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Search Close Menu Close CN Traveller Skip to main content Inspiration Destinations Places To Stay Style & Culture Food & Drink More Awards Events Video Travel Tips Competitions On the Move Podcasts Magazine Subscribe Follow Traveller Welcome to CN Traveller. This site uses cookies to improve your experience and deliver personalised advertising. You can opt out at any time or find out more by reading our cookie policy. Main Content Topics Lisbon Thailand Portugal India Greece Maldives Spain Africa Italy New York Europe California Cuba Europe The best takeaways in…

Win a two-night stay at new foodie hotspot Nobu Hotel London Portman Square

Sushi restaurant Nobu (named after chef Nobu Matsuhisa and famously championed by Robert De Niro) opened 16 years ago in New York, shortly followed by London’s Mayfair. Since then, it has rolled out its Japanese-inspired flair to hotels in destinations such as Ibiza, Barcelona and Shoreditch. The latest opening on Portman Square in Marylebone has the same minimalist aesthetic the restaurant and hotel group is known for; a theatrically high ceiling greets guests in the reception, with an enormous sculpture suspended from pale timber. The winner and their guest will…

Where is ‘We Are Who We Are’ filmed in Italy?

If his last film Call Me By Your Name wasn’t enough of an indication, Italian producer and director Luca Guadagnino has a knack for enthralling coming-of-age stories, with dreamy slices of Italy as his backdrop of choice. We’re talking Italy beyond Florence, Milan, Rome – these are the fishing villages and lemon-tree-covered landscapes that travellers hope to discover. In his latest project, We Are Who We Are, now available on BBC iPlayer, Guadagnino and his team do it again. This time, the story – which follows two 14-year-old Americans, Caitlin…

The best parks in London right now

All products are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission. London is a green city. Miraculously green. For every building, street and pavement, for every concrete block and brick wall, there’s about as much green space, garden, park and field. Should 8.4 million Londoners spontaneously decide to hug a tree, there’d be a tree each for them to do so. Go for a walk in London and every fifth step, on average, you’ll be under the cover of a tree. Our capital…

Inside The Mayson: the coolest hotel in Dublin right now

All products are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission. First impression: Everyone here is having fun. Staff: Young, friendly, European. Food and drink: Cocktails in the lobby, stout in the pub, steaks in the rooftop grill. Bed and bath: From pint-size yet comfy doubles to suites with deep copper tubs at the end of the bed. The crowd: Twenty- and thirty-somethings working in tech, media or finance. Neighbourhood: Still up-and-coming rejuvenated dockside, literally on the rise as new blocks are being…

Things to do in London this week: 30 November – 6 December 2020

All products are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission. We’re rounding up some of the best things to do in London as the capital emerges from lockdown on Wednesday 2 December, from the outdoor restaurants to book to the exhibitions to tune into and the markets to visit. What to do in London this week 1. Take a pottery class As it falls under an educational facility, East London’s SkandiHus was able to continue teaching pottery classes in London throughout the…

The best Airbnbs in the UK and Ireland

For a low-key weekend break in the UK or a raucous overnight party with the whole crew, taking over a whole building is a brilliant option: tons of space to spread out, no other guests to worry about and the chance to live like a local. Before 2008, when Airbnb was founded, tracking down a holiday home was much harder. Now, it’s almost too easy – there are millions of properties listed on the site – but search fatigue can be overwhelming. To point you in the right direction, we’ve…

When will we travel? What the latest UK lockdown and local tier rules mean

Can I travel right now? On Wednesday 2 December, the new three-tier system was introduced, based on the level of coronavirus infections in the area. To find out which tier you live in, go to the government’s coronavirus restriction postcode checker. Working from home and travelling as little as possible are encouraged for all three, but here’s a breakdown of each tier. Tier 1 (medium): No restrictions on travel in the UK or abroad, but avoid visiting a Tier 3 area, and follow household-mixing rules in a Tier 2 area.…

What does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel?

What’s the news exactly? The vaccine for Covid developed by Pfizer and BioNTech has been approved and will begin to be rolled out in the UK from the second week of December. In early November news of this vaccine was announced, which has since been shown in trials to be 95 per cent effective against Covid-19 – better than anyone hoped. Two more major vaccines were also recently announced: an American one by a biotech company called Moderna, which is nearly 95 per cent effective, and the Oxford University AstraZeneca…

Will we be able to travel this Christmas? All your questions answered

What’s the latest? Leaders of all four UK nations reached a deal to allow different households to mix between 23 and 27 December – a Christmas bubble of up to three households – and travel freely between different tiers during those dates. For the rest of the period between Wednesday 2 December and spring 2021, a new three-tier system is in place across England, with tighter measures than before. The government released a postcode checker on Thursday 26 November, confirming which locations fall under which tier. As examples, London and…

Where is safe to travel to right now from the UK?

All products are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission. As of Wednesday 2 December, there are no restrictions on travel in the UK or abroad for those living in Tier 1 and Tier 2 areas, while for those in Tier 3 areas travel outside your area is not advised. To find out which tier you live in, use the government postcode checker. And read more about the details of what the latest lockdown rules mean for when will we travel again.…

Where is ‘Virgin River’ filmed?

With a happy combination of all-American values, will-they-won’t-they romance and back-to-nature scenery, Netflix’s Virgin River has proved such a hit that the show has returned to Netflix for a second season. In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Open my cookie preferences. Based on the 20-strong book series by Robyn Carr, season two follows nurse Melinda ‘Mel’ Munroe (Alexandra Breckenridge), her ‘will-they-won’t they’ relationship with Jack, and life in the laid-back small town of the title. In the books, Virgin River is specifically…

11 skills you can learn at home

All products are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission. Finally learn that new skill you’ve always wanted to without even having to leave the house. While there are tons of workshops and creative classes across London and the UK, there are lots of online courses for those who can’t make it in real life to try their hand at, too. From making bread with top bakeries to expert-led photography, these are the hobbies to take up at home. Upskill at home…

Video: Our favourite West London neighbourhood: Notting Hill

Notting Hill is one of London’s best-known corners. It’s home to the world’s most famous antiques market, on Portobello Road, and the largest carnival in Europe – as well as vintage shops, centuries-old pubs and smart restaurants. In this video, Condé Nast Traveller’s creative content editor Rosalyn Wikeley, a Notting Hill devotee since the Noughties, and founder of pop-up restaurant G13 Lulu Branth, who grew up in the neighbourhood, show us around. Like this? Now read: Notting Hill — an insiders guide Notting Hill — an insider guide Things to…

Escape Routes: the Condé Nast Traveller podcast

Escape Routes with Condé Nast Traveller is our new podcast showcasing the magazine’s most transportative travel storytelling. Let us take you to some of our favourite places, if only in your imagination, with the soul-lifting memoirs and daydream-worthy destinations of our most-loved travel stories, read aloud by the writers who penned them. Listen and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify or download on Android. CATANIA, SICILY Escape Routes Podcast: Catania, Sicily Contributing editor Jonathan Bastable on Catania, the chic coastal city in Sicily that sits in the shadow of hypnotic Mount Etna.…

Christmas travel gift ideas for globetrotters 2020

All products are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission. The festive season is upon us and a resilient spirit of generosity pervades – everyone deserves a little lift this year. We’ve searched far and wide for the ultimate stocking fillers, Christmas presents and knockout gifts for travellers keen to get back out there in 2021. From kayaks-in-a-bag and futuristic ski goggles to hampers stuffed with tasty treats from the mountain villages of northern Italy, here’s our 2020 Christmas gift guide for…

Christmas markets in London: the best to visit in 2020

All products are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission. It’s officially Christmas market season. While ongoing Covid regulations mean that the majority of venues have not confirmed exact opening dates in advance as usual, we’ve rounded up our edit of the best markets across the capital including both those officially open now, and those that we loved last year and are looking forward to seeing open as soon as Lockdown 2 ends. As with all open markets, social distancing will be…

Where is hot in December? Our top 12 destinations

As the cold takes firm hold of Europe, sun seeking generally requires a longer flight. True, there are spots closer to home with the good grace to linger around 20°C, but winter provides an excellent excuse for a far-flung getaway, when a powerful and prolonged dose of vitamin D is practically prescribed. Hot cities in Africa and Australia will come alive this month, as their summers finally arrive, while tropical islands and unsung corners of the world will hit their peak. See below for our edit of where is hot…

25 best sustainable beauty products that are good for the soul (and the planet)

All products are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission. All-natural skincare is a huge chunk of the global beauty market now – but since it’s hard to know who the real heroes are without having a science degree and scrutinising the ingredients, we thought we’d provide some helpful signposting to genuinely sustainable products. When it comes to choosing skincare and wellbeing products that aren’t just good for us, but are great for the wider world, there’s much to consider. Is the…

How this Swiss fashion brand is helping to save our mountains

In 1953, history was made when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. For Norgay, these momentous steps were taken in boots made by Swiss brand Bally, which has been specialising in functional outdoor footwear since 1851. More than half a century since the record-breaking climb, mankind has made great leaps in discovering and understanding our natural world, but our greatest undertaking lies ahead of us – to save it. This year the Bally…

10 ways to be a better traveller in a post-lockdown world

It’s hard to imagine what travelling will look like when this is all over. But one thing is for sure – things are going to be different. And those differences are, in many ways, going to be good. We all know that the planet’s resources can’t support our fancy-free jet-setting dreams forever. And, post-corona, it’s likely that how we feel about our desire to travel will shift, too. This is an opportunity to rejoin the world with a gentler approach, to be more compassionate and holistic in our outlook and…

Win a seven-night stay for four in a beautiful villa on the south coast of Sicily

Surrounded by sun-soaked fields and with sweeping views of the sea, Nido d’Estia’s dreamy location is undoubtedly its ace card. This, along with a scrumptious pool, taking full advantage of the vistas and the traditional Ragusan cottage which has been tastefully renovated using local stone, polished concrete and a mix of traditional and mid-century furniture. Double and twin bedrooms spill out onto the terrace lined with fragrant shrubs and carob trees, the perfect setting for long lazy lunches and candle-lit suppers to play out beneath a shaded al fresco dining…

Win a weekend in the Lake District

The prize winner and a guest will check into The Swan, a smart hotel in Newby Bridge, near pretty Lake Windermere and River Leven in the Lake District. The prize includes a stay in a candy-coloured Loft Suite, which has a living area with fat sofas, a freestanding roll-top bath and a log burner. The Lake District is home to some of England’s most beautiful corners, so The Swan is surrounded by incredible scenery and rugged walks. The whole area is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is known…

Win a weekend at one of London’s coolest hotels

The prize winner and a guest will spend two nights in a Junior Suite Terrace, the biggest and most luxurious room type, on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Set on the eighth floor, the spacious room is California-inspired, with lots of natural wood and retro furniture. There’s a balcony overlooking the streets of King’s Cross and even an outdoor bath for a long soak after a busy day exploring the capital. The Standard The communal spaces are buzzy, with Seventies details and vibrant carpets. Supper at Double Standard, the ground-floor restaurant and…

The best restaurants in London right now

London’s once-bustling restaurant scene may have taken a hit during 2020, but that hasn’t stopped a flow of new openings between lockdowns. London is now back in Tier 2 which means lots of our favourite restaurants have reopened – these are the ones to book now for December. For the latest al-fresco recommendations, see our pick of the best outdoor restaurants in London, and for those of you not travelling further than your sofa for the moment, these are the best London restaurants delivering. Below, we round-up when some of…

The best outdoor restaurants in London right now

As the weather cools down and lockdown rules loosen, many of the best restaurants in London are adapting to the new normal with creative and weather-proof outdoor dining options ideal for groups of six. Here we round up 21 of the best outdoor restaurants right now, from pop-up outside seating spots to the capital’s classic restaurants with gardens. For more outdoor inspiration, see our edit of the best winter terraces in London plus the best things to do outside in London. London restaurants with outside seating Bentley’s Bentley’s Oyster Bar…