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The Five Best Art Hotels in the World

The cultural medium of art is no longer reserved for exclusive galleries, or hidden away inside collectors’ homes. Instead, the accessibility of art has grown exponentially in the modern world – both in the sense of who is making the art, and who is seeing it. As a result, art is everywhere, from the walls of a gallery to the tube stops of London. Art hotels combine this global appreciation of art with luxurious places to stay, making them coveted destinations in both the art and travel scenes. We list our top five art hotels in the world, taking you from Alpine retreats to Italian masterpieces.


La Colombe D’Or, Saint-Paul-de-Vence


Located atop the hilltop road leading to Saint-Paul-de-Vence and in between the hubs of Nice and Cannes, this hotel perfectly balances the rustic charm of a French family-run hotel with one of the most extraordinary art collections. The story behind the hotel is equally fascinating; during World War II, painters and liberals seeking refuge on the coast often found lodgings at La Colombe D’Or, and then paid for their board with paintings. Today, the hotel houses a compendium of works ranging from Matisse to Chagall – a collection to rival the most  prestigious galleries in the world.


The Dolder Hotel, Zurich


When the hotel wouldn’t be out of place in a fairytale, you know you’re on to something special. The Dolder Hotel in Zurich nestles itself between Lake Zurich and the Alps, with the city only an hour away – an idyllic position. The architecture of the hotel is similarly impressive, with two wings designed by Norman Foster boasting steel, stone and tinted glass that juxtapose the turreted rest of the building. Inside, you are greeted with an 11-metre Andy Warhol piece, whilst works by artists such as Dali and Henry Moore litter the walls of the remainder of the hotel. For a getaway that is as steeped in relaxation as it is art, look no further.




The Exhibitionist Hotel, London


With the Natural History Museum as its neighbour, the Exhibitionist Hotel certainly lives up to its name. The open plan ground floor is filled with statement sculptures and set pieces, including a life-sized bull, a Jimmie Martin mannequin lamp and bark-crafted ballerina legs. Yet the striking entrance and its décor are not the most remarkable aspects of this hotel; instead, look for the rotating artist spaces within the rest of this South Kensington Hotel. Eight spaces have been handed over to contemporary artists for decoration on a bi-annual basis. This ever-changing boutique hotel is one to visit again and again, if just to see the latest installation.




Rome Cavalieri, Rome

On the periphery of the city centre, the Rome Cavalieri holds 15 acres of grounds, overlooking the city of Rome and including three pools, tennis courts and a full wooded parkland. The stark, rather brutalist architecture of the hotel is tempered by its lavish interior, which is where the Rome Cavalieri gets its luxurious reputation, gathering high society members since it opened its doors. The property is covered in a collection of over 1,000 paintings, sculptures, furnishings and antique tapestries, as well as works by Robert Indiana, Warhol and Nureyev’s ballet costumes. Overall, the claim that this hotel is one of the best art hotels in the world holds considerable worth, and is perfect for those with an appreciation of both history and fine art.


Hotel Arts, Barcelona


One of Barcelona’s original luxury hotels, Hotel Arts is located right on the seafront in the Catalan Olympic Village, with coastal views and surrounded by beach-style restaurants and bars. With a minimalist modern aesthetic and exposed glass and steel architecture, the Hotel Arts blends old-school service with sleek décor. The enormous fish-like sculpture of the Frank Gehry-designed Peix is one of the key landmarks for this hotel, but it also puts on major exhibitions throughout the year, including Picasso and Dalí, as well as more contemporary names such as Xavier Corberó. For those looking for the rare combination of art escape and beach break, Barcelona’s Hotel Arts is the answer.

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Top Five Podcasts For Book Lovers

The ever-mounting pile of books needing to be read is a familiar sight for literature lovers; finding the time to read seems to be an impossible challenge. Yet podcasts centred on literature and reading are something of a solution for book lovers, as the commute in the morning, the chores in the evening or the afternoon dog walk are new opportunities for indulging your love of literature via a pair of headphones. We’ve collated our top five literary podcasts – think of it as your new, convenient reading list.

1. Freedom, Books, Flowers and the Moon

Taken from Oscar Wilde’s famous question ‘With freedom, books, flowers and the moon, who could not be happy?’ this podcast is broadcast in conjunction with The Times Literary Supplement. The editors of the TLS choose two or three critics or writers to join them on the podcast, to discuss the work featured in that week’s supplement. The result? An engaging and contemplative discussion, delving into the inner workings of literary pieces, leaving no stone unturned in the process. 

2. Literary Disco

Three writers living in opposing sides of the US have come together to create this podcast, documenting their discussions on books, essays, plays and poetry, with a host of tangential titbits thrown in for good measure. The trio also bring writers, teachers, librarians and members of the public into the podcast and discuss a book all together. In a nutshell, Literary Disco is the friendly book group you’ve always wanted, at your fingertips. 

3. Minorities in Publishing

Not so much about books themselves as it is about the publishing industry, Minorities in Publishing probes the endemic lack of diversity within publishing, bringing authors, publishing professionals and others on to the podcast to discuss. The discussions are far-reaching; from the widespread issue of the lack of representation in the industry to guests’ personal stories within their respective literary fields. A vital podcast for anyone wishing to understand the problems facing the publishing industry today, and to listen to the voices that could solve those problems. 

4. Overdue

Overdue is the podcast that speaks to the pile of books mounting on your bedroom floor. Creators Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting get to grips with a new book from their ‘to-read’ backlog every Monday, and invite you to join them. From new, much-hyped releases to classics that just about everyone has already read, Andrew and Craig will read it all. 

5. Reading Women

Out of the 114 Nobel Prize for Literature winners, 14 are women. Reading Women has one simple aim – to reclaim what ‘women’s literature’ has come to be associated with. Subverting the expectation of glitter-covered book jackets and holiday romances, Reading Women brings your attention to the overlooked history of women’s writing and, in the process, ‘reclaims half the bookshelf’.  

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In the latest instalment of our London W11 Meets series, we chat to editor and stylist Nini Khatiblou.

Nini is a London-based stylist and Fashion Editor, who has worked across some of the UK’s most renowned magazines. She currently splits her time between styling celebrity and fashion shoots for PHOENIX Digital and working with a host of exciting brands including London W11.

We sat down with Nini to chat style muses, Notting Hill hotspots and style rules.

 What inspired you to pursue a career in fashion?

When I was younger I worked in the cupboard at New Woman Magazine. I was surrounded by all these amazing clothes and accessories and everyone around me was so stylish – something just clicked inside me and overnight I became obsessed with clothes and fashion.

Whats the best part of your job? 

I split my time between working for PHOENIX Magazine and styling for a range of womenswear brands. It couldn’t be more different to a 9 to 5 job! I love the variety of work, and constantly meeting and working with new people.

How would you describe your signature style?

Casual with an unexpected twist. I never feel better than when I’m wearing leather trousers or jeans, a cashmere knit layered u

nder a super sharp blazer and a pair of statement flats.


Where do you get your inspiration from?

 Absolutely everywhere; Instagram and Pinterest always play a huge role when I’m looking for shoot inspiration. I also find travelling and people-watching abroad hugely inspiring too.

Whats your number 1 style rule?

Take time to discover what your style is and run with it. Find the colours and shapes that suit you and then build a wardrobe of items that all work together. There’s nothing worse than wearing an outfit and not feeling good in it.

Whose style do you covet the most and why?

 I’ve always been a huge fan of the same four celebrities – the Olsen Twins, Alexa Chung and Sienna Miller. They all make fashion look totally effortless. You can tell they dress for themselves which I find really empowering.

Tell us about your favourite piece from the London W11 collection and why?

I’ve been a fan of the brand for quite some time now – the quality and versatility of the designs is everything that I look for when I’m shopping for new clothes. The raw edge cashmere crew neck in black is at the top of my wish list.

What are your top London hotspots for eating, shopping and drinking?

 You’ll often find me enjoying a spot of brunch outside Nicole’s in Westbourne Grove; it almost feels like you’re in Paris! My dinner plans tend to be quite low-key; I’m a regular at Lemonia in Primrose Hill, they do the most amazing sharing starters and moussaka. For drinks with friends, Soho is my preferred choice; there’s such a lively energy and welcoming feel to the area.

Whats your favourite travel destination? What do you need for a perfect holiday?

I think Italy has to be my favourite; a big bowl of pasta near the beach and plenty of sunshine is all I need for the perfect holiday.

 Finally, what do you like to do to relax? 

 When I’m not working, my favourite ways to switch off mainly involve cooking and exercising. I love being in the kitchen with the radio on. Equally, I find exercising and running ideal for clearing my head. I pop in my headphones, map a run and forget all about my work stress.

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The Best Female-Led Exhibitions in London

For centuries, upper class white men dominated art as a medium. It was trailblazers such as Frida Kahlo and Joan Jonas who carved out a space for female artists. Today, women’s art is something to be celebrated, both in its own right and because of its inherently gendered (and politicised) position. To honour this celebration, we present the top five female-led exhibitions in London, from Baroque paintings to a curation of Frida Kahlo’s cosmetics.


Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

  After 50 years of being sealed away by her husband, Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe was uncovered       in   2004. Never before shown outside of Mexico, this V&A exhibition presents a carefully   curated   selection of personal artefacts, including her famous embroidered clothing, blusher   and   lipsticks, as well as her red-booted prosthetic leg. As Kahlo suffered from physical   ailments   throughout her life, this exhibition shows just how important clothing can be for an   individual   in shaping and transforming their identities.



Lubaina Himid: Our Kisses Are Petals

After becoming the oldest Turner Prize winner in 2017, Himid has taken to the Baltic Centre for her latest exhibition. Our Kisses Are Petals features paintings on cloth that resemble the style of the Kanga, a fabric traditionally worn by East African women. The pieces are each inscribed with words from poets including James Baldwin, Essex Hemphill and Audre Lorde, creating what Himid describes as ‘speaking clothes’. The cloths are hung in a flag-like and nationalistic fashion, disrupting expectations and subverting notions of identity and what ‘belonging’ means today.




A Woman’s Place

With the Representation of the People Act celebrating its centenary this year, the stately              home at Knole is presenting the work of six contemporary artists throughout its house and     grounds. The exhibition focuses on the progression of women that have contributed to the   history of the National Trust property, shining a light specifically on the untold stories of its   women. Highlights include letter extracts from Anne Clifford and Frances Cranfield and   specially commissioned works from Melanie Wilson, Lindsay Seers and Emily Speed.




Joan Jonas at the Tate Modern

One of the most important female artists to emerge from the 60s and 70s and pioneer of video and performance, Joan Jonas continues to produce work at the age of 82. This exhibition is the largest collection of Jonas’s work ever held in the UK, and houses her early work from the 60s through to more recent installations. Exploring topics such as feminism, sexuality and climate change, Jonas’s creations remain as poignant and as relevant as they were when she began her work.




Women and Power: A Walk Through Tate Britain

  The Walk Through British Art exhibition at the Tate Britain contains a virtual tour of its     selection of women’s art throughout history, inspired by the 100th anniversary of   the Representation of the People Act.  The online collection presents a curated selection of   paintings by prominent female artists from the 17th century through to modern day, including   Evelyn John, Bridget Riley and Mary Beale, allowing you to take yourself on a handpicked tour of some of Britain’s finest art.






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Beata Heuman talks interiors, travel and design inspiration.

Renowned for her love of luxurious fabrics, quirky furnishings and eclectic colours, London-based designer Beata Heuman spent eight years working under Nicky Haslam at NH Design before leaving to launch her very own interior-design company. The talented young designer has been featured in House and Garden’s list of top 100 designers and is one of the most sought-after names in the design world. Famed for her playful yet refreshing take on interiors, we caught up with Beata at her West London home. Continue reading LONDON W11 MEETS…BEATA HEUMAN