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Delta and United Add Seasonal Flights to Yellowstone

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Just in time for summer—the most popular season to visit National Parks—Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are increasing service to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Montana. Delta’s seasonal non-stop service will depart from New York-LaGuardia Airport on Saturdays from June 21 to September 27. Meanwhile, United will fly out of George Bush International Airport in Houston on Saturdays and Sundays between June 28 and August 17.

Brooke Porter
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1

Photo Credit: Jim Peaco

4 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do on a Cruise Ship

4 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do on a Cruise Ship

Make Your Own Movie

Judd Apatow and George Lucas attended USC—why not you? On Crystal Cruises, take an iPad iMovie video course with USC film professors.

Learn to Play the Ukulele

Reprise South Pacific’s “Happy Talk” on this Polynesian instrument aboard Paul Gauguin Cruises’ Tahitian sailings.

Go “Skurfing”

On small-ship line Un-Cruise Adventures, you can stand on a paddleboard, grab a towrope, and “skurf’’ behind a speeding launch (like waterskiing).

Free Fall

Put on a jumpsuit, goggles, and helmet to “skydive” in a glass, 23-foot-high wind chamber atop Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas.

Jane WoolridgeJane Wooldridge is the cruise editor at Travel + Leisure.





Photo courtesy of Crystal Cruises

New Crowd-Sourced Exhibition Explores Boston's Love Affair with Impressionism

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The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston today is opening a new exhibition, “Boston Loves Impressionism,” showcasing 30 masterpieces carefully curated by…the public.

To choose the artworks for display, the MFA held an online contest that saw a staggering 41,497 votes cast over three weeks in January. And with one of the world’s largest Impressionist collections at their disposal, voters had quite the challenge. Who were the winners?

Among the top 30 scorers are perennial favorites by Cassatt, Cézanne, and Pisarro, with first-place going to Van Gogh’s Houses at Auvers. Water Lilies from Monet and Degas’s charming Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer—the only sculpture in the running—round out the top three.

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Woman Embarks on Quest for Love—Without Leaving the Airport

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Call it The Bachelor of airports: a lucky lady by the name of Angela Malkina has signed up for the chance to meet her one true love by flying between airports around the world. The stunt is sponsored by MeetAtTheAirport.com, a free service that lets travelers arrange meet-ups and dates with others when faced with flight delays or long layovers. Her quest for love begins on November 17 in LAX’s Encounter Restaurant, and she’ll be streaming updates about her airport dates on MeetAtTheAirport.com.

Brooke Porter
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.

Courtesy of meetattheairport.com

Mexico Travel Twitter Chat on Tuesday, February 18

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With a winter season that just won't quit, we're all in need of a little Vitamin D. To take our minds off the snow, we're daydreaming about favorite sunny retreats, one of which is Mexico. Whether it's an off-the-beaten path locale or where the style-set is traveling, we'll be discussing Mexico with travel experts this Tuesday, February 18th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. Ask them for their insider advice!

The Host:

Adrien Glover, T+L's Deputy Digital Editor, @xoadrien

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Guess Where? Romantic City

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Happy Valentine's Day! Can you guess what building this is? Hint: It's located in the city that our readers voted "Best for Romance" in the T+L World's Best Awards. Leave your guesses on our Facebook page. Check back on Monday for the answer.

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @matthewslyndsey

Photo Courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Cruising During Norovirus Season

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Cruises have been hit hard this season by the notorious norovirus. In January, a Royal Caribbean voyage was cut short when nearly 700 passengers and crew were sickened by norovirus, and a Caribbean Princess ship aborted its itinerary when 189 cases were reported. An unidentified agent also caused a norovirus-like outbreak on the Norwegian Star in early January. 

Because this gastrointestinal virus is so easily transmitted—it spreads from person to person, or via contaminated food and water—cruise ships (with their close living quarters) can act as powerful incubators. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the particular strain on the ill-fated Caribbean ships as GHII, a new(ish) Sydney-based norovirus that has been associated with more severe symptoms, and may have a higher rate of infection.

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Smithsonian Sleepovers Turn the National Museum into an Overnight Adventure

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In terms of film quality, Night at the Museum ranks right up there with Gigli and Glitter. Still, after finally acquiescing to the demands of two kids in stereo (“Please, please! Please, please!”), I endured two hours of so-so humor. And I have to admit the idea of sneaking around a museum after hours sparked my childhood imagination. As soon as Miles and Sebs are of age, I plan on taking them on a Smithsonian Sleepover. Families arrive at 7pm on select dates for a night of games, crafts, and dusk to dawn exploration. Some highlights: an Imax screening of Born to be Wild about orphaned orangutans and elephants and camping out in sleeping bags under the giant North American whale, Phoenix. May 17, June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, Aug 8, Aug 22; age 8 through 12.

Clara Sedlak


Clara Sedlak is a mother of two and Special Projects Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @csedlak1.

Photo credit: Kumar Sriskandan / Alamy

How to Open a Bottle of Champagne



Did you know that France's charming Champagne region—home of Moët & Chandon, the mother of all producers—is just a 45-minute train ride from Paris? It's one thing I learned this week when I met the lovely Elise Losfelt, the latest addition to Moët & Chandon's team of nine winemakers, who stopped by talk about the spring release of Moët’s Grand Vintage Brut 2006. The other thing I learned from Elise? How to open a bottle of bubbly without injuring your friends and loved ones. Watch her tutorial, and impress your significant other with your new skills while breaking out the bubbly this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Jennifer FlowersJennifer Flowers is the Travel News Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @JennFlowers.

Mumbai Airport Unveils New Terminal 2 to Public

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Mumbai's international airport unveiled its new four-level Terminal 2 to the public this week, after much anticipation. The stunning airport section, originally slated to open in January, took five years to complete, and will provide relief to the millions of fliers streaming in and out of India’s busy Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

Sprawling 42 square meters of space, the terminal was built to handle up to 40 million annual passengers and to effortlessly escort them to their departure gates via 37 travelators, 48 escalators, and 72 elevators. Outside, the 5,200-car parking area is beautifully concealed by the city’s largest open garden. While inside, travelers can spend their layovers window shopping or eagerly purchasing items throughout the 21,000 square meters of retail space—more than four times the size of the airport’s original shopping area. An art museum—India’s largest, might we add—may also be of interest, with over 6,500 artifacts to contemplate while waiting. Finally, a terminal with more to explore than the nearby bar.

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Ski Deals and Beach Plans for Presidents' Day Weekend

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It's official: Every state in the continental US—minus Florida—has snowfall. And with a long weekend coming up, it's the perfect opportunity to head to the hills for some skiing. Sites like Liftopia, Snow.com, and GetSkiTickets.com are offering last minute deals all over the country. Our favorite savings? Liftopia's $14 ski pass for New Hampshire's Ragged Mountain tomorrow—that's a 79% discount. They're selling out fast though, so act fast!

Tired of the snow? Here are some tips to book a last-minute beach vacation.

Peter Schlesinger is a Research Assistant at Travel + Leisure, and a member of the Trip Doctor News Team. 

Photo credit: Cultura Creative/ YAY Media AS

Two New Ways to Learn Chinese

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Looking to brush up on your Mandarin while Chinese New Year is still hot? We’ve recently discovered two apps and websites that might help you along. To get you reading in no time, there’s Chineasy, a clever site designed by a Taiwanese venture capitalist turned entrepreneur. The method is simple: traditional characters are converted into stylish illustrations that serve as visual pneumonics. Once you’ve learned a few basics, you’ll be shown compound characters that read like math problems (to come + to return = round trip). It’s all very playful, fun, and easy to use. For now, it's all online, but an app is slated to hit the iTunes store next month.

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Tips for Travel During Stormy Weather

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Nearly 6,000 and counting. That’s the number of flights cancelled as of noon today. Already this year, there have been more than 71,000 cancellations—and we're only six weeks in. If you want to get a sense of what this means for travelers across the country, just take a look at FlightAware’s aptly named Misery Map (above), which highlights not only where the bottlenecks are worst, but also how they’re impacting the rest of the aviation system.

If you’ve got an airline ticket for the next few days—or have any important travel scheduled during this wild winter—we’ve got some advice for navigating the storms.

Tips for Travel During Stormy Weather
 
1. Stay informed and be the first to know. Sign up for text and email alerts about flight delays and cancellations from your airline and services such as FlightStats. And be proactive about checking their websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter handles for updates; sometimes it can take a crucial few hours for a text message to arrive. Get a sense of what’s happening with live flight-tracking service FlightAware’s cancellation page.

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Star-Studded Santa Barbara Film Festival Celebrates its 29th Year

Last week, T+L was in Santa Barbara for the 29th-annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, an 11-day celebration with panel discussions, nearly 200 film screenings, and tribute events that honor Academy-Award frontrunners and mega-watt celebrities, including Cate Blanchett, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

We hit the red carpet before the Virtuosos Awards, asking breakout stars for their bucket list travel picks. The answers? June Squibb (in Nebraska) plans for a Hawaii respite and a Japanese animation-inspired trip to Japan for Michael B. Jordan, star of Fruitvale Station. (Watch the video above for more.)

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Beauty Road Test: Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 Daily Defense Moisturizer

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 Daily Defense Moisturizer; $47

Pros: I admit it: sometimes the sheer selection of facial potions, lotions, and—dare I say it, BB or CC or even ZZ creams—is enough to make me feel like breaking out in hives. I’m all about simplicity in the morning, so I’ve fallen head-over-ballet-flats in love with Clinique’s new moisturizer: it helps minimize the appearance of UV damage, prevents future damage with an SPF 20, and leaves my skin with a long-lasting dewy glow (thanks to ingredients such as barley and wheat germ extract). I’ll spare you the science-y details behind why it works, but lemme tell you: it does.

Cons: I will probably have to buy a new jar every month, I’m so addicted to the stuff.

Verdict: Packable.

Photo Courtesy of Clinique

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Is Japan Cool? ANA Airways Proves It With New York Fashion Pop-Up

As T+L’s resident Japanophile, I’m always plotting my next trip to Tokyo, not only to revel in one of the world’s great food destinations, but also to discover the city’s amazing shopping scene. Luckily for me, All Nippon Airways (ANA) is participating with iconic department stores Mitsukoshi and Isetan in a Manhattan pop-up store during New York Fashion Week as part of its “Is Japan Cool?” campaign (47 Greene St.; through today, Feb.13).

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LGBT Travel Tips on Where to Go and Why to Travel

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Choosing where to go for your next vacation can be a tricky—though rewarding—process. Beach or mountain? Luxe or affordable? But as last week’s Why We Travel post detailed, a slew of the world’s top destinations outlaw homosexuality, leaving LGBT travelers with a more basic question of where they can (and should) and cannot (and should not) venture.

How to choose? Here are a few pointers:

Safety first: Upwards of 70 countries worldwide criminalize homosexuality. And public perception of gay individuals can be abysmal even in places without draconian sodomy laws on the books. Russia, for example, has seen a spike in hate crimes recently despite its relatively mild anti-gay laws. The takeaway from the first Why We Travel post on Sochi’s Olympics applies anywhere physical violence is a real possibility: LGBT travelers, especially same-sex couples, should exercise discretion.

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T+L Trips with Sponsor Cox & Kings: Rome; Scandinavia

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Welcome to the latest installment of T+L's promotional partnership with luxury adventure operator Cox & Kings, where booking a trip to a destination featured in T+L is easier than ever. Here's how it works:

• Every month, T+L editors work with Cox & Kings to develop two trips inspired by destinations we love.
• Each itinerary is designed to offer insider access and unique experiences—whether it's a stay at an exclusive hotel, a behind-the-scenes tour, or dinner in a private residence.
• For a limited time, T+L readers can take advantage of exclusive savings on this month's featured trips.

February Specials

Rome
The Highlights: Spend an afternoon strolling the fashionable Via Condotti and nearby Spanish Steps; browse Dolce & Gabbana, Cavalli, and Ferragamo with a personal shopper during a private half-day shopping tour (a T+L reader exclusive) before enjoying lunch at a café housed in the former studio of renowned Neoclassical sculptors Antonio Canova and Adamo Tadolini; skip the lines to gaze upon Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, in Vatican City; base your stay at Rome's stylish new J.K. Place Roma hotel.
The Details: 4 days and 3 nights, from $5,750 per person.**

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Delta Announces Fleet Upgrades, New Meals, and Increased Lounge Access Memberships

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It’s been a busy few weeks for Delta Airlines—and we’re not just talking about the 80’s-themed in-flight safety video. Earlier this month, the airline announced that it would be investing more than $770 million through 2016 to revamp its domestic fleet of Boeing 757-200 and 737-800, and Airbus A319 and A320. Overall, passengers can expect updated bathrooms, LED lighting, and overhead bins (increasing capacity by up to 60%)—plus power and in-seat video/satellite TV throughout. New slim-line seats with adjustable headrests will be made from lighter materials, making for a more efficient plane that uses less fuel. The pitch—or legroom—in Economy will average 31 inches, equal to most of the current configurations. The 757s and 737s will see an increase of about 10 to 20 seats in Economy (depending on the aircraft), and A319 and the A320 seats are actually increasing in width, from 17.2 inches up to 18 inches.

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Marriott Hotels Launches Mobile Checkout at 329 Properties Worldwide

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Everyone’s going mobile in travel these days—and if you thought you’d heard enough of that already, think again. It’s just the beginning. Proving that is Marriott Hotels, which today launches mobile checkout at all of its 329 hotels nationwide and another 20 international properties (all 500 will be on board later this year). While other hotels and resorts have individually brought mobile checkout to life—I just checked out of the Aria in Las Vegas without even stopping at the front desk—Marriott’s move marks the first brand-wide conversion of its scale, and is no question a signifier of what’s to come for the rest of the industry.

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Cruise News: Celebrity Partners With Canyon Ranch; Royal Caribbean Offers Virtual Balconies

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Sailing the high seas just got even more relaxing: Celebrity Cruises announced a new partnership with the iconic Canyon Ranch (a rumored getaway of luminaries from Oprah to Julia Roberts, who are rumored to have visited their Tucson location). Spas, salons, and fitness offerings on all 10 ships will be Canyon Ranch-ified come April. Look for Reiki healing energy therapies, aromatherapy-infused steam room, and its beloved and inspiring wellness workshops. (I visited Canyon Ranch Lenox last year, and adored my courses on gratitude and—yes—knitting.)

In other news? Eighty one interior staterooms on Royal Caribbean’s brand new Navigator of the Seas come with…wait for it…virtual balconies (above), floor-to-ceiling screens that project what’s happening off-ship in real time, replete with the sounds (was that a squawking sea gull?). My favorite part? Each has a very secure-looking balustrade. Safety first.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean International

Sport's Illustrated Swimsuit Models Star in Air New Zealand's New Safety Video

Who would you rather get your in-flight safety instructions from: bikini-clad supermodels or Alf? While Delta’s recent 1980’s-themed video highlighted the furry sitcom star, Air New Zealand turned to Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit models for tips on how to stay safe in the air. Filmed on the Cook Islands (which Air New Zealand has been flying to for 40 years), the “Safety in Paradise” video celebrates the Swimsuit Issue’s 50th anniversary. Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Davis, Jessica Gomes, and Ariel Meredith star—and three-time cover model Christie Brinkley makes a cameo from Los Angeles. To celebrate the launch, Air New Zealand is giving online viewers the chance to win a trip for two to the Cook Islands. To enter, visit this website.

This out-of-the-box approach is nothing new for Air New Zealand, which has become known for its offbeat safety videos—featuring the likes of Betty White, Richard Simmons, Bear Grylls, even hobbits

Brooke Porter
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.

The Armory Show Celebrates 100 Years at the New York Historical Society

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The exhibition, “The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution,” at the New York Historical Society, is a don’t-miss, by any standard. The original show was organized in 1913 by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors and represented the first large-scale exhibition of modern art in the United States. So large scale, in fact, that the 1,300 paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts had to be displayed in an unconventional space: New York City’s 69th Regiment Armory (located on Lexington Avenue, between 25th and 26th Streets). The exhibition introduced the American public to European modernity and a clutch of stylistic “-isms,” including Fauvism, Cubism, and Futurism. It shocked and provoked. It also marked a turning point in the country’s cultural life.

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Five Ways to Make Flying Easier

Make Flying Easier

Traveling by air can leave even the most seasoned traveler feeling helpless and trapped by the system. Between security lines and flight delays, there are many things out of our control when flying. But it doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. Smart travelers can take several steps before they fly to help solve any problems that creep up.

These five tips will make flying easier, even on the worst days:

Getting the Best Seat

A friend of mine who frequently flies between New York and Johannesburg on a South African Airways Airbus A340-600 always tries to get seat 73D. Why? It doesn't cost any more than other coach seats, but because of an emergency crew hatch on the floor there is no seat 72D. That means extra feet—not inches—of legroom.

How can you find out about such quirks?

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Win a Beach Vacation in Cabo

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After this brutal winter weather, we all deserve a much-needed escape from the cold. Solmar Hotels & Resorts is giving fans the chance to swap out the snow for the beautiful, white-sand beaches of Cabo instead.

Facebook users are encouraged to share the featured photo on the Solmar Hotels & Resorts Facebook page, using the hashtag #SnowDayAtSolmar for a chance to kick back in Playa Solmar.

Now through Wednesday, February 19th, you can participate in the “Snow Day at Solmar” Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Mexico getaway. Sounds like the perfect Valentine's Day gift (hint, hint).

Gabrielle Blitz is the Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure. 

Photo credit: Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa

 

Villa and Vacation Rental Twitter Chat on Tuesday, February 11

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Vacation rentals can let you live like a local (if only temporarily). From agencies doubling as on-the-ground concierages to tips for first time swappers, we'll be discussing the dos and don'ts of vacation rentals with experts this Tuesday, February 11th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. Ask them for their insider advice!

The Host:

Brooke Porter Katz, T+L Associate Editor, @TLTripDoctor

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How High-Design Makes Travel Better

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Innovative and clever design can make a travel experience more experiential, memorable, and easier overall. Whether it's a high-design destination or a new airport terminal, we discussed the latest in design and travel with the experts in a recent Twitter chat.

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Take the Kids to Cape Cod for Winter Break

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Winter break has a way of sneaking up on parents anyway, but a couple of snow days spent shooing kids away from computer screens makes the spectre of another long stretch of empty days at home unthinkable.

Arriving on the scene like a spandex-clad superhero is Cape Cod’s Sea Crest Beach Hotel. The recently renovated low-rise beachfront property ticks all the boxes for a winter family stay:

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Flying With Skis

Flying with Skis

Q: Any advice on flying with skis? —Hitomi Ueda, via e-mail

A: Most airlines treat a collection of sporting equipment as a single piece of checked luggage—so your skis, poles, and boots count as only one item, not three. We recommend Park Accessories, a new line of bags made with Italian coated canvas. Shown: the Northern Lights, which holds two pairs of skis ($1,150).

Related Articles:
Lake Tahoe Ski Vacation 2.0
Video: Behind the Scenes at Vail Mountain
How to Get Through Airport Security Faster

Amy FarleyHave a travel dilemma? Need some tips and remedies? Send your questions to news editor Amy Farley at tripdoctor@timeinc.com. Follow @tltripdoctor on Twitter.


Photo by Park Accessories

Is London the Next Foodie Mecca? Chef Jason Atherton of Berners Tavern Tells All

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Berners Tavern, under the direction of much-celebrated chef Jason Atherton, is the most glamorous (and hard-to-get) reservation in London these days. Atherton is known for his fresh approach to traditional British cuisine, while steadfastly using only the very best ingredients. Now he’s showing the world just how fantastic British food can be, opening nothing less than a mini-restaurant empire that extends from London to Dubai to Shanghai to Singapore to Hong Kong. 

Celebrity sightings abound at this, Atherton’s latest London opening. Housed in the Edition Hoteljust North of Oxford Street, it is jaw-droppingly beautiful, the walls crammed with artwork, framed by ornate plasterwork that seems to ooze off the walls. It’s a bit like sitting inside a Faberge egg.

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