All posts tagged: City breaks

The Stylish City Guide: Budapest

Quite simply, the most stylish city guide to Budapest ever written. Where to dance, drink, eat and relax all in one article.

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The Ultimate One Month Thailand Itinerary

Thailand is high up there on many people’s travel wish lists and it’s popularity is growing year on year. I had a bit of an up and down time there, but one thing is for sure, I felt like I went on a bout 5 different holidays. Each place I visited is so wildly different, and some of them were not at all the sun, sea and unprotected sex stereotype I had in my head. I have some really happy memories from my month here, and I’m not saying I’m a expert at all, but here is a fun month-long itinerary for anyone planning a trip to Thailand. Bangkok – 3 days You’ll probably fly into Bangkok so make the most of it. I found it very hot and crazy – it’s definitely not the most relaxing place but if you know where to look you can have lots of fun. Read my guide to Bangkok here   Chiang Mai – 4 days After Bangkok Chiang Mai is a welcome bit of calm, it’s such …

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48 Hours in Hauz Khas, New Delhi

My mate Akash told me that I had to visit Hauz Khas Village when I came to India, so I did and here’s what I found… GETTING THERE Get the Metro (yellow line) to Hauz Khas metro station, this cost me just 18p each way. Then get a tuk tuk as the walk is a little long, and not a particularly scenic one. Don’t pay more than 50IR to get to Hauz Khas village. If you must walk, just follow the road round to the left and I reckon it’d take 30 – 40 minutes. EATING The street food is plentiful and varied here, each district seems to have different dishes (so try them all). The prices are very cheap but go to the busiest stalls, they’re busy for a reason. And watch how much the locals pay so you don’t get given the tourist (higher) price. If you fancy something familiar there’s peri peri chicken, burger joints, pizzerias and crepe shops in Hauz Khaz, there is a definite European influence here, plus it’s one …

8 Reasons To Visit Istanbul, Like Now

 One of my favourite cities in the world is crazy, vibrant Istanbul, formerly Constantinople, formerly hub of the Ottoman Empire and oh so many other things. It’s where East meets West –  the only city in the world to straddle (ooh, er) two continents. Half is in Europe and the other bit is in Asia – which is pretty damn cool. There’s so much more so I’ll break it down list-form for ya…  1. Shopping I’m very into my ethnic jewellery and bags, and I also like things to be cheap; if this sounds like you too, Istanbul is the one! There are also lots of designer stores, high-street chains and a fab Sephora – it’s shopping heaven basically. 2. The famous Grand Bazaar This is the biggest market I’ve ever been to, it kind of looks like something out of Arabian Nights, and sells everything from rings, hookahs and ceramics to spices and knock-off designer handbags. Plus, if you’re willing to haggle (it’s fun, trust me. Start at 10% of the asking price and go no higher than 50%) it’s …

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The Hoxton Hotel, Holborn London

Smack bang in the centre of London Town, this is hotel full of character that you probably won’t want to check out of… What’s the hotel vibe? The Hoxton Holborn, much like it’s big sister in East London, is a creative’s dream. The foyer-cum-meeting area-cum-bar is an attractive New York-style large open plan space. It features ample comfortable seating, a mish-mash of sleek mid century furniture, modern armchairs and magazine-laden coffee tables. There’s original artwork adorning the walls and a well-stocked Vogue archive for us fashion types. If you want to get a bit of work done, there are Mac computers to use and free wi-fi if a laptop is more your thing. The beautiful bar is reasonably priced and does a wide range of beers and cocktails. If you want to eat, there’s Hubbard & Bell who also do the room service, plus a branch of Soho House Group’s Chicken Shop downstairs. There’s even a beauty parlour, Cheeky, which alongside beauty treatments, nails and makeup services sell amazing products should you want a bit …

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The Ace Hotel, Shoreditch London, UK

There are Ace Hotels the world over (well, the Western world) but this is a review of just one – I’m told they all have their own personality so I hope to visit the rest someday. What’s the hotel vibe? The Ace is a New York-style hotel that attracts creatives and artists (Skepta checked in right after me) with it’s laid-back atmosphere, great music and plenty of space to whip out your Macbook and do some work. The decor is quite masculine and industrial but very, very cool with lots of little touches, like a lot of greenery, a photobooth and fantastic juice bar, Lovage. The bar sells lots of local craft beers, the restaurant Hoi Polloi is fantastically good and you can rent a dreamy Tokyo bike during your stay too. It’s hard not to like Ace Hotel, especially at night when guests and civillians alike swarm to the foyer for drinks while listening to whoever happens to be on the decks that night. What are the rooms like? I stayed in a deluxe …