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WELCOME INTRODUCTION

WELCOME...

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Welcome to the first
Inspired Travel
Magazine of 2018
which is brought to
you by a brand new editorial team.
We hope regular readers, and those
of you picking up Inspired Travel
Magazine for the first time will enjoy
the improvements we’ve made.

On the cover is the magnificent
‘Oasis of the Seas’, operated by
Royal Caribbean, who are also the
subject of our cruise feature on page
54. If you’re interested in a more
adventurous holiday this year and
looking for great ideas, take a look
at page 16 where we feature some
destinations and activities to get
your pulse racing a little. We’re also
featuring capitals of culture, cocktails,
fashion, motoring, golf, wildlife,
celebrations around the world, and
much more! There’s something here
for everyone, including the chance
for one lucky reader to win a stylish
Lomography camera. To find out how
to enter, turn to page 86!

Wherever you’re travelling we hope
Inspired Travel magazine will add to
the adventure.

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CONTENTS

INSPIRED

ISSUE 03, 2018

Cover Image:
Royal Caribbean
Inspired Travel Magazine - Issue 3
Managing Director:
Ashley Edwards
Editor:
Rachel Roberts
Production Manager
Lee Edwards
Design:
Clare Dann
Jason Stubbs
Sales:
Abby Doherty
Charlotte Loungehaye
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If you would like to contribute editorial or photography, or to advertise
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be reproduced in whole or in part without the publishers permission.
The views expressed in Inspired Travel Magazine do not necessarily
represent the views of Concept Publishing Ltd. Every care is taken
during the production of this magazine, but the publisher assumes no
responsibility for the accuracy of the information, or any consequenses
arising from it. Concept Publishing takes no responsibility for
the companies advertising within this publication. All prices and
information are correct at the time of going to press.

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08 16 21 26

A SENSE OF CENTENARY OUT OF THE SOLO TRAVEL
ADVENTURE CELEBRATIONS ORDINARY

34 44 56 62

CAPITALS OF TOP 10 GIN RESTAURANT HILLSIDE BEACH
CULTURE COCKTAILS REVIEW: ANNALENA CLUB RESORT

64 80 86 91

AROUND THE TAKING THE CRUISE CONTROL MAKING TRACKS
WORLD IN 18 HOLES PERFECT PHOTO

94 121 130 152

BUCKET LIST: INVESTING IN GLOBAL ON TEST: RANGE ROVER
WILDLIFE WONDERS BRICKS & MORTAR FASHION AUTOBIOGRAPHY

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A SENSE OF

ADVENTURE

For many, a holiday offers the 20 minutes on a hired pedalo, Inspired with a shorter itinerary of six nights,
chance to relax and unwind. Their Travel Magazine has ideas for a rather making it ideal for first-timers who just
precious time away from the more invigorating holiday experience. want a taste of safari life. You’ll get
daily routine is spent doing as little as to visit the wilderness of Tsavo West,
humanly possible and indulging in as African safari followed by Amboseli, with
many luxuries as their budget will allow. The great-grandfather of the adventure its stunning views of Kilimanjaro
But what if you’re bored with the beach? holiday, the big-game safari remains one and close encounters with some of
What if two weeks by the pool with a of life’s great adventures. While modern Africa’s iconic wildlife. Day one will
good book and some relaxing music safari-goers enjoy the safety of purpose- entail travelling from the UK to Nairobi,
is your definition of tedium? Maybe a built vehicles, and the comfort of luxury followed by a transfer to your hotel for a
break from work is an opportunity to accommodation, a close encounter relaxing overnight stay. On day two, set
challenge yourself, to try something a bit with African megafauna is guaranteed off to Tsavo West National Park, located
more memorable than sipping a mojito to thrill. in the Coast Province in south-east
with sand between your toes. Forget Kenya, where you will experience open
The ‘Big Five Safari’ in Kenya comes

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grasslands, dense woodlands and the Tsavo West National Park, Kenya
world’s lengthiest lava flow. Here, there is
the chance to spot rhino, buffalo, leopard, inspired-travel.co.uk 9
lion, waterbuck, lesser kudu, giraffe and
gerenuk. In the evening, you’ll return to
your luxury tented accommodation and
safari lodge.

Spend the rest of the week travelling to
more of Kenya’s beautiful National Parks
and, if you’re hungry for more, you can
extend your holiday when the safari is
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Mayrhofen, Austria

Startling slopes offers fearless divers the chance to
enter the water with Jaws itself; the
There are various locations around great white shark. The expeditions
the globe renowned for winter sports, take place around the Neptune Islands
from the French Alps and Switzerland in South Australia, close to Adelaide.
to Chile and the US if you want to Take your pick from either a surface
venture further afield. One destination cage, or an ocean floor cage which
that offers all things adventurous is descends 20m to the sea floor. Either
Austria. The Harakiri in the resort option offers the chance of a close
of Mayrhofen is famed as Austria’s encounter with one of nature’s most
steepest slope; dropping 376 vertical revered predators.
meters over its 1,500-meter length. rodneyfox.com.au
With a maximum incline of 78 percent,
it has become an essential bucket-list Neptune Islands, Australia
item for ambitious, experienced skiers.
Image courtesy of Rodney Fox Shark expeditions
If you’re not quite up to the most
intense descents however, Mayrhofen
has plenty more to offer. Thanks to
136 kilometres of perfectly prepared
pistes to suit all difficulty levels,
everyone from beginners to pros will
have fun here. And if you’re looking for
entertainment off the pistes, romantic
winter hiking trails and the new
Pistenbock toboggan run on Ahorn
are fantastic alternatives.Prices are
dependant on activity packages and
accommodation
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Underwater encounters

It’s one thing encountering large
animals on dry land, but confronting
them underwater ups the adrenaline
ante by a few notches. Not only
are you in the presence of an apex
predator, but you’re also in its natural
habitat, not yours.

Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions

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SAN FRANCISCO, USA

Famous for its rolling hills, fog, eclectic architecture, tech-startups, and landmarks
such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, it’s not hard to see why San
Francisco draws tens of millions of visitors a year. The vibrant, diverse and
tolerant culture of the city ensures that there’s always something exciting and stylish
going on. Known as a paradise for foodies, the variety of ethnicities that make up the
population ensure your palate will be as stimulated as the rest of your senses.

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ARASHIYAMA, KYOTO, JAPAN

Otherworldly, enchanting and majestic, the Sagano bamboo grove is a photographers
delight, but pictures alone cannot convey it’s full beauty. In 1996, Japan’s Ministry of the
Environment included the gentle rustling of the bamboo here in its “100 soundscapes of
Japan”. As with many of the world’s iconic beauty spots, the bamboo grove can get very crowded,
so avoid weekends, and visit early in the morning for a serene and calming experience.

Arashiyama is easily accessible from Kyoto by train, and offers a wealth of sights to see in
addition to the towering bamboo forest. The Tenryu-Ji Temple, the Okochi-Sanso Villa, and the
Togetsukyo Bridge (Moon Crossing Bridge) are among Arashiyama’s other attractions. You can also
take a ride on the Sagano “romantic train” and meet the world’s most northern-living nonhuman
primate, the Japanese macaque, at the Iwatayama Monkey Park.

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CENTENARY

CELEBRATIONS

In the UK, a 100th birthday is famously marked by receiving a telegram from the
Queen. But what happens when a country hits its century mark? 2018 offers
Latvia and Estonia the chance to show the world how it’s done. Meanwhile,

further south, Chile can top that by celebrating 200 years of independence from
Spain. We take a look at what these destinations have planned

LATVIA Baltic and is largely undeveloped country in the world.

Latvia’s tourist board previously with pine forests meeting white- latvia.travel/en

described the country as “thesand beaches. Over half of theESTONIA
land that sings”, and Latvianscountry is covered by forests
have something to singand conservation is importantAlso celebrating 100 years
about in 2018 as the countryhere. As part of the centenary,since declaring independence
celebrates the centenary of itsthe country is organizing a “Bigis Latvia’s northerly neighbour,
declaration of independenceclean up” in April with the aimEstonia. As well as promising “a
from Russia. There are numerousof making Latvia the cleanestparty in every village”, Estonia
events planned, including film is hosting the Winter Swimming
screenings and a song and World Championships, a BMX
dance event to celebrate the and skateboarding competition,
and almost 100 high-level art
2018 looks setbest of Latvian Culture. This events aimed at celebrating the
to be a greatyear’s Staro Light Festival in centenary. Estonia’s capital,
Tallinn, not only contains a
Latvia’s capital, Riga, is sure to beautifully preserved medieval
old town but also ranks as one
year to explorebe particularly spectacular. of the best-value destinations in
Europe. Well served by budget
2018 looks set to be a great airlines, getting here, staying here
and eating here will not cause
Latvia as theyear to explore Latvia as the undue strain on your wallet.
Compact, fashionable, beautiful,
“Gothic spiresGothic spires and cobbled with a thriving culinary scene,
Tallinn is among the continent’s
streets of Riga offer a stunning most captivating cities, and the
centenary celebrations will only
and cobbledbackdrop to the celebrations. add to its appeal in 2018.
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A third of Latvia’s population is

streets of Rigaconcentrated in Riga; a vibrant
offer a stunningand cosmopolitan city sure to

delight visitors. If you’re looking

backdrop tofor something a little more

peaceful and scenic, however,

the centenaryLatvia has that covered too.
celebrations.Latvia’s coastline stretches for

hundreds of miles along the
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Riga, Latvia
Talinn, Estonia

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CHILE (on average) little more than 100 miles Easter Island, Chile
wide, Chile spans a wide climatic and
Hotly tipped as one of 2018’s “must geographical range. From the impossibly inspired-travel.co.uk 19
visit” destinations, Chile will be holding arid Atacama in the north to glacial fields
bicentennial celebrations in 2018. in the south, Chile plays host to many
The country has already celebrated pristine natural environments. As well
its bicentennial in 2010 because as the volcanoes, ancient forests, fertile
the process of independence from valleys, fjords and dunes, you’ll also find
Spain began in 1810. However, the some vibrant and sophisticated cities.
country was not completely free of Santiago alone is home to 40 per cent
Spanish rule until 1818. This offers of the country’s population and offers
Chileans the perfect excuse to visitors the chance to experience some
re-start the party in 2018 and you energetic nightlife. Wine from Chile has
can be sure they won’t pass up found admirers all around the world,
on the opportunity. Independence so aficionados may be drawn to the
celebrations are focused between Colchagua valley to see the noble grapes
the 18-19 September each year, but ripening in the sun.
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OUT OF THE ORDINARY

Complaining about the state of our experiences. Here we’re taking a look Polar Routes’ Classic Arctic cruise,
weather is a national passtime at some more unusual holiday choices. lasts around eight days. This journey
for the British. Many Brits cite If you’re interested in getting out of your around the icy Svalbard islands in
seeking sunshine as the number one comfort zone and having a tale to tell Norway is ideal for those who are
reason to take a trip abroad. when you return, read on. looking for an introduction to the polar
regions.
UK holidaymakers do tend to stick Polar cruising
with their perennial favourites; visits The cruise sets off from
to Spain alone account for almost A trip to the Arctic or Antarctic is a Longyearbyen, where you will be able
a quarter of holidays from the UK. once-in-a-lifetime experience and to explore the town before striking
Research has also shown that as many differs a considerable amount from out to sea in the afternoon. Over the
as 80 per cent of British holidaymakers your typical holiday destination. next five unforgettable days, you’ll
have returned to the same resort Combining the comfort of cruising spend time exploring some of the most
multiple times. and the excitement of a safari, spot remote locations on the planet. There
polar bears in the frozen north or is no fixed programme for which sites
While familiarity can be a good walk among penguins in the south. the ship will visit, the captain will decide
thing, getting to know where the best As with other cruises, a polar voyage each day, steered by which areas offer
restaurants are, forming friendships can take many forms, with a range of the best opportunity to spot wildlife
with local people, the security of packages offering different routes and and most favourable conditions for
knowing exactly what you will get from experiences. Perfect for first-timers, exploration. Spend your days gliding
your trip. For us, travel is all about new
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past enormous glaciers, while keeping
an eye out for walrus, polar bears,
reindeer and even whales. Excursions
onto land offer the chance to get closer
to the wildlife and experience the
magnificent scenery from a different
perspective.

Cabins start at £2,399pp. For further
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Wreck diving in Scotland
With its rich culture and natural beauty,
Scotland attracts visitors from across
the globe. Well known for its traditional
castles, historic cities and scenic lochs,
Scotland does have other, less well-
known attractions.

While the majority of Scotland’s
history sits above sea level, the wrecks
of the German High Seas Fleet rest
at the bottom of Scapa Flow in the
Orkney Islands. Sheltered by the
islands of Burray, Graemsay, Hoy,
Mainland and South Ronaldsay, Scapa
Flow has been used by ships for over
a thousand years. After the defeat of
Germany in the first World War, 74
ships from the Imperial German Navy’s
Fleet were interned at Scapa Flow.
In 1919, after being held captive for
seven months, Rear Admiral Ludwig
von Reuter ordered his men to scuttle
the fleet. Almost 100 years later, seven
of the scuttled ships are accessible
to scuba divers offering a chance to
explore the aftermath of a significant
historical event.

The site is regularly rated among
the top dive sites in Europe, if not the
world; few other places can offer such
an abundance of wrecks in relatively
shallow, benign diving conditionsIn
addition to the ships themselves, a
fascinating variety of wildlife populates
the area, including seals and basking
sharks.

Beyond diving, the Orkney Islands
also offer Europe’s most complete
Neolithic village at Skara Brae, and
the majestic stone circle known as

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The Ring of Brodgar, as well as its the Via Claudia Augusta may well be border into Italy via the Reschen
gorgeous, unspoilt landscapes. for you. It’s an international cycling Pass, where incredible panoramic
route taking its name from a 200-year- views open up as you glide down
Prices start at £85pp with the old Roman road, built by Roman into the Vinschgau Valley. The route
‘Try a Dive’ half-day course. Visit Emperor Claudio Augustus. The route takes in vineyards, apple plantations
scapascuba.co.uk for more runs between southern Germany and and historic castles, and offers ample
information. northern Italy, passing through Austria opportunity to sample the region’s
(and briefly Switzerland) along the famous food and wines. From there,
Cycling The Via Claudia way. The full route spans over 320km, explore the hustle and bustle of the city
Augusta more than all but the most dedicated of Trento, with its 13th-century castle.
cyclist would wish to tackle in a Burn off the gelato and pizza during the
For the traveller who likes to soak up single trip. Luckily, cycle tour experts final leg, through the Sarco Valley and
new places at a sedate pace, under Saddle Skedaddle offer an eight-day, on to Lake Garda for a well-earned day
their own steam, what could be self-guided trip that covers less than of rest and recuperation.
better than a cycling tour? Take in the 200km, starting in southern Austria and
scenery, enjoy fresh air and get fit while finishing at Lake Garda. Prices start from £1,520. For further
you’re doing it, its an all-round winner information, visit
for the active holidaymaker. Setting off on the slopes of Zugspitze skedaddle.co.uk
and followed by a relaxing night in
If a tour through captivating Alpine Lermoos, the journey crosses the
scenery on clearly-marked, well-
surfaced cycleways sounds appealing,

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COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

With its eclectic neighbourhoods, cobbled streets and captivating squares, Copenhagen is the embodiment of
Scandinavian style. A compact capital, perfect for exploring on foot or by bicycle, this is an ideal place for those
who prefer to travel under their own steam. Originally a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen became Denmark’s
capital in the 15th century. This venerable city has several palaces and castles, as well as a number of excellent museums
and art galleries, so you won’t be short of something to see.

Once you’ve had your fill of culture, you’ll be spoilt for culinary choice when it’s time to refuel. Copenhagen boasts
Scandinavia’s largest collection of Michelin stars as well as a thriving microbrewery scene. You can sample Danish delights
such as Smørrebrød (a traditional, open-face sandwich), Frikadeller (Danish meatballs), pickled herring and Rød Pølse (red
sausage). Surprisingly, due to a large Italian community, Copenhagen is also renowned for good quality pizza too!

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STHOE SLAONCTTRUAARVYEOLF

Entrepreneur and philanthropist, Zoë Watson is a successful Australian

business woman whose personal solo travel journey led her to set up

a holistic escape company for women. She shares some of her top tips

for travelling on your own, highlighting some very practical and some more

emotional necessities

Holidaymakers aren’t as predictable and adventures all over the world, from of us wanting to completely unplug from
as they used to be. The world a stressed out mum needing some ‘me our jobs. We need to doff our berets to
offers a more diverse and time’ to a workaholic spending her spa the French here they’ve just won the ‘right
accessible travel market with previous weekend solo. to disconnect’ outside of work hours. The

niches becoming the norm and those And it seems that even more of us are whole point of a holiday is to relax,
hard-to-reach places becoming due to jump on the bandwagon this year. unwind and forget about the stresses

reachable. One of the biggest changes A recent survey revealed that 69 per and strains of work so you can go back
is who we go on holiday with. It’s no cent of Brits say they’ll be flying solo to normal life refreshed and ready to go.

longer restricted to family friendly resorts, when it comes to their next holiday and There’s even been an increase in retreats

romantic weekend breaks or a fun- that’s not all – 29 per cent said they want that specialise in ‘no technology holidays’

packed getaway with friends – as the to explore a new destination – we are where all phones, laptops, tablets and

world becomes more accessible, we are feeling brave, aren’t we? anything else with plugs and buttons
becoming braver and stepping out to Not content on simply going it alone, are banned.

explore the world on our own. we also don’t want to communicate The biggest statistic from this survey
was a massive 230 per cent increase
All you need do is attend a dinner party with anyone back in the office while

or two and you will hear about travels we’re busy escaping, with 75 per cent in traffic to the websites of women-only

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TRAVEL ADVICE

travel companies. As the owner Luggage Combat loneliness
of a women-only retreat in Bali,
this resonated with my whole • It’s worthwhile having hand luggage One of the hardest things about travelling
reason for starting this business. There on wheels so if you’re stuck in lines you on your own can be loneliness. Although
is a real need for us to take more time don’t have heavy bags weighing you you do meet many other people when on
out. I speak to women every day who down. your own, there are also times – usually
have felt the need to escape everything • Backpacking? That’s a whole different mealtimes – when you can feel a bit
and everyone and to reconnect scenario. Make sure everything is exposed. Couples seem to stare at you
with themselves. It’s like a reset button: lightweight and your backpack is the right rather than speaking to each other, and
stop, and take stock, refocus and then size and weight for you. not all of us can go up to every person
you’re ready to go again. The language we see. So arm yourself with a
good book or an electronic device.
Most women I meet are frantically Always try to learn at least a few phrases Mealtimes are a good time to catch up on
juggling families, careers, homes, friends in another language… hello, goodbye, Facebook, download photos, send emails
and other commitments leaving precious thank you, excuse me, and learn the word or even Skype. In many countries,
little time for themselves. This fast-paced for toilet! I learnt that lesson after travelling restaurants have free Wi-Fi! Music is
and demanding lifestyle can only be to China and needing the toilet urgently a great way to elevate your mood.
maintained for so long before we reach in a department store. After playing
burn-out which is exactly what happened charades with lots of squatting, the girls Zoë Watson, Founder of Bliss
to me and why I started Bliss Sanctuary still had no idea what I meant and there Sanctuary for Women
for Women. was no signage to point to. Luckily I saw a
McDonalds sign just in time and ran for it! For more tips, visit Zoe’s blog on solo
However, it can be difficult sometimes travel blisssanctuaryforwomen.com
to take the solo travel plunge, and equally
hard to know how to make the most of
your travel time. Here are some top tips
for those of you heading out into the
world on your own:
The flight

• Always pack a comfortable pillow
even if it’s one of those ‘U’ shaped neck
pillows you can buy in airports. If you’re
comfortable, you’ll hopefully sleep and
that’s always important when travelling as
it can be hard work.
• Always have a pair of leggings, warm
socks and a cardigan or wrap of some
sort – night flights can get really cold.
• I have a large light handbag that I can
put under the seat in front with everything
I need at arm’s length.
• To stay fresh carry a spritzer for
your face to keep your skin hydrated
and a cream for face, hands, arms and
legs.
• Some carriers have in-flight
entertainment designed for your tablet
or phone, so it’s worthwhile investing
in some headphones before you leave
and ensure you download your favourite
music and movies.

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1. Travel wallet, £45, lortonandhorn.co.uk 2. Christys Hats Witney Snap Brim
Panama trilby hat, £69.95, hatsandcaps.co.uk 3. Vetelli men’s hanging toiletry bag,
£59.99, amazon.co.uk 4. Söner Legacy C Watch, £158.34, sonerbysweden.com
5. Go Travel memory foam travel pillow, £24.99, johnlewis.com 6. Aviator @Collection
sunglasses, £136, ray-ban.com 7. Duke & Dexter Stealth Camo luxury loafers, £185,
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INSPIRED BY:

ARCHIE HEWLETT
ENTREPRENEUR

Selling luxury, British-made shoes around the world, Archie
Hewlett, founder of premium footwear brand Duke & Dexter is

one of the UK’s rising young entrepreneurs.
The brand’s celebrity fan base includes Ryan Reynolds, Snoop

Dogg and Eddie Redmayne. We caught up with Archie to
discover the secret of his success

At what age did you start your business? 100 countries worldwide - with the US Black’ Duke & Dexter loafers when he
I started Duke & Dexter at 18 from my being by far our biggest market. We’re won an Oscar in 2015 was a real turning
family home in Oxfordshire. I never had also stocked in major department stores point for Duke & Dexter.
any real interest in going to university, I across the world, including Harrods and
was offered a place at Durham however it Liberty in the UK, as well as international Celebrity clients have been an
was more of a tick box exercise to make stores such as Level in Dubai and incredible springboard for the brand and
sure that I had the same opportunities KaDeWe in Germany. gave us a huge amount of credibility,
as my friends. It was only when on the especially in the early days. For a
verge of going that I realised it was not How did you grow your company during small brand to have exposure like that
something I wanted. the early years? was huge - especially as I have no
Instagram has been a huge part of our background in fashion or design.
Can you explain your inspiration for success and we’ve built a following of
Duke & Dexter? over 300,000 people across the world. What makes Duke & Dexter stand out
After I deferred my place at Durham We’ve got a unique and eye-catching from other manufacturers?
University I went into the recruitment product, so it’s understandable that We have always been a very ‘British’
industry. During this time I attended a social media has been a major part of our brand and we wanted to tap into the
number of black tie events and found growth so far. quality so-often associated with British
myself uninspired by the formal footwear fashion, so in 2016 I decided to move
on offer in the market. I became I see social media today as a level production from Italy to a family owned
convinced that there was a gap in a playing field that allows you to rely on the workshop based in Sheffield. This has
market for a velvet slipper or loafer quality of your products rather than huge allowed us to be a truly British enterprise
with a contemporary design rather marketing teams and budgets. We’ve with every D&D shoe being designed in
than traditional. So I had a bespoke also been fortunate to have numerous London and Handmade in England.
pair made which drew a lot of attention celebrity clients, with Ryan Reynolds,
from friends and colleagues! Now Duke Tinie Tempah and even Snoop Dogg all Aside from the British craftsmanship
& Dexter shoes are sold in more than recently sporting a pair. However, Eddie behind each pair, our real point of
Redmayne wearing a pair of ‘Bowler difference amongst our competitors is our
32 inspired-travel.co.uk unique designs.


What are your best sellers? continue driving the brand forward for the
Interestingly our best sellers are typically foreseeable future.
the more unique designs which we’re
known for, such as camouflage styles What does the future hold in store
‘Storm Trooper’ and ‘Stealth Camo’, as for the company?
well as our ‘Pyramid Black’ pair which Although Duke & Dexter is now over 4
has an embossed rubber print. Saying years old, I honestly believe we’ve only
that, some of our conventional styles are just scratched the surface of what we can
also popular, especially ‘Bowler Black’ achieve. We’re set to launch new stores
which our clients often wear at more in the U.S and the Middle East this year,
formal events. adding to our flagship Covent Garden
(London) store. We’ve also started to
With your bespoke hand painted options, develop products outside of the loafer
is the customer able to choose any image category which began with the launch
they like? of the Duke & Dexter Chelsea Boot in
Exactly that, in addition to our October last year.
customisable bespoke pairs where clients
can choose personalised embroidery Our Chelsea Boots were just the start
and trims, we’ve recently started working of what we have in the pipeline - our
with Morgan Seaford, an artist based in ambition is to become a truly global
London who hand paints intricate designs footwear brand in the coming years so
onto Duke & Dexter shoes. watch this space!

Are you still involved in the day-to-day As an exclusive for readers of
running of Duke + Dexter? Inspired Travel Magazine, we have
Very much so, over the last 4 years I’ve secured a 15% online discount for
built a dynamic and hardworking team, your first pair of Duke & Dexter shoes
however, I’m still involved in the day- at www.dukeanddexter.com. Quote
to-day running of the business. Duke code INSPIRED18 at the checkout.
& Dexter is my passion and I intend to

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CCAUPLITTAULSROEF

Being crowned as a European Capital of Culture is a prestigious
and fruitful award for any city. In 2008, Liverpool joined the likes
of Amsterdam, Lisbon, Prague, Madrid and Paris among the
winners. A decade on, Inspired Travel Magazine takes a look at
what the award meant and how its legacy affected the Liverpool
and the UK

Each year, the EU awards the title manifestations of human intellectual
of European Capital of Culture achievement” and encompasses
to two cities, and the recipients visual and performing arts as well as
are then expected to organise architecture and literature. With such
a programme of cultural events to a diverse and culturally vibrant capital
span this tenure. It’s an excellent as London, it’s easy for visitors to the
opportunity for the cities to generate UK to overlook other destinations. This
significant social and economic benefits would, of course, be a huge mistake
and is often the catalyst for urban and the 2008 European Capital of
regeneration. Culture award allowed Liverpool to step
into the limelight.
Launched in 1985, and formerly
known as the European City of Culture, Liverpool is famous worldwide for
the process is the brainchild of Melina its musical output, and The Guinness
Mercouri and Jack Lang, who were Book of World Records named it as
ministers for culture in Greece and the World Capital City of Pop in 2003.
France respectively. Mercouri believed Artists from Liverpool have produced
culture didn’t have the same stature more number-one singles than
in society as politics and economics residents of any other city in the world,
and decided that a project promoting with many of them being the work of
European culture was needed. the city’s four most famous sons. Ask
anyone what springs to mind when you
Culture is defined as being “the

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MOTORING

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CAPITALS OF CULTURE

mention Liverpool and they’re likely to say theatre festivals, such as the Liverpool incredible Rum Warehouse, has been
“The Beatles”. You can visit a museum Shakespeare Festival, taking place the catalyst for change in the north of
dedicated to the fab four, as well as the inside Liverpool Cathedral each year. the city. The 153 rooms at the Titanic
famous Cavern Club, and the childhood Hotel are all about the space – wonderful
homes of Lennon & McCartney. Liverpool is home to some iconic light-filled space, used to perfect effect.
buildings too, including the Titanic The furnishings are rich and earthy, and
There’s more to Liverpuddlian culture Hotel. Set in Liverpool’s Stanley dock, the bed linen is for sinking into. Each
than pop music; the city has more it carries a rich history and culture. The bedroom has the original windows of this
galleries and museums than any other hotel is located in what was the North incredible building, affording impressive
UK city besides London. The Walker Warehouse, built in 1846, which lay views over the historic Port of Liverpool.
Art Gallery is known as the national derelict for many years. Part of the North
gallery of the North and displays an Warehouse was damaged in an air raid Sip coffee or a cocktail at the lounge
impressive collection of European art. during the Second World War, but years Rum Bar, overlooking the waters of
later stands as one of Liverpool’s most Stanley Dock or, when the sun is shining,
Liverpool has 2,500 listed buildings interesting buildings. enjoy alfresco dining on the colonnade
and 250 public monuments including terrace. Don’t miss their selection of rum
its cathedral; the largest in Britain Set within a UNESCO World from exotic locations around the world!
and the fifth largest in the world. The Heritage Site, the stylish and spacious Rum Warehouse is a beautifully renovated
city has a long history of performing 153-bedroom hotel, along with unique 1950’s warehouse, a generous venue
arts, reflected in numerous annual event space West Bay and adjoining

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Uniquely different one extraordinary setting.

Titanic Hotel Liverpool, Stanley Dock, Liverpool is all about the restoration
of one of the city’s most historic and iconic buildings. Set within a UNESCO
World Heritage Site, Titanic Hotel offers:

• 153 stylish and spacious bedrooms

• Stanley’s Bar and Grill, the perfect place to relax while enjoying a light lunch, afternoon tea or
delicious evening meal.

• Sip coffee or a cocktail in Rum Bar overlooking the waters of Stanley Dock or, when the sun is
shining, enjoy alfresco dining on the colonnade terrace.

• Maya Blue Wellness features a unique thermal suite, hydrotherapy pool, sanarium, relaxation
area, extensive range of treatments and health & fitness centre.

Titanic Hotel adjoins the incredible Rum Warehouse events space and West Bay the hotels newest
event space, the perfect venues to host a conference, wedding, dinner or special occasion.

Titanic Hotel is an experience less ordinary.

Stanley Dock, +44 151 559 1444
Regent Road, titanichotelliverpool.com
Liverpool, facebook.com/titanichotelliverpool
L3 0AN @TitanicHotelLiv

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which boasts 1200m₂ of flexible event CAPITALS OF CULTURE
space, seating up to 500 guests. With
floor-to-ceiling glazing and dockside inspired-travel.co.uk 39
views, it will inspire all who gather here.

In addition, a range of functional
meeting and breakout spaces are
incorporated as are catering facilities and
spacious accommodations to match.
West Bay is an exceptional and unique

“Liverpool’s year as
European Capital of
Culture saw visitor
numbers increase by 34
per cent and over £750m
generated for the city’s
economy

event space reflecting our rich maritime
heritage featuring a striking warehouse
design with stone floors, steel pillars and

”vaulted brick ceilings. All in keeping with

the out-of-the-ordinary style within the
hotel and venue. West Bay’s floor-to-
ceiling windows provide striking views
of the dock along with outside space on
the colonnade, ideal for summer drinks
receptions. West Bay can accommodate
up to 180 guests. The hotel is also
conveniently located just 20 minutes from
Liverpool’s John Lennon airport and has
secure parking onsite at special rates for
guests.

Liverpool’s year as European Capital of
Culture saw visitor numbers increase by
34 per cent and over £750m generated
for the city’s economy. Media coverage
of cultural events in Liverpool doubled,
and for the first time in decades, positive
stories about the city outweighed
negative ones. Research was undertaken
after 2008 which indicates that 85 per
cent of Liverpool residents feel that
the city has become a better place
to live since its term holding the title.
Recognition of these benefits inspired the
establishment of the UK City of Culture


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something you want to experience, was Kingston upon Hull.
the Hallmark Hotel is located a mere
10 minutes from the city centre of Hull is a maritime city with the unenviable
Hull with immediate access from distinction of being the second most
the A63. severely damaged British city during the
Second World War and has endured some
Hallmark boasts a desirable tough times in recent years. It’s status as
setting with 17 acres of beautiful UK City of Culture, however, has seen
grounds; further complimented record numbers of visitors drawn to the
by the backdrop of the iconic city. Hull began its City of Culture tenure
Grade-1-listed Humber Bridge and with a week-long event, “Made in Hull”
surrounding Humber Estuary. Our which attracted over 300,000 people.
guests are able to take advantage
of these views from every public Hull boasts an abundance of free
area. museums, including the Hull and East
Riding Museum for archaeology and local
The Hallmark Hotel is the highest history, the Streetlife Museum and the
rated 4-star hotel in the Hull area; Ferens Art Gallery. Hull’s long seafaring
winner of the Remarkable East history is celebrated in both the Maritime
Yorkshire Tourism Awards as the Museum and the Arctic Corsair; a deep-
2017 “Remarkable Hotel”; and sea trawler converted into a museum.
are currently finalists for the 2018 Another of Hull’s most visited attractions
“Remarkable Hotel” & “Remarkable is The Deep, one of the world’s most
Business Tourism” Awards. spectacular aquariums where visitors can
see thousands of aquatic creatures.
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those discerning guests wishing to
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retreat or simply travelling on
business, then the Hallmark Hotel
has a “Welcome Home” feel;
providing a relaxed and professional
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GIN COCKTAILS

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Prosecco cocktails were the craze during 2017, but of
course you can magic up a cocktail out of almost anything.
For those of us with a soft spot for Mother’s Ruin, nothing
quite beats your traditional gin cocktail and if you need some
gin-spiration, here are some delightful concoctions...

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The Dingle TOP 10 GIN COCKTAILS
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Ingredients:
50ml gin Ingredients:
25ml British Cassis blackcurrant liqueur 50ml Dingle Original Gin
10ml lime juice Cucumber
15ml sugar syrup 5-6 fresh mint leaves
20-50ml pressed apple juice
Pour the gin, cassis, sugar syrup and lime 20ml lemon juice
juice into a cocktail shaker, along with 20ml elderflower cordial
some ice, and shake well. Pour into a 10ml simple syrup
glass of crushed ice and decorate with a
sprig of blackcurrants or a wedge of lime. Muddle the cucumber and syrup into
a pulp in the base of a glass. Smack
Crafted with blackcurrants grown in the the mint and add it to the mix. Then
fields of our Herefordshire farm, Cassis add crushed ice to the top of the glass
blackcurrant liqueur is rich and full- and pour in the lemon juice, elderflower
bodied. It has a fruity yet sharp flavour; cordial and gin. Churn the contents of the
the burst of blackcurrant imbued with a glass, distributing the mint and cucumber
hint of sweetness. evenly. Add more crushed ice and top
with the apple juice.
CAORUNN COOLER
Dingle Original Gin uses, amongst
(www.caorunngin.com) other botanicals, rowan berry from the
mountain ash trees, fuchsia, bog myrtle,
Ingredients: hawthorn and heather for a taste of the
50ml Caorunn Gin Kerry landscape. It’s a formula unknown
150ml herbal apple soda elsewhere and is calculated, amongst
1 part lemon juice other things, to create the sense of place
7 parts apple juice and provenance.
7 parts green tea

Hot brew the green tea to extract the THE BOODLES
flavour and tannins, and allow to cool. PERFECT G&T
Mix ingredients well and chill in a fridge.
Carbonate using sodastream and serve Ingredients:
in a highball glass with a sage leaf to 50ml Boodles Gin
garnish. Fentimans Pink Grapefruit tonic water

Carefully handcrafted in the Scottish Add some Fentimans Pink Grapefruit
Highlands Caorunn expertly infuses five tonic water to a 50ml measure of Boodles
locally foraged gin botanicals. Artisanal and garnish with a slice of pink grapefruit
and small batch, and a sage leaf.
beautifully mixing
the rugged charm Made with ruby red grapefruit and
of Speyside quinine for a tonic that is refreshingly dry
with the urban and crisp, Fentimans Pink Grapefruit
sophistication of tonic boasts no artificial sweeteners,
modern Scotland. flavourings or preservatives and is the
perfect addition for your classic G&T
with a twist.

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PREMIUM SCOTTISH GIN

NATURALLY BLUSH PINK IN COLOUR

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Berryworld Gin & TOP 10 GIN COCKTAILS
Blueberry Twist

“ ”Blueberries and gin are the
best summer combination.
BERRYWORLD GIN & Nora glass and garnish with a flower
& BLUEBERRY TWIST petal.

Distilled in a tiny copper pot, Marylebone

Lady Marylebone Ingredients: is the super-premium gin from The
The Oozer 120ml gin Pleasure Gardens Distilling Company.
150g blueberries Using 13 floral botanicals, including
1 tbsp caster sugar camomile, grapefruit and lime flower,
Juice of half a small lemon which were associated with one of
2 grinds of black pepper London’s fashionable 18th-century
30ml Limoncello pleasure gardens, Marylebone Gin boasts
Ice an unrivalled balance and complexity.

Soda water

Put the blueberries, caster sugar and THE OOZER

lemon in a cocktail shaker and mash with Ingredients:
the end of a rolling pin. Add the black 50ml Conker Spirit Gin
pepper, gin, Limoncello and some ice and 25ml fresh lemon juice
shake well. Put a large ice cube into each Heaped bar spoon of blueberry jam
glass, along with 3 blueberries and pour 3 basil leaves
the cocktail in through a sieve. Top up Soda
with soda water.

Blueberries and gin are the best summer Pour the gin into a shaker filled with
combination. The black pepper perfectly crushed ice and add a healthy bar spoon
complements the blueberries and the of blueberry jam. Then add fresh lemon
lemon gives this cocktail a zingy twist. juice and around 3 fresh basil leaves.
Shake well and pour into a glass full
LADY MARYLEBONE of crushed ice. Top up with soda and
garnish with more basil leaves
Ingredients: and blueberries.
50ml Marylebone Gin
15ml elderflower liqueur The Dorset Dry Gin is a unique and
15ml rose liqueur intricate gin of 10 botanicals, balancing
Grenadine syrup juniper bite and casia spice with the fresh
10ml grapefruit juice Dorset notes of elderberries, samphire
and handpicked gorse flowers. Although
Place all ingredients into a mixer and Dorset born and bred, it’s quickly
shake well. Then, simply pour into a Nick becoming a national treasure and has
picked up multiple awards along the way.

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A UNIQUE HOTEL EXPERIENCE
IN THE HEART OF LONDON

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The Garden of Masons Tea & TOP GIN COCKTAILS
England Milk Punch Clover Leaf

THE GARDEN OF MASONS TEA & MILK CLOVER LEAF
ENGLAND PUNCH
Ingredients:
Ingredients: Ingredients: 50ml Cotswolds Dry Gin
25ml Chapel Down Bacchus Gin 1.2l Brewed Yorkshire Tea 15ml fresh lime juice
50ml Curious Apple Cider 700ml Masons Yorkshire Gin 12.5ml raspberry syrup
20ml lime juice 400ml lemon juice 5 fresh raspberries
20ml sugar syrup 300g caster sugar 2 mint leaves
5x cloves 1 egg white (optional)
Fill a cocktail sharker with ice, add all 3x cinnamon stick
ingredients and shake until cold, then 3x star anise Muddle raspberries and mint. Shake
strain into a Martini glass. all ingredients over ice and strain into a
Add the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star shaker. Dry shake and fine strain into a
Garnish with a slice of cucumber and a anise to the boiling Tea. Add sugar and Martini glass.
sprig of mint. once it’s dissolved, add 700ml of Masons
Yorkshire Gin and 400ml of lemon juice. Cotswolds Dry Gin has a delectable blend
Chapel Down Bacchus Gin is created Add 750ml of whole milk which will of nine carefully-considered botanicals,
using distilled grape skins from a single curdle, leave to cool and filter through creating a rich and aromatic spirit with
vintage year and is produced from coffee filter paper to clarify. fresh notes of grapefruit and coriander,
Bacchus grape skins, infused with backed up by piney juniper. The highest
juniper, coriander, elderflower, orris, Distilled using the traditional London Dry quality botanicals are added, including
angelica, lavender and orange and lemon Gin method in a copper alembic still, local Cotswolds lavender as well as pink
peel. The result? A highy aromatic gin Masons Yorkshire Gin is a small batch grapefruit and lime zest, all hand-peeled
with heady aromas of citrus fruits and a craft gin, created in the idyllic market at the distillery.
herbal finish. town of Bedale.

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DRY MARTINI

BY JAVIER DE LAS MUELAS, LONDON

DRY MARTINI

BY JAVIER DE LAS MUELAS, LONDON

Led by the legendary Javier de classic style chairs and sofas. The the recommendations of the talented and
las Muelas, Dry Martini Barcelona copper-topped bar runs the length of the experienced mixologists. Every time a
is considered an institution of room, leading to a glass antechamber Martini is ordered a stamped certificate is
international cocktail culture. In 2015, the where shelves are lined with homemade issued to the guest, continuing one of the
first Dry Martini outpost in Britain opened syrups, tinctures, and interesting bar’s traditions.
at the Meliá White House hotel, close glassware. This space is the centre of
to Regent’s Park. Stylish and eclectic, innovation within the bar and guests can The menu features a range of classic
a range of Spanish artwork curated by catch glimpses of the staff creating some and signature cocktails, which include
Javier adorns the walls. Pictures vary from of the elaborate drinks through the glass. Javier de las Muelas’ style updates on
hand-drawn sketches on napkins from Dry traditional serves. Dry Martini offers
Martini Barcelona, through to oil paintings It is at the bar that the art of the a unique experience for guests; a
by Keith Hearing and portraits by Matias perfectly made Martini is celebrated, place where history and invention are
Krhahn. The common thread throughout is with a three-metre section dedicated to simultaneously present throughout the
Dry Martini’s celebration of artistry and its creating this one iconic cocktail. Taking serves and décor, the sophisticated and
centrepiece is a striking picture by Eugenio the lead from Barcelona, the team have relaxed atmosphere provides the perfect
Recuenco behind the bar. brought the famous ‘Martini counter’ to setting for enjoying a classic favourite
London, tallying the number of drinks cocktail, or discovering something new
Dark wood panelling and a chequer- made at the elegant Martini station. and exciting.
board floor are offset with pops of bright With a choice of 101 gins, guests can drymartiniorg.com
colour from the selection of mismatched request their Martini of choice, or enjoy

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