BE A TOURIST AT HOME
SPEND A NIGHT ABROAD IN YOUR OWN CITY
It’s hard to relax, really relax, at home. There are all those visual reminders of things you should be doing: dishes in the sink, washing for the machine, bills screaming for your attention from the hall table.
So, pack a bag, walk out the door and forget the whole damn lot: you’ll feel freed, striding out of a hotel and into a city where you’re not reliant on Lonely Planet for where to eat, and know the tourist traps that will waste your budget. Spend it instead at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, the sleekest bolthole where the first rooms of its multi-million-pound refurbishment are open (mandarinoriental.com), or one of our favourite luxurious destinations in the capital, Claridge’s (pictured; claridges.co.uk). London also boasts numerous new boutique options, like artsy The Mandrake in Fitzrovia (themandrake.com), The Pilgrm in Paddington (thepilgrm.com), or Henrietta Hotel in Covent Garden (henriettahotel.com). At the other end of the land, Edinburgh’s stately Balmoral has also had a facelift (roccofortehotels.com). In between, opt for stunning university views at The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge (thevarsityhotel.co.uk). Down south, book a berth at Southampton’s new Harbour Hotel which looks rather like a beached ocean liner (southamptonharbour-hotel.co.uk).
Chin up! We’re all guilty of slouching. It’s just easier.
But you don’t want to end up coiled like a question mark, so invest in a new piece of wearable tech to straighten you up: Upright Go is a light posture training device that you stick on your upper back and link to your phone. Set it to “training” mode and you’ll get a buzz every time you slack off as a reminder, so that you gradually change your habits.
WEAR AN UPRIGHT GO POSTURE IMPROVER