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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

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: The Cavendish, London

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

My London: Norman Jay MBE

The veteran DJ recommends his favourite places in the capital, from shopping in Brixton Village to visiting the V&A

How to spend 24 hours in London: November

What to do in the capital this month, whether you have seven, 12 or 24 hours to spare

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

The world’s most hi-tech hotels

The days when we were wowed by power showers and complimentary Wi-Fi are long gone. Today’s hi-tech hoteliers have upped their tech game with robot concierges, android butlers and ‘smart glass’ showers, says Tamara Hinson

How to spend 24 hours in London: October

Where to head for in the capital if you have seven, 12 or 24 hours to spare

Fossil hunting on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Steve Etches has spent 30 years scouring the Jurassic Coast in search of ancient marine fossils – each providing a piece in the puzzle of millions of years in the making. Ahead of this month’s opening of a multi-million pound museum which showcases his life’s work, Ianthe Butt makes for the coast to meet the plumber-turned-amateur palaeontologist, who might just be Britain’s most prolific fossil hunter

London theatre: plays for October 2016

Theatre blogger Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for October, including a return to the National Theatre for Peter Schaffer’s Amadeus after a 37-year hiatus, and a debut musical from exciting young director Sam Yates

Jersey: around the rock in a day

The rise of adventure races has led people across the globe to push themselves, and their bank balances, to the limit. But how about taking it back to basics and inventing your own marathon? Tobias Mews took a day trip to Jersey to run 26.2 miles in a day and still make it back to Gatwick by dinnertime

Trading places: 40 years of London’s Rough Trade

As legendary London record store Rough Trade turns 40, founder Geoff Travis looks back at a life in independent music

Six places to celebrate London Cocktail Week

From 3–9 October, the capital will be taken over by a flurry of flairing, outrageous garnishes and experimental flavours. With all these bars taking part in the £5 cocktail offer with a wristband, why not discover a new favourite tipple?

My London: Daphne Guiness

The British fashion designer, art collector, model, film producer and actor reveals her top tips for her hometown, from where to people watch to what she looks for in a London hotel

John Simpson: letter from Marylebone, London

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty. This month, Simpson reports on writing (and finishing) his upcoming book in London

How to spend 24 hours in London: September

Where to head for the capital’s couture if you have seven, 12 or 24 hours in the city

Five of the world’s best city running routes

Whether you’re an athlete or an amateur, it can be hard to know where to exercise when you arrive in a new city. Luckily, the Strava app has that covered. It lets you compete with other runners, share times and photos and tracks your run. We asked its creators to share the app’s most popular runs

Offer: complimentary glass of wine with the summer set menu at London’s Launceston Place

The Michelin-starred restaurant in South Kensington is giving away a complimentary glass of Portuguese wine to High Life readers with their summer set menu offer

Five of the best places in the world for chocolate

Spencer Hyman, CEO of Cocoa Runners, travels the world seeking out the best chocolate by small, independent artisans and has tasted over 6,000 bars. Here, he picks five chocolate hotspots around the world

Restaurant review: Launceston Place, London

Make this Michelin-starred gem in the heart of South Kensington your go-to restaurant for birthdays, weddings and even just a regular Friday night, says Katie Gatens

Spa review: Herb House Spa, Limewood, New Forest

Whether you’re into lavender, lymphatic drainage and lying horizontal or are more interested in grabbing the kettlebells and kicking ass, this haven of a spa is impressive by any standards, says Kate Chambers

Restaurant review: Ping Pong, London

It may serve small plates but this atmospheric London dim sum chain is already setting its sights big with more openings in the capital – including this new Docklands outpost, the site of London’s original Chinatown

Restaurant review: Dalloway Terrace, London

Elle Blakeman satisfies her literary side at this hidden English garden in the heart of Bloomsbury

Restaurant review: Hunter 486, London

A chic, elegant restaurant with down-to-earth charm, Hunter 486’s summer menu is perfection on a plate, says Olivia McLearon

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?

Five of the best day trips from London

Left your August Bank Holiday weekend plans to the last minute? Don’t fear. It’s the perfect time to escape the capital, and with so many great places on your doorstep, you don’t even have to stay overnight. Emine Saner suggest five that are just a short train ride away

London’s best afternoon teas (with a twist)

Modern British afternoon tea is much more than just Earl Grey and finger sandwiches. To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week, the High Life team has scoured the capital to uncover its most unusual and inventive mid-afternoon (and in one case, midnight) treats

Restaurant review: h.en, London

Brighton’s popular purveyors of poultry h.en have spread their wings and set up shop for a residency on Islington’s Upper Street. A peckish Matt Hutson tucks in

My London: Matthew Lewis

Best known for his portrayal of Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, Matthew Lewis talks burgers, books and the British Museum

How to spend 24 hours in London: August 2016

Where to head in this capital this month if you have seven, 12 or 24 hours to spare

London theatre: plays for August 2016

Theatre blogger Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for August, including a much-anticipated debut of ‘Groundhog Day’ and a performance of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at Selfridges

UK: The Club Hotel and Spa, Jersey

The combination of an accolade-worthy restaurant and sophisticated spa makes this boutique hotel a dream destination for sybarites, says Olivia McLearon

On the road with… Foals’ Yannis Philippakis

The bearded frontman talks wild fans, gifts to remember and returning to the Greek Islands

London: five of the best summer art exhibitions

From David Hockney’s series of portraits at the Royal Academy to the most talked-about gallery extension in recent years (yes, the Tate Modern), there’s never been a more exciting time for the London art scene. Henry Elphick gives a rundown of the exhibitions not to miss in the capital this summer

Eight of the best outlet stores in London

Love shopping but not on a Burberry budget quite yet? Get thee to a fashion outlet now — here are eight of the best in and around London

Soho’s best lunch spots

London’s louche West End district will always be a creative hub, but it can satisfy in more ways than one – and that includes your stomach. Local luncher, Nick Levine, recommends seven of the best restaurants

My London: Sir Paul Smith

The veteran fashion designer gives his top tips for museums, art galleries and book shops in the capital

How to spend 24 hours in London: July 2016

Where to head in the capital this month if you have seven, 12 or 24 hours to spare

The changing face of London’s Soho

Soul is hard to define, but Soho has always had it. For decades it has been the capital’s sleazy heart, a unique creative and cultural hub. At a time when its future is uncertain, Nick Curtis explains how it still defies convention – you just need to know where to look

London’s ultimate gay bars

From cosy basement bars to poptastic clubs, London is one of the best cities in the world for LGBTQ nightlife. Ahead of this year’s London Pride Parade (25-26 June) Nick Levine recommends a mix of old classics and new favourites for the perfect night out

Where to watch Wimbledon in style (if you can’t be courtside)

Couldn’t get tickets to the world’s most famous tennis tournament but don’t fancy watching it at home on the sofa? Matt Hutson scouts London’s best locations to soak up the atmosphere

London theatre: plays for July 2016

Theatre blogger Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for July, including an open air production of Jesus Christ Superstar and a new production of Into the Woods arriving from Broadway

UK: London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square

This five-star establishment – on a leafy square in the heart of Mayfair – may feel rather corporate, but head to the hotel’s decadent bar and you’re guaranteed some fun, says Graeme Park

Seven of the best rooftop bars in London

It’s not only the heat that’s rising this summer. The coolest place to drink in the capital is up on the rooftops. Katie Gatens picks six lofty terraces where you can drink in killer views and cocktails

Take it down a gear: Five easy London cycling routes

While cycling in London often gets a bad rap, there’s nothing nicer than a lazy day spent exploring the city by bike. To mark National Bike Week (11-19 June) seasoned cyclist Jo Caird recommends five routes to enjoy next time the sun comes out

My London: Guy Garvey

The Elbow frontman talks bar snacks, people-watching and drinking backstage at the London Olympics

The artists’ guide to Glastonbury 2016

It’s probably the most famous music festival on earth, but with thousands of performers it can be hard to know what to see and do. Katie Gatens asks the musicians playing this year how they’ll be spending their time at the festival and to compile a playlist

Seven of the best royal experiences in London

Ahead of the Queen's official 90th birthday celebrations on 11 June, High Life picks the best places in London to celebrate

60 second interview: Mystery Jets

Ten years on from their debut, the band from Eel Pie island in Twickenham debut a more mature sound on their new album Curve of the Earth. Here guitarist and singer William Rees talks holy cities in India, embracing Americana in Texas and partying on Eel Pie

Eight surprisingly nice places to watch football in London

Old-man pubs have their charm, but what if you want more than just peanuts and a pint? As Euro 2016 kicks off, sports writer Matthew Dunn recommends eight pleasant places to watch the game

London’s best gin bars

London’s gin revival shows no sign of slowing down. Ahead of World Gin Day on 11 June, Anisha Patel picks seven of the best bars to indulge in ‘mother’s ruin’ in the capital, from Victorian-style gin palaces to curious tasting safaris

Cultural imports: five international events coming to London this summer

Red double-deckers, Citymapper, the Queen… Yes, London has made its contribution to global culture, but just sometimes we like to invite the best of the world to excite and entertain us right back. Here are five of the city's finest imports for this summer

60 second interview: Nicola Adams

The Olympic gold medal winner talks about the women’s boxing scene in the UK and her hopes for Rio 2016 and beyond

The world’s best beaches 2016: best of British

With nearly 12,500km of coastline and more than 6,000 islands, the shores of Old Blighty are not to be overlooked for a beach retreat

On the road with Nashville’s Charles Esten

The American actor, country singer and all round Renaissance man talks super fans and killing time on the road

How to spend 24 hours in London: June 2016

Time to spare in the UK’s great capital? High Life recommends what to do, no matter how many minutes are on the clock

Six of the UK’s best half term hotel breaks

Escape the city and get into the countryside. As half term approaches fast, Emily Gloyens rounds up some of the best UK hotel deals

Five of the best wine bars in Covent Garden

To celebrate London Wine Week (23-29 May) Jane Ryan of DrinkUp.London recommends the best places for a glass of wine in the West End’s chicest neighbourhood

London theatre: plays for June 2016

Theatre blogger Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for June, including the new production of Disney’s Aladdin and an open air production of Shakespeare's Henry V

My London: Lily James

The Downton Abbey star talks to High Life about strolling on Hampstead Heath sipping Champagne in Selfridges, and chomping cheap sweets at the Odeon on Holloway Road

Flower power: Six bars and restaurants celebrating Chelsea Flower Show

One of the most popular events of the British summer season, Chelsea Flower Show is notoriously hard to get tickets for. But that doesn’t mean you can’t raise a glass to the wonders of horticulture: here are the London venues offering blooming marvellous (and delicious) displays to enjoy

Five of the best vegetarian restaurants in London

Vegetarian food has come a long way from lacklustre plates of mushroom risotto. To celebrate National Vegetarian Week (16-22 May) Ianthe Butt rounds up five of London’s best vegetarian offerings

Jamie Cullum’s guide to summer festivals

Ahead of his performance at Wiltshire’s Larmer Tree Festival this summer, the jazz singer and songwriter recalls his most memorable festivals, and shares his tips for making the most of your next musical weekend

How to spend 24 hours in London: May 2016

Your essential itinerary of what to do in the capital if you have seven, 12 or 24 hours to spare

UK: The Wild Rabbit, Cotswolds

Its rustic-luxe design ethos, award-winning chef and bucolic setting make this former 18th-century inn the perfect place for a boutique weekend away. Angelina Villa-Clarke checks in

Nine of the best outdoor cinemas in the UK

Fed up of popcorn-strewn cinemas or wasting beautiful summer evenings in a dark room? An outdoor cinema screening might just be the solution. Tamara Hinson shares the most spectacular locations to watch a blockbuster this year

Seven of the best inner city music festivals

Combine a city break with one of these European music festivals and get the best of both worlds. Louise Raffa selects her favourites

10 of the best shops for men’s fashion in London

The Style King blogger Gary Kingsnorth rounds up 10 of London's finest menswear stores for the stylish gentleman

Restaurant review: Wright Brothers, London

Serving fresh British oysters and seafood with soul, this restaurant in London's Spitalfields Market brings a taste of the sea to the city. Hannah Hudson dives in

Which is better: New York or London?

New York and London are two of the greatest cities in the world – often compared, but each with their own unique qualities. From rooftop bars to the best views, London-based New Yorker Christasia Wilson discovers the best of both worlds

John Giddings: Why British festivals are the best in the world

The promoter behind the Isle of Wight Festival talks about the unique spirit that keeps people partying in the open air

City swap: How to experience New York in London

Want to get a taste of the Big Apple before you visit? London is bursting at the seams with New York style venues allowing you to sample the best of the US – with a British twist. Katie Gatens chooses her favourites

10 of the best pre-theatre restaurants in London’s West End

Dining in Theatreland? Lucy Thackray picks 10 of the best restaurant options, all for under £30 a head

Remembering the 1948 London Olympics

With 100 days to go until Rio 2016, High Life looks back to the London 1948 Olympic Games, when things were very different...

Now new next: Harry Potter experiences

Almost 20 years after the boy wizard first hit our shelves, Potter spin-offs are still going strong. Here High Life charts the trend

Things to do with the kids in the UK this Bank Holiday

From big-budget museums and quirky attractions, to famous writing sheds and fabulous art collections, Simon Coppock picks out 10 of the best places to take your kids in the UK

The best places to watch the London Marathon

The best thing about the London Marathon isn’t running it – it’s picking a nice spot to watch the 38,000 people mad enough to do so, says Elle Blakeman. Here she rounds up the best places to soak up the atmosphere

Ten alternative ways to celebrate Shakespeare in 2016

Want to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death without visiting The Globe? We’ve rounded up some of the quirkier events taking place across the UK this year, including a Shakespeare-themed bike ride and an all-day sonnet-athon

UK: Old Town Hall House, Norfolk

This boutique guest house on the north Norfolk coast comes with an abundance of style and comfort – and with a top chef and his wife running the show, the breakfasts are out of this world. Harriet Cooper is impressed

Belgravia: The app that tells a story

The Downton Abbey creator has devised Belgravia, A story-telling smartphone app that Dickens would have killed for

The next chapter for Julian Fellowes

As the millions worldwide who savoured six seasons of Downton Abbey know all too well, no-one knows the pride and passion of the British upper class better than Julian Fellowes. To mark the release of Belgravia Andy Morris heads to SW1 for an audience with the acclaimed chronicler of taste

UK: Flemings Mayfair, London

Thanks to an ongoing £14m refurbishment, one of London’s oldest family-run hotels has gently ushered itself into the 21st-century. Anisha Patel checks in

How to spend 24 hours in London: April 2016

What to do in London this month, whether you have seven, 12 or 24 hours

Interview: Olympic Aquatics Centre architect Zaha Hadid

The spectacular buildings of Zaha Hadid were once dismissed as the work of a fantasist. No longer. She’s changed the skylines of the world’s major cities, is rebuilding her native Baghdad and last year won the Stirling Prize for architecture. Deyan Sudjic, who was on the jury that chose Hadid’s design for the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, interviews her exclusively for High Life

60 second interview: Thomas Rhett

Ahead of his gig at C2C festival at London’s O2, the country music sensation tells High Life about the places that inspire him the most and what it’s like growing up in a musical family

UK mini-breaks: Six stately weekend retreats

Want to feel like lord of the manor on your next mini-break? High Life asked Peter Hancock, chief executive of Pride of Britain Hotels, to recommend his favourite stately home properties for a high-end escape

My London: John Niven

The Scottish author and screenwriter talks about his favourite bars, restaurants and book shops

How to make the most of spring 2016 in London

From steamed buns to fancy pilates, this spring is all about trying new things in London. Angelica Malin, editor-in-chief of About Time Magazine, reveals how to make the most of the warmer months in the capital

How to spend 24 hours in London: March 2016

Where to head if you have seven hours, 12 hours, and 24 hours in the city

UK: Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa

A quintessential English garden just 20 minutes from Gatwick – who knew? Not only is this Tudor manor picture-perfect, it has the Michelin credentials to match, says Jamie McPherson

Hotel review: The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone, London

Forget the beige-looking, anonymous-feeling establishments. This wickedly eccentric hotel in central London is fun and original. Olivia McLearon is impressed

Quiz: Can you guess the year from these vintage High Life covers?

High Life is one of the longest-running in-flight magazines in the world – publishing inspirational travel stories for over 40 years. Feeling nostalgic, we looked back at our archive of covers and chose some of our favourites. But can you guess the year they were published?

My life in travel: David Beckham

The iconic British sportsman and frequent flyer speaks to British Airways’ High Life about travelling the world, pub lunches, and his favourite city

Michel Roux Jr: The best French restaurants in London

The Le Gavroche chef reveals his favourite Gallic restaurants in the city, from the grandeur of The Ritz to his ‘neighbourhood secret’ in Clapham

Heroine in Heels: What else is there to do during London Fashion Week?

Love the buzz of London Fashion Week, but didn’t receive your invitation to the FROW? Don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to get your fashion fix. Laura Hyatt of HeroineInHeels.com rounds up the most stylish events open to the public

The best boutiques in London for Fashion Week

As the catwalk shows kick off, fashion insiders will be jetting off to survive on a diet of canapés and Champagne. And when they’re not in the front row, they’re out shopping. Jo Marshall reveals the most sought-after stores

How to survive London Fashion Week by Fashion Foie Gras

When London Fashion Week (19-23 February) turns the city streets into a catwalk, it’s good to have a plan of action. The editor of style website Fashion Foie Gras, Emily Johnston, reveals the most stylish hangouts for those in the know

Half term in London: How to entertain the kids when it’s raining

Need half term inspiration for rainy days? Avoid the crowds at London’s most popular attractions and discover one of these fun alternatives

UK: M by Montcalm, London

Get with the IT crowd and book yourself a room at this futuristic number in east London’s tech city. Kate Chambers embraces the 21st century

Six authentic Chinese restaurants in London

There’s more to Chinese food in the UK than the spring rolls and sweet and sour sauce. To celebrate Chinese New Year, Matt Hutson hunts down the London restaurants returning to the motherland for inspiration

Comedian Darren Walsh’s funniest travel puns

He won Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015. Now the comedian is making High Life groan with his top ten travel puns

Seven places to celebrate Chinese New Year in London

London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the biggest outside Asia. Katie Gatens shares seven ways to welcome the Year of the Monkey on 8 February

London’s most romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day

Want to really wow your other half this Valentine’s Day? Sarah Drumm lists the top spots – old and new – for a romantic meal for two

London pride: American place names

Why are the names of American towns often oddly familiar? British journalist Nicholas Lezard finds out

James Corden: The late-night maverick

From playing the sidekick in Gavin & Stacey to hosting one of the most talked about shows in America, James Corden has succeeded against the odds. Andy Morris goes backstage in LA to meet High Wycombe’s most famous export

Hotel review: Shangri-La hotel at The Shard, London

It’s the central London hotel with the wow factor that still manages to feel intimate, says Olivia McLearon

London theatre: plays for February 2016

Theatre blogger Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for February, including Ralph Fiennes in Ibsen's The Master Builder and Simon Mcburney's ambitious solo project, The Encounter, at The Barbican

Mica Paris: Seven London restaurants with live music

City-dwelling soul singer Mica Paris shares her top London venues to be entertained in while you eat

YolanDa Brown: Britain’s best jazz venues

Ahead of a ten-month tour of the UK, MOBO award winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown shares her favourite places to listen to jazz music

Where to celebrate Burns Night in London

It may be a long way from Scotland, but there’s still plenty of highland spirit in the capital. Celebrate the life of Robert Burns on 25 January by raising a glass at one of these Scotchtastic events

Six of the most unusual fitness classes in London

Determined to work off those last few mice pies but unable to face spending hours on the treadmill? Matt Hutson uncovers six classes in London bringing a fresh approach to keeping fit

The man who loved the world

To celebrate the life of the late David Bowie, we look back at one of our favourite High Life interviews with the iconic performer

The best raw vegan restaurants in London

Whether you're a committed vegan or a health food beginner, make a reservation at one of London's best raw vegan restaurants

UK: Simply Healing, West Sussex

A weekend of cocktails, tasting menus and hearty breakfasts? Forget it. It’s all about the juice cleanse at this peaceful detox retreat in west Sussex. Angelina Villa-Clark gets her mojo back

London: What's on in January 2016

Your essential itinerary of what to do in the capital if you have seven, 12 or 24 hours to spare

Five of the world's best gaming capitals

Do you know your Super Mario from your Sonic the Hedgehog? These days, eGaming is one of the fastest growing sports in the world – creeping onto the international stage. Check out the five best cities in the world to pick up a console

How to spend 24 hours in London: January 2016

Ianthe Butt tells you where to head if you have seven hours, 12 hours or 24 hours in London this month

Five of the best places to celebrate New Year's Eve in London

You may have left it to the last minute, but that doesn’t mean your night has to be a flop. Get the party started with one of High Life’s suggestions

UK: The Rectory, Wiltshire

Originally built for a rector with 14 children, it seems only fitting this boutique bolthole warmly welcomes families. But with an inspired bar menu, first-rate restaurant and heated outdoor pool, there’s plenty for grown-ups too, says Sonia Klug

London theatre: plays for January 2016

Theatre blogger Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for January, from the all-singing, all-dancing Guys and Dolls at The Savoy Theatre, to the quietly confident Festival of Mime

18 Christmas gifts that stand out from the crowd

Stuck for ideas? Whether you’re a 24-carat cyclist or a stylish sunseeker, Ianthe Butt has your Christmas gift list all wrapped up

Restaurant review: Hotel Chantelle, London

With a menu packed with classic and curious dishes (not to mention knock-out cocktails), this fashionable Manhattan import is the perfect spot for a New York-style brunch in London, says Anisha Patel

60 second interview: Kwabs

From YouTube sensation to number one artist with 'Walk' – London-born Kwabs talks about his debut album, performing in front of royalty and joining the circus

Eight cities to see in the New Year in style

Love it or hate it, you can’t escape the fact that New Year’s Eve is fast approaching. From San Jose to Sydney, the experts at BarChick pick the best destinations to ring in 2016

True Brit

Humans star Gemma Chan talks to High Life about ditching not one, but two, possible high-flying careers... to act

Six sure-fire ways to keep kids entertained on flights

Sarah-Jane Butler, founder of parentalchoice.co.uk and mother of two, shares her favourite of travel games, toys and apps that will help keep your kids (and you) happy in the air — even on a long-haul flight

London: what’s on in December 2015

Mini itineraries for what's new, hot and interesting in the capital this month, whether you have 7, 12 or 24 hours to spare

Place your bids: High Life’s charity auction 2015

The second High Life annual charity auction is packed with luxe and money-can’t-buy experiences, from meeting Jonathan Ross at his chat show to hanging out with Team Sky in Italy. All lots start from just £50 — so what are you waiting for?

What I pack: the tintinologist

Michael Farr, author of ‘Tintin: The Complete Companion’, is a self-proclaimed ‘Tintinologist’ and knew Tintin's creator, Hergé, personally. He shares his essentials for an adventure

London: eight Christmas shows for the family

Theatre blogger Edward Lukes picks eight London shows that will make you glow with festive spirit this winter

London: ten of the best winter terraces

From retro ski chalets to Narnia-inspired enchanted forests, these snug pop-ups are upping the festive ante in the capital. Anisha Patel and Katie Gatens get into the spirit of things

Pilot Q&A: Senior first Officer Gemma Dixon

Senior First Officer Gemma Dixon played lacrosse for England before taking to the skies

Behind the scenes at air traffic control

More flights than ever are taking off and landing in London, with air traffic predicted to double by 2030 to 300 million passengers a year. Given unprecedented access, Simon Calder ventures behind the scenes at Heathrow to discover just how British air-traffic controllers remain in charge

Five of Britain’s most dazzling Christmas light displays

Break into the Christmas swing of things with these spectacular (and in some cases, unusual) festive light displays

London: the bloggers’ guide to Christmas shopping

As one of the world’s top shopping capitals, London is a godsend for finding gifts, but a nightmare when it comes to crowds. Luckily for you, High Life has the inside track from an army of fashion bloggers on the best off-the-beaten-path boutiques for festive retail therapy

London: seven of the best ice rinks

What could get you into the Christmas spirit better than a lap or two round an outdoor ice rink? Matt Hutson rounds up seven of the most scenic spots in the capital to get your skates on

Q&A: the beer sommelier

Ed Hughes, beer sommelier for Sharp’s, debunks myths around beer — and why it can actually be a better beverage to match with food than wine

Homecomings: five authors revisit their home cities

In 1973, the world’s biggest city was Tokyo with a population of 20,450,000. Today, we have global megacities, home to over 35 million people. From LA to Sydney, five authors revisit the places where they grew up to see what’s changed — and what hasn’t...

Restaurant review: CUT at 45 Park Lane, London

With steep prices, this swanky Park Lane steakhouse won’t be your everyday hangout, but its outstanding steaks are worth the treat — just arrive hungry, says Anisha Patel

Then and now: what has changed in travel?

When High Life launched in 1973, travel to some of today’s holiday hot spots was unappealing, risky or impossible, says The Independent’s senior travel editor, Simon Calder

High Life at 500

All great institutions need a creation myth; here’s former editor Mark Jones on High Life’s

Dave Cornthwaite: five adventures for under £500

Dave Cornthwaite quit his job to skateboard across Australia. Since then he has pedalled a tandem bicycle from Vancouver to Las Vegas, paddleboarded the Mississippi River and trekked across the Atacama Desert... all on a budget. Here he suggests five bold, brilliant breaks that anyone can do — and that won’t cost the earth

High Life 500: the way we travel in 2015

For three weeks, readers hashtagged their Instagram photos #highlife500 in a bid to showcase who the modern traveller is, where they’re going and what they’re doing. While not entirely scientific, the results form a curious snapshot of our travelling lives today. James Wallman elaborates

Restaurant review: Jar Kitchen, London

With a farm-to-fork philosophy, this small but perfectly formed café on Drury Lane is the perfect antidote to Covent Garden’s tourist trap food outlets. Angela Hui cosies up

London theatre: plays for November 2015

Theatre blogger Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for November, from Dame Judy Dench in ‘The Winter’s Tale’ to Sheridan Smith’s turn as the ‘Funny Girl’

London: eight places to get into the spirit of James Bond

Ahead of the release of the new Bond film ‘Spectre’, Anisha Patel seeks out the best places to wine and dine like 007 in the capital, from cabaret dinners to — of course — martini bars

Time travel: food for thought

We rummage through the British Airways archive to find out what was taking off in the world of aviation way back when. This month, a look back at the debut flight of the Comet 4 before London and New York

Six of the world’s best coffee capitals

A city may have awesome architecture, drool-worthy dinners and lovely locals, but what does that matter if you can’t get a good cup of joe? Executive director of Workshop Coffee Co., James Dickson, has travelled the world in pursuit of the perfect cup. Here he shares the places that really know their beans

London: The Wellesley

This former jazz venue in Knightsbridge hits all the right notes with sumptuous decor, exquisite food and charming service — there’s even a complimentary Rolls Royce for guests. Vanessa James hitches a ride

The style interview: Jack Pack

Ahead of the release of their self-titled debut album in October (recorded with a 72-piece orchestra, no less) and a knock-out reappearance on this year’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, four-piece swing group Jack Pack talk to Lizzy Wilkinson about British style and their own sharp-suited fashion icons

London: how to start an affordable collection with prints

With the Frieze London in full swing in the capital, October is the month for art. Murray Macaulay, senior prints specialist at Christie’s and Multiplied Fair director, explains how you can start your very own affordable contemporary collection with prints and editions

Marc Quinn: a young British artist grows up

Marc Quinn was one of the 1990’s Young British Artists, making headlines when he sculpted with his own frozen blood and cast Kate Moss in gold. As the annual Frieze art frenzy hits London, Oliver Basciano finds an older — but not mellower — Quinn hard at work in his Shoreditch studio

Restaurant review: Habanera, London

With a diverse and colourful menu that’s designed for sharing, this new taco and tequila bar is bringing authentic Mexican street food with an artisanal edge to West London, says Matt Hutson

America in motion: Alec Soth’s photographic journeys

From Niagara to his hometown of Minnesota, Alec Soth has been documenting America through his on-the-road photography. Now he is bringing his first major exhibition to the UK

Five hotels with museums and galleries attached

From secret naval museums to modern works of art, you don’t have to leave the lobby for a cultural fix at these hotels, says Matt Hutson

London art: ten exhibitions not to miss this month

With Frieze in full swing, October is the biggest month in London’s art calendar. Here’s what you can see in the capital at, and beyond, the global art fair

Five movies to watch at the BFI London Film Festival

If you’re in London from 7–18 October, expect flashing bulbs, a sea of red carpet and even Benedict Cumberbatch (if you’re lucky). With 238 films being screened over just 12 days, choosing what to watch at the BFI London Film Festival can be mind-boggling — luckily for you, Katie Gatens has picked five of the best under-the-radar screenings to catch

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

London theatre: plays for October

Theatre blogger Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for October

Jenson Button: my life in travel

The British Formula One driver on his favourite European road trips, tips for beating jet lag, and what he gets up to in Singapore (when he’s not on the track)

John Simpson: Letter from Oxford

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty. This month, he writes from Oxford

All through the night: 24-hour cities

As London’s Tube prepares to run round-the-clock, author William Boyd reports on the rise of the 21st-century, 24-hour megacities, while High Life’s global stringers set out to find the true nonstop metropolises which never sleep

From dusk ’til dawn: five unexpected things to do after dark

In 2015, cities never sleep. Whether you’re jetlagged or a night owl, here’s guide to some of the more unusual late-night activities to indulge in around the world

UK: Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire

Staying at one of the country’s most fêted hotels, Angelina Villa-Clarke is thrilled to find the gastronomic heavy-hitter lives up to every expectation

Pilot Q&A: Captain Jonathan Aukett

Captain Jonathan Aukett on how he went from cleaning cockpits at a flight school to becoming a captain on the Boeing 777 fleet

Dig deep: underground buildings and cities

In a crowded world, new buildings — and even cities — are increasingly being built underground. Here’s what’s going down

Restaurant review: Royal China, London

If you’re looking for premium Chinese food without the matching price tag, this Baker Street stalwart will satisfy your tastebuds and your wallet — Anisha Patel only regrets missing out on the dim sum menu

Restaurant review: Smith and Wollensky, London

With show-stopping steak and ritzy Art Deco style, there’s only one rule for dining at this classic American steakhouse — turn up hungry, says Katie Gatens

What to do in six Rugby World Cup host cities (when you’re not at the game)

It’s hard not to get caught up in the blood, sweat and tears of the Rugby World Cup, but even the most passionate fans of the tournament need some down time. Matt Hutson seeks out the best places to eat, drink and see in and around six host cities

London espionage: the spy who shoved me

International spying techniques vary, but London is an espionage capital in both fact and fiction says the ‘Spooks’ actor Peter Firth

60 second interview: Andreya Triana

Singer-songwriter Andreya Triana has just released her second album ‘Giants’. She talks touring America, growing up in Brixton and working in an ice-cream van

Reborn in the USA: why British music is making waves in America

As British music enjoys its greatest commercial success in the US for decades, 
with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons and Sam Smith dominating the charts, Ian Gittins heads to New York to hear the next generation of Brits making it big

Five of the best places to try Australian wine in London

When it comes to wine from Down Under, it’s not just about Chardonnay and Shiraz. Author, journalist and ‘Saturday Kitchen’ wine expert Jane Parkinson picks her favourite London restaurants and bars that are championing more unusual styles of Australian wine in the capital

Restaurant review: Asia de Cuba, London

It was a magnet for A-Listers in the late 90s with its experimental Asian-Latin fusion cuisine. But can Asia de Cuba still make a mark in the 21st century? Anisha Patel tucks into its new menu to find out

UK: Park House Hotel, Midhurst, West Sussex

This small family-run hotel in deepest West Sussex makes for an ideal country retreat, says Kate Chambers

Lawrence Dallaglio: man of steel

It was one of the greatest triumphs in modern British sporting history: England’s victory over Australia in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final. But can they conquer once more? Justin Webb tackles a man who knows more about it than most, Lawrence Dallaglio

Meet the England rugby squad

Ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Louis Doré talks exclusively to the England squad members. Photography by Jake Walters

London: what’s on in September 2015

Your essential itinerary of what to do in the capital if you have seven, 12 or 24 hours to spare

London theatre: plays for September

Theatre blogger Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for September, from Cyndi Lauper’s musical theatre debut to Nicole Kidman’s return to the West End stage after 17 years

Five hotels in historic buildings

Hidden behind a Gothic church, housed in a former bank and a building that MI6 used during in World War II… these unique hotels are all about original design, striking architecture and old world charm

UK: Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, Wiltshire

With a state-of-the-art spa, Michelin-starred restaurant and a 500-acre estate to explore, there’s little reason to leave this grand country house. Kerry Smith only wishes she could stay longer…

The inn crowd: English pubs with hotel rooms

Cosy rooms, chic décor and high-end comfort food. You get more than just a pint of lager and packet of crisps at some pubs. Matt Hutson picks eight of England’s best country inns

Nine British foodie pilgrimages, nominated by top chefs

The British food scene is having a moment, especially when it comes to its quality homegrown produce. We asked nine of the country’s top chefs to share their ultimate gourmet getaways across the UK

Restaurant review: CAU St Katherine Dock, London

In a city brimming with overpriced steakhouses, this dockside diner offers belly-busting cuts of meat that won’t break the bank, says Hannah Hudson

London: The Ritz

Despite having quietly undergone an 18-year renovation, The Ritz still retains its lavish old world charm and faultless service. Kerry Smith checks into the London landmark to test out its glamorous new Piccadilly Suites

Time travel: welcome to Heathrow

We rummage through the British Airways archive to find out what was taking off in the world of aviation way back when. This month, a look back to Heathrow airport in the 1940s

The best small British comedy clubs (to laugh out loud in)

It’s all well and good sitting in the top back row at the 02 Arena occasionally spotting your comedy heroes on the big screen, but for an authentic British comedy experience, it’s best to search out the smaller rooms, says Zane Henry

Manchester: the ultimate insider’s guide

Eat, shop and drink your way around the Northern city like a local with our all-encompassing guide by Alice Tate — with some help from Manchester’s most creative residents

Around the world in seven London pop-ups

From fish ’n’ chips to Filipino, the capital’s latest summer pop-ups will let you eat and drink your way around the world (and through the decades) without leaving zone two. Anisha Patel picks the best for 2015

My London: Richard E Grant

The English actor, screenwriter and director shares his highlights of London, from eating at Richmond’s Petersham Nurseries to being inspired to create his new fragrance

The rise and rise of the British menswear market

Italians traditionally did it better, but the British menswear scene is now booming — and nowhere is this more evident than at London Collections Men, the capital’s fashion showcase for males. Luke Leitch explores what this means for our homegrown manufacturers across the country

London: What’s on in August 2015

Your essential itinerary of what to do in the capital if you have 24 hours to spare

Cornwall: an insider’s guide

With artisan food movements, hip hotels and a lively arts scene, Cornwall is fast becoming the UK’s answer to the Hamptons. It’s also home to the Eden Project, which topped our 21 landmarks for the 21st century campaign. Angelina Villa-Clarke reports on what’s making a splash at the seaside this summer

21 British landmarks for the 21st century

When we asked our readers to name the iconic sites that define Britain today, the long list ran to thousands, from Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage to Big Ben. Simon Calder and our expert panel met to debate the final cut

Podcast: 21 landmarks for the 21st century

We sifted through thousands of votes to come up with a long list of 40 landmarks, to be presented for consideration by a distinguished panel of judges. Here’s what happened when they met to whittle it down to just 21

Quiz: what’s your real British identity?

To the rest of the world we are still the UK, but the nations of mainland Britain seem intent on pulling apart, or at the very least drawing discrete boundaries of identity through greater devolution and repeated mutterings about independence. If you are a Brit unsure where your loyalties lie — or a non-Brit uncertain of what the differences are — our quiz will make things clear

Manchester: the great north

From the industrial revolution to the heady days of the Haçienda, Manchester has been through many incarnations — yet it has always languished in the shadow of London. But that’s about to change. Laura Barton meets professional Mancunian, Noel Gallagher, and reports on a unique city that’s taking on the capital

Britain: the new national identities

In 1941, George Orwell equated Englishness with solid breakfasts and gloomy Sundays, green fields and red pillarboxes. But how do the English define themselves today? And how about the Scots and the Welsh? As part of our special British issue, novelists Sebastian Faulks, Owen Sheers and AL Kennedy share their thoughts on our new national identities in 2015

Restaurant review: House of Ho, London

In a city overflowing with boozy brunch menus, this dark and sultry Soho restaurant stands out from the crowds with its modern Vietnamese flare and excellent value for money. Anisha Patel digs in

London theatre: plays for August

Theatre blogger Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for August, from Ben Whishaw in Bakkhai to Benedict Cumberbatch’s turn as Hamlet

Five British music festivals that foodies will love

An overcooked burger and a warm can of lager no longer cuts it for a festival feed. From top chefs to street food stalls, these outdoor gigs are perfect for partygoers with discerning palates

Seven of the best home away from home hotels

Honesty kitchens, cosy communal living rooms and pillows that are just right… Hannah Hudson tracks down the best places for a ‘home suite home’ break

Time travel: vintage bash

We rummage through the British Airways archive to find out what was taking off in the world of aviation way back when. This month, a look at 1950, when Lord Pakenham, the UK’s Minister of Civil Aviation, christened the flagship of BOAC’s new fleet in London

Political bites: where the world’s leaders lunch

They might get ridiculed for their unusual public eating habits, but that’s not to say that the world’s presidents and prime ministers don’t have good taste. Lauren Steventon reveals where the most powerful people refuel between budget meetings and political summits

Restaurant review: Sushisamba, London

Despite bursting onto London’s dining scene three years ago, Sushisamba is still riding high with its unique Japanese-Peruvian-Brazilian menu and slick lofty location. Anisha Patel is dazzled by the food (and the views)

Simon Roberts: social landscapes of England

In an upcoming exhibition, British photographer Simon Roberts explores how the folk of England interact with their surrounding landscape

My London: Hannah Martin

Jewellery designer Hannah Martin is a Central Saint Martins graduate and has a showroom in East London. She talks about her highlights in the capital, from her favourite tapas restaurant in Clerkenwell to rocking out at gigs in Kentish Town

London: What’s on in July 2015

Mini itineraries for what's new, hot and interesting in the capital this month, whether you have 7, 12 or 24 hours to spare

The best London theatres for families

Keeping the whole clan happy on a day out in the capital is easy with one of these family-friendly London theatres, says Edward Lukes

Nine luxury hotels where pets are welcome

When it comes to holidays, why should you get all the indulgence? From dog butlers to pooch passports, Hannah Hudson reveals the hotel’s promising to give your furry friend the VIP — that’s Very Important Pet — treatment

London’s best fried chicken restaurants

The transatlantic trend for gourmet ‘dude food’ is sweeping the capital, and crispy fried chicken is at the top of the menu. Ditch the diet, says Katie Gatens, and head to one of these sizzling joints where the bird is the word

12 of the world’s most curious tiny islands

Not all islands are tropical paradises. From a Mexican atoll where dolls hang from trees to a Japanese isle where cats outnumber humans, Katherine Price finds that some are just plain weird

Restaurant review: Parts and Labour, London

With a cool Scandi vibe, focus on local ingredients and dishes that pay tribute to Whitechapel’s Jewish heritage, this unpretentious neighbourhood restaurant has style and substance, says Anisha Patel

Six quiet green spaces in London

Want to enjoy the London summer without the masses? Ahead of GROW London, six gardening experts reveal their favourite hidden green spots, from secret gardens to off-the-beaten-track parks

On the road with… Kevin Pietersen

The South African-born English cricketer on adjusting to the British weather, playing cricket with locals in Sri Lanka and making a mad dash home from Barbados to London for his son’s birth

The best UK music festivals for 2015

Whether it’s heavy beats at a rave ‘til dawn, Michelin-starred grub or fantastic folk talent that you’re looking for this summer, Ianthe Butt has it covered. In no particular order...

The alternative guide to British summer events

Thought summer in Britain was all tennis, horse racing and regattas? Think again. Katherine Price picks eight curious events to schedule into your calendar this month

Season ticket: the ultimate guide to Britain’s summer season

Nick Curtis has the insider info on the UK’s biggest summer events. Here’s where to hang out and how to get ahead

London: What’s on in June 2015

Mini itineraries for what's new, hot and interesting in London this month, whether you have 7, 12 or 24 hours to spare

My London: Michael Acton Smith

The CEO of Mind Candy — the creator of Moshi Monsters — shares his tips for his hometown, from pastrami sandwiches in Peckham to exploring disused Tube stations

London theatre: plays for June

From a new immersive theatre experience in Greenwich to an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’, Edward Lukes rounds up the best new shows for June

60 second interview: Ghostpoet

The Mercury-prize nominated Obaro Ejimiwe is back with a fresh blend of strung-out alt-rock rap with his third album, Shedding Skin. Here, he talks about new challenges and why he’s a bit of a nerd underneath it all

40 not out: Behind the scenes at Lord’s cricket ground

In June 1975, the first ever cricket World Cup was held in England — played, of course, at Lord’s, the iconic home of the game. To celebrate this anniversary, High Life goes exclusively behind the scenes to meet the people who ensure play goes on at this hallowed ground. Photography by Kate Peters

Beyond the boundary: eight curious cricket grounds

It’s not always about gleaming whites and village greens. From Ethiopia to a frozen lake in Estonia, Matt Hutson rounds up eight unexpected venues that have hosted an innings

Hotel review: Ham Yard, London

It’s slap bang in the middle of Soho and moments from Mayfair, but with a private cinema, bowling alley and magical roof terrace, Lucy King finds this luxury big hitter hard to leave

Restaurant review: Kouzu, London

London might be inundated with sushi-to-go outlets on every corner, but for an authentic taste of Japan, this Belgravia newcomer is just the treat — especially with a former Zuma chef at its helm. Hannah Hudson is impressed

Hotel review: UK: 42 The Calls, Leeds

This 18th-century grain mill in the centre of Leeds has (for the most part) been thoughtfully transformed into a tasteful city bolthole. It’s just a shame about the breakfast, says Tim Lott

London: The Portobello Hotel

It’s where Kate Moss reputedly bathed in Champagne with Johnny Depp. Little wonder Ianthe Butt is seduced by this sexy boutique hotel in west London

Walk this way: five new places to take a hike

From a hair-raising hike in Malaga to Chicago’s answer to the High Line, here is our guide to the world’s best new walking trail

UK: Cowley Manor, Gloucestershire

A hotel that offers a flamboyant aesthetic deep in the bucolic Cotwolds countryside makes for the perfect mix for Jamie McPherson

London theatre: plays for May

From Kristin Scott Thomas’ turn as the Queen to Peter Pan in Regent’s Park, Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for May

My London: Maggi Hambling

The British contemporary painter and sculptor talks about her London, from her favourite art galleries to The Ivy’s steak tartare

Ronnie Wood’s swinging London

Why uncovering an old diary prompted the Rolling Stone to look back on the London of the 1960s

Capital tunes: Edith Bowman’s favourite London festivals

You don’t have to get muddy on a farm this festival season — you don’t even need to leave London. DJ and ‘High Life’ columnist Edith Bowman shares her pick of this summer’s essential events

Five ways to join in the Magna Carta celebrations in London

From the British Library exhibition to Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre, Katie Gatens suggests five ways to mark the Great Charter’s 800th anniversary in the capital

Restaurant review: Hixter Bankside, London

‘Little sister’ to the buzzing chicken or steak Tramshed in Shoreditch, Hixter Bankside is more grown up, but just as tasty, says Ruth Mezstein

UK: Sibton Park, Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk

This grand home away from home is just the retreat for urbanites looking for a wild yet civilised weekend escape, says Anisha Patel

Europe’s most curious beers

Seawater, smoky bacon and spicy chillies… craft beer expert Daniel Neilson takes a boozy crawl around Europe’s most innovative breweries that are using unlikely ingredients to create quirky pints

London: The Rockwell

Katie Gatens discovers that this charming boutique hotel has bags of character and style — and despite its Kensington address, it doesn’t come with a hefty price tag

The most magnificent places in the world to read a book

From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to the Cuban literary haunt of Ernest Hemingway, here are the world’s best spots for bibliophiles to indulge in a spot of reading

UK: The Alexandra, Lyme Regis

This Lyme Regis bolthole is a classic choice with sea views and a warm welcome in all seasons, says Lucy Thackray

City hot spot: Crosby, Liverpool

While Liverpool bulges with cafés, bars and restaurants — and visitors — the discerning traveller is taking an alternative trip to the city by heading seven miles north to Crosby, where Antony Gormley’s beach installation ‘Another Place’ is pulling in the punters. But that’s not the only attraction, says Caroline Egan

Europe’s second cities

Swap London for Brighton, Lyon for Avignon, Amsterdam for Leiden and Copenhagen for Malmö. Simon Calder travels away from the main hubs to discover the handsome, historic and ancient destinations a short trip in the other direction

London theatre: plays for April

Theatre blogger Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for April

London’s best bottomless boozy brunches for every budget

Forget the roast (and all the trimmings). There is a new breed of boozy brunch menus hitting the capital that is firmly making Sunday our favourite day of the week

Five of the world’s most extreme runs

From dizzying Himalayan altitudes to a 24-hour race against the clock in the Lake District, endurance athlete Lizzy Hawker picks the world’s most adventurous running trails

Video: Jamal Edwards’ guide to east London

Filmmaker, media entrepreneur and founder of YouTube channel SB.TV, Jamal Edwards — one of the youngest people to be awarded an MBE — takes High Life on an exclusive video tour of east London

Five of the best surfing spots for families in Devon and Cornwall

The South West coast is home to some of the UK’s best waves. Emma Mahony checks out five surfing schools where the whole family can learn how to ride them during the Easter holidays

London: an insider’s guide

In a city as dynamic and ever-changing as London, there will always be brand new hotspots. Author and resident Saska Graville — who has released a second edition of ‘London Style Guide’ — unearths the off-the-radar places to eat, sleep and shop

Four of the best restaurants in London for vegetarian food

To celebrate the first Meat Free Week in the UK, Anna Hansen, founder of London’s Modern Pantry, picks her favourite places for herbivorous grazing in the capital

UK: West Park Hotel, Harrogate

This Victorian coach house-turned-boutique hotel benefits from both an urban location and proximity to rolling green parklands, making it the perfect weekend escape, says James Hanning

Restaurant review: Chai Wu, London

With a theatrical menu laced with luxury ingredients, this bling new restaurant in Harrods comes with a hefty price tag, but the Beijing duck alone makes it worth a trip to Knightsbridge, says Anisha Patel

My London: Sadie Frost

The actress and fashion designer talks about her London, from supporting East End cinemas to tucking into Greek food in Primrose Hill

Five cool things to do with kids in London

Stuck for ideas on how to entertain the kids in the school holidays? No need to fret. London’s top parent bloggers have compiled the ultimate cool kids’ checklist that will keep toddlers, tweens and teens happy

Restaurant review: LeCoq, London

This rotisserie chicken specialist has the locals crowing with its slim menu and neighbourhood feel, says Lucy Thackray

Keeping it in the family: recipes for Mother’s Day

To celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, we asked five London-based foodies and chefs, who hail from Mumbai to Vancouver, to share their favourite mum-inspired recipes

Recipe: Garry Hollihead’s rice pudding

Garry Hollihead, the executive chef at the Corinthia Hotel in London shares a healthier version of his grandmother’s creamy rice pudding recipe

UK: The George in Rye, East Sussex

Contemporary British design meets historical charm at this boutique bolthole by the sea, says Angelina Villa-Clarke

London theatre: plays for March

Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for March

London: Mondrian London at Sea Containers

Perfectly berthed between the South Bank’s cultural hub and the glories of the Tate Modern, this contemporary hotel with a nautical twist exudes urban grace, says Kate Chambers

Restaurant review: Ramusake, London

With creative, flavour-packed Japanese dishes, down-to-earth staff, and a cool speakeasy vibe, it’s no wonder that this A-list hangout is the hottest ticket in town, says Katie Gatens

Long live McQueen

When Alexander McQueen committed suicide in 2010, the fashion world lost a maverick genius. As the V&A launches its brilliant Savage Beauty retrospective, Alexander Fury pays tribute

Six British breaks for the food obsessed

Elasticated trousers at the ready — from lobster safaris in Wales to cheese feasts in England’s West Country, Suzanne King reveals six indulgent weekend breaks that are perfect for culinary-minded travellers

24 hours in London: what to do on your stopover this month

Katherine Price tells you where to head if you have seven hours, 12 hours or 24 hours in London in March 2015

On the road with Idris Elba

When the actor and self-confessed petrolhead took a 72-hour road trip, Craig McLean went along for the ride — from F1 racing in Belgium to a DJ set in Berlin

Chinese New Year Recipe: Hutong’s ‘lo hei’ salad

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Hutong — the 33rd-floor Northern Chinese restaurant at The Shard — shares its recipe for a traditional ‘lo hei’ salad

Seven unexpected British (and Irish) foodie destinations

From Swansea to Stoke-on-Trent, Samuel Muston picks the unlikely and sometimes surprising foodie experiences across the UK and Ireland

Faking it: Doug Fishbone’s ‘Made in China’ art experiment

London-based, American-born artist Doug Fishbone explains how — and why — he has replaced one of the masterpiece paintings at London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery with a Chinese replica

The fashion insiders’ guide to London

London Fashion Week’s favourite front rowers tell us where they eat, drink, shop and stay in the capital

A Valentine’s Day survival guide

Whether you’re a fan or foe of 14 February, there’s no denying that love is in the air at this time of year. Kelly Hunt, Rosewood London’s director of romance, shares her top tips for the perfect romantic day – even if you’ve left your plans to the last minute

UK: The Royal Yacht Hotel, Jersey

Set sail for this luxurious central hotel, which attracts the island’s party crowd, and you’ll find plenty of reasons not to disembark, says Katie Gatens

The UK’s best shopping hubs

British style may be envied the world over, but it isn’t all about London when it comes to finding the best buys. Here are the stores in and beyond the capital that should be on every fashion-forward traveller’s list

The Unexpected Kingdom: secrets of the UK

The UK inspires in gloriously unusual ways. In From Tracey Emin’s first taste of punk to chef Simon Rogan’s favourite lunar landscape – in Cumbria – here’s a sidelong glance at the British Isles

London: seven new plays for the New Year

Edward Lukes picks the top London stage shows for the start of the 2015 theatre season

Ten of Britain’s best beaches

Sand dunes, caves, art installations and fish ’n’ chips — author Mike Carter, who cycled almost 5,000 miles around the entire coastline of Britain, picks the country’s best stretches of sand, from Cornwall to Scotland’s Outer Hebrides

24 hours in London: what to do on your stopover this month

Ianthe Butt tells you where to head if you have seven hours, 12 hours or 24 hours in London in February 2015

Restaurant review: 3 South Place Bar and Grill, London

The bellinis and the macaroni cheese are worth the trip alone, but brunch at South Place Hotel's ground floor brasserie has that je ne sais quoi, says Lucy Thackray

UK: Linthwaite House, Lake District

With country chic décor, inspiring cuisine and beautiful watery views, Lake Windermere’s Linthwaite House ticks all the boxes for the perfect weekend escape – it’s also where you’ll find Cumbrian hospitality at its best, as Kate Chambers discovers

London’s best shops for beauty products

From super-luxe perfumeries to celebrity facialists, Ellen Millard reveals nine of London’s best beauty shops – and gets the inside scoop on their hero product

Seven places to celebrate Burns Night around the UK

Hardeep Singh Kohli recommends the top seven destinations around the UK to mark the occasion

UK: Hotel du Vin, Cambridge

With a historic setting, thoughtful touches and an excellent French bistro, Hotel du Vin's Cambridge outpost is a breath of fresh air in a city lacking hotel options, says Ianthe Butt

My London: Mackenzie Crook

The Office actor talks about his London, from taking his children around the city’s best museums, to tucking into lobster and chips at The Ivy

On the road with... Noel Fielding

The comedian discusses woollen effigies, heart-shaped hot tubs and life on the road...

London: The Bull & The Hide

This boutique hotel in the City of London is a rare and rewarding find, says Agnieszka Strzelczak

Three of the best: new UK partymakers

They're lavish, they're themed and they're constantly roving: enter three of the best new ways to party across London and the UK

Now, new, next: Bee hotels

Ianthe Butt gets the buzz on the latest hospitality trend: bee hotels

Six things to do during London Fashion Week

Front row invitation lost in the post? Don't worry – you can celebrate London Fashion Week without setting foot near a catwalk, says Katie Gatens

My London: will.i.am

Rapper, producer and all-round entrepreneur will.i.am talks London architecture and first-time memories of his favourite city

Five of London's best gin distillers

Gin fans: London is the city to try the full botanical spectrum of flavours in this quintessentially British spirit. As her book on the subject is released, Olivia Williams picks the best places in town to gen up on your gin

Restaurant review: Hutong at the Shard, London

After a year in London, The Shard's gourmet Chinese restaurant is still alight with innovative cooking and friendly service, as well as its signature scarlet lanterns, finds Lucy Thackray

Damon Albarn's best London lyrics

Wend your way across the capital with Damon Albarn's capital lyrics

Damon Albarn's London

Damon Albarn lists his favourite London neighbourhoods, cultural hot spots, foodie finds and secret places

What's next for London? The High Life Future of London forum

With money, people and companies flowing in like never before, London is now the world's most vibrant city. So what's next for this global hub? High Life assembles a panel of leading lights in design, media, technology and food to find out. Will Self reports

Damon Albarn goes back to east London

As he releases his debut solo album, Blur's Damon Albarn is going back to his roots — London's East End

London for kids by the stars of Matilda

The super-talented child stars of Matilda the Musical pick their favourite London spots for children visiting the city

Six of the best London gallery restaurants

London's art scene is rightly celebrated, but there are also some surprisingly creative endeavours happening in its gallery restaurants. Lucy Thackray selects a few of the best

Where to eat, drink and stay in Wimbledon

All eyes are on this peaceful south London suburb this month for the UK's biggest tennis tournament, but what should you do while you're in town? Lucy Thackray makes a racket about Wimbledon's finest

Alain Ducasse: five of my favourite London restaurants

The superstar French chef picks five of his favourite meals our side of the channel. And they're not all the gourmet fare you'd expect...

London: The Langham

Well worth splashing out on for a decadent weekend in the capital, The Langham hotel's refined ambience and wonderful restaurant has won over Ianthe Butt

London tales: Agyness Deyn

Marathons are character building — especially when the entire city is watching, says Agyness Deyn

10 of the best places to try natural wine in London

France's only female Master of Wine, Isabelle Legeron shares her favourite London bars to try the latest trend to pour itself into our glasses – natural wine

London: 45 Park Lane

Set on ritzy Park Lane, but with the style and service of a boutique hotel, 45 Park Lane (and its CUT restaurant) is the place to go for a real hit of luxury, says Ianthe Butt

Justin Rose on the world's best golfing destinations

To celebrate The Masters tournament this week, champion golfer Justin Rose, who is currently ranked sixth in the world, recommends his favourite courses from Scotland to South Africa

Video: London's clubbing scene

DJs from Seb Chew to Mark Ronson share their memories of London's club scene in the 80s, 90s and Noughties

My London: Benedict Cumberbatch

The Sherlock actor gives his tips on his favourite pubs, restaurants, walks and views in his hometown (and Baker Street isn't one of them)

Five of London's boldest breakfasts

From miso and chilli creations to cult dishes from hipster café The Breakfast Club, London's breakfast scene offers far more than just eggs and bacon

10 of the best UK and Ireland Mother's Day spa breaks

The UK celebrates Mother's Day this month and, from sipping Champagne in Buckinghamshire to seaweed facials in Ireland, our fair isles have something for every type of mum, says Isabelle D'Arcy-Clark

UK: Dormy House, Cotswolds

With beautiful, carefully put together interiors and now a new spa offering, Dormy House is a stylish little hideaway in the UK's fashionable Cotswolds countryside, says Michelle Pamment

Restaurant review: Cinnamon Soho, London

Cinammon Soho is a taste of Vivek Singh's award-winning modern Indian cooking, but in reasonably priced, bite-sized form, says Lucy Thackray

The rise of the Posh-tel

Ianthe Butt smartens up to investigate the rise of the posh-tel (aka posh hostel)

Restaurant review: Camino, London

With authentic Spanish bites, gallons of Cava and a relaxed, after-work vibe, Camino adds some much-needed hedonism to quiet Blackfriars, says Zane Henry

Open-jaw travel

Why fly into and out of the same airport? Simon Calder breaks down nine open-jaw itineraries that open up a world of possibilities for the imaginative traveller

Open-jaw travel: London Heathrow to London City

Simon Calder takes plans a curious London itinerary starting from Heathrow and ending up at East End's City airport

John Simpson: Letter from Chelsea

I was feeling sorry for myself. And since my wife Dee was working hard on getting our stuff ready for the removal men, and Rafe, our seven-year-old, and I were plainly surplus to requirements, I offered to take him round the corner to the Colbert café in Sloane Square

London's best small bars to see the next big thing

Fancy jostling for elbowroom at the bar with the next Damon Albarn? Zane Henry lists London's tiniest venues to catch tomorrow's biggest acts (claustrophobics need not apply)

Restaurant review: Mamounia Lounge, London

Mayfair's newest shisha bar and lounge has a nightclub vibe and a decent menu of spicy meats and salads, says Lucy Thackray

Three of London's best bowling alleys

With US favourite Brooklyn Bowl now open in London's O2 Arena, bowling is officially a respectable night out again. Eleanor Ross picks a trio of London's best lanes

Restaurant review: Hixter, London

The new Mark Hix isn't treading any new ground with its Tramshed-esque menu, but the warm welcome and simple, excellent food certainly add charm to the City's Devonshire Square, says Lucy Thackray

London: The Hoxton Hotel

Shoreditch's Hoxton Hotel gives you a true taste of east London with its cool, modern design and welcoming lobby, says Zane Henry

Restaurant review: Merchants Tavern, London

With a vast-yet-cosy dining space and a menu of crowd-pleasing winter warmers, Angela Hartnett's new Shoreditch restaurant is on to a winner, says Lucy Thackray

Restaurant review: Far Rockaway, London

With an arty, east London vibe and substantial all-American diner food, Shoreditch's Far Rockaway is a brash new addition to London's bar scene, says Ianthe Butt

Pilot Q&A: Senior First Officers Cliodhna and Aoife Duggan

Live from the cockpit… 
sisters Cliodhna Duggan, senior first officer, Boeing 777 fleet, 
and Aoife Duggan, senior first officer, Airbus A320 fleet

3D printing in fashion

What if you could print the latest must-have item? How 3D technology is shaping the fashion industry

Eight of the UK's best botanic gardens

Spring is in sight and Britain has some of the best botanic gardens in the world to get out and enjoy it in. Alexandra Groom picks the best

Rebranding Britain

London's vaguely-dubbed Strand/Aldwych/Trafalgar area could soon be rebranded as the Northbank

West Sussex: The Curious Pig in the Parlour

Ianthe Butt finds a curious porcine hideaway not far from Gatwick Airport and is impressed by the warming food and atmosphere

Restaurant review: The Five Fields, London

A world away from London's rough and ready no-reservations food trend, Faris Mustafa joins a well-to-do crowd for some rather fine dining at Chelsea's The Five Fields

Restaurant review: Chotto Matte, London

Its name may be abrupt, but Chotto Matte's light, colourful Nikkei cuisine leaves you wanting more, says Lucy Thackray

London tales: Warsan Shire

London's first Young Poet Laureate, Warsan Shire, on the atmospheric Southbank

London's largest and smallest hotel rooms

From the smallest room to the grandest suite — how much will you pay per metre to stay in the capital?

UK: Thornbury Castle Hotel, Gloucestershire

With its very own vineyard and locally-sourced menu of delights, Thornbury Castle is certainly for a king, says Jamie McPherson

The world's best new hotels for 2014

There will be an avalanche of new hotel openings in 2014. Whether it’s boutique, hipster or family-friendly, here are the places you’ll 
be desperate to stay in. 
If you can get a room...

Five of the best family hotels for 2014

British Airways' Claire Bentley and Mr and Mrs Smith co-founder Tamara Heber-Percy pick five exciting family-friendly hotels for the year ahead

Five of the best 
new spas for 2014

Unwind, recharge and be thoroughly pampered in some superb locations

Restaurant review: Amphitheatre Restaurant at The Royal Opera House, London

For a Christmas treat or a special occasion gift, you really can't beat a meal and a show at the sumptuous Royal Opera House, says Lucy Thackray

UK: Dewsall Court, Herefordshire

Dewsall Court is a 'pop-up' hotel, offering bed and breakfast to those that attend its exclusive supper clubs. Curious? Tim Lott was

London: The Arch

A comfy, well-designed townhouse just a few steps from Oxford Street and Mayfair, The Arch has ‘luxury London weekend' written all over it, says Lucy Thackray

London: Knightsbridge Hotel

Just off the very busy beaten track, the Knightsbridge Hotel is stylish, highly individual and a lovely place to rest a weary head if you're hitting the Christmas shopping trail, says Lucy King

Four unusual London brunches

Bored with eggs Benedict? Over the omelette? Lucy Thackray and Ianthe Butt pick four London brunches that cater for every taste, from light sashimi to hollandaise-drizzled pizza

Restaurant review: Chop Shop, London

With an industrial look, utterly delicious steaks and a prime location for theatregoers, Chop Shop has upped Haymarket's cool factor considerably, says Lucy Thackray

UK: The Wood Norton, Worcestershire

The Wood Norton, a stunning hunting lodge built for an exiled French duke, is a special place for a country break whether you're staying à deux or en famille, says Lucy King

London tales: author Evie Wyld

The novelist remembers unorthodox yoga in Camberwell and Peckham before it was fancy

London: Hilton London Gatwick Airport

Just a short walk from Gatwick airport, the Hilton London Gatwick has an unbeatable location for travellers flying at unsociable hours, says Ianthe Butt

Restaurant review: Bird of Smithfield, London

Alan Bird has flown the nest of The Ivy and settled at Bird of Smithfield. With its menu of modern British classics and affordable wine list, if you're a Smithfield regular you're in luck, says Charlotte Swift

A pound of Englishmen: collective nouns for nationalities

Did you know that it's not just animals that are collectively named — there are collective nouns for nationalities too?

Time Travel: Town Flyer, 1956

Did you know that back in 1956, you would have started your British Airways journey from London in Earls Court?

Restaurant review: The Keeper's House at the Royal Academy of Arts, London

With a members'-club atmosphere and a mysterious menu, The Keeper's House, hidden in the depths of London's Royal Academy, is set to be a great dining option for art fans, says Lucy Thackray

Restaurant review: Grain Store, London

As well as revitalising the area, the King's Cross regeneration has brought with a very welcome restaurant scene: Grain Store is a welcome addition, says Ianthe Butt

Where to find the best Lebanese food in London

Tony Kitous, founder of cult Lebanese deli and café Comptoir Libanais, lets High Life in on the secret of where to find London's most authentic baklava, flat breads and roasted nuts

Insider's guide to three London villages

As her book London Villages is published, Zena Alkayat gives us her tips on three of the best city nooks: Exmouth Market, Brixton Village and Shoreditch Village

London: Great Northern Hotel

A facelift for London's original railway hotel has been a great success, it seems, as the Great Northern Hotel scores big on both style and substance for Caroline Egan

Restaurant review: Pizza Pilgrims, London

As the cult pizza van boys bring their sourdough delights to a permanent pizzeria, Lucy Thackray praises the simplicity of a good idea

London: The London EDITION

The new London EDITION has generated buzz with its Jason Atherton restaurant, but its secret bars and luxurious rooms are just as worthy of the hype, says Lucy Thackray

UK: St Moritz, Cornwall

With its spectacular views and superb restaurant, St Moritz joins the new generation of Cornwall hotels — and does so in cool, comfortable style, says Bryony Coleman

Restaurant review: The Rum Kitchen, London

Saucy, sassy and full of flavour — The Rum Kitchen serves up Caribbean food in style, along with a whole lot of rum, says Ianthe Butt

The new faces of the East End

It's 80 years since the birth of the Kray twins, who famously ‘ruled' the East End for decades. But who are the — totally legit of course — movers and shakers now? Craig McLean reports

Cupping: a brief guide to coffee tasting

Like wine tasting, coffee cupping is a means of evaluating the finer points of a complex product. Zane Henry investigates

Bath, England: The Queensberry Hotel

A discreet boutique stay, with a wonderful restaurant and a quintessential British feel, Lucille Howe finds The Queensbury, Bath, absolutely charming

Restaurant review: The Rib Room, London

With a menu full of wonderfully classic dishes that more than stand the test of time and a fabulous wine list, The Rib Room is the place to go for a special occasion, says Hannah Hudson

UK: Bedford Lodge Spa, Newmarket

Wonderfully refurbished, the Bedford Lodge Spa, Newmarket, is the winning ticket if you want to fully relax, recharge your batteries and feel like a million dollars at the end, says Hannah Hudson

UK: The Crown, Amersham

A great take on the traditional inn, The Crown at Amersham is a short hop from London — but its setting in this Buckinghamshire market town feels worlds away, says Carine Seitz

London hotels

From Japanese capsule rooms to reimagined landmarks, the capital’s hotel scene is booming. Zane Henry checks in to the new arrivals

A family break at Swinton Park, Yorkshire

Children will love the action-packed agenda, grown-ups will be very happy with the opulent rooms and everyone will be impressed with the castle-like feel of Swinton Park, says Angelina Villa-Clarke

The anatomy of a MotoGP rider

The races are unrelenting and exhilarating, the contenders formidable beings who risk it all at sonic speeds. Faris Mustafa breaks down the vital stats behind a MotoGP racer

Restaurant review: Mews of Mayfair, London

Catering to the well heeled, with impeccable service and a classic brasserie menu, Mews of Mayfair will please lovers of great British food, says Ianthe Butt

Dance through the decades: London's best retro bars and club nights

With its thriving vintage scene and love of all things period, London's nightlife has something for every era. Gabriella Jeakins rounds up the city's best retro venues and nights

Extreme sleeps: top five places for wild camping in the UK

Author Phoebe Smith picks her top spots for sleeping under the stars, camping solo and sheltering from the wild

David Harewood: why I love the British countryside

Homeland's David Harewood on why filming in dry and dusty locations makes him long for an English country garden

Restaurant review: Aqua Shard, London

Inevitably, given Aqua Shard's location, its views across the capital are the main attraction. Luckily the food is well worth the trip too, says Ianthe Butt

London: The Halkin by Como

Minimalist chic and a world-renowned restaurant, at The Halkin by Como you can get away from it all while staying in the middle of central London. Rather fabulous, says Tessa Williams

Pilot Q&A: Sam Whatmough, assistant flight training manager, 787

British Airways pilot Sam Whatmough on being inspired by Concorde and flying Spitfires off-duty

Now, new, next: Luxury concierge services

Fancy BBMing your butler? Ianthe Butt picks three of the newest and best hotel concierge services worldwide

24 hours in London: what to do with your stopover in the city

Things to do if you have seven hours, 12 hours or 24 hours to spend in London. By Lucy Thackray

Restaurant review: Mishkin's, London

Bringing New York deli food to the heart of London's West End, Mishkin's menu of comfort-food stalwarts is hard to resist, says Lucy King

London: The Nadler Soho

In the very heart of town, The Nadler Soho, with its artistic vibe and luxurious touches, makes an affordable, comfortable base whether you're in London for business or pleasure, says Ianthe Butt

How to fake it at London Fashion Week

Michael Hodges never goes shopping and tends to wear whatever he finds on his bedroom floor. As the London collections get underway, can he turn from a slipper-shod sloth into a fully fledged faux fashionista?

Restaurant review: The Happenstance, London

The Drake & Morgan restaurant chain has come to St Paul's. Lucy Thackray predicts the fashionable, artsy Happenstance will go down a treat in the City

Five of the world's best cycling cities

The author of My Cool Bike, Chris Haddon, picks five great cities to explore on two wheels

The evolution of flight: eight milestones in aviation history

From the Wright Brothers' first flight to the arrival of the British Airways A380, Philip Heard charts some of the momentous events in aviation

London tales: Bernardine Evaristo

The London-born novelist talks East End gentrification and immigrant roots

Pilot Q&A: Mark Mannering-Smith, 767 manager flight technical

The British Airways flight technical manager on flying A-listers and record-breaking days at work

London's hotel cinemas

Lights, camera, room service! Hotels are increasingly providing luxury screening rooms and top-of-the-range home entertainment systems. Katie Gatens investigates

London's best burgers

With cult US burger chains Shake Shack and Five Guys causing a stir in central London this summer, we round up London's burger heroes

Restaurant review: Oblix, London

Teething problems with service and a lack of communication aside, Oblix has a delicious menu and the view from the Shard alone is worth the trip, says Lucy Thackray

One Leicester Street

With tons of quirky charm, a vaguely naval theme and a restaurant worth staying for, One Leicester Street is a class act in chaotic central London, says Lucy Thackray

London's gin revival

London in the 1830s was a hive of gin activity, with new distilleries and 'gin palaces' springing up. Now 'mother's ruin' is back and thriving. Lucy Thackray investigates

Dorset: Moonfleet Manor

With family-friendly spaces and a resident dog, Dorset's Moonfleet Manor more than lives up to its charming literary roots, says Kerry Smith

The cricketer's guide to sledging

A step-by-step guide to batting insults back and forth, by former England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon

Five of the best dog-friendly hotels

Five essential getaways for the well-travelled canine. By Lucille Howe

East Sussex: Jeake's House, Rye

In Rye, one of England's most charming seaside towns lies Jeake's House. Full of original features and wonderfully cosy, it makes a perfect place to unwind, says Laury Smith

The possibilities of time travel

The History Keepers author Damian Dibben on the timeless appeal of time travel

Seven of the best hotel lounges

A guest lounge is an underrated addition to the modern hotel, says Mark Jones, as he rounds up seven of the best

Restaurant review: The Pearson Room, London

Its setting may not be the most romantic, surrounded by the steel and glass of Canada Square, but with great cocktails and good food, The Pearson Room makes for a fun night out, says Faris Mustafa

Restaurant review: B-Soho, London

This relaxed Soho bar does authentic pizzas and interesting cocktails — all wrapped up in a great atmosphere, says Lucy Thackray

Restaurant review: Beagle, London

Set in railway arches next to Hoxton overground, British produce champion Beagle fits in perfectly with its trendy neighbourhood, says Zane Henry

Brighton's food scene, by GB1 chef Alan White

Chef Alan White's GB1 seafood restaurant and bar is one of the newest additions to Brighton's flourishing food scene. Here he picks five more hot spots for a bite in Brighton

Five of the best multi-tasking London shops

Sip coffee while you browse art, buy trousers and get your nails done in one of London's new multi-function shops. Kathryn Bromwich finds five of the best

Restaurant review: Jamie's Italian at Jamie's Gatwick, London

Jamie Oliver's 2012 addition to London Gatwick airport is a friendly, relaxed and tasty affair, says Lucy Thackray

The art of travelling with children

As any parent knows, on holiday the slog of normal existence remains — feeding, dressing, bathing, calming down tantrums, wiping away tears. And then there's the kids to think about. Fiona Neill recalls top travel traumas

Restaurant review: The Ritz Restaurant, London

The Ritz's mysterious restaurant is suitably ritzy, but does the food sparkle as much as the golden décor? Lucy Thackray finds out

Josie Rourke: my northwest roots

The Donmar Warehouse's artistic director muses on growing up in Salford, clubbing in Manchester and the 'fancy' Midlands

Pilot Q&A: Captain Al Bridger

Captain Al Bridger, Boeing 737 fleet and head of flight operations at Gatwick, on a pilot's life

Five of the best cocktails in London

Nina Caplan seeks out five new restaurants serving curious concoctions — and the must-have cocktail on their menus

UK: Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham Spa

With acres of charming countryside, welcoming staff and 'dangerously comfortable' digs, Ellenborough Park is a real find, says James Hanning

London's changing skyline

Europe's tallest building, The Shard, has only just opened, but London's skyline is rising again...

London: The Royal Horseguards

Located in what was once home to Britain's Secret Service, The Royal Horseguards hotel offers five-star amenities and incredible views of the city, says Jamie McPherson

Spa review: The Magdalen Chapter, Exeter

With its cool décor, no-nonsense approach and luxurious treatments from British beauty brand REN, The Spa at The Magdalen Chapter makes for the perfect hideaway during your stay, says Angelina Villa-Clarke

London: ME London

In the heart of theatre land, the ME London makes for an ultra-stylish stay — with a rooftop bar and two great restaurants, it's easy to see why it's so popular, says Jamie McPherson

Top 100 films that inspire travel: Orlando Bloom, Colin Firth and Gwyneth Paltrow reveal their favourites

A list stars were among those nominating 100 films that inspire adventures, to celebrate British Airways' Silent Picturehouse. Peter Stewart reports

Now, new, next: the best of Cornwall

We round up the best hotels, beaches, restaurants and days out in the UK's most naturally beautiful areas

Restaurant review: Brasserie Chavot, London

With its no-nonsense French menu, Brasserie Chavot marks Eric Chavot's welcome return to London, says Nick Curtis

Five of the best London perfume shops

London is home to some of the oldest and best perfumiers in the world, as well as some more modern (but no less popular) fragrance specialists. Emilee Tombs selects five of the finest shops for a spritz of scent

Five of the best vintage shops in London

London is one of the vintage shopping capitals of the world, thanks to the demand of its uniquely stylish inhabitants. Hazel Murray takes a trip down memory lane and finds five of the best treasure troves

Restaurant review: Kaspar's Seafood & Grill, London

For sumptuous seafood and Champagne, or fabulous steak frites, The Savoy's new riverside bar and grill is a glamorous spot, says Lucy Thackray

10 of the best utterly British summer events

From sporting to operatic, these 10 key events from the days of the English social 'season' remain hot tickets

City hot spots: Peckham, London

South east London's newest hotspot has great bars, independent shops and simple, wholesome restaurants

10 of the best Cornwall hotels

Cornwall is having a moment, with some of the UK's finest hotels, beaches and restaurants along its rugged coast. Katie Gatens checks out where to check in

Cornwall: Bedruthan Steps Hotel & Spa

In a beautiful part of Cornwall, overlooking the sea, the Bedruthan is a great hotel for a seaside break with the family — but just as welcoming if you're with friends, says Lucy Thackray

Review: wine tasting dinners, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester's new wine-tasting dinners give a glimpse into the restaurant's ample cellars and specialist wineries, says Lucy Thackray

Cornwall: The Scarlet hotel

Much more than just a place to rest your head, The Scarlet is a decadent retreat into relaxation and the perfect place to forget the outside world, says Lucy Thackray

London: W London

In the tourist hub that is Leicester Square, W London, with its glitzy interiors and glossy clientele, is unashamedly over the top, says Jamie McPherson

Masculine vs feminine hotel style

As hyper-masculine hotel Belgraves establishes itself in London, other hotels around the world are appealing to the female traveller. But should they be choosing sides? By Mark Jones

Restaurant review: Tramontana Brindisa, London

The Brindisa group's new Shoreditch outpost has great Spanish flavours and a buzzing atmosphere, so bring your friends, says Hannah Hudson

Three of the best London airport hotels

A few of the newest and best hotels at London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports

Exeter: The Magdalen Chapter

Unpretentious but luxurious, functional but fashionable, Exeter's Magdalen Chapter hotel is a glorious West Country winner, says Tim Lott

Time travel: BOAC's skycot for infants, 1953

These in-flight cots for infants were clipped onto the luggage racks on 1950s BOAC flights (a predecessor of today's British Airways)

Restaurant review: Brumus, London

Recently renovated and now looking lovely, Brumus is ideal for West End dining and great for post- or pre-theatre, says Lucy King

Pilot Q&A: Captain Sally Williams, A320 fleet

Captain Sally Williams talks about going from cabin crew to pilot and being married to a fellow flier

Tim Walker: Dreamscapes at the Bowes Museum

County Durham's chateau museum hosts a fantastical exhibition of photographer Tim Walker's landscapes

The plane spotter's guide to five British Airways models

As the new A380 superjumbo writes a new chapter for British Airways, aviation geek Phil Heard rejoices that his passion for planes is now something we can all marvel at

Restaurant review: Min Jiang, London

Visit Min Jiang for lunch and find incredible views of Hyde Park; visit at night and the food and atmosphere more than make up for their absence, says Faris Mustafa

Restaurant review: Coya, London

Its piquant flavours and colourful presentation make Coya a hot new contender among London's South American restaurants, says Zane Henry

The real Dreamscapes: four surreal UK locations

Greville Worthington, curator of the Tim Walker: Dreamscapes exhibition, picks his four favourite curious landscapes in the UK

The UK's five smallest islands

Tiny Islands author Dixe Wills gives us his tips on the five most miniature land forms in the British Isles

Eight of the world's fastest cities

With speedy takeaway coffees and good escalator etiquette, these cities' pulses beat that bit faster

AdventureYogi Yoga retreat at Pennard House, Somerset

Kate Chambers always knew that a yoga retreat would be good for her, but never thought it sounded much, well, fun. Could an AdventureYogi weekend convince her otherwise?

Restaurant review: Ducksoup, London

Tucked away in Soho and serving small plates of deliciousness and wonderful wines to accompany them, Ducksoup is a great discovery, says Lucy Thackray

High Life's hotel and restaurant reviews: were we right?

For four decades we have deliberated, cogitated and digested the best restaurants and hotels across the globe. But were we right? Not always…

Pilot Q&A: Kiran Mediwake, Senior First Officer, B777 fleet

Senior First Officer Kiran Mediwake on flying the B777 and the route with his favourite view

Yorkshire: Hipping Hall

For lavish accommodation and some of the finest food in the land, Hipping Hall, nestled between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, is a true delight, says Vanessa Green

Restaurant review: Skylon, London

Its stunning riverside views, buzzy atmosphere and interesting menu make Skylon a must-visit dinner destination, says Lucy Thackray

British Airways: flying with children and infants

London Heathrow Terminal 5's Kidszone has been updated. Plus, watch videos with tips about flying with the whole family

Why airport terminals can make the best memories

Falling in love, people watching and fond farewells — airports are story machines, says Anna Stothard

Restaurant review: La Porte des Indes, London

The décor is fabulous at this palace of Indian eating, it's just a shame that the food does really not match up, says Ianthe Butt

Restaurant review: Outlaw's at The Capital, London

It's all about seafood at this London outpost of Outlaw's — and that's something they do to perfection, says Hannah Hudson

Liverpool: Hard Days Night hotel

This charming Beatles-themed hotel in Liverpool is a must-visit for any fab four fan, says Carine Seitz

London tales: Evgeny Lebedev

The owner of The Independent and Evening Standard on eerie museums and Highgate Cemetery

Lake District: Borrowdale Gates

Located in the heart of the Lake District, the fully refurbished Borrowdale Gates makes for a wonderful weekend getaway, says Vanessa Green

High Life's 40th anniversary: back to 1973

From the United Kingdom joining the European Economic Community to Concorde's first transatlantic flight, it was a year of great changes. As they sang in The Rocky Horror Show (another key creation of 1973), ‘Let's do the Time Warp again...'

Cellars in the Sky wine awards recognises oneworld

We toast the wine selection on board as British Airways and oneworld are recognised by the Cellars in the Sky Awards

London: The Bulgari Hotel

In the heart of Knightsbridge, the Bulgari hotel nods to the silversmith heritage of its namesake — in spectacular style, says Caroline Egan

Futuristic vs retro hotels

Some hotels tap into the nostalgia of decades past, while others are racing towards the future of hospitality

London: Haymarket Hotel

In the heart of theatreland, but just off the beaten track, with its cosy comforting atmosphere, the Haymarket is a delight, says Lucy King

Restaurant review: The Shed, London

A charming slice of the country in the fashionable heart of Notting Hill, The Shed offers nose-to-tail eating in funky style, says Kate Chambers

Pilot Q&A: Captain Dave Thomas, head of flight technical and training, Airbus A320 fleet

Captain Dave Thomas talks about flying the flag down The Mall and his favourite routes

Interview: artist Yinka Shonibare on FABRIC-ATION at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yinka Shonibare is the Nigerian-British artist famous for his Nelson's Ship in a Bottle in London's Trafalgar Square. Here, he previews his latest show, which explores identity, dislocation and multiculturalism...

Restaurant review: Galvin La Chapelle, London

In the heart of the City, with its faultless dining and wonderful wines, at La Chapelle the Galvin brothers have scored a perfect ten, says Hannah Hudson

Restaurant review: Mele e Pere, London

With simplicity of design, menu and spirit, this trendy Soho trattoria has a friendly feel and some truly great food, says Lucy Thackray

Ink big: the high profile tattoo artists in demand

Tattoos are bigger business than ever — the top studios have lengthy waiting lists, designer ranges and even reality shows. So are tattoo artists the new rock stars? Lucy Thackray finds out

Restaurant review: Sushi des Artistes, London

With music-themed dish names, international ingredients and a dining room that is anything but understated, Sushi des Artistes is sushi remixed, says Lucy Thackray

David Bowie is at the V&A Museum

An in-depth look at the chameleonic star opens at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London this month

Shops of the future: five new interactive shopping experiences

In-store playlists, virtual nail varnish and video extras in the changing rooms are just some of the new technological wonders in shopping

Restaurant review: Boundary, London

Terence Conran's Boundary development has multiple functions including rooftop bar, accommodation, gym and gallery — but its classic French restaurant more than holds its own, says Lex Guerra

London: Chrysan

The latest offering from the Hakkasan group, Chrysan, is off the beaten track but after sampling its exquisite cuisine and understated décor, Hannah Hudson will be back

Restaurant review: Tom Aikens, London

With its sexy, low-lit dining room and show-stopping presentation, Tom Aikens offers a show-stopping meal with plenty of thought behind it, says Lucy Thackray

Six of the best late night bars in London

The party continues long after most of London's bars have called last orders. Vicky Finn draws up a barstool at some of the city's best venues with late licences

Six independent London bars and cafés with free WiFi

WiFi may be as essential as oxygen to the modern traveller, but a free connection and decent cappuccino can be an elusive combination. Lucy Thackray picks six of the best London hotspots

Five of Europe's most stylish shops (and shopkeepers)

Meet the fashionable faces behind five of the best shops in Milan, London, Paris and Naples. By Ianthe Butt

Restaurant review: Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, London

Whatever the occasion, The Berkeley's sophisticated Michelin-starred restaurant makes for a memorable meal, says Philip Heard

Restaurant review: Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour, London

Its inconspicuous location belies what lies behind the jade green door — Opium is an intriguing blend of authentic charm and the slightly bizarre, says Lucy Thackray

Las Vegas-style weddings come to the UK - starting with Blackpool

As restrictions on the times of day of UK weddings are lifted, Vegas-style ceremonies could be about to hit our shores — and Blackpool's first in line, reports Lucy Thackray

Five of the most influential fashion bloggers

Move over Anna Wintour, it's the digital fashion pack that are dominating the front rows. These five European fashion bloggers are racking up hits and clicks faster than the tills at a sample sale

Restaurant review: Fifteen, London

It's just celebrated a decade of business, but is Jamie Oliver's flagship restaurant and chef scheme still winning on flavour over hype? Zane Henry finds out

Three unexpected European style icons

Europe's under-the-radar trendsetters include a graffiti artists, a historian and a Tumblr blogger

Stephen Bayley: In praise of ugly travel

Cultural critic Stephen Bayley on the importance of taking in the ugly as well as the beautiful

Stephen Bayley: top five ugly London sights

The author of Ugly — The Aesthetics of Everything picks five of the best 'ugly travel' views of London

Vinopolis essential wine experience, London

A riverside temple to all things wine, Vinopolis offers a great evening of wine tasting with friends, says Lucy Thackray

Restaurant review: Novikov, London

It may seem all high prices and flash customers but Novikov, with its in-crowd buzz and club-like ambience, almost justifies the hype, says Faris Mustafa

Restaurant review: Cinnamon Kitchen, London

It's a stone's throw from the home of London's curry scene, but with Cinnamon Kitchen, chef Vivek Singh aims to take the traditional curry to new heights. And it's a winner, says Hannah Hudson

Extreme spas vs digital detox

Bespoke IVF, hypnotherapy and a no-gadgets spa break are all on the menu this year

London: Roux at The Landau

For fine dining in the most elegant of settings, Roux at The Landau, a Roux family collaboration, delivers in style, says Lucy Thackray

Buckinghamshire: Hartwell House

With its highly traditional décor and gorgeous countryside setting, Hartwell House, once a royal residence, makes for a most memorable stay, says Ianthe Butt

The curious guide to Europe

You're thirsty for discovery. You're keen to immerse yourself in someone else's world for a while. You are the curious traveller. Francesca Syz discovers Europe's most curious island, city and restaurants

Review: Edible Cinema at the Electric Cinema, London

Edible Cinema combines food and film to great effect at Notting Hill's preposterously cosy Electric Cinema, says Lucy Thackray

10 of the best sights from the Shard's viewing platform

At 310m high, the Shard is the tallest completed building in Europe. Which means it offers one heck of a vista from its viewing platform on the 72nd floor. Here are a few of our favourites...

One day Christmas Dinner workshop at Le Cordon Bleu

Christmas Dinner is the meal for which we set ourselves a near-impossible culinary challenge. Can the chefs at Le Cordon Bleu help you take control? Lucy Thackray finds out

City hot spots: Leeds' Corn Exchange area

Where to shop, eat and mingle in and around Leeds' rejuvenated Corn Exchange building, by Darren Cronian

The rise of boyband One Direction

Pop sensations One Direction are set to headline Madison Square Garden this month. Here we chart their meteoric rise...

Restaurant review: Ceviche, London

With sublimely fresh flavours, bright little Ceviche packs a punch. Check out this Peruvian gem now, says Carine Seitz, before the rest of London book in

Christmas cheers: five of the best city bars around the world

Celebrate the festive season with a yuletide tipple or a New Year toast. But where? Jane Dunford ‘researches' the best bars

Englishmen and their shoes: the London man's love affair with footwear

London is becoming the hub of men's footwear, but what is it with Englishmen and their shoes?

London: Dorset Square Hotel

With its charming décor, impeccable service and quiet but central location, Dorset Square may be small but it is perfectly formed, says Lucy King

Restaurant review: 1776, London

With classic dishes and an iPad wine list, discreet dining room 1776 is a welcome addition to City restaurant 1 Lombard Street, says Lucy Thackray

Comeback cocktail: the Negroni

Why the Negroni is riding high as the retro cocktail of 2012

On the road with... Guy Garvey

The Elbow singer on American tour bus drivers and the most raucous fans around (yes that's you, Ireland)

Restaurant review: Babbo, London

The menu may play it safe, but Babbo does proper Italian food in a timeless setting, says Faris Mustafa

Keith's 
connections: Stratford-upon-Avon

A new column about Britain by a frequent flyer*. This month, the artistic and scenic delights of Stratford-upon-Avon

Whitby's eco-friendly fish and chip shop

A Yorkshire chippie is doing its bit for sustainable fishing by serving up less traditional catches

Restaurant review: New Street Grill, London

A steak and seafood restaurant in the City that offers great quality food in relaxed ‘rough-luxe' surroundings, says Lucy Thackray

The making of a hat-wearing legend: the Monkees' Mike Nesmith

The Monkees were known for their colourful style, and guitarist Mike Nesmith for his woolly hat in particular. Fashion historian Rebecca C Tuite gives a short history of a hat-wearing icon

To Fly, To Serve: Mark Tazzioli, British Airways' Menu Design Manager

Each month, we talk to a BA employee who helps to ensure your flight runs smoothly

Restaurant review: El Pirata Detapas, London

With its laid-back vibe and hearty Spanish comfort food, El Pirata Detapas is a great neighbourhood restaurant in Westbourne Grove, says Ianthe Butt

London tales: Sathnam Sanghera

Sathnam Sanghera looks at the trends and tales of the UK capital. This month, pigeonholing postcodes and library procrastination

Restaurant review: Duck & Waffle, London

With dramatic views and diverse, well-chosen flavours, Duck & Waffle is a 24-hour restaurant with more than a hint of the city that never sleeps, says Lucy Thackray

Restaurant review: Il Ristorante at the Bulgari Hotel, London

With luxe surroundings and authentic Italian cuisine, Il Ristorante is a welcome addition to Knightsbridge's dining options, says Kate Chambers

Restaurant review: Bocca di Lupo, London

A simple, welcoming Italian with inventive small plates, Bocca di Lupo is worth trying to squeeze into, says Ianthe Butt

Alain de Botton introduces Generation Curious

High Life magazine is nearly 40 years old. Its readers have changed from being a jet-set elite to a global, democratic and very mobile tribe. For the modern globetrotter, luxury has been supplanted by experience as the main goal. Alain de Botton is curious...

London loves the Blues

Forget Blue Monday, London is playing a vital role in the resurgence of Blues music. High Life tracks down the new young blood treading in the footsteps of Clapton, Mayall et al

Alexander McQueen flagship store opens on Savile Row

The late designer's brand lives on as the new flagship store joins London's famous tailoring hub

Restaurant review: Corner Room, London

With an imaginative menu that is both diverse and delectable, Corner Room at Bethnal Green's Town Hall Hotel is a delight, says Mary Lees

The London blues trail

Where to stroll in London for a taste of the city's blues history

London: 12 great things to do this Christmas

The 12 days of Christmas are here... our definitive guide to London’s festivities, by Olivia Palamountain

Five of the best bars for a martini

Every bartender who picks up a shaker regards the making of a martini as a badge of professional honour. Equally, drinks critic Tom Sandham has dedicated much of his career to sampling them. Here he picks five of his favourite bars to drink the James Bond of cocktails

Surrey: The Deep Sleep Retreat at Grayshott Spa

Can’t find your way to the land of nod? Robbed of rest thanks to jet lag? It’s a common complaint. Caroline Egan joins a new kind of sleep retreat to learn about the science of shuteye

Tim Walker's Story Teller exhibition at Somerset House

Once upon a time, fashion photographer Tim Walker created flamboyant images inspired by fairy tales. Now an exhibition of his imaginative work hits London. Ianthe Butt reports

London: London Syon Park

With its glorious gardens, eclectic interiors and luxury furnishings, the London Syon Park hotel makes for a wonderful break from the norm, says Ianthe Butt

Five of the best Halloween activities in the UK

What does October 31st have in store for you — a trick or a treat? Lucy Thackray picks five of the scariest Halloween events across the UK

Restaurant review: Brasserie Blanc, Covent Garden

A cosy terrace in Covent Garden's historic market, Brasserie Blanc serves French comfort food with great charm and efficiency, says Lucy Thackray

Restaurant review: The Riding House Cafe, London

A cosy nook with no-nonsense main courses and plenty of decorative quirks, The Riding House Café has charm by the bucketload, says Lucy Thackray

Jamie Oliver on his new restaurant at Gatwick

Jamie Oliver spills the beans on his first foray into airport dining, which combines his new venture Union Jack's with Jamie's Italian and a new Jamie's Italian bakery

Travel like Bond: five of the best destinations in Skyfall

As James Bond makes his 23rd silver-screen outing with Skyfall, follow his lead in true 007 style in the destinations featured in the film. They've been expecting you, says Paul Henderson

Best moments of London 2012

London 2012 proved to be an extraordinary event that inspired the nation. So what were the most memorable moments? Ianthe Butt asks those who were right there at the heart of it all

I'll be packing: Emeli Sande

Singer Emeli Sandé reveals 
what's in her suitcase

Notes from a traveller: Ray Winstone

The Sweeney actor talks beloved UK spots and filming on location

Ask the pilot: Senior First Officer Francesca Langton

British Airways pilots have had some memorable experiences. This month, Senior First Officer Francesca Langton on why she swapped air traffic control for a career in the cockpit

Restaurant review: Arbutus, London

With a creative menu, well-prepared offal and wine by the carafe, Arbutus is the place to be adventurous, says Faris Mustafa

Windsor: Legoland Resort Hotel

Looking for an adventure-packed break with the smallest members of the family? The Legoland Resort Hotel offers fans of the mini brick, and their parents, just that and more, says Tara King

Five of the best exhibits in the Shakespeare: staging the world exhibition at the British Museum

A new exhibition about Shakespeare's lifetime, told through various treasures symbolic of the playwright's work and influence, is at the British Museum until 25 November. Lucy Thackray picks five of the most fascinating items on display

Hampshire: Four Seasons Hotel

Set in 500 acres of stunning parkland in a Georgian manor, with its luxury spa and three dining options, the Four Seasons Hampshire has all you need for a perfect country break, says Harriet Cooper

Zagat 2013 London Survey winners announced

The classic restaurant guide's London winners for best food, service and décor, plus favourite restaurant and number one newcomer, were announced last week

Restaurant review: Momo, London

This authentic Moroccan restaurant is a real treat for the senses, says Lucy Thackray

Restaurant review: Brasserie Zedel, London

A splash of glamour on touristy Piccadilly, Brasserie Zédel's reasonably priced, quality bistro food is just the ticket, says Kate Chambers

Restaurant review: Lima, London

A vibrant restaurant right on trend with its Peruvian cuisine, Lima has a colourful and inventive menu, says Jane Dunford

Restaurant review: Sake No Hana, London

Despite its affluent neighbourhood and dramatic interior, Sake No Hana is an unpretentious choice for sushi and small plates, says Lucy Thackray

Restaurant review: Alyn Williams at the Westbury, London

With innovative menus for both carnivores and veggies, Alyn Williams' Westbury Hotel restaurant will impress diners of either persuasion, says Ianthe Butt

Restaurant review: De La Panza, London

Looking for an authentic Argentinian steak in north London? De La Panza won't disappoint, says Lex Guerra

Restaurant review: Orrery, London

With a clean, precise look and perfectly conceived French cuisine, Orrery's attention to detail is impressive, says Ianthe Butt

Restaurant review: Hush Brasserie Mayfair, London

Serving crowd-pleasing dishes in a glamorous setting, Hush Brasserie would be great for a girls' night out, says Lucy Thackray

London: K Spa at the K West Hotel

Combining traditional Russian treatments in an deluxe setting, west London's K Spa has a treatment to suit everyone. From a Detox Massage to a roll in the Snow Paradise (a room full of snow), K Spa is a real treat to behold, says Sonia Zhuravlyova

Restaurant review: Volupte, London

With a decadent atmosphere, great cocktails and a big dose of burlesque, Volupté's cabaret dinner mixes good food with classic entertainment, says Jane Dunford

Ask the pilot: Senior First Officer Mark Parbhoo

British Airways pilots have experienced some memorable flights. This month, Senior First Officer Mark Parbhoo on being invited out to Nasa to watch a space shuttle launch

Restaurant review: Kettner's, London

Right in the thick of London's Theatreland, Kettner's is a Soho treasure with a friendly atmosphere, says Lucy Thackray

Restaurant review: Proud Cabaret Camden, London

With good food and burlesque entertainment on offer, Proud Cabaret Camden's supper club is a seductive night out, says Lucy Thackray

Restaurant review: The Hawksmoor Spitalfields, London

With expertly-prepared steaks and eccentric cocktails, The Hawksmoor more than lives up to the hype, says Carine Seitz

Restaurant review: The OXO Tower Restaurant, London

A classic London choice for its location and views, there are some great moments on the menu at The OXO Tower, says Lucy Thackray

Five of the best terraces and courtyards in London

What could make your summer drinks in the capital feel more special than a cool breeze or a glimpse of the sky? Lucy Thackray picks five al fresco spaces for those balmy evenings

Restaurant review: Shayona, London

This authentic Indian restaurant in north west London is a real gem — and an ethical one at that, says Caroline Egan

London: Manna vegetarian and vegan restaurant

Manna aims to banish the idea of boring veggie and vegan cuisine — but does it succeed? Ianthe Butt finds out

Restaurant review: The Modern Pantry, London

A confidently cool café-restaurant with an innovative menu, Clerkenwell's The Modern Pantry is an atmospheric choice — and you might even spot a star, says Ianthe Butt

Five of the best London Champagne bars

Toast Olympic success at these sparkling Champagne bars and decadent lounges...

London: Rough Luxe Hotel

Its unique blend of shabby chic will certainly appeal to the fashion crowd, but does Rough Luxe provide what the rest of us really want from a hotel? Ianthe Butt finds out

Ask the pilot: Senior First Officer Scott Forbes

British Airways pilots have had some memorable trips. Senior First Officer and former athlete Scott Forbes reveals how his journey to London 2012 didn't go exactly as planned

The Making of Harry Potter, the Warner Brothers Studio Tour

It's not just fans of the blockbusting films who will enjoy The Making of Harry Potter tour, all cinema lovers will be enchanted, says Ianthe Butt

Where to see an Olympic event for free

Yes, it's true! If you didn't get tickets to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, fear not. You can still catch the action without paying a penny. Here's how...

Our London by Team GB

British athletes have given their top sightseeing tips to the hundreds of thousands of guests expected to visit London this summer. Compiled by British Airways, the proud official airline partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB, the list highlights the different activities our London 2012 hopefuls like to get up to during their days off

The gardeners behind London’s Olympic Park

With more than 300,000 plants and 250 acres of new parkland, the Olympic Park is blossoming. Caroline Donald meets the horticulturalists behind it

Notes from a traveller: Karl Hyde, Underworld

The Underworld musician talks urban inspiration, worldwide performances and the Opening Ceremony

London 2012: the cultural calendar

With the arrival of London 2012, the capital's creative minds have been working overtime to serve up a 17-day cultural extravaganza. Here's our guide to the best goings-on...

Restaurant review: Spice Market, London

With its sexy ambience, great Martinis and fusion Asian food, Spice Market is a welcome addition to tourist-bound Leicester Square, says Lucy Thackray

Denise Lewis: London 2012 is here

The London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games are finally here! 
High Life's columnist — and champion heptathlete — wants to savour every single joyous, tearjerking and exhilarating second of it all

Where to shop, eat and party in Hackney

London 2012 has brought the world's attention to east London, and Hackney is full of quirky bistros, pubs, bars and boutiques

Restaurant review: Clos Maggiore, London

Step out of one of London's busiest locations and into a slice of French gastronomic heaven — Clos Maggiore is romantic perfection, says Lucy Thackray

Norfolk: The Gunton Arms

It's hard to decide which is the bigger draw at Norfolk's Gunton Arms — the food, the surroundings or the art. It doesn't really matter, says Lucy King, because they are all wonderful

Behind the scenes: London 2012 Olympic Park

With all eyes on the athletes, it's easy to overlook the hidden talent that helped London 2012 come to fruition. 
But they deserve a medal, too. Jane Dunford hears why

Video: Designing James Bond's look

As the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition opens at the Barbican, the designers and costume experts behind the James Bond films talk about 007's evolving style, from Connery to Craig

Notes from a traveller: Laura Pradelska

The Game of Thrones actress talks London life, LA dreams and German comfort food versus exotic sushi

London: The Northall

The Northall serves up the best of British produce in an elegant dining room, says Lucy Thackray. But does it match up to its many central London competitors?

Five of the best running shoes

Inspired by all this sport? These cool running shoes are leaders of the track

Video: Designing the James Bond films

As the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition opens at the Barbican, the designers behind the James Bond films talk about the gadgets, weapons and cars that brought 007's world to life

Days out: royal London

The UK's monarchy is a fascinating part of its history, and many of our palaces and royal residences are open to the public. Lucy Thackray counts down some of the best of royal London

Five of the best alternative UK music festivals

Wondering how to fill the gap that is Glastonbury this year? Don't despair: there are hundreds more music festivals to choose from. Elli Donajgrodzki picks five of the best lesser-known UK festivals for summer 2012

Denise Lewis: my memories of the Olympic Games

With 100 days to go until London 2012, High Life's columnist — and champion heptathlete — looks back at her most memorable Olympic Games, from watching Daley Thompson in 1980 to her gold medal in 2000

Cornwall: Driftwood Hotel

Nestled on the South Cornish coast, The Driftwood is snug, child-friendly and has a great restaurant. What more could you want? asks Kerry Smith

A very Harrods Christmas

The leather wrapping paper is £900 a roll and Swarovski crystal crackers sell for £1,299 for six... Harrods certainly knows how to do festive. Morwenna Ferrier goes behind the scenes

Five of the best dog-friendly hotels in the UK

The UK now has its first luxury tour operator for dogs. Erin Boyd and her labrador, Blue, sniff out the best (hotels) in show

5 of the best vintage markets in Europe

From silk shopping in Milan to trawling through bric-a-brac in Paris, Caroline Gosney goes bargain hunting at some of Europe's best vintage markets

London: Cafe Boheme

Seven of the best cigar bars in London

Know your Trinidad from your Cohiba but can't find your way around the smoking ban? Mark Jones takes a tour around London's finest COSAs (Cosy Outdoor Smoking Areas)