Quiz: Can you match the Olympic stadium to its host city?

With a sporting summer well under way, High Life looks at the stadiums that have played (and still will play) their part in Olympic Games around the world. Do you know your Bird’s Nest from your Maracanã?

The world’s ugliest (but most compelling) tourist attractions

For every swoon and snap garnered by the Taj Mahal and Niagara Falls, there’s a less attractive tourist site failing to get the recognition it deserves. Ben Groundwater rounds-up eight not-so-pretty places requiring a second look…

Viktor Tsoi: Russia’s fallen rock star

The little-known rock hero of Russia died tragically in a car crash 25 years ago — but his spirit lives on through street art in St Petersburg and Russia

On the road with... Mark Ronson

The producer and DJ on his musical inspirations, discovering Paris with his wife and chocolate-hurling fans

Nine alternatives to the Rio Carnival

Because we can’t all be in Rio de Janeiro for the world’s largest street party, here are nine other places that will be getting into the carnival spirit this month

20 of the world's coolest shops

If Fashion Week wasn't enough to satisfy your couture cravings, Harriet Walker sources the best burgeoning boutiques and full-on empires

14 innovative city design features

What will the super-efficient city of the future look like? Ianthe Butt tracks down some of the world's best urban developments so far

Architecture: Moscow's Soviet legacy

If walls could talk... Darragh McKeon takes a wander through Moscow's Soviet-era buildings

City Secrets: Moscow

Insider tips from the people that really know - the locals


After struggling with maps, the Metro and museum signs in Cyrillic, Lisa Grainger realises that the only way to understand the mysteries of Moscow is with the help of someone who knows all the right people...

Magnificent Moscow

A new exhibition at the V&A celebrates the opulence of imperial Russia. But have things changed that much? Claire Wrathall reveals the most sumptuous experiences in Moscow