"Monocle" knows a thing or two about travel, searching high and low across the globe for the best in design, fashion, food, retail and beyond. In a move that just makes sense, the magazine applies its accrued knowledge to a set of handy travel guides in what the staff describe as an "informed but informal" tone. With an eye for the stylish and unusual, the books gather both established and lesser-known venues ranging from well-chosen chains to small independents. Offering suggestions to cover you from morning to evening, the magazine picks restaurants, hotels, galleries, stores, makers and late-night bars all chosen by its vast team of local correspondents.

A longstanding friendship with publisher Gestalten continues, as the partners release two guides to kick off the series. "London" takes in the sprawling city's highlights, promising both high-shine and more low-key options, while "New York" gets to grips with the metropolis continually in the midst of rapid change. Sending us a preview look inside the volumes, "Monocle" editor in chief Tyler Brûlé describes, "Our travel guides are for people who want to get the most out of their stay – however short – and feel like locals rather than tourists." Pre-order a copy now at Gestalten, launching tomorrow, May 12.

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