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Best bars in London: Swans Bar, Maison Assouline

I love, perhaps a little too much, discovering great places to drink. My latest discovery came to light via my friend Mark. After months of trying, we finally got together for a sneaky afternoon drink — girding ourselves for our separate, taxing evenings to come. He suggested Swans Bar, right smack on Piccadilly. I’d never heard of it and was intrigued — I walk down this street several times a...

10 bars every American should visit in London

In every world-class city across the globe you can find great places to have a drink. What makes going out in London special is the particular style of drinking. You can lift a glass in a room of bedecked in period lavender cornicing or in a historic music hall that references several eras of its history all at once. For Americans, these drinking hotspots showcase the grand buildings, the hidden societies,...

New York City: A girls’ day out in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

No visit to New York City is complete without a visit to Williamsburg in Brooklyn — one of the coolest places in the city, at least for the next minute or two, if you listen to the buzz. (A lot of New Yorkers will tell you Williamsburg is past-it, and in my experience when the is-it-cool-or-is-it-over debate gets going in earnest, you know that the area has probably lost some of its edge and artsy cachet, but...

Blogger review of the Athenaeum Pudding Parlour, London

I first became aware of just how delicious dessert can be was a couple of years ago in Savannah, Georgia, when a friend took me to Lulu’s Chocolate Bar. In the moodily lit room sat girls dolled up glamorous/retro, guys ordering chocolate martinis and jazz oozing through the space. The entire vibe was yummy. (You can see some gorgeous pictures of Lulu’s here.) I’ve longed for a similar spot here in...

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