By Richard West, My wife and I recently visited London and the alarming question arose: how to escape half of humanity seething around Big Ben/Parliament/Westminster Abbey and the other half to’ing and fro’ing in front of Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews, both halves dressed as if awakened in a

  The incredible team that puts together Everett Potter’s Travel Report every week is a well-traveled bunch. So asking our contributors about their favorite travel moment in 2013 produced joy, angst and lengthy answers, as well as the inevitable,  “Just one?” Herewith are some highlights from our travels in 2013.

By Larry Olmsted There has been a lot of talk the past six months about rising airfares, here and abroad, but summer vacation season to Europe is when leisure travelers typically get sticker shock, with peak season fares ratcheted up. The bad news is that fares are higher this summer

She Said; She Said By Geri Bain & Jenny Keroack Inspired by the grand tours of aristocrats past and the more recent adventures of TV’s Gilmore Girls, 18 year old Jenny Keroack proposed that she and her mom, travel writer Geri Bain take their own grand voyage. This summer the

By Ann Abel While splashy new hotels like the Bulgari and the Corinthia battle it out for pre-Olympic prominence, the under-the-radar hotel-ification of No. 11 Cadogan Gardens offers proof positive of the charms of British reserve and discretion. The 54-room hotel is nothing if not discreet, holding onto its heritage

By Marc Kristal If London’s culinary scene has improved in recent decades, at least part of the credit must go to Theo Randall, who spent seventeen years at Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray’s now legendary Italian restaurant The River Café, many of them as head chef. In 2006, Randall struck

By Marc Kristal A generation or so ago, back before Ian Schrager and his late partner Steve Rubell transformed ho-hum hostelries into scene-making destinations, the thought of having dinner in that most unappetizing of places – a hotel restaurant – was inconceivable to all but dowagers, unadventurous tourists, and guests

By Marc Kristal “It was a bit more twee,” says Stephanie Earnshaw, a designer with the London firm Tara Bernerd & Partners, of the now-defunct Sheraton Belgravia on decorous, late-Georgian Chesham Place, a buttered scone’s throw from Sloane Street, Harrod’s, and the Hyde Park tube stop. Translation? “Mahogany Paneling, lampshades