THE MOST ROYAL LONDON
London is quite possibly the most multifaceted city in Europe: perfect for those who love literature, for the museum-goers…, and yes, for the history buffs too. This summer London is more “royal” than ever and we have discovered all its secrets just for you.
Para: fans of symbols and tradition.
What’s the “must do” in London at the moment? Try one of the many cakes or cupcakes at Violet Bakery, a small cafe in East London run by Claire Ptak, the Californian put in charge of designing the royal wedding cake for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
You can’t leave London without... Buying a bouquet of flowers just like Londoners do whenever they have the chance. Did you know that some of the best floral shops in the world are found in the city of the Thames? We propose a visit to 'Wild At Heart'. Its owner, Nikki Tibbles is one of the best floral designers in the world.
A visit you mustn’t miss? This summer it’s the Kensington Palace. Because besides being an authentic temple of customs and traditional symbols of the English monarchy, this year it is even more special as it prepares to commemorate 20 years since the loss of Princess Diana.
Where should I stay? Few hotels represent so well the British style and tradition like the Savoy, that since 1889 rules in the City of Westminster.
How to get Meghan’s look? We admit it; the actress/newly converted royalty oozes glamor and good taste in all of her looks. Dressing like her isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible either. If you want to replicate Meghan Markle’s style we know where you need to go: in Bicester Village, less than a one hour trip from the capital, we find a village that combines the charm of the English countryside with an amazing variety of brands (more than 160) and among them: All Saints, Joseph and of course the most British of all, Burberry, just a few of the ex-actresses’ favourites.
DUBLÍN, THE CITY OR WORDS
James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett: these are just three of the great literary figures that once turned to Dublin – its pubs and Georgian squares – in search of inspiration. Declared a City of Literature by UNESCO, the Irish capital is well known for its words, verses and countless stories.
For: lovers of literature.
Enjoy a Dublin ritual: In this city, enjoying a pint of beer in a pub is so much more than a drink – it’s an opportunity to set the world to rights or look for artistic inspiration.
Discover a secret: Dublin is full of charming bookstores and magnificent libraries, such as Trinity College Library and its Long Room – one of the most beautiful libraries in Europe.
Take a walk: Ireland is famed for its castles and acres of verdant green landscape, and a visit isn’t complete without a walk among nature. Take the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) from Dublin and head to the Irish countryside. There you can walk from the coastal towns of Greystones to Malahide and discover Malahide Castle, with its beautiful gardens.
Try the famous whiskey: In this land the whiskey is distilled three times. Try the much-loved export at the family-owned Teeling Distillery in Newmarket Square, in the historic Liberties neighbourhood.
Make time for shopping: Set in the beating heart of horse-racing country, Kildare Village is home to prestigious international and emerging Irish brands, and offers guests the chance to enjoy gastronomic festivals, a vibrant art scene and the famous Irish hospitality.