Travel Agenda: TNT Travel Show; Westfield Mall; Virgin Atlantic; Mr C in Los Angeles; Air Europa
Saturday 19 March 2011
Today: Visit the TNT Travel Show at Earls Court 2 in London, which has all manner of backpacker ideas – and costs only £1 admission, which you can avoid completely by booking online (tnttravelshow.com). Close by, the giant Westfield Mall hosts Greece – part of the premises is being turned into a "Greek theme park" for a week, with food, a spa and "archaeological dig" (uk.westfield.com/London).
This week: Upper Class passengers on Virgin Atlantic will not only be enjoying the impressive facilities of the Clubhouse at Heathrow (free hair cuts, a spa) but until 18 April, male visitors to the swanky airport lounge will have the opportunity for having hand-made shoes fitted courtesy of Finnish cobblers the Left Shoe Company (leftshoecompany.com).
In the diary: Book into Mr C in Los Angeles. The first hotel from the Cipriani group (Harry's Bar in Venice) is set to open in Beverly Hills next month; expect classic but uncompromisingly luxurious style that evokes old-world European glamour (cipriani.com). Meanwhile, Air Europa is launching flights to Mexico City, making a low-cost option from Gatwick via Madrid possible from 2 June onwards (aireuropa.com).
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