CHARLIE ROPER: JEWELLERY FOR THE HOME

THERE’S A FAMOUS STORY of a woman who approached Picasso in a restaurant, asked him to scribble something on a napkin, and said she would be happy to pay whatever he felt it was worth. Picasso complied and then said, “That will be $10,000.” “But you did that in thirty seconds,” the astonished woman replied. […]

ROCK STARS OF HOSPITALITY: OUR DAY IN L.A.

If you like falling asleep to the sound of the waves when visiting LA, you can either rent a beach house just north of the city or book a suite at The Malibu Beach Inn; this recently refurbished 5* hotel is the closest to the surf anywhere along the coast. The hotel is positioned directly […]

TAKE ME BACK TO THE TIME WE MET…

TAKE ME BACK TO THE TIME WE MET… IT MAY HAVE BEEN DAY TIME, OR NIGHT TIME, OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH – when I think back on the highlights of any of my trips to review a hotel or restaurant, my memories are made up of sunsets, sparkling ocean, fabulous cuisine, beautiful decor, convivial […]

BON SOIR, PARIS! LAST OF THE SUMMER RAYS

WHEN THE CRILLON on Place De La Concorde in Paris reopened after lockdown, the hotel adapted quickly to the new normality by offering their guests and VIP visitors exactly what they most wanted – outdoor cocktails and canapés in a laid back setting where they could socialise freely and watch the sun go down with […]

‘WHEN A TORNADO MEETS A VOLCANO’

Allegra Handelsman has inherited many of the fine qualities that took her parents to huge success – on first appearance, she has the cool, calm, demure and modest demeanour of her mother, top lifestyle PR Elizabeth Crompton-Batt; dig a little deeper and Allegra has all the independence, resilience and dynamism of her father, leading developer […]

EASIGRASS: ROLLING OUT THE GREEN CARPET

“STROLLING THROUGH JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG in Paris on my way to do a work out, I was pondering on the new and necessary ‘pavement cafe culture’ that’s evolved over the past summer in London. For all time, Europeans have maximised the use of their outside space, mainly because their weather lends itself to it and […]

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