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City envy: three things we want in London immediately (including a shopping palace)

By Time Out in association with British Airways

Oh, London, how we heart thee – call us biased, but we’re pretty sure you’re the best place to live on the planet. But that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t consider having a cheeky fling with another city – especially if it’s Rome, Venice or Dubrovnik, which are home to these rather enviable things...

A shopping palace

Shopping: love it or hate it, there’s no denying it would be a lot more fun if you could do it inside a flippin’ palace. Well, you can in Venice, where a department store has just opened in a thirteenth-century palazzo on the Grand Canal. Trust us, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi is an Instagrammer’s paradise (though quite possibly hell for your bank balance).

Gelato Mio

Performance-enhancing ice cream

Not only can a frosty cone of ice cream cool you down on a hot summer’s day; in Rome, it can actually boost your fitness, too. A scientist at a local university has invented the world’s first gelato that’s proven to actually enhance athletic performance. Sounds like a pretty super scoop.

 A bar in a cave

London isn’t a city known for its rock formations – sad, because we’re rather jealous of Cave Bar More, Dubrovnik’s quirkiest boozer. As you may guess from its name, it’s set within a coastal cave in the Croatian city, making it one of the most atmospheric (literal) drinking holes around. Loincloths are optional.

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