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  • Restaurants
Smashing sushi at Chisou in London

April 29, 2012

LONDON, UK – At first glance, Chisou might seem a touch under-accessorized.  The interiors at this Japanese izakaya (tavern) style eatery are notably spare:  black floors, plain wooden furniture, and a small sushi bar are the only adornments to the room.  It seems the equivalent of wearing a plain black… (more)
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  • Restaurants
Keeping the Asian-fusion flame alive at E&O

April 28, 2012

LONDON, UK- No matter where I am in the Western Hemisphere, I’ve realized that pan-Asian menus (well done, of course) always seems to spell “hotspot.”  In London, that’s spelled with only two letters:  E&O. At the epicenter of stylish Notting Hill, E&O first appeared on the scene in 2001, when… (more)
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  • Shopping
Therapy for your gray matter at Grays Antique Market

April 25, 2012

LONDON, UK – The medical world, it seems, is poised to tread upon the territory of shopping as fertile soil for newly coined disorders.  “Oniomania” is the term doctors use to label the compulsive need to shop, and the American Psychiatric Association is debating whether or not it should be… (more)
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  • Restaurants
Sunrise to Sunset at Cecconi’s in London

April 23, 2012

LONDON, UK- Being consistently glamorous from sun-up all the way through afterhours is a distinction that few can claim, with the possible exceptions of Heidi Klum and Cecconi’s, a classic Italian eatery in London’s moneyed Mayfair that serves the well-heeled from omelets to aperitifs.  Where most restaurants of its caliber… (more)
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  • Sights & Activities
Some serious eye candy at the National Gallery

April 4, 2012

LONDON, UK- Akin to the Louvre in Paris or the Uffizi in Florence, all the best art under The Crown can be seen at the National Gallery in London.  It’s like a deluxe chocolate box of Western European paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries, with heavy hitters like Botticelli,… (more)
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  • Sights & Activities
People…who read People…are the luckiest people at the National Portrait Gallery

February 4, 2012

LONDON, UK – It’s no wonder that the term “tabloid” originated in London. Before compromising photos of the Beckhams and Amy Winehouse were splashed all over The Sun, common Londoners were preoccupied with famous personalities, royal and otherwise. At the National Portrait Gallery, which features paintings and photos of illustrious… (more)
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  • Spas
The pearly gates of beauty at Dorchester Spa

January 8, 2012

LONDON, UK – They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but after a trip to the Dorchester Spa, you might just change your preference to pearls. After going through a fab, multi-million pound makeover, the opulent Art Deco spa emerged as one of the most glam in London. Case… (more)
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  • Other
The Purple Passport’s eBook Guides to London and Paris Have Arrived!

October 24, 2011

LONDON, UK and PARIS, FRANCE – We at The Purple Passport are delighted to announce the launch of our eBook travel series with our two inaugural guides, The Purple Passport to London and The Purple Passport to Paris. Designed for on-the-go travelers and locals, these guides package our handpicked recommendations in… (more)
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  • Restaurants
Get grilled, Indian style, at Amaya

October 15, 2011

LONDON, UK – Calling a restaurant “hot” is almost a cliché these days, overused as the adjective is to describe any of-the-moment darling of the culinary scene. But there’s no way to sidestep that descriptor when it comes to Amaya, a contemporary Indian spot in Knightbridge that’s hot through and… (more)
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  • Hotels
One singular sensation at One Aldwych

October 9, 2011

LONDON, UK- In all my world travels, there are few hotel properties I’ve visited where I wouldn’t change a thing.  Even at the most fabulous and luxurious digs, there’s always a little something that rubs me the wrong way, be it the noise of an elevator, the lack of a… (more)
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