It’s the most wonderful time of the year and there’s fun to be found in every corner of the globe. Here are our top picks for where to eat, drink, stay and play this festive season.
Chinese New Year: Beijing
Bring in the New Year for a second time with a firecracker of a bang in Beijing. We know Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, San Francisco, Sydney and Shanghai are all preparing for the fortunes of the new lunar year, but there’s truly no better place to celebrate Chinese New Year than in China’s capital. Beijing comes alive with fireworks, fairs, concerts and parties across the city, with 15 days of celebrations finishing with the beautiful display of lights at the Spring Lantern Festival on 2 March.
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Four Seasons, Gresham Palace: Budapest
Wander along Budapest’s iconic Chain Bridge and find the Art Nouveau Gresham Palace awaiting you on the other side. The grand facade of this 1906 structure oozes character from decades past and the lobby welcomes guests with regal splendour; a glass cupola arches over mosaic floors, wrought-iron gates and stainglass portraits. Unwind in the hotel’s fifth-floor spa, dine in the cosy KOLLÁZS Brasserie or take a short walk to the Christmas Markets on Vörösmarty Square. This is one place Santa is sure to visit.
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Flying Fish: Sydney
Nothing says Aussie Christmas like seafood and you won’t find a better catch than Flying Fish. Set outside the iconic Sydney Harbour, just moments from the Sydney Fish Markets, this waterfront eatery welcomes diners with a menu offering some of the freshest seafood in town. Head Chef Ian Royle uses seasonal inspiration to create a revolving mix of quirky dishes like Moreton Bay bugs served with pork belly, mustard soy, pickled daikon and
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Coq d’Argent: London
Looking to escape London’s dreary winter? Get cosy with a tipple at Coq d’Argent, where the rooftop of this popular French restaurant transforms from a manicured outdoor garden to a decadent Arctic-themed bar named Lodge d’Argent. Walk through the Aurora Borealis Cube, which simulates the Northern Lights, and sip a deliciously colourful Hennessy cocktail beside a heater inside an igloo tent adorned with festive decorations and fur-covered seating all sprinkled with snow.
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