Special Feature

Welcome to our Special Features category of travel posts. This is where you’ll find our more in depth reports on various aspects of urban travel (and the occasional day trip or getaway!). This category is often twinned with our “experience”, “trend” and (coming soon) “escape” categories.

You don't need to take your clothes off to find out what really goes down in Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District. Duncan Rhodes gets all the juicy details on an insider tour run by former sex workers.

Closing times, huge queues, expensive bar tabs… Who needs it? Chris Osburn spurns another night out in London to live it up in the shires instead. The country house party has returned, and it’s in full swing. Terribly fun and mildly frisky, White Blackbird has been hosting swanked-up weekend getaways…

After hours of training, intrepid UTB explorer Sasha Arms is ready to take on all 13 museums of Frankfurt’s famous ‘Museumsufer’ embankment… The question is, are they ready for her? I practised my strategy for the Museumsufer challenge for several arduous days before my visit to Frankfurt. My friends wondered…

Axis-of-evil-dwelling, nuclear-power-hoarding western haters, or friendly and accommodating folk at odds with their restrictive government? Michael Bailey strives to overcome mountains, men and media perceptions in Iran. I had no idea what they were shouting, of course, but they were carrying knives that spoke to me in a manner that…

They’ve taken place in New York, LA, Chicago, Paris, Vienna and, now in 2010, in London. StreetWars is a three-week long water assassination competition and our reporter, Sameer Patel, is a marked man. (Photos by RJ Fernandez, released courtesy of The Shadow Government). Monday morning, a ringing wakes me up.…