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The benefits of live yoghurt
23.03.2017

Step away from the “dessert yoghurt", writes Will Studd. The real unadulterated thing is much more rewarding.

All-Star Yum Cha
22.03.2017

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Honey Fingers, Melbourne's inner-city beekeepers
22.03.2017

Single-source honey putting community and sustainability next to sweetness.

Vermouth is having a moment
21.03.2017

More and more adventurous local winemakers are embracing Vermouth's botanicals, writes Max Allen.

Exploring Indonesia's Komodo National Park
21.03.2017

Indonesia's Komodo National Park is home to staggering scenery and biodiversity. Michael Harden sets sail in a handcrafted yacht to explore its remote islands in pared-back luxury.

The new cruises on the horizon in 2017
21.03.2017

Cue the Champagne.

Seven recipes that shaped 1980s fine dining
21.03.2017

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

Where Melbourne's finest will take the World's Best Chefs
20.03.2017

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

New story in first Edition

The latest in Ian Schrager's boutique line matches London heritage with hipness.

The man credited with inventing the boutique hotel has reinvented it, this time in London's Fitzrovia district. The much-anticipated London Edition is the third property in a hotel line created by former Studio 54 impresario Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels, following the short-lived Edition in Honolulu, another in Istanbul in 2011, and paving the way for new Editions in New York and Miami next year.

On the site of the former Berners Hotel, Schrager has created a lobby to loiter in, adding a chrome egg chandelier, a vintage billiard table and Christian Liaigre furniture. The heritage-listed Georgian ceilings (restored from beneath a century of smoke stains) somehow make the space feel more contemporary. Upstairs the wood-panelled rooms are said to be inspired by the cabins on a luxury yacht. With designer armchairs and faux-fur throws, it's a cross between a storied London club and a Nordic bachelor pad.

The ornate Berners Tavern, the third West End opening this year by restaurateur Jason Atherton, has an acreage of tables and 120 seats, yet weekend diners are already facing a month-long waiting list. Drinkers congregate in the Edition's Lobby Bar and Punch Room, where bowl-based drinks make a long overdue return to London. Ordering a gin-infused punch with jasmine tea and oak moss feels like winning a trophy. Head downstairs for house-made bottled alcopops and cocktail slushies in paper cups at the Basement nightclub. London Edition, 10 Berners St, London, rooms from $497 per night.

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