Paris: beneath the tourist trail

Go for the Eiffel Tower, the Moulin Rouge photo-op, the Notre Dame tour and a stomp down the Champs-Élysées; but don’t dare miss some of the city’s diverse and lesser-known offerings. If you are a culture-seeker, start here; and as you round the end of the Promenade Plantée, unpick a side of Paris that some will miss on their first trip. Promenade Plantée An urban …

Secret guide to: Queens & The Bronx

Manhattan may be seductively enthralling, but to miss Queens and the Bronx is to miss the real Big Apple. This is where New Yorkers live and any visit promises an authentic flavour of NYC life. Both are wildly diverse, with communities that create a rich tapestry of cultural delights. Discover down-to-earth diners and contemporary cool in a host of hip galleries, with a legacy that …

Secret guide to: Brooklyn

Move over Manhattan; make way for Brooklyn – the isle’s hip, younger sibling. An influx of artists and creatives in search of more affordable rents turned this into a den of celebrated creativity, where hipster bars sit snug alongside age-old Mom & Pop diners. Galleries, live music, excellent river views and indie businesses make Brooklyn a truly unique neighbourhood where new ideas and artisan flair …

Secret guide to: Manhattan

The epicentre of New York City is a magnificent collection of bucket-list topping icons. Immortalised on screen and in music the world over, Manhattan is uniquely familiar, yet offers constant surprises with each visit. It seamlessly mixes stalwart classics with burgeoning new scenes, constantly pushing boundaries and laying the standard for style and glamour across the world. Alight at coveted restaurants, world-leading museums, glamorous bars …

Verona to Venice: sea mists and deserted side streets

Whatever springs to mind when you think of Italy – hearty bowls of pasta, canals dotted with gondolas, mountains of creamy gelato or tumbling historic ruins, it’s a given that the country has left a powerful imprint on everyone’s imaginations. With the promise of beauty, romanticism and bohemian allure at every turn, a short getaway seemed like the perfect antidote to the bleakness of British …

My city: Reykjavik

Our ‘my city’ series puts a new perspective on some of our favourite places, as we catch up with creative residents, asking them to divulge their best kept secrets. From their favourite cheap eats, to their go-to coffee spot, there are plenty of hints and tips on how to stay like a local. We’re heading to Iceland‘s Reykjavik, where we catch up with jewellery designer …