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Welcome to a world of travel, entertainment and culture, curated from a global collective of writers, photojournalists and artists. Each article of our award-winning magazine is sure to inspire, no matter which of our destinations you call home.

February 2015

Lunch with Simon Rogan at The Cornerhouse, Manchester

Kaye Martindale talks to Simon Rogan, one of the UK’s most creative chefs, over a plate of ragu at Manchester’s The Cornerhouse. Its restaurant’s head chef, Carlton Anglin, is faced with the daunting task of cooking for a man whose restaurants have a total of three Michelin stars, and include Lake District destination restaurant, L’Enclume

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The London West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Only steps away from the famed Sunset Strip, The London West Hollywood merges its quintessential British character – aristocratic touches and bulldog statues – with the allure of Old Hollywood – plush velvet sofas, teal leather and polished marble surfaces. Recently added to the 200-room hotel are 16 luxury vista suites designed by the David Collins Studio, along with five Gate Suites, named after the gates of London’s Hyde Park


Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman

Perched on the side of a cliff in the Hajar Mountains, 2,000 metres above sea level and Alila Jabal Akhdar is certainly in a prime location. Inspired by Omani forts and built from light-coloured local stone and dark wood using traditional Omani techniques, the property eschews the gaudy trappings so often associated with luxury for a neutral colour palette and an elegant, minimalist design aesthetic


Arts District, Los Angeles

Los Angeles’ Arts District draws you into its maze of warehouses and factories covered in eye-catching street art. Once an industrial hub, then a haven for artists, the past decade has seen this Downtown LA (DTLA) enclave flourish into an epicentre of all things culinary and crafty. Restaurateurs, gallerists and artisans thrive in this burgeoning neighbourhood, as does Hollywood’s A-list


68 Degrees North, Norway

Mats KahlstrÖm hits the road to document a spectacular surf trip to Norway’s Lofoten Islands. He says: “Snowflakes swirl up from the tracks, occasionally revealing a sign on the old station building: Kiruna. I started my journey four-and-a-half hours ago, upon receiving numerous phone-­calls from a good friend, during which he talked excitingly about a big swell supposed to hit the north of Norway”


Taste of Stockholm - Wallenbergare at Opera Bar

Opened in 1905, Opera Bar is a Stockholm institution, and chef Gustaf Nathorst and his team specialise in traditional dishes, or Husmankost, including this “posh Swedish hamburger”. While there is a story behind all iconic dishes, Wallenbergare has more than just one. Two of the stories suggest it originated in the 1930s, and that it was created for Marcus Wallenberg, head of Sweden’s dynastic financial family

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Halkin by Como, London

The Halkin stakes a claim as London’s very first boutique hotel, housed in one of the capital’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, Belgravia, the Georgian-style property is, as you’d expect for such surroundings, elegant, impressive and a tad exclusive. That exclusivity means peace and quiet – no bad thing in our book – and a clientele largely made up of groups from the Middle East, Russia and, perhaps, the odd passing movie star


Handmade From Tanzania Oyster Bay, Dar Es Salaam

Helen Espey’s most vivid memory of first visiting Tanzania in 1993, when her architect husband, John, was stationed in Dar es Salaam on a six-month contract, was “sitting on the shores of Oyster Bay as a dhow drifted by silhouetted against the sparkling Indian ocean”. In hindsight it was a prophetic moment. The couple settled in the city’s Oyster Bay neighbourhood, where Helen eventually started her business in 2000


Bookshop Dubai

Tucked away amongst the glistening towers of Dubai’s financial district, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), devotees of the printed page will find Bookshop – a veritable treasure trove of difficult to source books exploring Middle Eastern and North African culture. The independent store-café specialises in both new and used publications in Arabic and English, including vintage fiction and non-fiction finds

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