From cultural weekends in Berlin and Florence, to long-haul stays in Tokyo and Dubai, our guide has something for everyone. We also reveal how to nail a working trip to New York and share the secret to escaping London without leaving Zone 1.
To ensure you look sharp, we even give the low-down on what to pack.
A collision of history, art and striking architecture makes Berlin unforgettable.
The Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag are itinerary essentials and the East Side Gallery has a 1316m long section of the Wall. Refuel at Soho House or Alpenstück before hitting the off-beat Spreepark.
If you’re granted entry, trust us that you’ll need a tranquil space to rest your head.
With rooms boasting views over Tiergarten, Das Stue is your oasis of calm. A plush bar stocking rare cognacs only adds to the hotel’s appeal.
Samuel Johnson had it right saying, ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’.
Londoners can also watch movies in hot tubs at Old Street station or relive their childhood at Dalston’s ball pit bar if the mood strikes.
Want to escape the Big Smoke without leaving Zone 1?
The pastel de nata at Bar Duoro will transport you to Portugal, while Padella brings Italy to foodie haven Borough Market.
And rumour has it that vacant Dean Street Townhouse rooms go for £50 after 11pm if you can’t handle jostling for elbowroom on the Night Tube.
Heading to NYC for business? Here’s what to pack into a flying visit.
Stay at The Beekman and you can tick off some sights without even hailing a cab. Sleek with Martin Brudnizki interiors, it’s near Brooklyn Bridge and City Hall.
Stroll through Central Park to clear your head before an important meeting.
For upscale pub grub in a dark and sexy setting, NoMad is king. And although your Eleven Madison Park bill will be eye-watering, two Michelin stars makes flexing the Amex more bearable.
Impress colleagues by charming your way into Le Bain at The Standard, a choosy Meatpacking District discotheque afterwards.
If your schedule doesn’t permit late nights, win over clients with beer and hotdogs as the Knicks shoot hoops at Madison Square Garden.
Florence is a cultural and compact city where exploration is best done on foot.
Leave your luggage at the Gallery Hotel Art or minimalist Continentale before crossing Ponte Vecchio to discover the Duomo, Piazzale Michelangelo and Basilica di San Lorenzo.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, make like a well-heeled local at Enoteca Pinchiorri. Alternatively, go low-key with spaghetti al sugo and Chianti at Trattoria Sostanza.
Visit during menswear event Pitti Uomo and you might mingle with dandy icon Fabio Attanasio at the Westin Excelsior‘s rooftop bar. An espresso at Ditta Artigianale will head off a hangover the following morning.
Tokyo is the master of reinvention.
A tussle between old and new, the ancient Imperial Palace and Sensō-ji Temple sit alongside high-rises like the Bunkyo Civic Center – you’ll see Mount Fuji looming beyond the city from the free observation deck on a clear day.
A Bullet Train ride will confirm you’re in 2017 following a tranquil trip to Todoroki Gorge.
When neon signs flash after dark, slurp £6 Michelin-starred ramen at Tutsa and sample Japanese malt at Bar Tsurukame.
For an equally authentic experience, order sake and sashimi at Shimomiya.
Craving vitamin D? Pack a holdall and jet to Dubai.
Although much of the city has been built in the last 30 years, this tax-free cosmopolis doesn’t lack culture.
Selling glassware and exotic spices, Souk Madinat Jumeirah mimics a bustling bazaar and there aren’t many places you can don a fedora to watch Camel Polo either.
In terms of hotels, Nikki Beach is great for watersports, while Rove Downtown faces the impressive Burj Khalifa.
There on a Friday? Enjoy global cuisine and free-flowing booze at Al Qasr’s extravagant brunch.
If you’re still standing afterwards, the Zuma and Marina Social bars are worth a visit.
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