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Tips and Articles in England

When Brooklyn-based Dan Storper started making global music compilations to play in his Putumayo clothing and handicraft stores, he never dreamed that his hobby would develop into a record label known for introducing such artists as Oliver Mtukudz...
See our slideshow of The Best Cities for Street Art. For much of 2005, I walked the same five-block stretch of Rivington Street, on New York City ’s Lower East Side. A direct route to my favorite bars and restaurants, the street was lined with te...
Several well-situated British country estates have taken on a startling new guise: at-your-service hotels expressly set up for families. At each of the Luxury Family Hotel group's locations (www.luxuryfamilyhotels.com; doubles from $139, children ...
Known for creating some of London's poshest boutique hotels—including the Pelham, Covent Garden, and Charlotte Street—Kit and Tim Kemp have gone the budget route with the Knightsbridge, their first bed-and-breakfast. But don't assume that affordab...
You never forget the first time you drive. It was the summer of 1977 and I was 14. Feeling cocky, I pushed down on the gas and roared into the distance. I didn't ease up until I hit the speed limit: a blistering five miles an hour. It doesn't rea...
Theater venues for young audiences are looking very grown-up. This month, the Tony Award–winning Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis (www.childrenstheatre.org) debuts a Michael Graves–designed wing. In London,the soon-to-be-completed Uni...
High design doesn't need to be austere, especially at these four European hotels that have just opened their doors. BARCELONA Architect Fernando Amat, the mastermind behind Spain's housewares boutique Vinçon, created the 25-suite Casa Camper (11...
This month, Harrods (www.harrods.com) launches By Appointment, the first über–high end personal shopping service in Britain. Big spenders are granted special access to everything in the London store in a dedicated 1,550-square-foot space. Although...
When a mock-Tudor house made in 1940 is the first model you see in the new architecture gallery of London's Victoria and Albert Museum (Cromwell Rd.; 44-207/942-2000; www.vam.ac.uk), you know you're in a world of bold design. "That residence is no...
When Helena Bonham Carter and her partner, director Tim Burton, decided to go away for a weekend, my husband and I came along. Helena and I have been friends since we were schoolgirls, and our children—her son and my two daughters—are toddlers tog...
QUEBEC CITY WHY Old Quebec, with its cobblestoned streets and 17th-century slate-roofed buildings, looks like a fairy-tale village, one with a French accent. No need for a car; this town is made for walking—and skating, skiing, and sledding. WHE...
q. I've always wanted to take a river cruise in Asia. Can you recommend a good tour operator? —L.V.S., Tempe, Ariz. a. The Irrawaddy Flotilla Co., founded in 1865, was once the world's largest privately owned fleet of ships, with 650 barges that...
When painter Richard Patterson, who shows in London with the blue-chip Anthony d'Offay Gallery, moved into Hoxton Square in 1992, it was a tawdry backwater. "There were no bars or restaurants, no pubs open in the afternoon," he says. "People would...
Madame Tussaud of London is bringing her lore and gore to New York's 42nd Street. Aiming to get noticed on one of the city's flashiest blocks, architects Ian McGonigal and Frederick Bland designed an 85,000-square-foot multilayered concoction with...
When it comes to packing, the butler staff at London's Lanesborough Hotel knows how to get the most out of your luggage—or into it. They've had to stuff suitcases with wedding dresses, hockey sticks, clerical robes, two fresh turkeys from Harrods,...