If you’ve been in London, Paris, or NYC recently, you know, you can see and feel it. Rental prices are up, and scarce!, restaurants are buzzing, parks are lively, people are hugging and gathering. Our normality is almost back - the post-pandemic version of it at least, and it’s time to embrace the changes, many of which are for the better.
We’ve seen great strides in climate awareness - in hospitality, in transportation, and in design. We’ve seen glorious new restaurant openings and met chefs that have moved cities, changed their culinary concept and opted for vegan or zero waste offerings. We’ve watched artists that have moved locals, spreading their creativity, designing new installations, and hoteliers building new properties, offering new spaces, all inspired by the world’s changes.
If you’ve been on instagram, it’s hard to miss the wrapped L'Arc de Triomphe - designed by the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude - a notion that sometimes great ideas and talent live on.
In London, Frieze Art Fair is coming soon (October 13 - 17) in Regent’s Park. A buzzy new hotel has opened, named Beaverbrook Townhouse, Surrey’s country house gem’s little sister found a home on Sloane Street. On the restaurant scene - there’s a handful of new places to book, from Oxeye, to The Water House Project, and some great openings from summer that should be on your list - Lurra and Kol to name a few.
A newly-ish renovated village pub with rooms from ex-Babington House staff, the Bradley Hare is a stone’s throw from the historic Duchy of Somerset estate and Stourton National Trust, and a quick drive to Bruton or Frome.
Enjoy local beers and eclectic wines, savour exceptional food, and unwind in elegantly appointed rooms characterised by high ceilings, bay windows, modern art and 19th century furnishings. The rooms will be warmed by roaring fires in the colder months, and a large private garden boasts an Asado wood grill for warmer days.
Stay at the Forte family’s Palermo outpost, Villa Igiea, is the smartest address in town. With its Belle Epoque palazzo vibes, Olga Polizzi interior touches and magnificent pool overlooking a crumbling Greek ruin, it has the feeling of a bygone era.