Category Archives: London

10 Restaurants With Arts and Smarts

Tired of eating in the chains? Checking Yelp? Chasing down the Michelins? 

Here are ten restaurants and cafés in some of the most interesting, creative and unexpected spaces and places from New York to London, D.C. to Miami. Venues range from high-end cafeteria to two Michelin star affairs, all drawing inspiration from their unique settings. Get ready to feed your body, mind and soul.

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A London Gin Journey

Everything in moderation, including moderation. ~ Oscar Wilde

Gin is enjoying a resurgence – its moment in the sun – but this spirit is hardly new. Genever, the original form of gin, appeared in writings as early as the 13th century, with its roots attributed to the Dutch. It is thought to have gained popularity in Britain when William of Orange, leader of the Dutch Republic, occupied the thrones of Great Britain.

After a particularly big night out, it may ease your conscience to know that gin was once sold in pharmacies as medicine and used in the treatment of kidney and stomach ailments, gallstones and gout, lending credence to the act of taking a nip of the “hair of the dog that bit you” for relief of hangovers.

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A Night at The Wellesley London

“Anticipate every need. Exceed every expectation.”

In a major metropolitan center like London, connections to others make an enormous difference in the quality of any stay. At an intimate 36 rooms and suites, The Wellesley welcomes and – just as importantly – welcomes back clients by name and personal preferences. Attentive staff are the difference between great and outstanding service, whether traveling for business or pleasure.

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The Most Amazing London House Tours

Futuristic. Modern. Classic. Palatial. Cosy. Thanks to London’s expansive history and appreciation of the importance of preservation, there are myriad opportunities to explore a wide variety of private and public homes. Goodbye Pinterest, hello five wildly inspirational London house tours.

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Last Minute Gifts: Magellan Luxury Hotels E-Gift Cards

Magellan Luxury Hotels E-Gift Cards

With just a few days until Christmas, you may have a few more gifts to buy for people on your list. And isn’t the gift of luxury travel one of the finest presents you can offer? Continue reading Last Minute Gifts: Magellan Luxury Hotels E-Gift Cards

Magellan Events Listing: Fashion Fabulous

Visiting a Magellan partner hotel and looking for something interesting to do? Here is a select listing of events taking place across our cities.

Events are presented in chronological order.

New York City 

Anna Wintour Costume Center @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Masterworks: UnPacking Fashion
18 November 2016 – 15 February 2017
Fashion provocateurs Viktor & Rolf pose the question: Is fashion art or is art fashion? The 60 iconic pieces in the exhibition represent the best of the best of fashion from the early 18th century through the 21st: exquisite craftsmanship, design, materials and ideas. Each are snapshots of the political, social and economic moment in time in which they were created. 

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Fashion Week – London & NYC

London

London Fashion Week
17 – 21 February

London Fashion Week Festival
23 – 26 February, 2017

New York City

New York Fashion Week
09  – 17 February – Women’s
30 January – 02 February – Men’s

New York City

The Big Flea & Antiques Market 
21 – 22 January, 2017
Lexington Avenue Armory, 68 Lexington Ave
The Big Flea bills itself as the largest antique flea market in Manhattan. Their one-of-a-kind finds include vintage clothing and estate jewelry as well as fine art, furniture and collectibles.

Los Angeles

FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) Museum & Gallery
The FIDM Museum and Library collects, preserves, and interprets fashion objects and support materials of outstanding design merit while fostering student and public engagement. The collection includes more than 15,000 pieces covering 200 years of fashion history, with a focus on women’s fashion and accessories. The museum is free and only open only during exhibitions. Behind-the-scenes Curator Tours can be made in advance by calling 213-623-5821 x3367.

San Francisco

ICEFDT 2017 – The 19th International Conference on Eco Fashion Design and Technology
27 – 28 April 2017
Interested in the stories and technologies behind the clothes you wear? Want to make more enviro-friendly choices? ICEFDT 2017 will bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Eco Fashion Design and Technology. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field.

Miami

The Original Miami Antique Show & Jewelry History Series

Jewelry History Series 

08 – 09 February 2017
The Jewelry History Series @ The Original Miami Beach Antique Show is an educational conference centered around the history of jewelry during select time periods. This event is open to anyone with an interest in learning about the history of antique jewelry!

Antique Show (includes jewelry)

10 – 13 February, 2017
The Original Miami Beach Antique Show will be held at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center in 2017. As the world’s largest indoor antique show, it presents nearly 1,000 recognized dealers from 28 countries for four days only. Attendees can explore collections from Renaissance to Art Deco eras including fine art, American and European silver, antique jewelry, 17th-19th century furniture, porcelain and more

NYC Shopping Bonus!

New York Magazine offers an online calendar listing sales on all brands and types of merchandise by month. Click here to see complete listings for winter sales in November and December 2016 including MaxMara, Vera Wang, Liz Lange, Nicole Farhi and even Vivienne Westwood.

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The 10 Best Plays of London’s Theatre Season

The launch of London’s theatre season for 2016/2017 is a portal into the universe of star-studded entertainment, Shakespeare and the collective history of English theatre, and thought-provoking productions of exquisite beauty. It marks the beginning of London’s winter social season, a time for dressing up, eating in and going out.

Here is a curated selection of London’s highest-rated and most-anticipated plays.

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2
Palace Theatre
Through May 2017 (& likely longer)
The much-anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

Harry is no longer a child, but a middle-aged father of three and overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic. Complicated pasts have a way of rearing their ugly head and Harry’s is no exception. His youngest son, Albus, is reticent about his hard-to-escape family legacy. Together, father and son confront the fact that darkness of spirit can come from the most unexpected sources.

This two-part play can be booked for the same day, taking in a matinee + an evening performance or viewed over days. A limited number of premium tickets are available.

In the Heights
King’s Cross Theatre
Through January 2017
‘The Heights’ is the vibrant Latino neighbourhood of Washington Heights in New York. The steady creep of gentrification is complicating life in the Barrio; residents struggle as they are priced out of their homes and separated from the communities in which they grew up. It is another Tony award-winning Best Musical from Lin- Manuel Miranda, creator of the blockbuster Hamilton.

1984
Playhouse Theatre
Through 29 October 2016

April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.

Although written in 1949, George Orwell’s ideas are eerily relevant today, foreshadowing the technological advances that now make civilian surveillance child’s play. Does our sense of self change as we’re in the public eye? And are we better or worse off for such ‘advancements?’ What will we become? All the bone-chilling moments of a terrifying story without a lick of blood or gore.

Cymbeline
Barbican Theatre
31 Oct – 17 December 2016
A 21st century retelling of the tale built on powerplays, jealousy, sexuality and the role of identity.

An ineffectual Queen Cymbeline rules over a divided dystopian Britain that is alienated, insular and on the brink of disaster. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart Posthumus in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. Behind the throne, a figure plots to seize power by murdering them both. In exile, Innogen’s husband is tricked into believing she has been unfaithful, forcing her away from court on a journey fraught with danger.

The second production of Cymbeline to grace the West End in 2016, this version features Gillian Bevan, the first woman to play the title role for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

No Man’s Land
Wyndham’s Theatre
Until 17 December 2016
It’s hard to overlook the dynamic duo of Ian McKellen (The Hobbit, X-Men, Lord of the Rings) and Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men, Shakespeare) who return to the London stage in this brilliantly entertaining play by Nobel Prize laureate Harold Pinter.

One summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby.  As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.

Obsession
Barbican Theatre
19 April – 20 May 2017
The always mesmerizing Jude Law inhabits the role of down-at-heel Gino, the dangerous and simmering third of a love triangle that is bound to end badly.

Drifter Gino, powerful and graceful as a puma, encounters Giuseppe and his much younger, trapped wife Giovanna at their roadside restaurant and petrol station. He and Giovanna are so irresistibly attracted to one another they begin an affair while plotting to murder her husband. But the crime does not unite them in this chilling story where passion can lead only to destruction.

If you’re intrigued by ‘Obsession,’ check out the other two Toneelgroep Amsterdam/Barbican productions directed by van Hove in 2017: Roman Tragedies in March and After the Rehearsal/ Persona in September. Age 14+

The Pianist of Willesden Lane
St. James Theatre
Until 22 October 2016
Based on the true story of performer Mona Golabek‘s family, this musical features the works of Grieg, Beethoven, Debussy, Bach, and Chopin, all performed live on a Steinway concert piano.

Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitz, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who is dreaming about her concert debut at Vienna’s storied Musikverein concert hall. But with the issuing of new ordinances under the Nazi regime, everything for Lisa changes, except for her love of music and the pursuit of her dream – as she is torn from her family and sent onto the Kindertransport to London.

The Go-Between
Apollo Theatre
Until 15 October 2016
The legendary Michael Crawford (Phantom of the Opera) returns to the London stage in this new coming-of-age British musical.

Leo Colston, a man still haunted by the events of 50 years ago during the hot summer of 1900 and the time spent in Norfolk at the country house of his school friend Marcus. He vividly recalls his unwitting role acting as a go-between for the beautiful upper-class Marian and tenant-farmer Ted. The illicit love affair, carried out against the wishes of her formidable mother and behind the back of Viscount Trimingham, drags young Leo into an adult world of passion and intrigue where he discovers feelings he’s never experienced before.

An Inspector Calls
Playhouse Theatre
4 November 2016 – 4 February 2017

J.B. Priestley‘s blockbuster thriller has played to more then 4 million people worldwide, winning more theatre awards (19) than any other production in history. Stephen Daldry (The Reader, The Hours, Billy Elliot) returns to the directorial helm of the National Theatre with this remounting of his masterpiece.

The story begins when the mysterious Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling family home. Their peaceful family dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman.

Seating Note: Thanks to client Cameron Lund for recommending the Playhouse Theatre’s seating guide for finding the best seats in the house. 

Shakespeare Trilogy
King’s Cross Theatre
Until 17 December 2016
The all-female cast of 2012’s Julius Caesar – set in a women’s prison – and the female-led Henry IV of 2014 were the first two instalments in this trilogy. This fall they are joined in a 13-week repertory season by a production of The Tempest, moving from their previous digs at the Donmar Warehouse to a new 420-seat-in-the-round temporary theatre at King’s Cross. On select days, all three plays will be performed back to back.

With females in roles traditionally played by an all-male cast, these productions beg the question: Who owns Shakespeare?

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The Surprising Legacy of New York’s Studio 54

For a place open just 33 months and closed for half a lifetime, New York’s Studio 54 should be nothing more than a footnote in popular culture. But the memory of the nightclub remains fluid, the gold standard by which the success of any other is measured. It was wild. It was sexy. And it was packed with 2,000 of the world’s most Beautiful People with a nightly line of bodies to spare. Continue reading The Surprising Legacy of New York’s Studio 54

Museums of Sex and Erotica

There are so many nooks, crannies and mysteries that lie unexplored in the streets of the neighborhoods we pass through as travellers and locals. They can be tucked away or in plain sight and somehow we don’t see them until we have cause to go looking or otherwise stumble across their path.

While under the auspices of sex and erotica, these specialty museums and temporary exhibitions aim to fulfill lofty historical, social and educational goals and reveal to ourselves more about what makes us human. Continue reading Museums of Sex and Erotica