INSTAGRAM: The Points Guy UK
Brian Kelly’s US-based points-and-miles blog has evolved into a lifestyle media brand with a monthly audience of 10m. It’s just reached the UK, with the goal of turning you into the smartest traveller you know. Whether you like a travel bargain, need some destination inspo, or just want to see what first-class cabins are really like, this is the place to be.
PODCAST: Handcut Radio
Journalist Aleks Cvetkovic interviews stylish people from across the world. Season two highlights include Michael Hill discussing his role as creative director of Drake’s, Patrick Grant on fast fashion and jeweller Alice Walsh explaining how she grew the Alice Made This brand. The third season begins on 5th February.
TECH: Samsung Galaxy S11
Samsung is preparing to announce several new models at its annual event in San Francisco on 11th February. Among them, the S11 is set to offer 5G connectivity, beating Apple to market and giving the Korean manufacturer a chance to bolster its position as the world’s largest volume seller of phones.
Akoko offers British and West African cuisine, married creatively by Masterchef: The Professionals finalist William JM Chilila. Dishes include the likes of grilled beef suya with caramelised onion and confit tomato, as well as twists on the traditional flavours of barbecued aubergine and smoked goat.
21 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3LP
TELEVISION: Narcos: Mexico
The second season of Netflix crime drama Narcos: Mexico drops this month. Miguel Gallardo, godfather of the Mexican Guadalajara cartel, is intent on growing his empire and reigning supreme as the world’s premier cocaine trader, which means going head to head with the Colombians. Meanwhile, a DEA agent is murdered and in-fighting between different factions of the cartel rouses suspicion from the American government.
Out 13th February
CLOTHING: De Bonne Facture
From ex-Hermès designer Déborah Neuberg, De Bonne Facture offers timeless, utility-inspired pieces that’ll last through the seasons. Its latest collection is exclusive to Mr Porter and, while prices are premium (from around £200), you’re paying fairly for quality and provenance. Each piece comes with a tag detailing the name, location and history of the atelier that produced it.
BOOK: Zaha Hadid Complete Works
A collection of photographs, in-depth texts and personal sketches from the late Zaha Hadid. From Olympic venues to a world-class airport and the remarkable Port House in Antwerp, this monograph gathers the complete works of the first female architect ever to win the Pritzker prize and one of the greatest architects of the 21st century.
HOTEL: Arctic Bath
Recently opened in Swedish Lapland, Arctic Bath has been made with nature at its core. Elevated on poles, its spacious shoreline cabins – made from natural, sustainable materials – are connected via walkways amid the surrounding vegetation. Sprawling decks offer a place for meditation, morning coffee or just relaxing. If that doesn’t sound zen enough, the hotel features an extensive wellness programme including exercise classes, spa treatments and, of course, cold baths.
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