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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

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

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

The new global fashion hotlist

From bespoke tailoring in Tokyo to the world’s most coveted T-shirt in San Francisco, Andy Morris investigates the people and places you need to know if you really want to stand out sartorially

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

How the Olympics changed the world

As Rio welcomes the Olympic and Paralympic Games, international authors reflect on how cities around 
the world changed in their wake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

London theatre: plays for May 2016

Theatre blogger Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for April, including Lily James in Romeo and Juliet and James Graham in Monster Raving Loony

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

Restaurant review: Drake and Morgan, King's Cross

This lively addition to the booming King’s Cross culinary scene is the perfect pit stop, says Katie Gatens. And as for the cocktails...

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

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

Spa review: Bulgari Spa, Knightsbridge, London

Deep in the bowels of one of London’s most lavish hotels is one of the city’s most sumptuous spas. But it’s not all scented candles and fluffy robes, says Kate Chambers. With its health-enhancing treatments and hypnotherapy sessions, this place means business

London theatre: plays for April 2016

Theatre blogger Edward Lukes rounds up the best new stage shows for April, including Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington in Dr Faustus and Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre

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

Eating the world: The best international brunches in London

Want to spice up your brunch life? Ditch the boring Eggs Benedict and head to one of these restaurants for an around-the-world brunch twist

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

Five alternative quirky London museums

Take a walk on the wild side and make a beeline for one of these smaller, weirder but no less wonderful museums says Simon Coppock

Six of the coolest cocktail bars in London

London has been lauded as a leader of the global cocktail renaissance for over a decade, yet the cocktails have never been as good or as groundbreaking as they are today, says Jared Brown of mixellany.com. Here he rounds-up the coolest places in the capital to grab a drink

Suite dreams: Five hotels that guarantee a good night’s sleep

Whether you’re battling insomnia, jet lag or an iPad addiction, these hotels have made it their mission to help you on your journey to the land of nod, says Anisha Patel

My London: John Niven

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

Interview: Dina Asher Smith

Aged 20, the fastest British woman in history has her sights firmly on the 2016 Olympics. To mark her appearance on the cover of this month’s High Life – our ‘New Europe’ special – we talk to her about training in London, planning for Rio and beating Team GB to the departure’s gate.

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

60 second interview: Eska

In one year, Eska Mtungwazi released her debut album, was nominated for a Mercury Prize and produced a daughter. Here she talks about fusing maths and music

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

Quiz: Can you guess where these Oscar-nominated movies were really filmed?

New Zealand famously filled in for Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But which other Oscar-winning movies have used a doppelgänger destination while filming? Take our quiz below

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

Seven of the best pubs for real ale in London

Melissa Cole is an award-winning ‘sommALEier’ and author of Let Me Tell You About Beer. Ahead of London Beer Week (22-28 February), she speaks to High Life about the best places to go for a pint

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

Interview: Comedian David Morgan

The I’m a Celebrity… Get me Out of Here! Now! presenter has had audiences rolling in the aisles all over the world. He talks to High Life about expats in Thailand, plane break-ups and describing Noel Edmonds to a European audience

Best Valentine’s Day cocktail bars for a date

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, now’s the time to brush up on London’s best venues for date night. Sarah Drumm reveals 11 of the city’s most impressive cocktail bars

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

The High Life New Talent Awards 2016: The winners

On 3 February, the winners of High Life's New Talent Awards were unveiled at The Strand Gallery, London Oli Rahman, Emma Hartvig and Olivia Bohac will now embark upon international commissions for High Life

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

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

Clerkenwell Boy: The most Instagrammable dishes in London

The prolific Instagram food blogger is the authority on London's most impressive looking meals. Here he gives us a rundown of eight photogenic (not to mention delicious) plates that are sure to wow your followers

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

Hot hotels 2016: part two

From indulgent retreats to examples of pioneering design, Issy D’Arcy Clark reports on the best new hotels set to open around the world in 2016 and beyond

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

How to survive Dry January: alcohol-free nights out

Embracing Dry January doesn’t mean your social life has to suffer. Hannah Hudson recommends the best places to enjoy an alcohol-free evening in London

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

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

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

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

Time lords: what time means to a pilot and a free climber

From the cockpit to the cliff face, two people for whom time is of the essence share their thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

Bruno DiFabio: the art (and science) of pizza making

The six-time World Pizza Championship winner is a legend in the USA, with ten artisan pizzerias across the pond. Now he’s bringing his craft to London with NY Fold. Anisha Patel meets the master pizzaiolo and self-confessed pizza geek to find out what makes a great slice

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

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

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

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

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)

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Idris Elba on location

We track the British actor, producer, singer, rapper, and DJ on his film and television journey across the globe

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

Nine of the world’s most curious eateries

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

On the road with... Mark Ronson

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

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

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

Five great places to celebrate Chinese New Year

The year of the goat will be ushered in on 19 February 2015, but the worldwide celebrations can last up to eight days. Singapore-born David Yeo, founder and CEO of Aqua Restaurant Group, picks the cities that will host the biggest and best festivities

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

Nine alternatives to the Rio Carnival

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

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

London: seven new plays for the New Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

London: The Bull & The Hide

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

London theatre: Christmas treats

Nine London shows to make you glow with festive spirit this winter

18 London shops American visitors will love

For an American visitor to London, shopping can easily turn into shuffling from one tourist trap to the next. But this is a city full of unique shopping opportunities, from bustling food markets to fashion-as-art galleries, says Stephanie Sasso

What to do in London this month

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

London trend: immersive theatre in unusual places

Site-specific theatre is all the rage in London at the moment, from modern Shakespeare stagings to performances in city landmarks. Edward Lukes picks five of the best

10 of the best: Scandinavia in London

Ahead of the Ja Ja Ja festival of Nordic music and food descending on London this November, Sophy Grimshaw picks London’s best Scandinavian outposts

12 of the UK's best ice rinks

This is the time of year when festive ice rinks pop up all over the country, some in unusually scenic spots. Alexandra Groom gets her skates on

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

Five of the best luxury London cinemas

Forget long queues, bad snacks and sticky floors — the next generation of super-cinemas is leading the way in London

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

Five notable places in London's musical history

Vlogger Jimmy Hill discovers five places in London that are etched into musical history and visits the epic Isle of Wight music festival

Five rising stars on London's fashion scene

When it comes to emerging talent, London's fashion scene is world renowned. So who are the ones to watch? Five of the capital's leading designers champion a new star

Best unusual London afternoon teas

For afternoon tea with a twist, London has more options that you ever knew you needed. Try one of these for more than just Victoria sponge and Earl Grey

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 London's best spicy restaurants

As her book of chilli recipes is published, Wahaca founder Thomasina Miers picks her favourite London hot spots

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

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

Britpop: 20 years on

It was a pivotal moment in British cultural history. But how did a wry celebration of barbecues, shipping forecasts and pigeons kick off what would become Cool Britannia? Rob Crossan looks back at the glory days

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: 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

20 of the world's coolest shops

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

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

14 innovative city design features

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

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

Couples in travel: our most romantic places

These four couples were brought together by their love of travel and good hospitality. Who better to ask for romantic destination and dining tips? High Life gets nosey with the founders of Mr & Mrs Smith, London On the Inside, Sager+Wilde and Black Tomato

3D printing in fashion

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

What happens to the world’s Olympic venues?

With the budget for Rio 2016 currently up in the air, and around £9 billion spent on London's Games in 2012, you may be wondering what becomes of the event's much-planned, well-used sporting sites. Katie Gatens looks at the legacies of five former host cities

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

DIY breaks

Do it yourself on holiday with these satisfyingly productive weekend breaks

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

Trend: Blobitechture

Blobitecture is the name for the growing architectural trend for eye-catching and right angle-free buildings

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?

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

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

Six of the best London spots for last-minute Christmas shopping

London blogger Jules Pearson minimises your panic with her guide to the best one-stop shops for gifts

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

Splurge in New York, find bargains in London

The pound’s strength against the dollar means shopping in New York is more affordable for Brits – while Americans heading to London will be on the lookout for bargains. Sasha Wilkins has some tips for whichever direction you’re heading…

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

Slow London

London is one of the busiest cities in the world, where everyone seems to be perpetually in a hurry. So what happens when you explore at a slower pace?

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

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

London's best independent coffee shops

London is bursting with high-quality roasters and cafés. Zane Henry spills the beans on nine of the city's best coffee shops

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

London's best street art

Banksy is currently creating a stir in New York, but back in London there is plenty of ground-breaking work by other street artists to be found. Richard Howard-Griffin of Street Art London chooses five of the best

London hotels

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

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

How to house swap

Thinking of doing a house swap for your next holiday? Rosie Millard offers some dos and don'ts

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

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

London tales: Bernardine Evaristo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr and Mrs Smith founders play Mr and Mrs

James Lohan and Tamara Heber-Percy, the real-life partnership behind boutique travel specialist Mr & Mrs Smith, go head-to-head on their favourite hotels and destinations

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

City hot spots: Peckham, London

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

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

10 of the best family adventures

Emily Payne rounds up a flurry of imaginative family holidays inspired by classic stories from page and screen

12 of the best city news tweeters across the globe

A new group of Twitter users are chronicling the latest events from the world's most exciting cities — in 140 characters or less. Lucy Thackray follows some of the best

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

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

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

Eight of the world's fastest cities

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

Fast and slow cities

Which cities are super speedy and which are more laid-back? Nick Curtis has the results of the High Life survey...

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…

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

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...'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three cities with changing skylines

The highs and lows of London, Seoul and New York's striking buildings

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

Ask the pilot: Captain Rob Hall

British Airways pilots have worked hard to get where they are. This month, Captain Rob Hall reveals how he progressed from being a Junior Jet and what needs to be done to make the grade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview: Chef Nuno Mendes

Chef Patron of Michelin-starred restaurant Viajante and founder of The Loft Project supper club lives for seafood and innovative chefs

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 green spaces in London

Food writer and gardening enthusiast Tom Moggach picks his top five alternative green spaces in London

Royal London: The Wild, the Beautiful and the Damned at Hampton Court Palace

Think Hampton Court Palace is all vengeful Tudors and flower shows? A portrait exhibition celebrating the 17th century's most scandalous courtesans will make you think again, says Lucy Thackray

Royal London: The Crown Jewels, Tower of London

This year's re-presentation of the world's most famous bling finally allows the jewels to take centre stage, says Lucy Thackray

Six of the best jet lag spa treatments in London

Frequent flyers will know the need to relax, stretch out and unwind better than most. Luckily, London's spas are on hand with treatments to to boost circulation and revive your senses

Royal London: Kensington Palace

The recently reopened Kensington Palace is a fascinating trip down the rabbit hole of royal lives. The exhibitions are bold and modern, but you'll find it hard not to be captivated, says Lucy Thackray

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

Five of the best travel beauty kits

Wave goodbye to weighty washbags and pick up a nifty travel kit. Whatever you need, this gorgeous selection is bound to please, says Ianthe Butt

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 hotel CDs

So many hotels have a soundtrack, but some are infinitely better than others. Mark Jones listens in on the best CDs in the genre

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

Five of the best royal London palaces

If you didn’t get the nod to the wedding of the year (don’t worry, we didn’t either) then hanging around one of the Royal couple’s official London haunts is surely the next best thing. Caroline Gosney picks five of the best

The tallest hotels in the world

The world’s tallest buildings are home to the latest hotels achieving new heights in ambition, says Nick Boulos

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)

Royal London: The Tower of London

Where else oozes so many thrilling tales of mystery, murder and deception? Joanna Hunter enjoys a day out at the Tower of London