As seen in: Emily In Paris
The City of Lights is the real star of this Netflix comedy, as it shows off Paris’ most beautiful, glossy locations. Featuring lavish sites like the Palais Garnier, historic restaurant Le Grand Véfour and the iconic Jardin du Luxembourg, viewers are shown some of the city’s best sights, while Emily’s apartment – in pretty Place de l’Estrapade in the 5th arrondissement – oozes Parisian chic. Top of any itinerary should be a visit to the Louvre, the vast gallery that’s home to the Mona Lisa, and a trip to the Eiffel Tower – although the top of the Arc de Triomphe gives the most iconic views. For shopping, skip the Champs-Élysées and head to Le Centre Commercial – the concept store opened by the founders of Veja – for clothes, Monsieur for delicate jewellery, and Fleux for homeware. To wind down, head to the area around Canal St Martin. Once derelict, it’s now home to plenty of cafés and cool boutiques, and the Paname Brewing Company boasts the perfect veranda for al fresco drinks.
• Stay at the four-star Hotel La Lanterne, a short walk from Notre-Dame Cathedral, where Bidroom offers a three-night stay from £606 per couple. The price includes spa access and plenty of extras. Find out more at[ Bidroom.com ](http:// Bidroom.com )
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As seen in: The Serpent
The BBC drama based on real events features several stunning locations along the Hippie Trail – the overland route between Europe and Asia – but it’s Bangkok and the surrounding area, where most of the action takes place, that really stands out. From the busy streets, gilded glory of the Wat Pho temple and Knippenberg’s airy villa with its pretty gardens, to the glamour of Hua Hin beach resort, there’s plenty to whet your appetite for an exotic Asian getaway.
In Bangkok, make sure to visit the Grand Palace, ride the iconic Sky Train, discover the party scene on the Khao San Road and take a boat trip along the Chao Phraya River. Shoppers will love the sprawling Chatuchak Market and Siam Paragon Mall, while the city’s many sky bars offer drinks with stunning views – check out the Vertigo and Moon bar on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree hotel.
If you venture out of Bangkok to the locals’ favourite weekend spot Hua Hin, pay a visit to the brightly coloured train station, the night market and the Vegas-style Venezia Hua Hin –a themed shopping village.
• Stay at the four-star Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square, which boasts a large outdoor pool and day spa and is well located. Prices start from £32 per night. For more information and to book, go to Booking.com
As seen in: Normal People
Some of Normal People’s most wanderlust-inducing scenes take place in and around the Irish capital. Even before the university years, which show off Trinity College Dublin’s historic buildings, Marianne’s grand family home is actually in Enniskerry, half-an-hour away, and Connell’s terraced house is in Shankill, in the south of the city. The college certainly makes an impact, though, with the university’s Robert Emmet Theatre, library, cricket pitches and front square enjoying starring roles. Elsewhere, the city’s vibrant pubs feature, too, including the Blackbird on Rathmines Road, and Marianne’s bohemian flat is found on Wellington Road in Ballsbridge.
Other top sights are the National Museum of Ireland, National Gallery of Ireland, and the fascinating Kilmainham Gaol. Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, the Ha’penny Bridge and the clash of old and new at the Silicon Docks are worth seeing, and no trip to Dublin would be complete without a stop at the Jameson Distillery Bow St, Guinness Storehouse or Teeling Distillery. For a change of scene, head just outside the city to the charming fishing village of Howth.
• Stay at the Conrad Dublin, which offers stunning views of the city and boasts an inhouse limerick writer to rival Connell’s literary talent. Prices start at £227 per night. To book, go to Hilton.com
As seen in: The Queen’s Gambit
The Queen’s Gambit follows chess prodigy Beth Harmon as she travels from Kentucky to tournaments all over the world, although much of the series was filmed in the German capital. This is said to be because the contrasting east and west sides provided the perfect range of architectural styles and locations. The orphanage where Beth grew up is actually Schloss-Schulzendorf on the outskirts of the city, and the Ben Snyder department store is the vintage clothing shop Humana Second & Vintage Kaufhaus. Other notable locations include the Berlin Zoo, the Meistersaal concert hall, the retro-looking Palais am Funkturm, and Friedrichstadt-Palast – which stood in for Mexico City’s Aztec Palace Hotel.
Berlin offers plenty of cultural must-dos. Head to Museum Island to see some of the most iconic buildings and over 6,000 years of art and history. The Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial), Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag are well worth visiting, and the Berlin Television Tower – the tallest building in the city – gives stunning 360-degree views.
• Stay at Hilton Berlin, which boasts mid-century interiors showcased in the series and views across the Deutscher Dom cathedral. Prices start from £151 per night. Book at Hilton.com
As seen in: Bridgerton
The scandalous period drama showcased plenty of stately locations, but the Georgian splendour of Bath really sparkled. Its iconic Royal Crescent – the curving row of houses built in the 1770s – provided plenty of eye candy, while camera trickery combined the Bath Assembly Rooms and Holburne Museum to make one building. Trim Street, Beauford Square and Barton Street were made over with cobblestones, while Abbey Green, with its famous ancient plane tree, featured, too.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bath is known for its Roman Baths, which were built around hot springs, and were one of the most fashionable places to be seen in the 18th century. To visit it today, try a City Walking Tour with local guide Cheryl, which costs £125 for two hours for up to ten people (Toursbylocals.com).
• Stay at the Z Hotel Bath, located opposite the Bath Theatre Royal and just 200 yards from the Roman Baths. Prices start at £45 per night from Booking.com
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