Travel Agenda: London's Tune Hotel; Sweden's Bothnia Line; New York Palace; London to Chambéry

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Today: The first guests will be waking up in a former building society HQ in south London, which has become the first Tune Hotel in Europe. The location – opposite Lambeth North tube station – is handy for South Bank attractions, and offers low rates to early bookers (

This week: The Swedes will be celebrating the "rolling inauguration" of the Bothnia Line, with a VIP train on the line from Umea to Ornskoldsvik on Thursday and King Carl Gustaf XVI conducting the opening ceremony next Saturday. It will open up north-east Sweden to rail travellers ( Meanwhile, visitors to Midtown Manhattan can now indulge al fresco at the New York Palace's summer lounge, Palace Gate. The courtyard spot comes from the team behind the hotel's two-Michelin starred restaurant (

In the diary: From 18 December, British Airways will be offering a four-times-weekly link to Chambéry in the French Alps from London City airport – just in time for the start of the ski season.