..."

Five Fantastic Urban Cycling Events

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2015
"Love a bike-centric event where you can celebrate cycling with like-minded pedallers? Then oil your gears, pack up your tire repair kit and roll on down to one of these urban bike fests..."

Super Yachts Palma

An article for Luxe Magazine, October 2015
"Summer is here, which means that in sleek marinas all through the Mediterranean, gleaming superyachts and powerboats of all shapes and sizes will be lined up like anchovies in a tin..."

Totally Thames: Riverside Revelry in London

A blog post for Samsung Live, October 2015
"Centered around the River Thames and running throughout September, this annual festival has an eclectic line-up, from art shows to cultural walks, sporting races to community days..."

Oliver’s Travels Guide to Ibiza, Spain

A destination guide for Oliver's Travels, October 2015
"It may be renowned as the clubbing capital of the world, but after-dark adventures are just a part of Ibiza’s charm. In fact, the majority of the White Isle is far more low-key and laid-back..."

Open House: Inside Architectural Treasures

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2015
"Open House, which allows the public into buildings that are usually closed, began in London in 1992 and has since spread to more than 30 cities globally - from Tel Aviv to Thessaloniki..."

A Taste of Jerusalem in London at The Palomar

A blog post for From the Grapevine, September 2015
"As a spin-off of Jerusalem’s ultra-popular Machneyuda restaurant, The Palomar was always destined to triumph. It's from those famous kitchens that the head chef Tomer Amedi hails..."

Cannes Film Festival 2015: A Retrospective

An article for Luxe Magazine, September 2015
"2015 was a year when red carpet dress codes outshone the on-screen drama, when titillation was pushed to its 3D limits and when loud jeers stirred up debate about audience etiquette..."

The Best Museum Exhibits for Movie Buffs

A blog post for From the Grapevine, September 2015
"In museums worldwide, display cabinets are filled with costumes and cameras, makeup and memorabilia, posters and puppets; movie-themed exhibitions sure to intrigue any cinephile..."

Only in Scotland: Six Uniquely Scottish Experiences

A blog post for VisitScotland, September 2015
"From scuba diving among German warships to hiking between curious Highland Cows, from gigantic viaducts to deep vaults, here are six of my favourite uniquely Scottish experiences..."

Hidden Puglia: A Cultural Journey

A tour itinerary for Unique Backroad Journeys, July 2015
"Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, is a visual and culinary feast, a place to sooth your soul while discovering a new and delightful area of Italy. At every turn there’s another sight to behold..."

Six Must-Attend Museum Celebrations

A blog post for From the Grapevine, July 2015
"For many museums across the globe, 2015 is a year to remember. And big birthdays require big celebrations, with special exhibitions, one-off talks, commemorative events and parties..."

Baskets at the Ready: Devon’s Top Picnic Spots

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, July 2015
"In life, there are what we call ‘simple pleasures’ – things that cost next to nothing, but make your day. And few simple pleasures can ever compare to eating outdoors on a sunny day..."

Inspiring Iceland: A Photo Workshop

A tour itinerary for Photo Xpeditions, July 2015
"Set fair within the North Atlantic Ocean, Iceland is a dramatic island of wild contrasts; a living, breathing land that gurgles, rumbles, spits and spews with geothermal and volcanic activity..."

Artsy and Affordable: The Boutique Hostel Boom

A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2015
"What springs to mind when you think of a hostel? Creaky beds, a loose interpretation of the health code and random roomies with no volume control? Those old rules no longer apply..."

Nordic Narratives at the Storytelling Centre

A press release for the Scottish Storytelling Centre, June 2015
"The Nordic House exhibition at the Storytelling Centre will include a talk by the artist Richard Demarco CBE on the importance of strong artistic links with Scotland’s northern neighbour..."

Summer Fun: Festival Season in Devon

Newsletter content for Discovery Holiday Homes, May 2015
"Summer is festival season in Devon. There is food to be eaten, beers to be imbibed and live music to be listened to - as well as a wealth of sport, literary and maritime events to attend..."

The Best Curry Houses in East London

A city guide for Buggl, April 2015
"Brick Lane may be synonymous with curry, but with so many similar restaurants on a single stretch, it can be hard to tell the good from the bad. Our advice? Head around the corner..."

Discover Devon, Come Rain or Shine

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, April 2015
"Prepare for any eventuality with our list of Devon highlights: five for sunny days when good weather draws you outdoors; five more inside options for shelter when the heavens open..."

Bremen City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2015
"Art galleries and antiques give visitors an insight into this historic port city in North Germany. Spend a day or two exploring Bremen’s historic buildings and expertly-preserved districts..."

Five Global Cookbooks to Look For in 2015

A blog post for From the Grapevine, March 2015
"Informative and creative cookbooks are opening up the world of possibilities, shedding light upon the aromas, flavours and cultural significance of far-flung foods. Here are our top five..."

Tuscany Escapes: An Introduction

Website copy for Tuscany Escapes, March 2015
"There are legions of other alluring Tuscan towns, hilltop hamlets, coast-hugging villages and rural estates to be explored and experienced, each with its own unique identity and flavour..."

On the Brewery Trail in Devon and Cornwall

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, March 2015
"Devon and Cornwall - traditional heartlands of cider production - are experiencing a brewery boom, so beer-loving holidaymakers here should expect to sample pint after flavourful pint..."

Seven of the Best International Marathons

A blog post for From the Grapevine, March 2015
"After months of training, running an uninspired course can be anticlimactic. Marathons further afield may offer the stunning scenery, lively spirit and engaging history to spur you forward..."

Kilkenny City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, March 2015
"Kilkenny is known as the creative heart of Ireland. The small city is more than 400 years old, but today visitors will find a lively town with a reputation as a centre for culture and the arts..."

Sardinia: The Perfect Mediterranean Escape

Website copy for Sardinia Homes, February 2015
"Among the largest and most dramatic islands in the Med, Sardinia boasts an endless series of spectacular seascapes, with windswept dunes, vertical cliffs, deserted coves and inlets..."

Best London Markets For Bagging a Bargain

A city guide for Buggl, February 2015
"The rough and ready Petticoat Lane market has been on the go since the 1750s; merchants and traders still crowd this narrow street every Sunday and sell all sorts of cut-price wares..."

Lake Garda: Italy’s Shimmering Jewel

Website copy for Discover Lake Garda, February 2015
"Lake Garda has been charming visitors with its natural beauty for centuries - enticing them all with a romantic mix of dazzling waters, mighty mountains, gentle plains and medieval towns..."

Why You Should Visit Torbay This Valentine’s

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, January 2015
"You’ve nearly survived the darkest, dankest, bleakest month on the calendar and, with any luck, so has your other half, so why not reward yourselves with a romantic Valentine’s trip..."

The Cityscapes of Graphic Artist Yoni Alter

A blog post for From the Grapevine, January 2015
"Yoni Alter's streetscape artwork is making a splash around the world, from his home in Israel to the US and the UK. Bold, bright and colorful, his urban-inspired designs are hard to miss..."

2015: Five Luxury Events in the Year Ahead

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2015
"Even for polo lovers, the Cartier Queen’s Cup Final is a special event - a rare chance to see the most elite polo players on form against the backdrop of the impressive Windsor Castle..."

London Photo Ops: The City’s Best Views

A city guide for Buggl, December 2014
"The extremely bland shopping centre One New Change has a fantastic hidden secret. High up on its roof is a public terrace with unbeatable views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and beyond..."

Winter Sports in Lake Como

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, December 2014
"For most visitors to the Italian Lakes, it’s all about sun and swimming, but when Lake Como casts off its summer skin - and its big summer crowds - it makes room for wintery delights..."

Thrift Shopping in the East End of London

A city guide for Buggl, December 2014
"Taking up a cluttered space off Brick Lane, Absolute Vintage stocks the good alongside the bad; it's up to you to sift through to determine what’s what. Prices start low but quickly rise..."

Top Xmas Activities in Shaldon & Teignmouth

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, November 2014
"See stalls piled high with local crafts and Christmas goodies, heat up frosty hands with cups of warming mulled wine and enjoy the singalong soundtrack of carols and seasonal ditties..."

Where to Invest in London Right Now

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2014
"Chelsea, Notting Hill and St John’s Wood may roll off the tongue dripping with prestige, but top-end properties are increasingly being built in traditionally less salubrious parts of town..."

London’s Best Theatres (Outside the West End)

A city guide for Buggl, November 2014
"Hidden away down an East End alley, the incredible Wiltons Music Hall began its life as an 18th-century alehouse, before it was converted into a stunning theater in the 19th century..."

Israeli Food Heats Up the Streets of London

A blog post for From the Grapevine, November 2014
"A new crop of Israeli-style restaurants in London, including The Palomar, Gail’s Kitchen and Honey and Co, is sending tongues wagging, critics raving and diners clamoring for tables..."

Top 10 Festive Activities in the South East

Newsletter content for Discovery Holiday Homes, November 2014
"Few things can produce that warm and fuzzy festive feeling more than ice-skating, and the Brighton Royal Pavilion is by far the prettiest ice rink in South East England this Christmas..."

A Literary Walk Through Bloomsbury, London

A city guide for Buggl, November 2014
"The Bloomsbury Set, the clique of renowned writers, artists and intellectuals that included Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster, lived their Bohemian lives here in the early 20th century..."

London’s Best Lesser-Known Museums

A city guide for Buggl, October 2014
"This guide will tell you all about the London museums you've never heard of, from an oft-overlooked bell foundry in the East End to an eclectic gem hidden south of the Thames..."

Like a Phoenix: Baku’s Flame Towers

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2014
"The spirit of newness in Baku, Azerbaijan, is best seen in the capital’s landmark architectural achievement, the Flame Towers; three giant flame-shaped columns that loom over the city..."

Livorno City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, August 2014
"While Livorno is far less famous, and far more industrial, than its Tuscan neighbours, its lack of pretentions is an asset. Start at the 17th-century canals of Piccola Venezia (Little Venice)..."

All Things Bright and Beautiful

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2014
"For 60 years, International Jewellery London has brought together the world’s finest jewelry designers, brands and gem suppliers under one roof. And this year new talent is emerging..."

Diamonds Are an Investor’s Best Friend

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2014
"Sparkling diamonds are having a renaissance. It's because they are easy to transport, store and sell on, and - crucially - hold their stable value in an increasingly unpredictable market..."

How to Invest in Classic Cars

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2014
"Appealing curves, sparkling chrome trimmings, wheels that scream out to be spun: there is a common denominator in the cars Peter Haynes exhibits. They're all masterpiece sculptures..."

Istanbul City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, June 2014
"Istanbul is where East meets West. Experience the comforts of modern Turkey with its malls, galleries and clubs, or else delight in the traditional Turkish bazaars, palaces and mosques..."

Camino de Santiago: The Way of St. James

A tour itinerary for Photo Xpeditions, June 2014
"The Way of Saint James is more than just a tempting travelling route - it's a journey through ancient history. Discover religious architectural gems among Spain's most stirring scenery..."

A Luxury Weekend in Cambridge

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"The historic UK city of Cambridge’s riches are understated - more 'old money' than ‘nouveau riche’ - but if you know where to delve, you can have a sumptuously refined weekend here..."

High Culture, High Art: Theatre in London

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"It’s no secret that London has an impressive array of theatre options. But what is available for those inclined toward luxury? Here are three of our favorite venues with high-end offerings..."

A Home By the Sea: Sorrento House, Co. Dublin

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"At the southeastern tip of County Dublin, a small peninsula juts out precipitously into the Irish sea. Atop a cliff at the land’s end sits a row of eight spectacular four-story Victorian houses..."

Why You Should Invest in New Artists

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"Canny investors are making fortunes from new interest in modern art. Three Richter paintings were bought in 2001 for $3.4 million - two recently sold for $34.2 million and $20.8 million..."

Masterpiece London 2014: A Preview

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2014
"This June and July, one of Britain’s most prominent art, antiques, and design fairs will return. Global exhibitors shall converge on Masterpiece London 2014, in Royal Hospital Chelsea..."

Rome City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2014
"Epic architecture, classic art and sunny piazzas set the scene in Italy’s divine capital. Rome's many residents are happy to talk about the city’s best pizzeria or their favorite soccer team..."

New Ross City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2014
"This town, situated in lush, rolling countryside on the banks of the river Barrow, is famous for its links with John F. Kennedy, but also has long maritime traditions and a top piano festival..."

Luxury on the Emerald Isle

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Home to rolling green hills and vibrant meadows, with stately homes splashed all across the country, Ireland is a majestic, whimsical place to visit. So long as you don’t mind a little rain..."

Battersea Power Station, Regenerated

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"30 years on from its closure, the iconic Battersea Power Station is being given a new lease of life, as it's regenerated into luxurious apartments, boutique shops and public amenities..."

The Expert Guide to Wine Investment

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Investing in wine, whether for financial profit or personal pleasure, is an intricate process. So to find out exactly how to make a smart wine investment, we spoke to four industry experts..."

Be King of Your Own Castle

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Like the thought of investing in a majestic Irish property, preserving a piece of British history, or living a romantic life in rural France? A European castle should be on your shopping list..."

Bambi: Own a Slice of Street Art History

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2014
"Most folks know Banksy; the incognito street artist that became the talk of London. But now he has a challenge from a younger, female street artist on to the scene. Her name's Bambi..."

Bilbao City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, February 2014
"Bilbao, in northern Spain, was once an industrial center, but today is known for its thriving arts scene. Come for world-class museums, sophisticated restaurants and stunning countryside..."

Manchester City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, February 2014
"This second most-visited city in England, famed for football, nightlife, industry, architecture and art galleries, Manchester is also a thriving centre for sciences, technology and media..."

Made in Turkey

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2014
"From the Hittite deities carved on tiles in the 18th century BC, to the arabesque floral pottery that adorned the Ottoman court, Turkey has a rich heritage that informs its newer ceramics..."

A Unique Decorative Arts Collection

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2014
"Collectors of Art Nouveau and Art Deco masterpieces are in for an uncommon treat, as the entire contents of Félix and Noelle Marcilhacs’ private collection will soon be put on sale..."

Investing in Single Malt Scotch

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2014
"When it comes to alternative investments, fine wine is often hailed as a lucrative choice. But now there’s another alcoholic beverage that is skyrocketing in value for investors. Whisky..."

Killarney City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, December 2013
"The town’s natural surroundings, including woodland, lakes and high peaks, are top draws - though its 19th-century architecture, narrow cobbled streets and lively pub culture also help..."

Cologne City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, December 2013
"Cologne''s long and fascinating history has given the city a distinctive charm - the towering cathedral, medieval marketplace and grand old buildings sit alongside new office blocks..."

St Moritz: Switzerland’s Winter Wonderland

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"It all began with a wager. In September 1864, the St Moritz hotelier Johannes Badrutt bet four guests that if they returned to the town in winter, they'd enjoy it even more than in summer..."

Investing in Croatia’s Coastline

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"Tourism is already a well-developed industry, with visitors flowing in to see the Renaissance towns and the Istrian and Dalmatian coasts, so real estate investment's the natural next step..."

London’s Secret Silver Mine

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"London is potted with subterranean surprises, from cavernous wine bars to wartime bunkers. Yet of all the city’s underground revelations, the London Silver Vaults is the most decadent..."

A Vintage Investment

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"Whenever you throw a dinner party, there's always one self-professed oenophile, who sips the wine and smacks their lips, while rattling off obscure terms from Abfüllung to Zymology..."

A Pre-Raphaelite Love Story

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
“Rossetti first noticed Jane Morris, a stableman’s daughter, while attending the theatre in 1837. He would use her as the model for his new series of paintings of the enigmatic Proserpine..."

Harrods’ Exclusive New Whisky Collection

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2013
"The palates of single malt connoisseurs will be tingling at news of the latest whisky venture at the renowned Knightsbridge retailer Harrods. It's called The Dalmore Paterson Collection.."

Hamburg City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, October 2013
"Germany’s Gateway to the World, Hamburg is the country's biggest port; the second largest in Europe. It is proud of its mercantile background, which created much of the city's wealth..."

Prague’s TV Tower Airs Luxury Makeover

An article for Brummell Magazine, October 2013
"Since its completion in the early 1990s, Zizkov Television Tower has been perhaps Prague’s most conspicuous and contentious work of architecture. But now it has been reimagined...."

Friedrichshafen City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, October 2013
"A university town on the northern side of Lake Constance, Friedrichshafen boasts incredibly picturesque surroundings and an ideal location for trips into nearby Switzerland and Austria..."

Express Guide to Dubrovnik

A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
“Dubrovnik's a uniquely beautiful city in a stunning natural setting. 14th century walls enclose an assembly of immaculately-preserved limestone buildings with bright terracotta roof tiles..."

Express Guide to Barcelona

A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
"Set apart from the rest of Espana by its distinctive Catalan culture, this dynamic metropolis manages to seamlessly straddle the divide between the traditional and the contemporary..."

Fine Design at The Augustine in Prague

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The moment the door swings open, guests are reassured they are in for a treat. Beyond the threshold lies a luxurious living room, with an iron staircase spiraling up through the ceiling..."

Express Guide to Verona

A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
“Ever since Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, this Northern Italian city has been etched into the world’s consciousness as a city of love. Yet Verona is often overlooked by tourists..."

High Bids for Old Masters

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"A selection of works, including rare specimens from the 16th and 17th centuries, were sold at Sotheby's for a total of $50.5 million – comfortably within the evening’s pre-sale estimate..."

Splendor at Sea: A Cruise on the MS Europa 2

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The stunning suite around me is remarkably roomy, with a generous floor space of 28 square meters split between a large bedroom-slash-living room and a rather substantial bathroom..."

Express Guide to Rome

A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
“The Italian capital has always been at the centre of the civilised world, first as the heart of the Roman Empire, and then as the papal seat. So it's a city chock-full of fine cultural attractions..."

Tour Odéon: Dazzling New Heights in Monaco

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"Home to towering casinos and yacht-filled marinas, this tiny but picturesque principality is squeezed into under 500 acres, yet it has a strong standing in the global property market..."

Thoughtful Luxury with Oliver Burns

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2013
"The London-based interior design and architectural firm Oliver Burns has only been around for a decade, yet the high-end company's already been captivating audiences worldwide..."

Express Guide to Palma de Mallorca

A destination guide for The Express and Monarch Airlines, September 2013
“Many visitors to Majorca will head immediately to the beach resorts. Yet its capital, Palma, is a wonderfully eclectic city that incorporates cosmopolitan vitality with a relaxed island vibe..."

Dortmund City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, August 2013
"Known throughout Germany as Westphalia’s green metropolis, this thriving city at the west of the country is also famed for its thirst-quenching breweries and its fashionable football club..."

Ultimate Bachelor Pads Around the World

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"There are many varied elements that go into making the ultimate bachelor pad, from interior design to the gadgets and gizmos. However, the top of the list should always be location..."

Zermatt: A Deluxe Swiss Investment

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
“Skiing in winter, hiking in spring, mountain biking in summer and mushroom-picking in fall – the list of opportunities is endless at this luxury chalet set in the side of a Swiss mountain...”

Amsterdam Waterway Walk

An audio guided tour for Cities Talking, July 2013
“Take a seat on one of the benches directly opposite Anne Frank's House, and let me tell you a little about this brave young girl, whose thoughtful writings captured the world’s attention…”

The Human Touch: A Geneva Exhibition

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
“Museums typically chart the past; rarely do they linger on human emotion, or offer messages of future optimism. Yet this is exactly what Geneva's Humanitarian Adventure sets out to do..."

Repurposing London with Edo Mapelli Mozzi

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"In London, real estate comes at a premium, so repurposing old buildings is a commonplace solution. Property developer Mapelli Mozzi is transforming a club into an ultra-luxury home..."

Prague Castle District Walk

An audio guided tour for Cities Talking, July 2013
“Charles actually started building St. Vitus cathedral at the behest of his father John, who had, by this point, gone blind. If you think John had a peaceful death, however, you'd be wrong…”

Collectible Cars At The Salon Privé

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
“As the summer draws to a close, many of the world’s most valuable vintage vehicles shall be making their way to London for the Salon Privé motor show, running from 4 to 6 September…”

Finding the Perfect Trophy Home

An article for Private Air Magazine, July 2013
"Whether it’s a private mansion encompassing miles of shoreline, a historic manor surrounded by emerald lawns and green forests, or an ultra-chic metropolitan pad at the heart of things..."

Bruges Medieval City Walk

An audio guided tour for Cities Talking, June 2013
“Burg Square symbolises the alliance of religious and civic authorities within Bruges, and it is one of the earliest-inhabited areas of the city, dating back to the second and third centuries…”

Budapest Castle District Walk

An audio guided tour for Cities Talking, June 2013
"Welcome to the beautiful city of Budapest. Or, more specifically, Buda, as you now stand on the west bank of the river Danube. Look east, over the fine Chain Bridge, and there's Pest…”

Scotland’s Idyllic Isles

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
“Chilly, rain-soaked, barren: the islands off Scotland's western coast conjure up an eccentric vision of paradise. But two tiny Caledonian isles have been catching the eyes of investors..."

Investment in Iceland: Are the Doors Open?

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"A barren, windy corner of northeastern Iceland may not sound like prime real estate, but for Huang Nubo, it is the glittering prize at the end of a very long, costly and fraught campaign..."

The World’s Most Secluded Island Retreats

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"Sometimes luxury can seem so much more divine when you are hundreds of thousands of kilometres from everyday life, secreted among one of the planet’s most secluded islands..."

Eastern Europe’s Gastronomic Renaissance

An article for Vertu Select, April 2013
"Eastern Europe may have established a reputation for hearty, rather than haute, cuisine, but now things are changing. There's a culinary revolution afoot in this corner of the continent..."

Amsterdam City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, April 2013
"Amsterdam's renowned museums and trademark coffee shops are popular daytime haunts, while the crowds more commonly flock to the bars and clubs around the squares at night..."

Louis Vuitton Finally Arrives in Poland

An article for Vertu Select, April 2013
“The world’s most valuable brand - Louis Vuitton - is to open its doors to Poland's chic elite, with its inaugural store soon opening in Warsaw. The question is: why did it take so long?…”

The World’s Best Airport Architecture

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2013
"For the majority of the 20th century, airport terminals were built for function - safe, efficient and uninspiring buildings made to deliver people from road to runway. But that's changed..."

London’s Most Expensive Residences

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2013
“Ask any Londoner and they will tell you the city has always been a pricy place to purchase your home. But in the last three years, property prices have soared to astronomical levels…”

Prague: The Royal Route Walk

An audio walking tour for Prague Tourism, February 2013
“Between the 15th and 19th centuries, Czech monarchs on the way to their coronations would process along the 'Royal Route', which leads from the Royal Court right up to Prague Castle..."

Prague: The Malá Strana Walk

An audio walking tour for Prague Tourism, February 2013
"It might translate as the Lesser Town in English, but Malá Strana is one of Prague’s premier attractions. Initially established as a town in 1257, it flourished during the reign of Charles I..."

A Cut Above at London’s Shard

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2013
“It has been gradually slicing its way up London’s skyline for more than three years now, and The Shard - Renzo Piano's jagged glass monolith - finally welcomes its first tenants in 2013…”

Bordeaux to Toulouse Cycle Tour

A cycling tour itinerary for Cyclomundo, January 2013
“There is no greater way to get to the heart of southern France than to cycle through its heart. Begin in the wine-growing town of Bordeaux and end in the cultural metropolis of Toulouse..."

The Circle: A New Form of Airport Architecture

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2013
"Architect Riken Yamamoto believes airports should not merely be transport hubs, but multi-purpose centers for the world to share. And he's showing the way with The Circle in Zurich..."

Britain’s Exclusive Beach Hut Boom

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2013
“It seems like a bargain: £245,000 for a historic home that offers unrivaled views of the Devon coast. Yet this property measures just 23 by six feet. It's Britain's most expensive beach hut..."

Introductory Walk of Prague

An audio walking tour for Prague Tourism, January 2013
“One of the first things you’ll notice about Wenceslas Square is that it isn’t much of a square at all - it is more like a long boulevard. In fact, the square only earned its current name in 1848..."

Albania: The Foreign Investment of the Decade?

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2013
"Sunlight creeps into the cracks between the wooden stalls, and the Old Bazaar stirs into life. Shutters are slid open, shelves are straightened and scarves are suspended from ceilings..."

Russia’s Growing Luxury Car Market

An article for Vertu Select, January 2013
“Europe may be in the midst of its worse economic downturn in a century, but in Moscow you would be hard-pressed to notice. There have never been more luxe cars on Russian roads…”

Prague Airport Renamed After Vaclav Havel

An article for Vertu Select, December 2012
"Ever since the much-loved former Czech dissident, poet and politician Václav Havel died in December last year, the country has been looking for a suitable way to commemorate him..."

Sapsan: Russia’s Speedy Success

An article for Vertu Select, November 2012
“It one took eight hours for trains to cover the 650 kilometers from Moscow to St. Petersburg. In 2009, Vladimir Putin halved the time with the launch of a luxury high-speed train, Sapsan…”

Ukraine Again: Is Real Estate Investment Back?

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2012
“In October, the Ukrainian government passed a law that allows non-citizens to become land owners when buying real estate. But is Ukrainian property a good investment for foreigners…”