Sweet Sixteen: Delightful Charm in South Kensington

Kit Kemp’s done it again. Or more accurately, she’s re-done it again. The woman who brought modern elegance and a great night’s sleep to London with the Haymarket and Charlotte Street Hotels, and who persuaded New York to at least rest its head comfortably in the Crosby Street Hotel, has returned to splash some more…
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Bullet Proof Fashions

Everyone likes adding on a few extras when they order their new car, that’s half the fun. The question is, where do you stop? If you are buying a new 7-series direct from BMW, pay another 600 and you get a phone in the back a good idea because in a car like this, you’re…
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The Colonel – Clubbed to Death

“Not flying today, Colonel?” I asked. Now aged 67, the Colonel still spends a month of each year in the air. After 30 years distinguished service (in “the last remaining Regiment never to have been involved in either a TV series or a scandal involving one of the Royal Household staff”), he is now trotting…
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Best Room in the House: Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco

When you walk into the horse shoe-shaped lobby, you couldn’t possibly criticise the correctness of the greeting from the staff arranged around you. It’s duly deferential, perhaps sometimes almost chirpy when the sun’s out, but it’d never stray into familiarity; I noticed I was wiping my feet an extra couple of times before I stepped…
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Hotel Nevaï, Verbier

Why, when you build a new house, do you have to place the plug sockets halfway up the wall? So as not to discriminate against disabled people, obviously. It’s a piece of over-thought, under-considered Local Government-sponsored discrimination that manages, in the style of a pubescently-retarded Chinese gymnast, to simultaneously leap forward and reach high in…
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The Comfortable Cutting Edge of Internal Flying

As I’m writing this, I’m getting a little high. The Captain’s informed us we’re now out of San Francisco airspace, well soon be up at 37,000ft and that means New York is 5 hours away. The WiFi’s strong, the onboard entertainment is booted up and in about 570 words time, I’ll be kicking back to…
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Cassa New York Residences

This new complex may not be the poshest on the block but with big, comfy rooms and a solid location it should make a mint. So long as the owners keep the grouting clean. Unless they suddenly get greedy, the owners of New York’s Cassa Residences should make pretty good money for the next 15…
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Sun Never Sets on BA Terminal 5

I bumped into Colonel Sir Timothy Trimley (Retd.-9th Kings Own Lancers) at the Club the other day and he opened by asking me, Do you like cuddles? Curious question, but then, curious chap, the Colonel. He suggested I get my answer straight, now that BA have finally ironed out all the wrinkles and its safe to…
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I Knows What I Likes: The Arts Club, London

Art predates agriculture. And still none of us is sure what it’s for. Like religion, all civilisations have it. But still we don’t know why we need it. Anthropologists say our species started the moment when we showed the first observable sign of being separate, different, from the other primates. That moment, 40,000 years ago,…
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Sir Bani Yas, Abu Dhabi

Back in December 2010, LUSSO reviewed the Sir Bani Yas island resort off the coast of Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s more cultural Emirate. We noted that whenever one of the world’s richest men allows the merely ‘moderately wealthy’ to play with their toys, it’s cause for excitement. But at Sir Bani Yas, there’s lots more…
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