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Belfast: five of the best fireside pints

A crackling turf fire, low-slung wooden beams, authentic ales and even the odd fiddle — there’s nothing quite like a fireside pint in one of Belfast coziest pubs in winter. Here are five of the best spots for a tipple in the Northern Irish capital

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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

The freezing trail from Alaska to Vancouver

Seasoned independent traveller Simon Calder doesn't do cruises. But hold the light entertainment: the cruise from Alaska to Vancouver is a journey to the rugged, freezing, awe-inspiring edge of the world

Malaysia: Temple Tree, Langkawi

With arty villas, eclectic design and a host of furry friends to keep you company, this one-of-a-kind heritage hotel has a touch of fairy tale magic, says Ianthe Butt

Weekend break: Warsaw

The historic Polish capital is the cultural heart of the country — and compact enough to digest on a short break. Alice Tate shows you how to pack the best of Warsaw into just 48 hours

UK: The Royal Yacht Hotel, Jersey

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

Eight reasons why Abu Dhabi is the cultural capital of the Middle East

With a multi-billion dollar investment in arts and culture, Abu Dhabi is poised to steal Dubai’s cultural crown. Cressida Meale lists the places to go now — and in the not-so-distant future — to experience it at its best

Moroccan tee: golf in Marrakech

The Royal Marrakech Golf Club is really the story of King Hassan II, who, between surviving coup attempts, flew in US pros to coach him. Now, more than 15 years after his death, his passion is finally catching on. Mark Jones takes a journey from first to 18th in the glare and the dust of North Africa’s finest fairways

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

Podcast: Hardeep Singh Kohli in Tel Aviv

The writer and broadcaster guides you through Tel Aviv’s streets, exploring its cafe culture and restaurants, and meeting its creative residents

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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