Stephen Bayley

Stephen Bayley is an author, critic, columnist, consultant, broadcaster, debater and curator. With Terence Conran he created the influential Boilerhouse Project in the Victoria & Albert Museum, which evolved into the Design Museum. Stephen writes a regular column for The Independent on Sunday’s Travel section, and contributes features that have previously covered anything from travelling through Japan via the iconic Shinkansen, to the artisans of Florence and driving a vintage Fiat 500 around Sicily.

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There is some debate over who established the first restaurant

Where is the oldest restaurant in the world?

In the year of its 250th birthday, maybe the sedate restaurant is due for revival

Windmills at Chora

Astypalea, Greece: An isolated spot a world away from Athens

Closer to Turkey than to the Greek mainland, sleepy Astypalea makes for a welcome change of pace (if you can work out where you're going)

Take the waters: Clinique La Prairie's pool

Switzerland's healing water: Is it modern science or nature that has the real therapeutic touch?

Stephen Bayley puts the restorative powers of Lake Geneva to the test

Having lots of luggage was once a status symbol

Luggage: The journey from canvas rucksacks to carry-on capsules

The Seventh Age of Luggage is about staying cool, calm and well-pressed

Trains and St Pancras facilities are getting a make-over by Christopher Jenner

Eurostar opens a brave new world of design

Something to declare

The Jaguar E-type is claimed to be phallomorphic

Let's put the fantasy back into travel

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Japan's bullet train

Japan's 'bullet train': Fast track to the future

Stephen Bayley celebrates 50 years of the Shinkansen network with a journey from Tokyo to Fukuoka that's 'flawless, comfortable and punctual to the second'
'The French breakfast is in dismaying decline'

Hotel breakfasts should take a starring role

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The pool at the Caruso

Ravished by Ravello's sweet setting

In the Fifties and Sixties, glamorous Romans would seek sunshine on the Amalfi coast, but far more intriguing is a dramatic village just inland, as Stephen Bayley found

Avoiding airports leaves more time to take in the scenery en route to Turin

Seduced by the slow train to Turin

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It's oh so quiet!

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'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
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'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
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...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
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End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
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Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine