SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY AND CITIES HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE INSPIRING. BEYOND THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE, YOU CAN DISCOVER OUR FAVOURITE SPOTS IN THESE ESCAPE-CATIONS. FROM ASIA TO EUROPE, THERE IS PLENTY TO PIQUE YOUR INTEREST AND GIVE YOU A LITTLE NUDGE TO PLAN THAT CITY BREAK.
What to do? Dine at the Hall of Mirrors in Clärchens Ballhaus established in 1913 with its beautiful, haunting mirror clad walls which remains mostly untouched. Most Sunday evenings, jazz and classical chamber concerts take place in these ‘vestiges of imperial Berlin in a series of Sonntagskonzerten.’
Where to stay? Soho House, Berlin. Soho House was founded in London in 1995 as a home from home for people working in the creative fields and has since placed itself firmly in the best, most vibrant cities in the world. Soho House offers stylish twists of modern art juxtaposed with Art Deco detailing with luxury rooms and lofts right in the heart of Berlin’s most central borough, Mitte.
What to pack? Pair your off-duty denim look with a chic coral Stella McCartney ‘Falabella’ bag to explore this creative and dynamic city.
What to do? See Lisbon from above at the Santa Justa elevator and savour the incredible picturesque views of the medieval rooftops and pastel hued buildings. It was built in 1902 by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard who was a student of the great engineer and architect, Gustave Eiffel (creator of the Eiffel Tower). After studying under Gustave, Raul returned to his home city of Lisbon to design his own iron masterpiece: the Santa Justa elevator which is a sensational example of early modern age engineering.
Where to stay? The York House, Lisbon. The York House Lisboa, a historic hotel, is located only 10 minutes from Lisbon downtown, close to the Ancient Art National Museum and to the traditional and celebrated Lapa quarter. Guests will be mesmerized by the striking Matisse blue walls that greet you upon arrival, alongside the stone staircase which leads to a quaint city garden terrace.
What to pack? You won’t go wrong with an oversized Céline tote bag. The soft stone coloured canvas bag is perfect for a city meets beach getaway. Accessorize it with a pair of stylish mirrored Linda Farrow sunglasses for an effortlessly cool approach.
What to do? Get lost in Bukchon Hanok Village, considered one of the most picturesque neighbourhoods in the world. The traditional Korean village has been preserved for 600 years to showcase a traditional environment, composed of many small alleys, teahouses and classical wooden houses. Enjoy wandering through the quaint courtyards, art galleries and restaurants.
Where to stay? Glad Live, Seoul. Located in Seoul’s fashion-conscious and trendy Gangnam district. Glad Live is ‘a beacon of vibrancy that serves as an urban playground for cosmopolitan revelers. Offering a “curated lifestyle” that is in full harmony with Seoul’s chic nightlife experiences one finds exhibitions of contemporary art and design on the hotel’s 20th floor, accompanied by live music.’
What to pack? Stand out from the crowd in a bold ruby red Loewe ‘Hammock’ bag finished with a contrasting white playful, calf leather elephant keyring. Be sure to turn heads carrying yours.