Sophie Lam

Sophie Lam is deputy travel editor at The Independent. She joined the travel desk in 2004, having gained a taste for travel during a spell in Central America.

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Gene Salomon in his taxi

Manhattan transfer: New York by cabbie

A new book by one of the Big Apple's legion of yellow-cab drivers reveals a close-up view of life on the city's streets. Sophie Lam goes along for the ride

‘We worship big things – most importantly, the mountain’

Back to the source: Bali’s design for life

Its architecture has been copied all over the world, but there’s a vital element in this Indonesian island that’s missing from its imitators, says Sophie Lam

Christmas gifts for globetrotters

Frequent business traveller, swanky city-breaker or intrepid explorer? Whoever you are buying for, Sophie Lam has the perfect present all wrapped up

Christmas gifts for globetrotters

Frequent business traveller, swanky city-breaker or intrepid explorer? Whoever you are buying for, Sophie Lam has the perfect present all wrapped up

The flavour of the streets: fruit vendors in Hanoi

Morning, noon and night in Vietnam

From Hanoi and Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City and the mighty Mekong, this south-east Asian destination packs plenty into its slender shape

Under the skin of the city: street art in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighbourhood

Go in search of fresh perspectives in Berlin

With a friendly local in tow, Sophie Lam gets the lowdown on life in the German capital

Room Service: Soho House, Torstrasse 1, Berlin, Germany

Soho. It's a measure of a city, a means of quantifying its cool quotient. London? It's got the original, home to any number of new and fashionable bars and restaurants. New York? Head South of Houston. And when in Los Angeles or Hong Kong, look no further than South of Hollywood.

My Life in Travel: Ioan Gruffudd

'Some cool hotels forget that you're paying an absolute fortune to stay there'

The Wythe, Williamsburg

The Big Six: Boutique beds in Brooklyn

The Wythe, Williamsburg

Hotel Consolación Spain

The Big Six: Cool cubes

Hotel Consolacion, Teruel, Spain

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice