Is London’s food scene broken?
The Menu on Monocle 24: Live edition with Grace Dent, Nicholas Lander, Martin Morales and Jonathan Downey. In a special edition live from Monocle HQ, Grace Dent, Nicholas Lander, Martin Morales and Jonathan Downey discuss what needs fixing in the capital’s restaurants.
Where’s the afterparty?
The Beastie Boys weren’t the first to insist on fighting for your right to party – and they won’t be the last. A report released by the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) cites the importance of the UK’s nightlife to its creative industries and claims that nocturnal revelries add about £66bn (€78bn) a year to the British economy, a vast tab by most standards. However, over the past 10 years the number of nightclubs has nearly halved, with more than a third of music venues biting the bullet too. The appointment of Amy Lamé as London’s slightly strict-sounding “night czar” and the later operating hours on the London Underground are a start. But high business rates and nagging residents are winning the war, resulting in more venues being dropped than debuted. As the CIF report suggests, the government and local authorities must do more to safeguard the vitality, serendipity and charm of our cities.
Wing and a woof
Anyone who’s travelled with their loyal pooch or haughty feline will know that airports hardly make it a pleasant experience. But those heading through JFK can take heart: this week the New York airport rolled out the first features of its privately owned $65m (€61m) pet terminal, the Ark. Creatures of all sizes, from parakeets to Shetland stallions, will receive round-the-clock care and monitoring, medical assistance, private quarters, à la carte dining and everything in between. Owners can even opt to receive regular emails and photographs of their pets. As lavish as the venture may appear, it’ll see no lack of footfall from loving owners and will surely raise the bar for airports happy to do the bare minimum.
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Issue 101 ∙ March 2017
A new breed of global security. Plus: We sit down with Emmanuel Macron, Lufthansa’s Carsten Spohr, the president of Portugaland CNN’s Hala Gorani – and an Expo on PBS in Washington – a renaissance moment for US public broadcasting?
Issue 100 ∙ February 2017
Plot and plan: an issue full of tone-setters for 2017. For our 100th issue we do a world tour of 'best in class' – in urbanism, education, media – and even get limber in Switzerland's finest gyms.
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