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Travel agenda: From Camper's new sunglasses to English Wine Week and Tenerife Walking Festival

Where to go and what to know

1. Bed down

New York-based hotelier, Sean MacPherson (The Bowery, Jane and Marlton) will launch The Ludlow in Manhattan's Lower East Side next month. The 184-room hotel will feature a Dirty French restaurant inside its 20-storey, red-brick building, with a lobby-bar and courtyard.


2. Flight time

A new manual, published by Haynes, goes behind the scenes at Heathrow. Looking at the logistics of moving 70 million passengers through the airport each year, as well as a resident population of 76,000 employees, it lists facts and figures that reveal how one of the world's busiest transport hubs functions; £21.99.


3. In shade

Camper's new spring collection of Eclipse sunglasses is inspired by the Balearic island of Mallorca. Designed in collaboration with Oki Sato – co-founder of the Japanese design firm Nendo – the shades come in three different colour combinations. From £130.


4. Drink up

As part of English Wine Week (24 May to 1 June), the Three Choirs Vineyard, Gloucestershire, is offering winemaker-led tours, explaining the harvesting process, pruning techniques and why they're so vital to healthy vines. Crucially, the tour ends with a tasting. Tours depart on 27 and 29 May at 11am; £19.50pp.


5. Canary call

Registration has opened for the first Tenerife Walking Festival, which will take place from 10-14 March, 2015. Ramblers will hike amid the island's diverse scenery with a programme of 15 guided walks and fringe activities, such as star-gazing, on offer throughout the five-day event.


6. Brazil bound

A new website guides users around a collection of Brazilian hotels. Options range from the homely-and-accessible Pousada Do Sandi in Paraty ($144/£95) to the blow-the-budget Insolito Boutique in Buzios ($407/£270). Others score highly for their location: see Hotel das Cataratas, above Iguacu Falls ($381/£250).


7. Mex appeal

Hotel La Semilla is a new nine-bedroom B&B on Mexico's Caribbean coast. Located in a quiet part of Playa del Carmen, it features vintage-styled interiors with antiques sourced from flea markets. There's also a roof terrace with views of the sea.


8. Sea more

Bookings have opened for The Norman in Tel Aviv. The new hotel in Israel's cosmopolitan Mediterranean city has been converted from two heritage houses, within the Unesco-listed "White City" area, comprised of 4,000 Bauhaus-style buildings. Opening in August, it will feature a rooftop pool and a free shuttle to the beach.