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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

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

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

Italy, Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

Over 100 years since it opened as the first purpose-built hotel on the shores of Lake Como, Grand Hotel Tremezzo continues to innovate. Hardeep Singh Kohli is dazzled

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

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

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

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

Meet the South Pole’s kings of the ice

Over the past three decades Ron Naveen has spent more time than any other living person in Antarctica – a total of six years – counting penguins and documenting 40 islands along the way. Alex Marshall travels to the South Pole to meet him. Photography by Jeff Topham

The music of the mountains: Virginia’s country music scene

The Crooked Road leads travellers through the authentic musical history of the USA. Ian Gittins heads to Virginia to uncover the hard-dancing country heartland that has inspired so many great songs

Japan: Amanemu, Ise-Shima

With its minimalist interiors, serene atmosphere and secluded location, this luxury resort is nirvana for Japan lovers – there are even private onsens in each room. Katie Gatens goes all zen

London’s best record shops

London has one of the best music scenes in the world, and with the humble vinyl record experiencing a trendy revival in recent years, Michael Liot, lead singer of French band We Were Evergreen, gives the lowdown on where to find the best vinyl in the capital

My London: Deyan Sudjic

The British writer, broadcaster, and director of the Design Museum reveals the highlights of his hometown, from his favourite buildings to where he likes to go for a curry

On the road with… singer Julia Holter

The LA-based singer and songwriter on her life on tour, from memorable gigs in Warsaw to exploring India’s Varanasi

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