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Need a Companion?

Need a Companion?

Holiday time is precious – nobody wants to spend their special few days in an exciting new city waiting for tasteless food at mediocre restaurants, or missing pop up exhibitions or the latest trendy hot-spot, just because they didn’t do the research. But what if you don’t have time to get all the essential credentials before you go?

We’ve just found out about a new collaboration that vastly reduces the risks of suffering a bland mini break. It’s called ‘Companion’ and it’s the collaborative brainchild of American Express and British publisher, Phaidon. Available to download now, it’s an online publication offering an insider’s view on 10 top city destinations, with up-to-the-minute tips on where to go and what to see.

Barcelona Fundacio Joan Miro is credit Roger Casas

Originally inspired by the Companion Voucher, a British Airways Amex Card benefit providing a complimentary second seat companion on a British Airways flight, this stylish guide is both paperless – thus, eco friendly – and free! But perhaps the most original thing about Companion is the creativity of the content, opinions and imagery gathered by those who live and work in each of the cities, many of whom are leaders in their chosen fields.

Barcelona Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batilo is credit Roger Casas

For each of the 10 cities featured, two people reveal differing insights, helping to offer readers a fuller picture of their home town. These include: Reykjavik’s health and music scenes; Berlin’s photography and nightlife; architecture and food in Barcelona; films and fashion in Sao Paulo; architecture and pizza in Rome; outdoors and city life in Vancouver; eating and drinking in New York; design and Asian cuisine in Hong Kong; photography and art in Los Angeles; shopping and design in Amsterdam…

Hong Kong PMQ WCG is credit Marcel Lam

Ten cities, 20 viewpoints, all in one weightless, complimentary package. Now where shall we go next?

Companion is available to download for free at