I’ve been to London a dozen times over the years and it just isn’t quite like anywhere else in Britain. Heaving with a rich history, unrivaled multiculturalism and a gourmet scene that’s taken everyone by surprise, the vast and varied metropolis always seems to reinvent itself for a new generation. That’s why it was so fascinating to pay special attention to the Big Smoke in this November issue, with a special selection of “Luxe London” features, beginning on page 61.

In addition to boutique shopping highlights, fine fragrances and incredible five-star hotels, we also advise how to spend 24 hours in the city (page 82) and take a look at where Victoria “Posh” Beckham favours for food and fun (page 90). For our cover story, however, we return to our beloved Palazzo Versace Dubai (page 52), pampering ourselves with the suite life and tapping our feet to some of the best live sounds in the emirate at Q’s Bar and Lounge.

We hope you enjoy the issue and, as always – when in doubt, book the ticket.