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Restaurant review: Plum and Spilt Milk, London

With striking interiors and a carefully crafted menu, this classy British dining room set in King’s Cross station is putting brunch back on the right track, says Anisha Patel

Restaurant Review: Dirty Bones Shoreditch, London

With a menu teeming with belly-satisfying gourmet dude food, and a fun, laid-back atmosphere, getting dirty at the east London branch of this tried-and-tested hotspot has never felt so good, says Anisha Patel

Laurent and Thierry Gardinier’s guide to London

The French brothers who own Les 110 de Taillevent in Paris and London along with Paris’s two-Michelin starred Le Taillevent, on their guide to the best the English capital has to offer

USA: The Standard, Downtown LA, Los Angeles

This minimalist, ultra-mod boutique hotel is still as hip and happening as it was when it opened in Downtown LA nearly 15 years ago. Don’t miss an early morning dip in its rooftop pool, says Anisha Patel

UK: The Marylebone, London

Centrally yet quietly located in the heart of W1, this gem of a hotel – with its jaw-dropping suites, slick restaurants and state of the art gym – is the perfect base for exploring the capital. Katherine Knight checks in

Six of the best London afternoon teas

For high tea with a twist, try one of these London treats for more than just Victoria sponge and an Earl Grey

Restaurant review: Norn, Edinburgh

While a modern Nordic influence is undeniable, this exciting new eatery in Leith – with its ever evolving menu – definitely has its grounding in Scotland, says Carine Seitz

Argentina: Fierro Hotel, Buenos Aires

This isn’t just any old boutique bolthole. With one of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires and an emphasis on Argentina’s finest wines, it is a bon vivant’s dream. Alex Marshall cracks open the bubbly

South Africa’s fabulous baker boys

Desserts are the edible status symbols of the century. And who are the people behind these picture-perfect creations, the makers of SA’s most delicate pastries, tarts and cream petits fours? As Jane Broughton discovers, a bunch of blokes. Beards, tattoos and all

Secret Johannesburg

Any city holds secrets. Grand interiors hide behind unassuming exteriors; crumbling façades disguise neglected glory. Jo’burg, a city built on empty veld thanks to the lottery win of a gold rush, is full of unseen marvels – as revealed in the new book Hidden Johannesburg. As author Paul Duncan says, buildings are more than just the sum of the materials used to construct them. Go on then. Look up. Explore

Restaurant review: The Cavendish, London

Polished pub grub is perfected and still going strong two years on at this Marylebone upmarket restaurant

John Simpson sets foot in Australia

With a career spanning five decades and having reported from all over the world, John Simpson has been nearly everywhere – except Australia. Now, for the first time, the BBC world affairs editor reports exclusively for High Life from the Antipodes

John Simpson: Letter from Nice

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty

USA: The Westin San Jose, California

This 1920s hotel is gleaming once again, thanks to a thoughtful, no-expense-spared update – and the Art Deco interiors have left Rhodri Marsden planning a return trip

Restaurant review: Timberyard, Edinburgh

Housed in a 19th-century warehouse, this family-run eatery – with its unusual ingredients, clever cooking and imaginative drinks menu – makes for a memorable night out, says Carine Seitz

City hot spot: Amsterdam-Oost, Amsterdam

The once downmarket eastern district’s bars and restaurants have started pulling in the crowds

Qatar: Wyndham Grand Regency, Doha

Business hotels needn’t be bland, as Matthew Teller discovers at this characterful five-star number in the dynamic Gulf capital

France: The Peninsula Paris

From its dazzling gilded decor to the stellar spa and palatial bedrooms, this five-star is the pinnacle of hotel luxury – there’s even a vintage Rolls Royce on offer to guests. What better way to explore the streets of Paris, asks Andy Morris

On the road with… Phil Collins

The iconic drummer on visiting Graceland and why he loves German steak tartare when he’s on tour

Portugal: Pestana Cidadela Cascais, Lisbon

With a thriving art scene all of its own and a stunning harbour-side setting, the Cidadela Cascais is a must-stay on a visit to the capital of Portugal, says Lucy King

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