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Italy: Eremito, Umbria

Kate Chambers leaves her gadgets at home for a Wi-Fi-free escape at this aesthetic Italian sanctuary with a distinctly ascetic vibe

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Idris Elba on location

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

Where to ski in and around Friedrichshafen

There are more than 250 ski resorts within a three-hour drive of Friedrichshafen — and more than a dozen within an hour. But don’t worry about trawling through the entire list — Daniel Neilson has done the legwork for you

France: Prince de Galles, Paris

It might be pricey, but for a one-off blow out, fashionistas looking for a spot of retail therapy will love this A-list hotel’s stylish interiors and easy access to the Golden Triangle’s designer boutiques, says Laury Smith

Helsinki: trail of the unexpected

Launched as a culinary experiment, Restaurant Day has become a worldwide carnival with 2,000 restaurants popping up in over 30 countries — and transforming its birthplace of Helsinki. 
Mark Bosworth joins the food revolution

A photographic tour of New York City

We asked 45 first-year students from Arts University Bournemouth — which has produced some top photographers, including Nick Knight and Wolfgang Tillmans — to snap their highlights on a recent group trip to NYC, flying with British Airways. Here is a selection of the High Life team’s favourite pictures

Made in the shade: a total eclipse is coming

Eclipse chaser, psychologist and author Dr Kate Russo tells us why she’s been waiting three years for 20 March 2015 — and why a total eclipse doesn’t have to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience

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

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

North Fork: Welcome to the Un-Hamptons

One of the historical holiday colonies of the American Northeast, The Hamptons is the super-exclusive province of millionaires and billionaires. While the smart set stay south, the bargain hunters and tastemakers head for the spectacular wetlands of Long Island’s North Fork. But how long can it retain its innocence? Mark Jones pays a visit

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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

London: seven new plays for the New Year

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

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

Damon Albarn's London

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

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

My London:

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