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An Insider's Guide to London Shops

London Shopping

Here are four stores not to miss.

Lassco Ropewalk: You could spend hours exploring this 14,000-square-foot outpost of venerable furnishings company lassco at the Ropewalk market. The place is filled with salvaged goods and architectural antiques, from doorknobs and tiles to gilt-wood mirrors and Persian carpets.

Snowden FloodLondon designer Snowden Flood’s quirky shop in the Oxo Tower Wharf stocks plates and cups printed with Pop art illustrations of London landmarks, retro stationery, and bright tea towels and aprons.

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Gucci's Creative Director Shares Her São Paulo Haunts

The Fasano

For Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, trips to Brazil’s fashion capital are often packed with work events—but she still makes time to visit her local haunts.

Eat & Drink

“The ground-floor bar at the Fasano is at once old-world and modern; it’s a memorable place for a drink,” Giannini says. For dinner, she reserves a table at Figueira Rubaiyat, which sources fish from southern Brazil and is a design landmark. “A beautiful 150-year-old fig tree envelops the space.” Skye Bar, on the rooftop of Hotel Unique, is another must. “It’s the perfect place for a stunning view at the end of the day.”

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Packing Tips from a Hyatt Hotels VP

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Hotel executive Katherine Melchior Ray knows how to stay stylish on the fly.

Although Katherine Melchior Ray, the vice president of luxury brands at Hyatt Hotels, is on the road at least twice a month, she never forgets to pack a touch of home. “I bring my own coffee mug. That way, I don’t feel like I’m in a hotel, especially if I’m in bed and the sun’s coming in.”

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Where to Shop on London's Bermondsey Street

Bermondsey Street

One-off boutiques. Artisanal restaurants. Buzzed-about galleries. Bermondsey Street is London’s of-the-moment destination. 

Tanner & Co.: In a dining room decorated with old-school radios, model ships, and antique boxing equipment, Tanner & Co. claims to serve the best burger in Bermondsey (fried bacon, Gruyère, chutney, and pickles on a brioche roll). There’s also an expansive cocktail list; we love the Bermondsey Street Bootleg, made with Tanqueray gin, apricot brandy, Sauvignon Blanc, and rose-and-hibiscus syrup.

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Our New Favorite Destination-Inspired Fragrances

Perfumes

Our favorite new fragrances are inspired by destinations near and far.

1. The windswept shores of England lie at the heart of Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt collection: a driftwood-and-white-musk base evokes rugged cliffs and ocean breezes. From $60.

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How to Buy a Moroccan Rug in Marrakesh

How to buy a rug in Marrakesh

Haggling for a carpet is a lively cultural tradition in Morocco—but it takes some savvy. Local hotelier Maryam Montague, who also runs the online textile shop Red Thread Souk, shows us the ropes.

1. Head to the Souk Zrabia, in the medina, where you’ll find the largest selection of handmade carpets. Comparison-shop among the options hanging outside the interconnected storefronts.

2. Local hucksters are notorious for markups, so know your rugs: shaggy and knotted types are piles; flatweaves are flat, woven, and less expensive. No matter the style, opt for wool (the highest quality).

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Hong Kong's New Design Hub, PMQ

PMQ, Hong Kong

The sleek, spare corridors of PMQ are a stark contrast to what’s going on inside its 100-​plus studios. Set in the middle of Hong Kong’s stylish Soho neighborhood, these former policemen’s dorms have been transformed into a chic retail center, complete with fashion boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. Perhaps more important, PMQ acts as an incubator for homegrown designers, who pay discounted rent for a place to grow their companies and open them up to the public. (You’ll also find a smaller percentage of established labels such as Vivienne Tam and Herman Miller.) There’s the design collective Glue Associates, which makes quirky gifts such as dim-sum-shaped candles; Aly & Rachelle, known for its lacy little black dresses; and Flying Zacchinis, a purveyor of leather accessories for both men and women. Art Projects Gallery continues to champion emerging artists in its new location here, while chef Jason Atherton marks his third Hong Kong opening with the bi-level Aberdeen Street Social—a combination gastropub and modern British restaurant—in the former officers’ clubhouse.

Photo by Philipp Engelhorn

The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch: What it Means for Travel

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Today the iPhone got a long-awaited upgrade—and Apple finally unveiled its rumored plans for the Apple Watch. What’s in it for travelers? Here’s a closer look at how the world’s most popular travel accessory is changing—and the latest round of innovations by the technology giant.

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Summer-In-the-City Beauty Essentials

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T+L’s Senior Editor, Travel & Beauty, Jacqui Gifford, shares what makeup and hair musts transition well from work to evenings out in New York City.

This has been one of the most glorious New York City summers, with non-stop sunshine and practically zero humidity—a huge plus for my hair and make-up routine. I've been experimenting with color (hello, orange and green!) and road-testing a citrusy fragrance that evokes the Amalfi Coast. Here’s what’s been lining my dresser.

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Luggage of the Month: Turnbull & Asser x Globe-Trotter

Luggage of the Month

Though the days of traveling with heavy trunks are over, the glamour of a classic leather steamer remains—and on wheels, thank goodness!

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