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Tuesday 15 April 2014

Seattle City Guide

Blame it on the rain. Seattle's famously wet weather leads its citizens to seek solace in energizing coffee, invigorating rock music, and in small close-to-home...

Thursday 13 March 2014

Singapore City Guide

Steamy, tropical and high-rise, the tiny island state of Singapore is one of the most densely-populated nations in the world. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given...

Thursday 13 March 2014

San Francisco City Guide

This West Coast city is as varied and as colourful as its history: a lurid melange of goldmines, earthquakes, hippies and rockers. Its hilly streets form...

Thursday 13 March 2014

Paris City Guide

Since Robert Doisneau photographed The Kiss, the capital city of France has been known for romance. Spectacular architecture and wide avenues make for...

Wednesday 12 March 2014

New Orleans City Guide

Idling round a bend in the Mississippi river, New Orleans has a worldwide reputation for jazz, partying and cocktails, not to mention its louche heritage...

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Glasgow City Guide

Scotland's largest city is an industrial city and the shipyards on the River Clyde still function. Whisky is, however, now more visible than shipbuilding...

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Edinburgh City Guide

Edinburgh is a city of many faces. It is home to Braveheart and to Trainspotting, to the Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh Festival. Its architecture,...

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Copenhagen City Guide

The sea and the network of canals that cross Copenhagen are integral to its character –, by day you can enjoy coffee on the cobbled quayside cafes of...

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Bristol City Guide

Once a major industrial city with one of the county's largest ports, Bristol is still England's sixth largest city. It was through Bristol that much of...

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Brighton City Guide

Although a bit tatty in places Brighton is a stimulating and timeless mix of Graham Greene, fairground rides on the pier, England by the seaside, lary...

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Birmingham City Guide

Birmingham first grew to prominence in the 18th century when it was at the heart of the industrial revolution. Sadly severe bombing during WWII marred...

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Berlin City Guide

Berlin's bars have enjoyed legendary status ever since the 'roaring twenties' when swinging Berlin was Europe's party capital and now, over twenty years...

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Beiruit City Guide

Once known as the Paris of the East, the capital of war-torn Lebanon still retains a surreal beauty, even though parts of it have been rebuilt twice in...

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Barcelona City Guide

Balmy weather, great shops, world famous art galleries, a sandy Mediterranean beach, and breathtaking architecture: Barcelona (probably Spain's most cosmopolitan...

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Amsterdam City Guide

Since the 17th century Holland's largest city has been one of Europe's most important trading cities, and it has a rich history and culture that blends...

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Sydney City Guide

The spiritual, if not political, capital of Australia and home to almost a quarter of its population, Sydney sprawls along the shores and cliffs of the...

Tuesday 8 April 2014

Scarfes Bar Rosewood Hotel

Scarfes Bar sits across the courtyard entrance from Holborn Dining Room and is the Rosewood hotel's official bar. It's been decorated to resemble a very...

Monday 7 April 2014

Big Easy Covent Garden

The second site for Big Easy opened this March in the heart of Covent Garden. It's a cavernous two-story site decorated in a similar fashion to the Kings...

Farr's School of Dancing

Farr's was an old dance school, now stripped out and turned into a charming and spacious neighbourhood bar. It's interior is a mixture of eclectic seating...

Made in the Shade

Destined to be a new industry and neighbourhood hangout, Made in the Shade brings together the simple idea of good drinks and good food. It joins a growing...

The Botanist

Another from the Tom and Ed Martin stable, the Botanist is slap-bang on Sloane Square. Named in honour of Sir Hans Sloane, a botanist, it is brightly decorated...

Beaufort House

Across from the Azteca Latin Lounge is Beaufort House, a loud and buzzing brasserie with arguably London's friendliest doormen - so keen are they for you...

Azteca Latin Lounge

Transport yourself from the King's Road to the Day of the Dead stylings of the Azteca Latin Lounge, which boasts Chelsea's largest (actually one of London's...

Bluebird

Bluebird is an upscale bar, eatery and posh supermarket that's housed in a former Art Deco car garage. It was converted by British design supremo by Sir...

Würgeengel

The name of this bar is inspired by the 1962 Bruñel film, Würgeengel, which roughly translates as 'The Extermination Angel'. The film is about...

Monday 7 April 2014

Big Easy Covent Garden

The second site for Big Easy opened this March in the heart of Covent Garden. It's a cavernous two-story site decorated in a similar fashion to the Kings...

Bar am Lützowplatz

The most striking thing about Bar am Lützowplatz is the actual bar itself. The 16 metre counter runs down one side of an extraordinarily long, narrow...

House of Coco Tang

What's this? A club masquerading as a cocktail bar? Actually it's both, which is something you don't come across very often - at least done well. Come...

Jamie's Italian Angel Islington

Housed in the glass super-structure known as the Angel Building, turning right is the expansive restaurant floor, an visible kitchen but on the left is...

Bar Americain at Brasserie Zédel

Below ground with dark wood walls, dim lighting and soft leather chairs, this opulent bar near Piccadilly Circus really does feel like an old classic American...

Wednesday 2 April 2014

The Social Room at Pollen Street Social

This is Jason Atherton's first restaurant, and the founder of what is quickly becoming a global formula for success. The last time diffordsguide was at...