A LIT­TLE FLIGHT READ­ING

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LON­DON

The Mon­o­cle Travel Guide Se­ries ($27.95)

Tyler Brule, that well-known gent about the world with a name like an industrial dessert, is at the Mon­o­cle helm, ably as­sisted by in-the-know ed­i­tors and cor­re­spon­dents in seven in­ter­na­tional bu­reaus. As you’d ex­pect, in­clu­sions in this lit­tle black book se­ries of city primers are a la minute, chic and in­sider-ish. “You won’t find Madame Tus­saud’s in here,” prom­ise the ed­i­tors. It’s all about re­tail (from mar­kets to con­cept stores), dining, see­ing and be­ing seen, where to stay in style (The Graz­ing Goat hostelry in Maryle­bone sounds fun) and how to dine well (Koya in Soho, a “udon utopia”, looks just the ticket, as does the “In­dian fan­ta­sia” of Khan’s in Not­ting Hill). The sec­tion on “things we’d buy” is use­ful — th­ese are top “take home” sou­venirs and we’re not talk­ing Buck­ing­ham Palace snow domes but stylish prints from the Lon­don Trans­port Mu­seum, plus best-of-Bri­tish de­sign items such as fine tea blends and ar­ti­san bis­cuits, Floris colognes and cash­mere scarves. The in­evitable cock­tail haunts? Book us in, please, for a bloody mary with chorizo-in­fused vodka and smoked gar­lic tequila at Bea­gle (by Hox­ton sta­tion) and a clas­sic mar­tini (shaken, not stirred) at Dukes in May­fair, the one-time favourite haunt of James Bond cre­ator Ian Flem­ing. The tightly writ­ten 146-page vol­ume is a snug fit for hand­bag or flashy back­pack and a sim­i­larly savvy vol­ume on New York has just been re­leased, with Tokyo and Hong Kong the next de­sign-driven cities in the pipe­line.

SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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