Antwerp, Florence, Porto: three beautiful destinations that inspired our SS15 collection and the perfect places for a summer city break. Here's where to go and what to wear while you're there...

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Antwerp The Jane Hotel Room

Stay: The Apartment

Perched on a cobbled street in the heart of the city is this spectacular apartment. On the outside it appears to be a typical neo-classical townhouse, but inside is a very different story. Set across two floors ? above a gallery, restaurant and shop ? this modern space features floor-to-ceiling windows and an incredible view over the leafy square below.

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Antwerp The Jane Restaurant

Eat: The Jane

"Food is our religion," say Sergio Herman and Nick Brill, the Michelin-starred chefs behind The Jane. So, there was no better setting than the chapel of a former military hospital for their chic new restaurant (the open kitchen even sits on the altar). The seductive décor ? skulls, spiked chandeliers and stained-glass windows ? is just as fantastic as the food.

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Antwerp Mode Museum

Visit: Mode Museum

Antwerp is the fashion capital of Belgium with huge design talents such as Martin Margiela hailing from the trendy city. Therefore, a trip to MoMu ? housing exhibitions by past and present local talent ? is essential. What's on show this summer? Dries Von Noten: Inspirations ? an insight into the famous Belgian fashion designer's creative process.

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Florence Portrait Firenze Hotel Room

Stay: Portrait Firenze

The latest hotel from the famous Ferragamo family is just moments from the Ponte Vecchio ? its waterfront setting boasting some of the best views of the River Arno. But, that's not all it has on offer. Inside, the décor takes its cues from Florence's hey days of the 50s and 60s: think plush velvet furniture, dark wooden floors and monochrome prints.

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Florence La Bottega Del Buon Caffe Dish

Eat: La Bottega del Buon Caffe

Locally grown ingredients, a Michelin-starred chef and a wine cellar to die for: this is La Bottega del Buon Caffe. Just minutes from the centre of Florence, this elegant restaurant ? warm and inviting ? puts an innovative spin on classic Italian meals (using the freshest Tuscan ingredients). Try the homemade Cappelletti pasta with pigeon, butter and thyme.

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Florence Carapina Gelateria

Treat: Carapina

You can't visit Florence without visiting a gelateria, and Carapina is one of our favourites. You'll find this new little shop (which is as sweet as the confection it sells) tucked between the Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery, serving homemade gelato in every flavour imaginable. Our favourites? Hazelnut and pistachio and cherry. It's worth the stroll ? trust us.

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Porto 1872 River House Hotel Room

Stay: 1872 River House

Intimate and chic, this renovated B&B sits beautifully on the edge of the River Douro. Its eight perfectly-formed rooms boast exposed stone walls, traditional shutters and renewed colonial Portuguese furniture. Cosy, stylish and oozing with old-world Porto charm, it's no surprise that it gets booked up months in advance. We're making our reservation now...

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Porto Cantinho Oporto Restaurant

Eat: Cantinho Oporto

If you're looking for a relaxed environment and really great food: this is the place. Headed up by Portugal's top chef, José Avillez, it strikes just the right balance between tradition and modernity. The menu draws inspiration from Portuguese gastronomy, but also from the chef's own travels. Don't miss the marinated scallops with avocado.

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Porto Santo Ildefonso Church

Visit: Church of Santo Ildefonso

The façade - and more specifically the azulejos (traditional Portuguese tiles) - of this 18th century church influenced many of our exclusive prints this season. You'll find this beautiful baroque chapel, covered in exquisite blue and white tile work, near Batalha Square. Religious or not, you will leave feeling inspired...

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