Why goLisbon sparkles at Christmas (check out the massive tree in Praça do Comércio), but is more cool than twee. The scent of chestnuts fills the air, and concerts are held in churches, but festivities feel refreshingly uncommercialised. Best buysGreat independent shops include A Vida Portuguesa for local products from soap to shoes. Of four stores, the Largo do Intendente branch, in a former tile factory, is the biggest and best.
The 17th-century coaching inn the Bell at Skenfrith is now an award-winning restaurant with 11 boutique rooms. It’s not cheap, but if you want to splash out for a special celebration, its two-night New Year package includes champagne, cocktails and canapes on arrival; dinner, music and dancing; fireworks and fizz at midnight; and full Welsh breakfasts. The three-course New Year’s Eve menu (£85pp for non-guests) features lobster ravioli, guinea fowl, and white chocolate and raspberry creme brulee.
When I moved to Downtown LA in 2007, it felt abandoned. Going out at night was a bit like being in a zombie movie – it was so empty. It’s changed massively: there’s so much construction going on now, so many new buildings. If there is a parallel in London, it’s King’s Cross. I’m part of a street art crew called Uglarworks. I met them through a mutual friend. They had read my first book, All Involved, set during the 1992 LA riots, and liked it. I loved what they did and we wanted to collaborate.
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Selecting a term
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