BE A TOURIST AT HOME

SPEND A NIGHT ABROAD IN YOUR OWN CITY

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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.

£80; up­right­pose.com

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WEAR AN UP­RIGHT GO POS­TURE IM­PROVER

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