ALL EYES HAVE BEEN ON LONDON this year. The city tops many a traveler’s list of favorite or must-visit destinations, but this year’s splash has at least a little something to do with an American-actress-turned-royal and the fairy-tale romance of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan.
But go beyond the glitzy gates of Kensington Palace and discover a different side of London, especially for repeat visitors. I’d spent months in London, but it wasn’t until my last visit that I explored Shoreditch in more depth. Far removed from its seedy past — this was the territory of Jack the Ripper in the 1800s — and flush from the gentrification that followed the influx of British artists in the 1990s, today’s Shoreditch is a bit more moneyed and boasts some of the city’s finest restaurants and upscale cocktail bars while maintaining touches of its grittier, industrial vibe.
Stay in Shoreditch and you can still explore the surrounding neighborhoods and London’s iconic highlights. From my base at The Curtain, a 12-minute walk brought me to Liverpool Tube Station and its multiple lines, meaning most of the city’s crown jewels were within an easy ride on the underground.
The accommodation options in Shoreditch match the area’s clientele — a mix of creatives and businesspeople of varying ages. Other properties include Ace Hotel London, Shoreditch House and Nobu Hotel Shoreditch.
The industrial-style warehouses and buildings of the Shoreditch of yore are today transformed into lofts, office buildings, restaurants and clubs, many adorned with colorful street art that adds a bit of edge and life, again complementing the area culture. Learn more during one of the many street art tours on offer.
Along the well-known Brick Lane, punctuate tastes of the authentic curry for which London is known with visits to the surrounding shops and galleries. The neighborhood is also regarded for its Vietnamese cuisine. Higher-end restaurants pair nicely with the cozier, established eateries; consider Rochelle Canteen, Merchants Tavern, The Clove Club, Smokestak, Hoi Polloi and Red Rooster.
Shop during a visit to Boxpark, a pop-up mall housed in former shipping containers, or find something for each member of your group at Spitalfields Market, a hallmark of East London. Galleries, exhibits and unique boutiques line the streets of this former artists’ enclave.
Depending on the weather, end your evening overlooking the neighborhood you’ve just uncovered with a royal of a different sort. Queen of Hoxton, a bar, nightclub, roof terrace and performance space, reigns as a Shoreditch signature and an embodiment of the East End culture.
Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort’s acclaimed Anantara Spa incorporates indigenous practices from world traditions, offering signature experiences individually personalized. And now, two renowned healers, experts in holistic, natural approaches to healing mind, body and spirit, join the celebrated Ibu Jero, High Priestess of Balinese Healers, at the spa.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
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While the lure of 10 tasting rooms along the only Urban Bourbon Trail in the United States (and the world) brings almost 19 million visitors to Louisville each year, business and city leaders have plans to grow the city to attract another type of visitor — the sports enthusiast.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
This holiday season, award-winning oceanfront hotel Prince Waikiki will partner with Miracle Bar’s Sippin’ Santa, making it the first time the state of Hawai’i has hosted a Miracle Bar pop-up. The hotel will turn its outdoor space into a tiki-themed winter wonderland furnished with both classic and Hawai’ian-inspired holiday decorations. The exclusive holiday cocktail event will be open Dec. 1–31, daily 4–10 p.m.
If you’ve ever dreamt of experiencing the good life of Florence’s great families — but in a modern context — Antica Torre di Via Tournabuoni 1 more than fulfills the requirements. The former private villa in its newly reinvigorated state (completed during the pandemic) offers a full-on Florentine immersion, whether you are traveling on business, pleasure or some mix of both. The location (the physical and cultural center of Florence) and the mid-13th-century building’s conversation-starting pedigree (built by the Guelf-Ruggerini family and owned by the Gianfigliazzi family) are two of the most important selling points. However, it’s what the current management has done to make the property relevant to 21st-century travelers that makes it worth checking into.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
Research conducted by money.co.uk reveals, out of 40 global cities reviewed, the 10 best cities in the world for art and culture lovers, with four of the top 10 located in the United States. The rankings factored in the number of art galleries, museums, monuments, street art and architecturally notable buildings.