- Lifestyle & Sports
- 25 May 16
From London to Tirana, Stuart Clark gives the lowdown on the restaurants, hotels and underground bunkers you should check out.
In addition to the previously announced Alicante, Berlin, Krakow, Lanzarote, Malaga, Milan and Tenerife, Ryanair is to start flying Belfast International to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wrockla.
Hutt Dogs (ouch!) will be among the treats next month as The Force Awakens’ London arrival is celebrated with a Star Wars pop-up restaurant.
“It is a period of culinary abundance; rebel spies have managed to steal secret recipes to the empire’s canteen and take them to the death star, an armoured space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet,” reads the barrelandforks.com blurb. “Set in Darth Vader’s kingdom, the fork awakens will take Foodtroopers into an immersive journey through time and space, with many familiar encounters and interactive adventures along the way.”
It’s €55 a head, with diners being mailed details of the top secret location 48 hours beforehand.
The Coq could literally be au Vin this summer at The Bunyadi, another London pop-up (fnaar fnarr) that’s, “free from phones, electric lights and even clothing (optional)”. Personally, we’ll be steering clear of the Spotted Dick and thinking long and hard about trying the fish tacos. All is revealed at thebunyadi.com.
The reviews have been universally rave for Renaissance Republique, a new 121-room hotel in Paris’ rapidly emerging La Republique neighbourhood. An inspired blend of exotic woods, tawny leathers and contemporary artwork, the former boarding house for travelling artists is just minutes away from Canal San Martin and La Marais, with rooms starting at €274 per night.
Brussels Airport has fully reopened following the March 22 terrorist attacks that claimed 32 lives. “We all choose to resist. Today, our capital’s airport is reopening. Brussels is back in business,” said Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, who’s asked people to show their solidarity by visiting the city, which has always been one of Hot Travel’s favourite weekend break destinations.
Tirana’s newest tourist attraction is a secret five-storey underground bunker built to house Albania’s former communist government in the event of a nuclear attack. Fearing that both the Soviet Union and the west were out to get him, First Secretary of the Party of Labour Enver Hoxha ordered the construction of over 700,000 shelters, many of which have been converted into homes, bars and restaurants.