Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How to Survive Dullsville; Business Travel

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How to Survive Dullsville; Business Travel

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Byline: BEVERLY FEARIS

How can you have a good time when you get sent to the world's most boring cities?

FRANKFURT

Great air, rail and road connections mean that it's easy to get aw ay from Frankfurt, but whatif you have to stay? "It's the one place where I end up sitting in my hotel room watching those socalled erotica channels," admitted one blushing traveller. But things are looking up, literally. Main-tow er (0049 69 3650 4770) is a new city-centre, skyscraper cocktail bar with panoramic views on Neuer Mrenzer Strasse 52-58, or join the crowds at the nearby Studio Bar (0049 69 1337 9225) at Katharinenp Forte 6, a trusty favourite. The kitsch red-leather sofas were apparently good enough to entice Mick Jagger. Gokarting at the Motodrom Indoor Cart (0049 69 82 36 18 83) or Indoor-Kart 2000 (0049 69 42 42 41) is a cool option.

JOHANNESBURG

Walking and driving are out of the question, so take to the skies. Bill Harrop's [pound]120 balloon safaris (0027 11 705 3201) include a champagne breakfast. Bill lifts off near Hartebeespoort Dam every day at reserve restaurant Cornuti The Cradle (0027 83 659 1622) - balcony dining among passing giraffes.

SINGAPORE

"They cleaned it up so much they lost the culture," laments Don Lunn, managing director of busi -ness travel agency Ayscough T ravel. So use it as a springboard across Asia. If you really are stuck, order champagne with your movie at the GV Grand cinema (00 65 735 8484) at Great World City, Orchard Road. Red (0065 227 7189) on Club Street is the current hot eaterie owned by Singaporean fashion designer Allan Chai.

BIRMINGHAM

Your visit will be a w hole lot more bearable if you stay at the brand-new Hotel du Vin (0121 236 0559) with custom-designed cocktail and cigar bar.Join Birmingham's elite (yes, there is one) at The Mailbox complex (www. …

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