Five of the Best City Break Essentials

If the New York, Paris, Milan and London fashion weeks have inspired you to book a mini-break, then don’t leave without packing our pick of the best city break essentials...


Anya Hindmarch Hands-Free Bag

So, you’re all set for your city break with stylish luggage, but have you got a day bag? Instead of lugging an overstuffed handbag about town, Anya Hindmarch has come to the rescue with her range of hands-free bags. We love the Belvedere from the spring summer 2012 collection. It comes in a mix of soft grey leather and suede and can be worn slung across the body. Helpfully, it features multiple internal pockets, so you won’t lose your euros or your passport.


Price: £350.00; stockist:

Olympus Camera

All budding photographers out there should get their hands on the new Olympus PEN mini. The 12.3 megapixel camera has a super fast autofocus system and interchangeable lenses. It takes great pictures in tricky-to-shoot, low-level lighting and the in-body stabilisation means you can take completely blur-free shots (even with a shaky hand). It shoots full HD movies and can even reformat still photos to be uploaded (via Bluetooth) straight to social networking sites. Best of all, it’s one of the smallest and lightest cameras on the market, proving that good things really do come in small packages.


Price: £449.99; stockist:

Stella McCartney Sunglasses

A good pair of sunglasses is an absolute city break must-have, and they don’t come much more stylish than these ones from Stella McCartney. Not that we really needed any more convincing about putting these on our wish-list, but they’re part of Stella McCartney’s new eco-friendly collection, using plastics derived from completely natural resources. Sustainable and stylish. We’re sold.

Price: £156; stockist:

Clinique City Block

Just because the sun might not be beating down all day long doesn’t mean that you don’t need sun block. Clinique have perfected one of the best face protectors we’ve tried, in the form of the Super City Block. It has a sheer weightless formula that suits even the most sensitive of skins, offers SPF 40 protection from UVA/UVB rays and has plenty of antioxidants to shield your skin against the grime of the city.

Price: £16.00; stockist: 0870 034 2566

A la Carte Travel Map

If you’re looking for something a little bit different to your average travel map then you’ll love the super cute illustrations on these A la Carte Maps. The beautiful, hand drawn maps are written by locals, meaning you’ll get accurate, insider info to the city. There are 20 maps in the set, and each come complete with witty annotations on both the key places to visit and those places well and truly off the beaten tourist track.

Price: £10; stockist:

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