Passports at the ready, Condé Nast Traveller's features editor Fiona Kerr picks the trips to take this month
Billy's Bar inside the members' club at The CurtainAdrian Houston
The Tube is hotter than the Danakil Desert; bewildered tourists stampede through Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus and Green Park like it's the Great Migration on slow-mo; and your local lido on a Saturday morning is busier than St Tropez in August. But there's nowhere like London in summer. Rooftops! Beaches! Canals! Parks! The capital really comes into its own when the sun shines. It's even better with a cold drink in hand. And so it was – just as we recover from the opening of The Ned – to The Curtain in Shoreditch last week for the launch of another new members'-club-hotel-hotspot. This time from Mr Gansevoort Michael Achenbaum. Courtney Love checked in before it officially opened, there's a Banksy mural in the Imperial members' bar and heading up the restaurant is Marcus Samuelsson, whose Harlem fried-chicken spot Red Rooster is so good that even Obama is a fan. Of course, there's a rooftop hangout too.
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A bedroom at The Curtain hotel, ShoreditchAdrian HoustonBut London's hotel boom doesn't stop there. Still to come this year: Nobu opens its 150 bedrooms (with gold sinks) around the corner from The Curtain; while in Paddington, the Pilgrm plays on British heritage design with cloud carpet by Tom Dixon, cast-iron radiators and mattresses handmade in Devon.
Other exciting developments on the (much further) horizon include: The Standard (opening late next year in the brutalist former Camden Town Hall Annex at Kings Cross); Hôtel Costes (coming soon to Sloane Square); Robert De Niro's follow-up to The Greenwich Hotel, The Wellington in Covent Garden (expected 2019); and Admiralty Arch (due 2020).
El Portalon, Ibiza
IBIZA + FORMENTERA
If you were inspired by our June-issue cover story – a dreamy visual love letter to Ibiza from must-buy new book Ibiza Bohemia – there are plenty of fresh reasons to jump on the plane. New club Hï (from the people behind Ushuaïa) has taken up residence in the spot vacated by original super-club Space. On the beach at Cala Nova, Aiyanna opens on 16 June – sister beach club to much-loved Amante overlooking Sol d'en Serra bay.
Inside a room at Nobu Hotel, IbizaChef Anne Sijmonsbergen (whose cookbook Eivissa: The Ibiza Cookbook was published last year) has just opened pretty restaurant El Portalon with restaurateur Justin Mallett in a leafy corner of Dalt Vila. The menu is packed with produce from her organic farm and other local ingredients such as line-caught squid, stuffed with sobrasada, spinach and red pepper.
There are a few splashy hotels opening this summer too: Nobu (again) dressed in plenty of white and wicker on Cala Talamanca; Sir Joan in a futuristic new building near Ibiza Town's Marina; and sprawling 7 Pines, with standalone villas spread across a clifftop on the west coast.
Other notable Ibiza newcomers in the last year include: breezy Gatzara Suites in Santa Gertrudis; funky, hippy little Los Enamorados in the very north; 105 by La Cantina at Marina Magna, all white and turquoise at the foot of Dalt Vila; and clubby farmhouse La Granja from Design Hotels visionary Claus Sendlinger (read our review here).
And don't leave without hopping on the ferry across to tiny Formentera to check out the seriously spruced-up Gecko Hotel & Beach Club. Under the discerning eye of Pablo Carrington (the man behind other Balearic beauties Cap Rocat on Mallorca and Menorca's Torralbenc), the 30 bedrooms now have a Fifties seaside vibe decorated in shades of blue (colbat, navy), sandy-tone checks and zingy zig-zags covering wingback sofas and mid-century-modern curves.
Holzmarkt in BerlinMarjolein van der Kolk/www.berlijn-blog.nl/holzmarkt
Forget searching for the 'next Berlin' and discover the 'new Berlin'. On the banks of the River Spree, Holzmarkt is what happens when the city's original ravers grow up: a co-operative creative village with restaurants, food stalls, co-working spaces, a yoga studio, gallery, theatre, hairdressers and even a children's nursery. Set between Ostbahnhof station and the river, it's from the people behind the legendary Bar25, which closed in 2010 when the wasteland this makeshift club was built on was sold to developers (boo, hiss). However, time passed and with the help of politics and a little magic, they re-acquired the original Bar25 site and Holzmarket was born. It officially opened on 1 May, and while it's no longer a don't-leave-for-five-days party paradise and a blur of techno and glitter, this is something bigger, bolder: a new model for living.
Volcanoes National Park in RwandaAfter that Gorillas in the Mist moment? Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where critically endangered mountain gorillas still live in the wild. Around 480 roam the Virunga Volcano range, which also skirts Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo; the other 400 of the remaining population live in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. After the long rains of March to May, now is the perfect time to go. Even better, last month RwandAir launched its first direct flights from the UK to the capital Kigali, and later this month top-notch safari outfit Wilderness launches Bisate Lodge, a short drive from the entrance to the Volcanoes National Park. Tucked in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcano, the six villas look out to the Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno volcanoes and are the jumping-off point to meet gorilla families of roly-poly babies and their giant chest-thumping fathers. Still to come in the country are a pair of openings from One&Only: in October, Nyungwe House opens on a working tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park, where you can trek through ancient forest to spot apes, chimps and other monkeys, along with other technicolour birds and wildlife. And next year sees the arrival of Gorilla's Nest in the eucalyptus forest covered foothills of the Virunga Volcano range itself.