Tyler Brûlé, Andrew Tuck, Gillian Dobias, Solène Léger and Eemeli Isoaho on the weekend’s top discussion topics, with insights from London, Ljubljana and Tel Aviv.
I live in a faded seaside town called St. Leonards-on-Sea, in Sussex, on the south coast of England. If you’ve not heard of it, you’re in good company. It’s not on anybody’s list of celebrated English beauty spots. Indeed, most of my riding is across flat coastal marsh or down-at-the-heel seafront promenades.
A year ago, as a travel photographer grounded by the pandemic, I started bringing a camera and tripod with me on my morning bicycle rides, shooting them as though they were magazine assignments.
It started out as just something to do — a challenge to try to see the familiar through fresh eyes. Soon it blossomed into a celebration of traveling at home.
The Faughan Valley runs from the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains along the beautiful River Faughan to the outskirts of the city. Covering some 80 square miles, it has been identified as an area of strategic importance thanks to some precious natural features. The river and its tributaries have well-earned environmental designations in recognition of the huge variety of plants and animals. And pockets of precious ancient woodland – a habitat even rarer in Northern Ireland than elsewhere in the UK – dot this famously scenic land.
The weekend’s biggest discussion topics with Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé, Andrew Tuck, Gillian Dobias, Cornelia Meyer and Urs Bühler.
We also check the headlines in Bangkok and find out which titles have been flying off shelves at Lisbon’s Under The Cover book and magazine shop.
Born in the U.S.A, this 1960s VW Beetle Wizard gained its popularity in the midst of a custom car phenomenon with looks overriding performance, though it didn’t kick off in the UK until the 80s. Eye-catching, noisy and cool was the goal. About Car S.O.S Series 9: The best car restoration series with a big heart is back to bring a warm smile to all!
Master mechanic Fuzz Townshend and parts-blagging petrol head Tim Shaw set off on a mission to save decaying classic cars from their unsuspecting but very much deserving owners. The cars are taken to the Car S.O.S. garage with Tim & Fuzz racing against the clock to carefully restore it to its former glory, leading to the big, surprise reveal.
Bordering leafy Hyde Park, Mayfair is an upscale district of elegant Georgian townhouses, exclusive hotels, and gourmet restaurants. Its world-famous retailers include bespoke tailors on Savile Row and designer fashions on Bond Street. Shoppers also head to high-end Burlington Arcade and Shepherd Market, a cluster of independent boutiques and traditional pubs. Cool modern art galleries line Cork Street.
The United Kingdom, made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is an island nation in northwestern Europe. England – birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles – is home to the capital, London, a globally influential centre of finance and culture. England is also site of Neolithic Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman spa and centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge.
Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Despite its small size, it is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William. Oban occupies a setting in the Firth of Lorn. The bay forms a near perfect horseshoe, protected by the island of Kerrera; and beyond Kerrera, the Isle of Mull.
Chipping Norton is another classic market town in the east of the Cotswolds. Another settlement regarded as a gateway to the AONB, it is often renowned for the Bliss Tweed Mill. The town centre is unusually steep, with one row of houses much higher than the opposite side. This is well worth a visit as a classic English town.
London Bus 15 from Charing Cross to Blackwall. This is a scenic route that passes along the historic Fleet Street, St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower of London . Filmed from the second storey and upper deck of the bus, this video offers a wide angle view of the beautiful streets and architecture of London.
KEY BUS STOPS: 00:00 🅱️ Charing Cross Stn / Covent Garden 02:27 🅱️ Southampton Street / Covent Garden 03:03 🅱️ Aldwych 04:00 🅱️ The Royal Courts Of Justice 04:45 🅱️ Fetter Lane 05:39 🅱️ Ludgate Circus 06:05 🅱️ Ludgate Hill / Old Bailey 07:30 🅱️ St Paul’s Cathedral 09:47 🅱️ Mansion House Station 12:37 🅱️ Cannon Street Station 15:11 🅱️ Monument Station 16:14 🅱️ Great Tower Street 20:26 🅱️ Mansell Street 23:12 🅱️ Aldgate East Station 25:25 🅱️ London Metropolitan University 26:39 🅱️ New Road 28:07 🅱️ Watney Markey 29:17 🅱️ St Mary’s & St Michael’s Church 30:09 🅱️ Arbour Square 30:41 🅱️ Stepney Methodist Church 31:20 🅱️ Limehouse Station 33:35 🅱️ Lowell Street 35:25 🅱️ Salmon Lane 35:44 🅱️ Burdette Road 36:44 🅱️ University Of Cumbria In London 37:30 🅱️ Upper North Street 38:35 🅱️ Poplar Recreation Grd / Poplar Stn 39:32 🅱️ Chrisp Street Market 40:11 🅱️ Poplar / All Saints Church 41:58 🅱️ Poplar High Street / Blackwall 43:57 🅱️ Blackwall Station (Final stop!)