Joseph Reaney

Correspondent

  • London, England, UK

Joseph Reaney is the London correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide and also covers a range of other European cities for Forbes Travel Guide. A freelance British travel journalist based across Europe (in London, Prague and Vaduz), he writes articles and guides for luxury publications including The Telegraph, Virgin Airlines and Vertu Select, and is the founder and editor-in-chief of the travel writing service WorldWORDS. Reaney also blogs about his travels at josephreaney.com.

  • On July 15, 2013
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    What are the best antique shops in London?

    Often the best places to find antiques in London are within the dedicated auction houses (such as Sotheby's) and the antique markets (like Camden Passage). If you're lucky, you'll also occasionally find an ancient gem tucked away in bric-a-brac or charity shop.

    But if you want the increased security and broad selection of an antiques dealer, here are three suggestions for great places to go.

    Gray's Antiques
    Home to one of the largest and most varied collection of antiques on earth, this sprawling two-level building is home to over 200 antiques dealers. That makes it the best place in London to pick up collectables ranging from antique fashion and jewelry to time-honored furniture and objets d'art – and from any era ranging from the 1st century BC to the 20th century.

    Pendulum of Mayfair
    For clock lovers, there is nowhere better in Europe than Pendulum. This antique store specializes in historic hand-made pendulum clocks, from grandfathers to brackets, carriages to wall clocks, and its long-list of prestigious clients including the British Royal Family. So find time to pay them a visit while in London.

    Guinevere Antiques
    Specializing in decorative arts, this eye-catching store sells great works from almost every age, from 2,000-year-old Chinese Han Dynasty Figures to 20th century Art Deco French furnishings – and everything in between.
  • On July 15, 2013
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    What are the best golf courses in London?

    The protected status of Royal Parks and the ever-expanding population means there's no space for golf courses anywhere near central London. However, hop on a train to the 'burbs – or a little further – and you'll find more great golfing options than you can swing a club at.

    The most famous golf course anywhere near London is undoubtedly Wentworth Club in Surrey – home to three Championship 18-hole courses. The West Course, commonly considered the finest of the three, plays host to the annual PGA Championship, and has previously been used for the World Match Play Championships and even Ryder Cup matches; so it's a regular haunt for current pros such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

    Other great tee-off options around London include: Walton Heath Golf Club (the Old Course, just 20 miles from the city, is consistently voted among the top 100 courses in the world); Sunningdale Golf Club (the Old Course here is short-but-sweet, with stunning scenery and elevated drives, and just 25 miles from central London) and Royal St. George's Golf Club (a rather-more-ambitious 80 miles from the center of London, but worth the journey - this spectacular course that was the first English host of The Open in 1894).
  • On July 15, 2013
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    What are the best yoga studios in London?

    For visitors to London, one of the finest yoga studios is Yotopia. Located at the heart of the city, just off Covent Garden, the center offers a range of programs, from classic 'vinyasa flow' to hot Pilates, and they are all designed to adhere to the latest physiological research. Best of all, the studios themselves boast state-of-the-art heating and humidification systems, so there's nowhere better to work up a sweat.

    Other great yoga studios within easy reach of the British capital's tourism hotspots include Indaba in Marylebone (close to Regent's Park and Baker Street) and Blue Cow Yoga in Moorgate (within walking distance of St. Paul's Cathedral). For something more unique, and perhaps more taxing, you can also take a trip to The London Dance Academy near Old Street. This brand new dance studio is London's only exponent of 'AntiGravity Yoga'.
  • On July 15, 2013
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    What new dance shows are in London?

    Whatever kind of dance shows you like, you'll find them on offer in London. Ballet lovers should head to the 'Bolshoi Ballet: Sleeping Beauty', which is being shown at London's Royal Opera House from 5 through 9 August. Thrill-seekers should make a beeline for the 'Cirque du Soleil: Alegría' show at the O2 Arena from 18 through 21 July. Street dance and contemporary dance fans should try 'Swan Lake Reloaded' at the London Coliseum, from 6 through 10 August, and for those who like a sprinkle of Shakespeare with their dance, 'West Side Story' is making a return to Sadler's Wells from 7 August through 22 September. Finally, if you aren't completely sold on a dance at all, we'd recommend a trip to 'New Movement Collective: Nest' at 136 Shaftesbury Avenue from 15 through 26 July. Its heady blend of music, animation, design and light displays means even dance-sceptics are guaranteed a great time.
  • On July 15, 2013
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    What new museum exhibits are in London?

    Without doubt, the most popular and critically-acclaimed museum exhibition in London right now is 'David Bowie is'; a retrospective of the life and career of a true pop legend... soon after his critically-acclaimed comeback. It started on 23 March at the Victoria and Albert Museum and runs until 11 August. Some other newsworthy exhibitions currently underway are 'A Royal Arrival' (at the Museum of London, June 28 to October) – a history of babies in the Royal Family, just as a new one arrives this summer – and 'Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait' (at The Jewish Museum, July 3 to September 15), two years on from her death.

    Some less-covered but extremely interesting exhibits include 'Propaganda: Power and Persuasion' (at the British Library, May 17 to September 17), 'Visions of the Universe' (at the National Maritime Museum, June 7 to September 15) and 'Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s' (at the Victoria and Albert Museum, July 10 to February 16).
  • On July 15, 2013
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    What are the best adventure outings in London?

    Thrill-seekers arriving in the British capital have a wealth of options for things to do. The most heart-hammering fun is to be had upon the capital's iconic river, with various options ranging from supercharged speedboat tours (with Thames Rib Experience) to half-day kayaking excursions (courtesy of London Kayak Tours).

    But that's just the tip of the iceberg. You can also join a host of other adventure activities, from Segway Rallies around the RAF Museum in Hendon to tree-top rope walks around Trent Park. And if you're feeling ultra-adventurous, how about taking a deep breath and trying a bungee jump? History-lovers can take the leap right beside Tower Bridge, while those of a more modern disposition can jump off a platform adjacent to the O2 Arena.
  • On July 15, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best adventure outings in London?

    Thrill-seekers arriving in the British capital have a wealth of options for things to do. The most heart-hammering fun is to be had upon the capital's iconic river, with various options ranging from supercharged speedboat tours (with Thames Rib Experience) to half-day kayaking excursions (courtesy of London Kayak Tours). But that's just the tip of the iceberg. You can also join a host of other adventure activities, from Segway Rallies around the RAF Museum in Hendon to tree-top rope walks around Trent Park. And if you're feeling ultra-adventurous, how about taking a deep breath and trying a bungee jump? History-lovers can take the leap right beside Tower Bridge, while those of a more modern disposition can jump off right beside the O2 Arena.
  • On June 27, 2013
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    What are the best technology hotels in London?

    The best technology hotel in London, without doubt, is Eccleston Square Hotel.

    Every single room in this ultra-modern inner-city pad boasts an impressive range of technological highlights. Including a state-of-the-art 46-inch 3D NeoPlasma television (with immersive surround sound and free 3D Blu-rays on request), a secondary mirror TV in the bathroom, an MP3-player docking station, a fully-stocked Nespresso coffee machine and smart control panels for the overhead lights, air conditioning and the opening and closing of curtains. But there are three technological highlights that especially impress. The first is the personal iPad 2 tucked away in the bedside cabinet, which you can use for everything from browsing the internet (the high-speed WiFi is complimentary) to ordering room service to requesting housekeeping. The second is the luxury Hästens bed, which can be electronically-adjusted to lift or lower your head, feet or both, and comes with a range of soothing massage settings. And the third is the smart glass surrounding the bathroom; with the press of a button you can turn the glass panels on all sides from transparent to opaque, so it's up to you whether to conceal or reveal.

    Honorable mentions also go to The Wellesley (for its gigantic televisions and Samsung tablets in every room) and the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street (for its all-in-one tech that brings MP3 players, tablets, smart phones and movies together on your TV screen).
  • On June 26, 2013
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    What are the best business hotels in London?

    London is a global business hub, and as such it is home to some of the finest business hotels on the globe. Here are three that go above and beyond.

    St Ermin's Hotel
    One of London's best places to do business, St Ermin's has a dedicated business center with 15 meeting and event spaces – from large boardrooms to intimate office spaces to grandiose function venues – all of which boast the very latest business technology. It also comprises stylish break-out areas offering unlimited refrigerated water and soft drinks, and a wide variety of business-friendly dining options, including conference food packages.

    The Landmark London
    Not only is this hotel located in a convenient spot - across the road from Marylebone railway and Underground station, and within an hour of all London airports - but it's home to some of the most extensive business facilities of all luxury London hotels. It has a total of 11 meeting and conference rooms, which can each cater for between 20 and 750 guests, and these are equipped with the latest techology. The hotel also features enormous banqueting rooms and private dining facilities; the perfect venue for a whole host of corporate events.

    Claridge's
    Another classic London hotel with great business facilities, Claridge's is located in the heart of the city and has a wide variety of business rooms that can host everything from large-scale conferences to exclusive meetings. There are also excellent function and events rooms - along with some of the best private dining in London - for when work becomes play.
  • On June 26, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best technology hotels in London?

    The best technology hotel in London, without doubt, is Eccleston Square Hotel.

    Every single room in this ultra-modern inner-city pad boasts an impressive range of technological highlights. Including a state-of-the-art 46-inch 3D NeoPlasma television (with immersive surround sound and free 3D Blu-rays on request), a secondary mirror TV in the bathroom, an MP3-player docking station, a fully-stocked Nespresso coffee machine and smart control panels for the overhead lights, air conditioning and the opening and closing of curtains. But there are three technological highlights that especially impress. The first is the personal iPad 2 tucked away in the bedside cabinet, which you can use for everything from browsing the internet (the high-speed WiFi is complimentary) to ordering room service to requesting housekeeping. The second is the luxury Hästens bed, which can be electronically-adjusted to lift or lower your head, feet or both, and comes with a range of soothing massage settings. And the third is the smart glass surrounding the bathroom; with the press of a button you can turn the glass panels on all sides from transparent to opaque, so it's up to you whether to conceal or reveal.

    Honorable mentions also go to The Wellesley (for its ridiculously-oversized televisions and Samsung tablets in every room) and the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street (for its all-in-one tech that brings MP3 players, tablets, smart phones and movies together on your TV screen).
  • On June 25, 2013
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    What are the best concert venues in London?

    It really depends what kind of music you like. If you are looking for classical concerts, you should make a beeline for either the iconic Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican Hall or the Royal Festival Hall. If you like rock and pop extravaganzas, try The O2 Arena, Hammersmith Apollo or the Brixton Academy. If you like jazz, check out Cafe Oto, Vortex Dalston or Luna Lounge. And if you like intimate venues offering everything from folk music to trance to hip hop, just take a walk around East London – there are hundreds of venues here, from Hoxton Square Bar to Cargo London, that cater for every taste.

    But the best advice for any music-lover traveling to London is to wait until summer. That way you can enjoy the wealth of world-class music festivals happening on almost every single summer weekend, from the poptastic Wireless Festival to the classical (and fiercely patriotic) Last Night of the Proms. You'll find a list of some our favorite London festivals here.
  • On June 25, 2013
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    What are the best historic hotels in London?

    The Landmark London London is blessed with a plethora of luxury historic hotels, with the city's most famous names including The Savoy, Claridge's and The Dorchester. Here are three other hotels with fascinating histories.

    The Landmark London
    Originally built as a Victorian railway hotel – one of the grandest in London – this hotel has had a long and chequered historiy. After being used as a base during the Second World War, it later functioned as a military office building and then a railway headquarters. But in the 1990s it finally reopened as a luxury hotel, boasting 300 rooms and suites and a fine winter garden – a covered central courtyard festooned with palm trees and offering various fine dining options. It's now heralded as one of London's most prestigious accommodation options.

    The Great Northern Hotel
    First opened in 1854, this King's Cross railway hotel was one of the first five-star options in the British capital. Having just re-opened in 2013, following an extensive refurbishment, it can now claim to be one of the most luxurious boutique hotels in London. Its 91 rooms bring to life all the effortless grace of the building's illustrious history.

    The Wellesley
    Another historic boutique hotel with a rather different heritage is The Wellesley. Located within a renovated 1920s townhouse, the architecture and furnishings here are all about the art deco style. It offers absolute contemporary luxury but with all the glamour of the prohibition era.
  • On June 25, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best historic hotels in London?

    The Landmark London London is blessed with a plethora of luxury historic hotels, with the city's most famous names including The Savoy, Claridge's and The Dorchester. Here are three other hotels with fascinating histories.

    The Landmark London
    Originally built as a Victorian railway hotel – one of the grandest in London – this hotel has had a long and chequered historiy. After being used as a base during the Second World War, it later functioned as a military office building and then a railway headquarters. But in the 1990s it finally reopened as a luxury hotel, boasting 300 rooms and suites and a fine winter garden – a covered central courtyard festooned with palm trees and offering various fine dining options. It's now heralded as one of London's most prestigious accommodation options.

    The Great Northern Hotel
    First opened in 1854, this King's Cross railway hotel was one of the first five-star options in the British capital. Having just re-opened in 2013, following an extensive refurbishment, it can now claim to be one of the most luxurious boutique hotels in London. Its 91 rooms bring to life all the effortless grace of the building's illustrious history.

    The Wellesley
    Another historic boutique hotel with a rather different heritage is The Wellesley. Located within a renovated 1920s townhouse, the architecture and furnishings here are all about the art deco style. It offers absolute contemporary luxury but with all the glamour of the prohibition era.
  • On June 25, 2013
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    What are the newest shows in London?

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time The new West End show on everybody's lips right now is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Following very much in the footsteps of the phenomenally-successful Matilda the Musical (winner of seven Olivier Awards and four Tony Awards), this second Roald Dahl adaptation is directed by the Academy-Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) – and looks set to be another enormous hit when it begins its run at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

    Other acclaimed West End newcomers include the book adaptation The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, currently playing at the Apollo Theatre, the film adaptation Once the Musical at the Phoenix Theatre, and the book and film adaptation From Here to Eternity at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
  • On June 25, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the newest shows in London?

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time The new West End show on everybody's lips right now is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Following very much in the footsteps of the phenomenally-successful Matilda the Musical (winner of seven Olivier Awards and four Tony Awards), this second Roald Dahl adaptation is directed by the Academy-Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) – and looks set to be another enormous hit when it begins its run at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

    Other acclaimed West End newcomers include the book adaptation The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, currently playing at the Apollo Theatre, the film adaptation Once the Musical at the Phoenix Theatre, and the book and film adaptation From Here to Eternity at the Shaftesbury Theatre.