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Lucy Thackray

Commissioning Editor, Sunday Times Travel Magazine

Location icon United Kingdom

Places I know well: London, New York, Santorini, Mani Peninsula (Greece), Hawaii, Jamaica, Corfu, Dubai, Bali, Barbados, St Lucia, Nice, Ibiza, Mallorca, the Maldives, Edinburgh, Bristol, Bath, the Peak District, Buenos Aires, Rome, Prague.

Places I know a bit: Japan, Croatia, Amsterdam, Paris, Porto, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Wales, Dublin, Cornwall, Mallorca, Lake Como, Phuket and western Thai islands, northern Argentina, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Cape Town, the Garden Route, Barcelona, Budapest.

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The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
07/04/2019
How to: dine out abroad

You've nailed the flights and hotel - don't fall at the first-dinner hurdle, says Lucy Thackray

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
07/04/2019
Instant Escapes: Peaceful Prague

You can dig into its quaint alleys and cellar pubs without shuffling behind the herd - just be sure to time those big sights right, and know your escape routes. Czech mate.

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
06/06/2019
Tips from the Top: Lea Michele

The Glee and Scream Queens star lives between New York and LA - so she knows the best of both

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Best US Cities: What's hot in New York?

Enormous sculptures you can climb, bargain design hotels, Spanish food halls, High Line buzz, vegan comfort food, and added value to the Statue of Liberty

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
03/01/2019
Tips from the Top: Michael Ball

From opulent hotels to OTT resorts, this West End star knows the island of Mallorca like the back of his (jazz) hands

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
02/01/2019
Tips from the Top: Rio Ferdinand

The footballer and dad of three chats beach therapy, seaside games, and sneaking off to the spa

Mandarin Oriental The Hotel Group
02/05/2019
Six luxury trips from Canouan | Luxury Travel | MO Magazine

Video, Canouan This beach-blessed island in the exclusive Grenadines is an alluring place to stay - but for anyone with an adventurous spirit, Canouan is also a great place from which to set sail.

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/01/2019
Tips from the Top: Sue Perkins

In her new book, the TV presenter explores Southeast Asia, China and India. She tells us her highs and lows

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/01/2019
Instant Escapes: First timer's Jamaica

Music pumping by the roadside; jewel-toned rainforest pools; raucous, come-on-in rum bars - this is beach lazing with a lot on the side

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
10/01/2018
Cheat Sheet: London's British Museum

The UK's most visited museum is packed with treasures - and tourists. Lucy Thackray cuts through the madness

MSafiri Magazine (Kenya Airways)
11/01/2018
Escape to New York

A scene in a Woody Allen movie, a passage from an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel; there are many moments of pop culture kept in perpetuity in the Big Apple. Find them and more with this CITY GUIDE.

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
08/01/2018
Tips from the Top: Gary Neville

After all those away games, the ex-England player and star World Cup pundit knows the key to a great hotel

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
07/01/2018
Croatian cities: Zagreb

The Croatian capital is a pocket rocket: walkable, pretty, delicious and a bargain to boot

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
07/01/2018
World's Best Hotels: Asia

I rave about long-time favourites Hotel Icon, Tjampuhan Bali and Coco Bodu Hithi in our World's Best Hotels issue

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
07/01/2018
World's Best Hotels: Europe

I rave about long-time favourites Hoxton Amsterdam, Corral del Rey, Pikes Ibiza, The Merrion, and Ett Hem, in our World's Best Hotels issue

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
07/01/2018
World's Best Hotels: The Americas

I rave about long-time favourites Waves, The Beverly Wilshire & The Mark in our all-time World's Best Hotels issue

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
07/01/2018
World's Best Hotels: UK

I rave about long-time favourites Lime Wood, Dunstane House and The Cary Arms in our World's Best Hotels issue

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
07/01/2018
Five reasons to visit Cornwall

New lodges with hot tubs, Poldark-ish cliffs and posh dinners - we're coveting some Cornish glamour

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
06/01/2018
Two to Tango

Argentina's a fortnight-long, anoraks-on mission of a destination, right? Wrong: you can dip into the north for a sexy, delicious, lightweight week, says Lucy Thackray - especially if you bag a bargain flight

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
06/01/2018
Best Beds: Stockholm

This sprawling archipelago city specialises in quirky, personality-rich hotels. So you can bag charisma on any budget, says Lucy Thackray

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
06/01/2018
Tips from the Top: David Gandy

The British model and luggage designer knows how to pack light and look slick on the road

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
06/01/2018
Well-fed weekends: Nice, France

How to spend two days eating the best of Nice's slow-cooked stews and grab-and-go market treats

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
05/01/2018
Do not disturb

Beyond other islands' water parks and booming bars lies the peace and quiet that gave the Caribbean its relaxed reputation. Lucy Thackray sinks into the sleepiness of lush, hushed Nevis

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
05/01/2018
Tips from the Top: SuRie

The UK's Eurovision entry knows which of our neighbours do holidays that pop

loveexploring.com
Opinion: When did 'tourist' become a dirty word?

Whenever I'm planning a trip, I ask pals, acquaintances and even relative strangers for their tips. It often beats stumbling upon things organically. But lately, I've noticed that - as with most city guides and online itineraries published this side of the millennium - my tipsters are steering me away from the main sights and the famous restaurants.

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
04/01/2018
Instant Escapes: Alfresco New York

It may not be the obvious time to go, but NYC sizzles in spring and summer - and its parks, piers and boats make sightseeing a breeze

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
04/01/2018
Streets ahead: doing Rome like a local

Done the first-timer's sightseeing trail, but still craving more of Rome? Try renting an apartment and exploring its laid-back neighbourhoods

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
04/01/2018
Tips from the Top: Winston Duke

The Black Panther and Avengers actor gives us the inside track on his home island, Tobago

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
04/01/2018
Best Beds: Santorini

Honeymoon hideaway, fly-and-flop haven or glam bolthole? Greece's poster-girl island has them all

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
03/01/2018
Six hot Greek hotels for 2018

New hotel openings abound on the Aegean’s turquoise shores this year. Here are our favourites…

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
03/01/2018
Best early-spring breaks: Porto

Why Porto makes a lovely port-soaked, riverside amble during the spring months

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
02/01/2018
Desert island risks

She's chancing it with a solo holiday in the most romantic destination on earth. Will Lucy Thackray fall for its embrace - or give it the heave-ho?

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
02/01/2018
Tips from the Top: Dr Ranj Singh

The CBeebies and This Morning doc gives us his prescription for a feelgood family holiday

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/01/2018
What's Hot for 2018: New York

I count down the five so-2018 things to tick off in the Big Apple this year (and daydream about the Seychelles for spring)

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/12/2017
Retreats with Results: Get a mind MOT

Burnt out and stuck in an emotional rut, I fly to jungly Chiang Mai for a week of therapy - with a side of elephants and pad Thai

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/12/17
Best LA brunch: République

This heavenly bakery has romantic European architecture, Hollywood history and bread to die for

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/12/17
Starry nights: LA's best hotels

Reviews of Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire, The Hollywood Roosevelt, Ace Hotel Downtown and The Garland, Los Angeles

MSafiri Magazine (Kenya Airways)
01/12/17
London's Christmas Crackers

As the chill of winter envelops London, Britain's capital is at its twinkly, moonlight-speckled best. Here are six neighbourhoods that glow with festive spirit

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/10/17
Take Me There: Autumnal Wales

Want a piece of this quainter-than-quaint, russet-leaved Welsh countryside? Here's where and when to go

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/10/17
The Knowledge: Group rentals

Doing a group hol to a UK hideaway? Here are some tips and tricks for getting it right

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/10/17
Tips from the Top: Ben Fogle

How to have a big adventure: from Serengeti camp-outs to Sri Lanka with the kids

British Airways - The Club
01/09/17
Six hotels with cultural hotspots

From golden elephant sculptures to kaleidoscopic mosaics, these worldwide hotels bring the gallery to your bedside

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/08/17
Delicious cities: Porto

How to nibble your way through Porto's quaint alleys and flavour-packed restaurants

MSafiri Magazine (Kenya Airways)
05/01/2017
48 Hours in Paris

A classic itinerary for first-timers and romantics who've always dreamt of a weekend in Paris

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/05/17
World's Best Swims: Part Two

First to dive in and last to dry off? Get these beaches, pools and wild swims on your bikini bucket list

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/05/17
World's Best Swims: Part One

First to dive in and last to dry off? Get these beaches, pools and wild swims on your bikini bucket list

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/04/17
Santorini: The ideal getaway with friends

Santorini doesn't have to be honeymoon-sexy - it's just as dazzling with a best mate, daily clifftop wanders and many carafes of wine

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/03/17
Total guide to New York City (part 4)

How to do NYC like a pro - from lavish, special-occasion itineraries to stylish boutique hotels and bargain theatre tickets - it's all here

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/03/17
Total guide to New York City (part 3)

How to do NYC like a pro - from lavish, special-occasion itineraries to stylish boutique hotels and bargain theatre tickets - it's all here

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/03/17
Total guide to New York City (part 2)

How to do NYC like a pro - from lavish, special-occasion itineraries to stylish boutique hotels and bargain theatre tickets - it's all here

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/03/17
Total guide to New York City (part 1)

How to do NYC like a pro - from lavish, special-occasion itineraries to stylish boutique hotels and bargain theatre tickets - it's all here

British Airways - The Club
01/03/17
The new icons: London's instant-classic luxury hotels

Traditionally, London’s must-visit hotels were its grande dames: The Ritz, The Savoy, and Claridge’s. Now, a new generation of stylish stays are joining the travel bucket list

MSafiri Magazine (Kenya Airways)
01/04/17
Eight ways to indulge in Dubai

Why fight it? Dubai's going to bring the bling, so embrace the glamour at these brunches, beaches and skyscrapers

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/02/2017
My Home Town: Late-night London

Comedy agent Stephanie Moore shares her after-dark dive bars, dancefloors and street snacks

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/01/17
Hula loop

When your friend is getting married 7,000 miles away, there's nothing else for it - you'll have to make an adventure of it. Luckily Hawaii does adventure with a big side of chill

British Airways - The Club
01/12/16
Six hotels with sizzling nightspots

Count down to midnight with the city’s most glamorous set at these stylish hotels – then tumble into bed down the hall…

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/11/16
Barbados (Caribbean Total Guide)

Why are Brits so devoted to this languid isle? I went to find out, and drink a lot of rum punch along the way

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/08/2016
Luxe for less: Dubai

Embrace the Emirates' blingiest city - biz class, chauffeurs, posh pools - on a real-person budget

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/08/16
48 hours in Rome

How to spend a whirlwind weekend in this classic city of Vespas, ruins and peerless gelato

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/07/16
My family and other anecdotes

We first discovered Stoupa as a family in 1993. Now we're returning two decades later - but will it still have its sleepy, golden charm?

The Times - Travel section
11/17/2016
Stoupa conquers

A syndicated version of my feature 'My Family and Other Anecdotes' which ran in The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/04/16
A flying visit to Japan

You don't need to go everywhere on your first visit to Japan. Make Tokyo the main event, with jaunts out to mountain, seaside and geisha country

the girl outdoors
02/22/2016
Review of Aku Tribute GTX trekking boots

How to best test out the new Tribute II GTX trekking boots, £139.95 from Aku? Give them to your awesome travel writer bestie before she heads off to Japan on a winter adventure. Lucy Thackray tries the Tributes out whilst temple-hopping in Tokyo.

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/01/16
Desert Storm

Dubai is easy to get wrong - dense shopping complexes, concrete business centres and ugly cranes. Here are some tips for indulging in its easy, breezy eternal summer

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/10/15
My Home Town: Cape Town

Interior designer Michael Chandler shares his top tips for the Mother City - from tastiest pizza to secret sunset beaches

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/10/15
Tips from the Top: Jessie Ware

The soulful singer talks nurturing, creativity-sparking escapes from Skopelos to Hakone

my new addiction
10/11/2015
Hamilton

Musicals are my favourite history lesson. When they're done well, they resurrect fascinating people and moments in time, and make them relevant to now. After watching Parade, I read everything I could find on the trial of Leo Frank, and post-Civil War unrest in the American South; the little-known musical Nevermore made me go in...

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/09/15
Best Beds: Ibiza

The hotels to beat on the beats-pumping, poolside-lounging White Isle

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/07/15
Tips from the Top: Sara Cox

The Radio 2 DJ on how to do Glasto, family fests and her dream line-up

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/05/15
Tips from the Top: Lauren Laverne

The radio DJ and presenter picks her best of Britain, from sleeper trains to Lake District hideaways

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/04/15
My Home Town: London

Petra Barran, founder of street-food market KERB, shares her top bites, sights and stays in the capital

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
01/01/2015
Soothe Operator

Think Bali's overrun with Aussie tourists? You've probably just navigated wrong. With the right loop, you'll meet locals, healers and be rejuvenated by authentic spa culture

City Guides
01/06/16
The best musicals to see in London and New York this autumn | Insider City Guides

It seems incredible, but we have to wait an entire year to see London's most-hyped forthcoming musical, the Tony-, Grammy- and Pulitzer-winning Hamilton. But this season both London and New York's theatre scenes have jazz hands in spades, starting with guitar-smashing Broadway hit School of Rock coming to the West End on 24 October (New London Theatre; schoolofrockthemusical.com).

City Guides
Desert storm | Insider City Guides

From The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, February 2016 You haven't seen Dubai until you've seen it from above. Not on the flight in, mind, where you're greeted by miles of dusty, low-rise towns and grey motorways looping like liquorice.

British Airways High Life
04/01/2012
Five of the best classic New York brunches

1. The Waldorf Astoria hotel 301 Park Avenue New York, NY 10022 Lunch at the Waldorf on exclusive Park Avenue takes place in the high-ceilinged, gold and marble Peacock Alley dining room just past the glittering lobby. Once you've made the first tricky decision - Champagne or Mimosa?

British Airways High Life
04/01/2014
Valentine Warner: 10 reasons I love British food

1. I grew up in Dorset, on a dairy farm. I remember holding hands with my brother and walking the long way round so we didn't have to walk through the inquisitive cows.

British Airways High Life
Five of the best luxury London cinemas

Rekindle your love affair with the big screen - but forget sticky floors and overpriced noisy snacks, these super cinemas offer great food, comfy seats and impeccable service. By Lucy Thackray

British Airways High Life
03/09/2012
Six independent London bars and cafés with free WiFi

One of the few remaining 1950s coffee shops in London, the Troubadour does breakfast and brunch, as well as all-day café fare, using locally and ethically sourced ingredients (cheeses from Pimlico, bread from Notting Hill and so on). Brightly coloured decorative teapots and vintage signs give a bohemian pub vibe.

British Airways High Life
Restaurant review: Hutong at the Shard, London

The lowdown: Few restaurants in London have opened to as much fanfare in recent years as the three in The Shard. Aqua Shard, Oblix and Hutong each have a completely different atmosphere and area of expertise, but they all share one pretty huge selling point - a view that makes you pause, slack-jawed over your starters (especially if your visit coincides with a good sunset).

British Airways High Life
Three of the best: new UK partymakers

We asked 45 first-year students from Arts University Bournemouth - which has produced some top photographers, including Nick Knight and Wolfgang Tillmans - to snap their highlights on a recent group trip to NYC, flying with British Airways. Here is a selection of the High Life team's favourite pictures

British Airways High Life
Five of the best classic New York brunches

1. The Waldorf Astoria hotel 301 Park Avenue New York, NY 10022 Lunch at the Waldorf on exclusive Park Avenue takes place in the high-ceilinged, gold and marble Peacock Alley dining room just past the glittering lobby. Once you've made the first tricky decision - Champagne or Mimosa?

British Airways High Life
City hot spots: Peckham, London

Peckham is the new Dalston, praise indeed when it comes to the arts. The burgeoning art, music and theatre scene is based around the Bussey Building (aka The CLF Art Café) situated among hair salons and imported food stores on Rye Lane.

British Airways High Life
Romantic Paris: off the beaten track

A picnic at Parc des Buttes Chaumont Not quite the heights of la Tour Eiffel, but this is the locals' favourite park to relax in at weekends. Take a fabulously low-maintenance picnic of baguettes, cheese (the much-praised Fromagerie Secrétan is nearby) and wine and check out the views of the city from the viewing post at the top.

British Airways High Life
Six of the world's best Pride celebrations

45 years ago, a riot at New York's Stonewall Inn prompted a parade later that year to raise awareness of LGBT rights. Since then, dozens of cities worldwide have adopted their own Pride date to celebrate love and lobby for equality. Lucy Thackray picks six of the finest

British Airways High Life
10/01/2012
10 of the best pre-theatre restaurants in London's West End

1. Asia de Cuba The St Martin's Lane Hotel's sign-less, glassy exterior hints at the quirky ground floor restaurant inside. You'll find huge columns covered in bookshelves, black and white portraits and even pot plants in this luminous gallery-like space - but more importantly, a menu that fuses Asian and Central American cuisines to great effect.

British Airways High Life
03/08/2014
10 inspirational women in the history of travel

Getty Images Getty Images 2. Amelia Earhart The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart first flew across the pond in 1928 with a team of two men - she was keeping the flight log.

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