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A stone’s throw away from the Duomo, you’ll find Milan’s oldest district, known as ‘Cinque Vie’ or ‘five ways’. A meeting of five ancient streets and a dynamic crossroads of trade in Roman and Medieval times, today this district is home to buzzing galleries, craft and antique shops, artist studios, design stores and boutiques. At Wait and See on Via Santa Marta, set in a charming 18th century former convent, you’ll find quirky vintage pieces sourced from France to Los Angeles. It’s impossible to come away without finding something unique to bring home.
Recommended by concierge Lorenzo Fradegradi
at Hotel Principe di Savoia
Concierge at Hotel Principe di Savoia
Chelsea Physic Garden
One of London’s most restorative green spaces, Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 by The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries to cultivate medicinal plants. Hidden behind the high walls of what is one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful botanical gardens, you’ll find an oasis of nearly four acres of magnolia trees, lavender, and medicinal herbs. Plants were harvested here during the First World War to treat injured soldiers, and today the collection continues to support the production and research of medicinal plants.
Recommended by the concierge teams
at The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane
Concierge Manager at The Dorchester
With its ivy-covered entrance and walls adorned with vintage photos and cured meats, Taverna Trilussa is located in the heart of Trastevere and is a popular local landmark, having been around for almost a century. Renowned for classic Roman dishes including bucatini all’Amatriciana and cacio e pepe, and serving pasta in the steel pan in which it’s cooked, reservations are highly recommended. After a memorable meal, take time to explore Trastevere’s cobblestone side streets and Medieval maze of piazzas.
Recommended by the concierge team
at Hotel Eden
Alessandro Arciola, Ana De Castro and Fabrizio Dubla
Concierge team at Hotel Eden
Collection Pinault – Bourse de Commerce
Beneath the rotunda of the Bourse de Commerce lies the impressive contemporary art collection of French billionaire François Pinault. Once a grain exchange, the 18th century building is filled with light. One of the highlights is ‘Ici Plage, Comme Ici Bas’ by Martial Raysse, a large panel in vivid sienna hues depicting a utopian landscape with a crowd of sunbathers and carnival-goers. You can see the Montagne Sainte-Victoire in the background.
Recommended by Marine Leroux and Jean Mora
at Hôtel Plaza Athénée and Le Meurice
Head Concierge at Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Just One Eye
Just One Eye is an edgy, art-filled Hollywood boutique. The enormous space showcases one-of-a-kind pieces by Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami, alongside men’s and women’s fashion pieces by Gucci, Prada, Chloe, Missoni, and Christian Louboutin. You can spend all day exploring this emporium of a store. There’s furniture designed by Brad Pitt, vintage décor from the forties to the sixties, Hermés tabletop items, fine jewellery and fragrances. Look out for the VIP entrance in the back, where celebrities stroll straight into the Jorge Serrano salon, enjoy lunch and get their car washed while they wait.
Recommended by Abbas Golestani and Steve Sorg
at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air
Chef Concierge at Hotel Bel-Air
Famous for being the setting of the television series Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle has been home to the Carnarvon family since 1679. Records show the estate dates back to 749, when an Anglo-Saxon king granted it to the Bishops of Winchester. The castle, as it stands today, was designed in 1842 by Sir Charles Barry, the architect of London’s Houses of Parliament. Tour the state rooms that appear in Downton Abbey and don’t miss the permanent Egyptian Exhibition, which celebrates the fifth Earl of Carnarvon’s discovery of the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun. The castle is an hour’s drive from Coworth Park.
Recommended by Rowan McFeat
Director of Rooms, Coworth Park
Director of Rooms at Coworth Park
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