North America


Nearly 140 years ago, the area’s original 44 settlers christened it El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (Town of our Lady the Queen of Angels of the River Porciúncula). Today, that number’s grown to some four million Angelenos – packed into nearly 1 295km2, few of whom know every inch of the city, LA.

Sure, everyone thinks they know Los Angeles: the sun-kissed beaches full of six-pack-boasting hunks and bikini beauties, every bartender or server an actress, musician, model or writer a whisker away from fame, and the possibility of seeing a movie star…
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The borough of Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the USA, being home to immigrants from all over the globe. It’s the second-most densely populated borough (after Brooklyn), with over 2 million residents in 2015, almost 50% of them foreign-born, so it deserves its designation as a “melting pot”, with its ever-growing variety of restaurants, boutiques, modern art museums and – of late – design-forward hotels.

Here’s why you should visit Queens now:


Known for its bustling and diverse food scene, thanks to various ethnic enclaves which include large Indian,…
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City Guide: Williamsburg

Wyeth hotel. Image by Frances Janisch

The view of Brooklyn from the top of the Wythe Hotel. Image by Frances Janisch

There was a time when Manhattanites wouldn’t dare cross the bridge to Brooklyn. Nowadays, however, no visit to New York is complete without a trip to the seriously hip neighbourhood of Williamsburg.

You can hail a cab or walk over the Williamsburg Bridge, but the easiest way to reach this happening Brooklyn neighbourhood from Manhattan is on the L train. It’s the most entertaining mode of transport too. Unlike New…
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City Guide: Washington

Lounge, 14th & V (2)

Lounge restaurant and bar on 14th and V, a great place to hang out in Washington.

Founded in 1791 by first American President George Washington, the city exists under the federal rule of the District of Columbia, yet doesn’t form part of any state in the country. This offbeat jurisdiction could be one of the reasons it attracts creatives and intellectuals like New York Times Chief National Correspondent Mark Leibovich, Alan Davidson, former Director of Public Policy at Google and controversial British writer Christopher Hitchens,…
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