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50 curious places to visit in southern Africa

To mark High Life South Africa’s 50th issue, the team asked experts from a variety of fields to give their tips on making the most of southern Africa

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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

John Simpson: letter From Kenya

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty. This month John ponders the plight of the world’s largest land mammal, the African elephant

Hong Kong: The Ritz-Carlton

It’s glitzy, glamorous and housed in the seventh tallest building in the world. But The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong offers more than just outstanding views, as Olivia McLearon discovers

DJ Martin Garrix’s guide to Amsterdam

The Dutch DJ, record producer and musician reveals where to eat, stay and play in the cool capital of the Netherlands

Seven of the best rooftop bars in London

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

Take it down a gear: Five easy London cycling routes

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

My London: Guy Garvey

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

The artists’ guide to Glastonbury 2016

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

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50 States in 52 weeks: UFO spotting in Colorado, Arizona, New Jersey and Nevada

The dusty deserts of the US are hotspots for UFO sightings – even the former US President Jimmy Carter filed a report to say he’d seen one. Here High Life examines the otherworldly goings-on recorded in four states famed for their paranormal activity

50 States in 52 weeks: things to do in New Hampshire whatever the season

Home to the Great North Woods, several jewel-like lakes, and Mount Washington (the highest peak in the northeastern US), the so-called ‘Granite State’ is a great place to get lost – in a good way. Editor of New Hampshire Magazine Rick Broussard leads the expedition…

50 States in 52 weeks: Missouri vs Ohio: who reigns supreme in sports?

Sports fandom is strong in the Midwest with good reason – there’s plenty to cheer for across various games. Two states in particular, Missouri and Ohio, produce some of the most dedicated enthusiasts. But which one has the upper hand? Midwestern native Samantha Lande examines the state of play

50 States in 52 weeks: Portland, Oregon vs. Portland, Maine

Two great cities, same great name. Sitting on opposite coasts and separated by an eight hour flight, Portland, Oregon and Portland, Maine each have their own unique character. However, in the game of Top Trumps, there can only be one winner. Travel writer and Portland Oregon resident, Ian Nelson, examines the stats and facts for each city to see how they compare

50 States in 52 weeks: Detroit for street food

Detroit is putting itself back on the map with its thriving quick-serve food scene. Native Detroiter Samantha Lande shines a spotlight on the family-run businesses behind the revolution, and recommends the places worth a visit

50 States in 52 weeks: one night in New Orleans

So you’ve only got one night in one of America’s hottest cities? Here’s your hour-by-hour gameplan for making the most of New Orleans after dark

50 states in 52 weeks: The US as seen on screen: Minnesota, Washington, Georgia, South Dakota, and Maryland

From icy mountains to cinematic towns and spooky cornfields these five states have all been used for cult US TV shows. Ellen E Jones checks out places to visit from the shows

50 States in 52 weeks: Nevada's solar power art

How a new solar-power plant in the Mojave Desert became the unlikely subject of a photo series by American photographer Jamey Stillings

50 states in 52 weeks: the cool side of Nashville

Don’t tell the rest of the Brooklyn-worshipping world, but East Nashville just might be the hippest, coolest, most authentic neighbourhood on the planet right now. Here Sunshine Flint shares where to eat, shop, stay, and play

50 States in 52 Weeks: Road tripping from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon

While visiting Las Vegas and Grand Canyon National Park back-to-back makes for a memorable holiday, guidebook author Alan Rider says the road trip between them can be half the fun