Today: Check into the latest hotel by Giorgio Armani, in the Italian fashion capital, Milan, complete with 95 spacious guestrooms (armanihotels.com). In London, the Southbank Winter Festival gets under way with cultural events that take in a winter garden grotto, festive lights, a musical and an exhibition (southbankcentre.co.uk/winter).
This week: Spain's third- largest city celebrates its culinary credentials. Valencia Restaurant Week runs from Monday to Sunday, with 80 restaurants offering special €20 and €30 menus, plus vineyard tours, wine tastings and demonstrations from Michelin-starred chefs in the food market (vlcrestaurantweek.com). Meanwhile, the Bath Christmas Market opens on Thursday, with 130 wooden chalets selling handmade gifts, decorations, hampers, West Country cheeses and mulled wine until 11 December (bathchristmasmarket.co.uk).
In the diary: Listen to the travel writer and guidebook publisher Hilary Bradt reflect on her career and her passion for adventure at the Royal Geographical Society in South Kensington, London, on Wednesday 30 November. Tales might include being arrested in Uganda, hitchhiking to Frankfurt or being jailed in Ethiopia (rgs.org).