• Raffles Hotel – Singapore

    Raffles Hotel – Singapore

    Raffles Hotel in Singapore, is one of the few remaining great nineteenth century hotels in the world – how lucky we are still to have it. Hence it was with great trepidation that we revisited the hotel after its latest, two year long, renovation. Over $150 million in petrodollars – courtesy […]

  • The State Dining Room. 
Credit: Royal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019.

    Summer Opening at Buckingham Palace: Queen Victoria’s Palace

    To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, a special exhibition: Queen Victoria’s Palace at this years Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace, will tell the story of how the young monarch turned the unloved royal residence into the centre of the social, cultural and official life of […]

  • Manchester International Festival 2019

    Manchester International Festival 2019

    This year’s Manchester International Festival (MIF19) which ran from 4 – 21 July, was one of the city’s most exciting and compelling to date. Beginning with Yoko Ono’s Bells For Peace: the artist encouraged people to join in the free event at Cathedral Gardens, by each bringing a bell and ringing […]

  • The Westbury Hotel, The Doyle Collection – Dublin

    The Westbury Hotel, The Doyle Collection – Dublin

    The westbury Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of Dublin. Briefly explore the centre of Dublin and you will quickly realise the prime area to stay. Somewhere close to the verdant expanse of St Stephens Green perhaps, near to the vibrant creative quarter and nightlife of Temple Bar, within strolling distance of the historic Trinity College and Dublin Castle whilst having easy access to the shopping of Grafton Street.

  • Cindy Sherman – The National Portrait Gallery

    Cindy Sherman – The National Portrait Gallery

    If ever there was a perfect show for the National Portrait Gallery, then surely this is it. In gallery after gallery we see Cindy Sherman in all her guises and disguises – she occupies hosts of characters from enigmatic film stars to ageing flappers, via Renaissance royalty and vulnerable models. […]

  • Van Gogh and Britain – Tate Britain, London

    Van Gogh and Britain – Tate Britain, London

    ‘I love London’ Vincent Van Gogh wrote to his brother during his on and off stays between the spring of 1873 and the winter of 1876. Van Gogh and Britain looks to expand on this in the first half of this exhibition, claiming his stay exerted a deep artistic influence […]

  • The Hermosa Inn – Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Arizona

    The Hermosa Inn – Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Arizona

    Hummingbirds flit around our our heads and water cascades from 16th century style fountains as we stroll along flower lined paths to our casita. Beyond there are desert cacti and red sandstone peaks. This is luxury living, Paradise Valley style. In the Greater Phoenix Area and adjacent to attractive Scottsdale, […]

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Raffles Hotel – Singapore

Raffles Hotel – Singapore

Raffles Hotel in Singapore, is one of the few remaining great nineteenth century hotels in the world – how lucky we are still to have it. Hence it was with great trepidation that we revisited the hotel after its latest, two year long, renovation. Over $150 million in petrodollars – courtesy […]

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Arts & Culture, Books

Martin Gayford – Modernists & Mavericks and Man with a Blue Scarf

Martin Gayford – Modernists & Mavericks and Man with a Blue Scarf

Martin Gayford is a formidable voice in the record of 20th century British art. Alongside a deep scholarly knowledge gleaned from his studies at Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute as well as art critic for The Telegraph, Bloomberg and Spectator, he has developed long and fruitful relationships with very […]

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The State Dining Room. 
Credit: Royal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019.

Summer Opening at Buckingham Palace: Queen Victoria’s Palace

To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, a special exhibition: Queen Victoria’s Palace at this years Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace, will tell the story of how the young monarch turned the unloved royal residence into the centre of the social, cultural and official life of […]

by × August 1, 2019 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Manchester International Festival 2019

Manchester International Festival 2019

This year’s Manchester International Festival (MIF19) which ran from 4 – 21 July, was one of the city’s most exciting and compelling to date. Beginning with Yoko Ono’s Bells For Peace: the artist encouraged people to join in the free event at Cathedral Gardens, by each bringing a bell and ringing […]

by × July 29, 2019 × 0 comments

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The Westbury Hotel, The Doyle Collection – Dublin

The Westbury Hotel, The Doyle Collection – Dublin

The westbury Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of Dublin. Briefly explore the centre of Dublin and you will quickly realise the prime area to stay. Somewhere close to the verdant expanse of St Stephens Green perhaps, near to the vibrant creative quarter and nightlife of Temple Bar, within strolling distance of the historic Trinity College and Dublin Castle whilst having easy access to the shopping of Grafton Street.

by × July 23, 2019 × 0 comments

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Cindy Sherman – The National Portrait Gallery

Cindy Sherman – The National Portrait Gallery

If ever there was a perfect show for the National Portrait Gallery, then surely this is it. In gallery after gallery we see Cindy Sherman in all her guises and disguises – she occupies hosts of characters from enigmatic film stars to ageing flappers, via Renaissance royalty and vulnerable models. […]

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Exhibitionism: 50 Years of the Museum at FIT

Exhibitionism: 50 Years of the Museum at FIT

Exhibitionism: 50 Years of the Museum at FIT celebrates the 50th anniversary of “the most fashionable museum in New York City”. Founded in 1969 by the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Museum at FIT is a specialized fashion museum best known for its innovative and award-winning exhibitions. Since its inception, the […]

by × July 3, 2019 × 0 comments

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Van Gogh and Britain – Tate Britain, London

Van Gogh and Britain – Tate Britain, London

‘I love London’ Vincent Van Gogh wrote to his brother during his on and off stays between the spring of 1873 and the winter of 1876. Van Gogh and Britain looks to expand on this in the first half of this exhibition, claiming his stay exerted a deep artistic influence […]

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The Hermosa Inn – Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Arizona

The Hermosa Inn – Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Arizona

Hummingbirds flit around our our heads and water cascades from 16th century style fountains as we stroll along flower lined paths to our casita. Beyond there are desert cacti and red sandstone peaks. This is luxury living, Paradise Valley style. In the Greater Phoenix Area and adjacent to attractive Scottsdale, […]

by × June 20, 2019 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Travel

Hotel Des Indes – Den Haag (The Hague), Netherlands

Hotel Des Indes – Den Haag (The Hague), Netherlands

The old adage is that Dutch people work in Rotterdam, play in Amsterdam and live in The Hague. We had never visited the Hague before and it was not long before we realised why it would be such a great place to call home. Missing the dreadful packed streets, tacky […]

by × May 30, 2019 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Conversations

The Gary Daly Conversation

The Gary Daly Conversation

Gary, exciting times and massive congratulations! Your new debut solo album, Gone From Here, is going to be released on 31 May. Can you share with us why you decided to make a solo album at this moment in time? I always imagined Eddie ( my partner in China Crisis ) […]

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Arts & Culture, Fashion

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams – V & A Museum, London

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams – V & A Museum, London

‘There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking.’ – Christian Dior – Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is the V&A’s biggest fashion exhibition since Alexander McQueen: […]

by × May 7, 2019 × 0 comments