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Monkey culture in Munich

A weekend in Munich to see Elmgreen & Dragset¡¯s citywide art project, A Space Called Public. I¡¯d taken advice from the artists, and based on it, we stayed at the Hotel Louis, which is a bit like having

Churches of Resurrection & the Archangel Michael

A Bridgehampton for Muscovites

It¡¯s a rare thing to spend a weekend in a town where you are truly the only foreigners and being heard to speak English turns heads. But that was my experience of a long weekend in Plyos [click to read


Park Hyatt parts with its Richter

If a single factor distinguished the elegant Park Hyatt Chicago from other hotels of its calibre, it was the painting that hung in its lobby: Gerhard Richter¡¯s monumental photo-realist image of the Duomo in Milan, Domplatz, Mailand. Happily for the Pritzker


Cool Norwegian art is hot in London too

Of all the art in The Thief hotel in Oslo (click here for my recent FT piece), this photograph of Norwegian figure-skating legend Sonja Henie, enhanced by Sir Peter Blake with diamond dust, is the most enchanting. It


New building in Baku

It¡¯s possible to deride the new Azerbaijani taste in architecture for its rather too literal approach. The Flame Towers, which flicker with 10,000 light-emitting diodes, were designed to recall tongues of fire; the soon-to-open carpet museum has been built in


Easter in Baden Baden

Back from Baden Baden ¨C an idealised place of exquisite buildings; wealthy, rather literary Russians; and other Europeans convinced ¨C not entirely unfoundedly ¨C that there is something in the water that approximates to an elixir of youth, or at


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The Bosco tracksuits worn by the Russian Olympic team and favoured by Russian long-haul travellers as the leisurewear of choice may court derision from those who believe they have a more developed fashion sense. But Aeroflot has been voted ¡°Europe¡¯s


Dress codes be damned

To lunch at the Caf¨¦ Royal, about which I have to admit to misgivings mostly thanks to the perplexing dress code in its fabled Grill Room, which asks that your clothing be ¡°celebrative¡± (does that mean celebratory or like a


Two new hotels in Berlin

If Munich is hoping to divert the flow of tourists to Berlin by hiring the Scandinavian artist partnership Elmgreen & Dragset to breath life into its main squares with a year-long programme of installations (here¡¯s the piece I wrote