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Lessons learned from cycling across the world

Gus Warner is halfway through a 10,000-mile bike ride from Jersey in the Channel Islands to Hong Kong. So far he’s travelled though France, Austria and Turkey. He hopes to be in Turkmenistan by July. He tells High Life what cycling the world has taught him

Ten of the best wild swims

From secluded Icelandic pools to underground swimming holes in Mexico, Kate Rew, director of the Outdoor Swimming Society, picks her ultimate spots for wild swimming

Wolfgang Puck’s guide to Istanbul

The internationally acclaimed Austrian-born American chef, restaurateur and TV personality shares his essential guide to Istanbul

Turkey: The St. Regis Istanbul

The hotel brand’s sumptuous first Turkish outpost sets itself a new standard of luxury and service, as Ruth Metzstein finds

Six of the best fashion boutiques in Istanbul

Shopping in Istanbul isn’t all about the Grand Bazaar. With a vibrant youth scene, the city is also home to an emerging group of conceptual designers and minimalist boutiques, says Katie Gatens

Nine of the world’s most curious eateries

Joe Warwick, author of ‘Where Chefs Eat’ — the cult book that reveals where chefs dine on their days off — looks at the most curious, unexpected and far-flung restaurants that have been voted for by chefs

Istanbul: Raffles

With its well-connected location and truly excellent Michelin-starred food the new Raffles in Istanbul will feed your need for culture just as well as your appetite, says Caroline Egan

Istanbul: Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel

When it comes to a high-status address in Istanbul, a room in a historic palace is hard to top — but there's more to the Çirağan Palace hotel than its rich history, says Sophy Grimshaw

Istanbul: W Istanbul

Well placed for making the most of one of the city's most creative neighbourhoods, the W Hotel Istanbul is sexy and it knows it, says Sophy Grimshaw

City hot spots: Galata, Istanbul

Sarah Gilbert finds cocktails with a view, homegrown design products and art space in an old bank in this up-and-coming area of stylish Istanbul

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Turkey for wine lovers

Though not known for its local vintages, Turkey's wineries are worth a visit

The rise of hip hotel group Mama Shelter

Discovered the hotel group that has more bed for your buck? Rooksana Hossenally looks at its five-step recipe for world domination

Turkey's Bosphorus Bridge connects east and west, 1973

Forty years ago, the Bosphorus Bridge was the first to connect Europe and Asia since 512BC. But what effect did it have on Istanbul and its people? Emine Saner reports from both sides

Istanbul's best bars, restaurants and shops by designer Zeynep Fadillioglu

In a big cultural year for the city, the Turkish designer shares her favourite Istanbul shops, bars, hotels and more

John Simpson: Letter from Istanbul

This is a magnificent place, full of new confidence and new money, lapped by the brilliant waters of the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn: a city for the 21st century in an ancient setting

A food and drink tour of Istanbul

The streets of Istanbul may drip with history and its markets with bargains, but it’s the city’s sensational food – from street vendors to top-of-the-range Ottoman restaurants alike – that captivates former Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers

John Simpson: Letter from Istanbul