We love: companies such as The Workroom, who are turning your favourite hotels into slicker than slick work spaces

THE EDIT • November 2019

Travel things we love this month

With a front-row seat to the travel world’s ever-revolving conveyor belt of trends and trials, our editors run through what’s worth your attention this month 

The app

You’re in London with work to do, but your go-to café’s Wi-Fi is having an off-day. It’s time to hit the apps. D&D London has recently launched its own, The Workroom, where creatives can book out areas of its top London restaurants for just £10 a day, complimentary coffee included. Or, hot-desk via the AndCo app at a selection of hotels and restaurants for £20 a month. For some high-end freelancing, check out Haus, which gives access to five-star hotels such as the W Hotel, plus discounts on spa treatments and networking opportunities.

The podcast

From our friends across the pond, Condé Nast Traveler is not only the gatekeeper of a glossy print title, but a punchy podcast that spotlights cool, creative women in the industry (think Jen Rubio, co-founder of Away, and Ace Hotel’s chief brand officer Kelly Sawdon). Hosted by CNT editors, it covers a wealth of topics – everything from the pilot who flew halfway around the world, to the best meals they’ve ever eaten, and even their worst airport habits. Download your favourites to your phone and happy travels.

The art

In 1975, The Night Watch – Rembrandt’s most famous painting – was slashed by a museum-goer wielding a bread knife. In 1990 it suffered again when it was sprayed with sulphuric acid. In 2019, it’s safe to say the work is a little battered and bruised. Luckily, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum (this year celebrating the 350th anniversary of the birth of the Netherlands’ most beloved artist) has launched a public restoration of the piece, aptly named Operation Night Watch (pictured below). Observe from behind the glass as hi-tech treatment returns the painting to its former glory.

art-Operation Rembrandt

The grub

Bring your tweed (and your appetite), because British game season is officially in full swing. Game-changing restaurants include Maggie Jones’s in Kensington (named after Princess Margaret, who used to book here under that alias), right now preparing to spend the month ahead with all eyes on pheasant, sourced specially from the Yorkshire Dales. Meanwhile, Roast, found in the portico of Borough Market’s Floral Hall, is celebrating the season with experimental game recipes, including grouse tikka masala, Kentucky fried pheasant and more. 

The hotel

With a summer of hot hotel openings just behind us, it’s easy to pick out the ones that caught our eye. Cape Town’s newest boutique, Labotessa (pictured below), for instance, with its prime-time views of Table Mountain and (just seven) expertly designed rooms. Here at home, The Hoxton, Southwark is as trendy as expected, the Hoxton group continuing its knack for cooking up chic rooftop eateries. Last but not least? Downtown LA’s shiniest new offering, Santa Monica Proper Hotel, whose luxurious lobby and rooftop pool are worth the price tag alone.


The smarter travel device

If there’s a gadget out there to make travel easier, then the odds are we’ve got our hands on it. It’s hard to know where to start, however, when it comes to portable chargers. With so many on the market, which is the best for your buck? We’re putting money on this wireless number from Cygnett, founded by a brother-sister tech duo in Melbourne, Australia. Featuring the latest in wireless charging technology, it’ll power up any device that uses a USB connection to charge, with a digital display that tells you when it’s on its last legs. 

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