Posts Tagged ‘was’

Ship-shape on the south coast

Ship-shape on the south coast

Mary Rose was the pride of the Royal Navy and Henry VIII’s favourite warship until she sank during the Battle of the Solent in 1545. The ship’s discovery in the 1970s has been hailed as one of the most important archaeological finds in British history, and the recovery of her hull from the seabed in 1982 is the largest to have ever taken place. (more…)

Stay in a movie legends French hideaway

Stay in a movie legends French hideaway

This beautifully converted French mill was once the retreat of legendary British film director Sir David Lean. The film-maker, who was best known for directing all-time classic movies like Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, described it as “somewhere to lie down in the grass under an olive tree and look up through its silver green leaves and gaze at the blue sky.”

The house, Moulin du Jardinier, was purchased by Lean as a ruin in 1987 and completely renovated over two years. (more…)

Grand designs in New York

Grand designs in New York

Check into the pop-up hotel that’s also an art installation at Frieze New York.

In 1971, Al’s Grand Hotel opened on Sunset Boulevard. It had seven rooms, a bar and maid service and a lobby lounge where any old Joe could check in ($30 for the Bridal Suite!) – but Al’s was no ordinary hotel. (more…)

An eighties revival for Bistrotheque

An eighties revival for Bistrotheque

Restaurants in Residence, a month-long celebration of London’s pop-up restaurants, reached its climax this weekend with a one-off version of Bistrotheque – one of East London’s coolest eateries. (more…)

Dinner time at Mandarin Oriental

Dinner time at Mandarin Oriental

To open one of the most talked about restaurants of the year in Bar Boulud is a tasty hotel trump card; to now fanfare in a second is just plain greedy. But the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London certainly has an appetite for good food. (more…)

Noma named Worlds Best Restaurant – again

Noma named Worlds Best Restaurant - again

Noma in Copenhagen has won the title of World’s Best Restaurant for the third consecutive year. The title is a triumph for head chef Rene Redzepi and his team, who will bring their culinary magic to London’s Claridge’s hotel for the 2012 Olympics. (more…)

Fairy tale in the Seychelles

Fairy tale in the Seychelles

A tiny atoll in the Seychelles has been turned into an exclusive private island resort. The newly created Enchanted Island Resort – real name Round Island – is little more than a tuft of greenery in the Indian Ocean, five acres big (about the size of two Trafalgar Squares) and just off the coast of Mahe. (more…)

Tried and tested

Tried and tested

Rosewood London is one of the capital’s grandest Edwardian buildings – comparable to One Aldwych – at 252 High Holborn. English Heritage was involved in the renovation of the neoclassical building, whose entry is through an imposing arch that leads to a courtyard with a domed peak. (more…)

The Hot List 2010: the party

The Hot List 2010: the party

On Tuesday night, Conde Nast Traveller hosted a party to celebrate the Hot List 2010. Held at London’s cool new restaurant, Aqua Nueva on Regent Street, the room was heaving with the great and the good from the travel world, and talk was abuzz with which hoteliers had managed to attend in spite of the volcanic ash cloud that had closed British air space. (more…)

Golden years

Golden years

1963 was quite a year. Martin Luther had a dream, Beatlemania began, and in the UK the Profumo affair was splashed across the newspapers. Meanwhile, in a then British-ruled Hong Kong, the director of public works was frantically trying to plan where to build next to continue the island’s economic growth, such was the speed with which this unique island colony was booming. (more…)

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