August 7, 2010 12:29 am

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A room at the St John Hotel in London

A room at the St John Hotel

Switzerland

We’ve had pop-up shops, restaurants and hotels, but next month the Swiss are going one better – with the world’s first pop-up golf course. Lasting just a month, from September 10, the 18-hole course will be located in the mountains above the village of Adelboden. At an altitude of more than 2,000 metres, it will be Europe’s highest course, with plenty to challenge even the best golfers: streams, rocks, rapidly changing weather conditions and considerable height differences between tee and green. There will also be a driving range and a clubhouse in a cosy mountain cabin. www.golfmountain.ch

USA

Florida-based Spirit Airlines seems intent on trumping Ireland’s Ryanair in the race to introduce as many ancillary charges as possible. Last weekend it began charging passengers for carry-on, as well as checked luggage, in what is believed to be an aviation first. Passengers can still take a purse or small bag onboard for free, but a standard-sized carry-on bag now costs between $20 and $45 per flight. The airline says the charge will help planes leave on time, and is part of its “Ultra Low Cost Carrier” approach. www.spiritair.com

UK

Fergus Henderson, chef and owner of St John restaurant in London, is opening a hotel in October. The 15-room property, just off Leicester Square, will have rates starting at £200. Aesthetics seem set to echo those of his restaurant. Henderson, a trained architect, describes the white-washed, wood-panelled rooms as “dour but comfortable ... you won’t see any tassels on things”. The St John Hotel will also have a restaurant open until 2am. www.stjohnhotellondon.com

Austria

Austrian Airlines has topped a league table revealing which airline serves the best wine in business class. For the full results, compiled by US magazine Global Traveler, see www.globaltravelerusa.com.

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