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London's best new restaurant and bar openings

Roganic, Marylebone<p>Having departed Fera at Claridge’s last April, Simon Rogan on January 9 returns to the capital with Roganic. A popular pop-up on Blandford Street in Marylebone 2011, in this latest incarnation Roganic will occupy a site on the same street but this time on a permanent basis; …

From plantain to prawns: what to buy from speciality food shops

As Britons become increasingly epicurean, ever-more unusual items are appearing on our shopping lists. We ask the experts for guidance on what to look for on the shelves<p>Middle Eastern<p>Where once many people’s knowledge of Middle Eastern food began and ended with hummus, ingredients such as …

West Africa

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

New Zealand

Chiltern Firehouse: is this London's hippest restaurant?

The Chiltern Swivel. It happens to us all. Or those of us that get in, at least. It’s the facial tic that occurs when a pitifully grateful diner finally crosses the threshold of culinary Nirvana, i.e the Chiltern Firehouse, the latest London restaurant to open with a waiting list so long that it …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

Apps

What Are the Most Scenic Rail Trails in the U.S.?

<i>A:</i><p>Rail trails are the ultimate in reusing and recycling. Converted from former railroad corridors, these multi-use paths carve gentle grades through cities and the countryside, making them family-friendly routes for hiking and biking. To date, there are more than 1,800 rail trails open nationwide, …

Hiking

New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders

A tea lover's guide to China: Where to go, what to drink | CNN Travel

Bali: It's All About the Beach

<i>Kuta Beach: Sun, surfing and red flags that are just for decoration</i><p>Talk to Bali regulars -- and some go back, year after year -- and they'll describe how they went North, or West, or East, but they always end up coming back to the South of this tropical, Indonesian island.<p>Southern Bali has big, …

Asia Travel

Bauhaus Masters' Houses Restored, Now Open to Public

The Bauhaus school of design has made an indelible mark on the world of architecture, one that is still felt almost seventy years after its closing. …

Letter from Kyoto: Cherry Blossoms in Old Japan

I’m sitting on a <i>tatami</i> mat in my traditional inn, drinking a celebratory Kirin beer and gazing at the full moon though the cherry blossom boughs that arc over the <i>ryokan</i>’s entrance. I feel like a character in a haiku.<p>It’s the end of a glorious two-week immersion in Old Japan. When I arrived, <b>Kyoto</b> …

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