Lara Prendergast

Lara Prendergast is online editor of The Spectator

How Carrie helped blow it for Boris

7 July 2022 10:10 pm

Of course it is sexist to blame the woman. But, in the case of Carrie Johnson, it cannot be said…

Beware the sex party bores

2 July 2022 9:00 am

You know you’re getting old when your friends start going to sex parties. In our twenties, there were parties, and…

It’s not up to Boris to save Christmas – it’s up to us

18 December 2021 9:00 am

How well-behaved have you been in the second year of Covid? I wouldn’t say I’ve been perfect but I haven’t…

The Covid vaccines affect periods. Are we allowed to talk about this?

21 August 2021 9:00 am

It’s fashionable to talk about periods. Books on the subject, with glossy red and pink covers, are bestsellers. They have…

‘I’ve seen the bare bones of London’: street painter Peter Brown interviewed

1 May 2021 9:00 am

‘I’ve been seeing the bare bones of London,’ explains the landscape artist Peter Brown, who is known affectionately as ‘Pete…

The curious rise of cottagecore

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Cottagecore, not to be confused with cottaging, is an aspirational lifestyle trend. The word is relatively new —although you’ll find…

Papers, please: immunity IDs are on the way

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Where will vaccine passports lead?

Why charity begins in shops

19 December 2020 9:00 am

When everything re-opened after the first lockdown, I didn’t immediately head to a restaurant, bar or hairdresser. I went to…

Inside the court of Carrie Symonds, princess of whales

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Inside the court of Carrie Symonds

In defence of Emily in Paris

7 November 2020 9:00 am

A frothy new drama called Emily in Paris arrived on Netflix last month. Starring Lily Collins — daughter of Phil…

The problem with pretty floral face masks

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Now that we must all wear face masks, it is hardly surprising that they have started to become a fashion…

Lockdown used to be the norm for new mothers

9 May 2020 9:00 am

I laughed when my Spanish midwife mentioned in passing that in Latin American countries they have a custom for new…

The art of pregnancy

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Pregnancy has always been a public spectacle – and as the Foundling Museum’s new exhibition shows, a dangerous one

The new trend for ‘gender reveal’ parties sums up the mood of the past decade

21 December 2019 9:00 am

OMG, the end of the decade is almost here, which means it’s time to start reflecting on what on earth…

The truth about food photography

2 November 2019 9:00 am

While looking at the photographs of food in this humorous exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery, I thought of how hopelessly…

Is your Halloween costume woke?

30 October 2019 9:59 pm

Halloween used to be easy. It was a fancy-dress party: you could wear whatever you liked. The idea was to…

Can Boris Johnson’s ‘little otter’ make him woke enough to win?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Philip May seems a decent cove. He’s been stoic and loyal but I can’t help hoping that the next prime…

Should we all write ‘feminist’ stocking fillers?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

I arrived at Waterloo, half an hour before my train departed. Needing to buy a birthday card, I popped into…

The horror of choosing a Halloween costume

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Halloween used to be easy. It was a fancy-dress party: you could wear whatever you liked. The idea was to…

Why are modern men obsessed with self-improvement?

11 August 2018 9:00 am

My friend recently met a man on a dating app and went out for dinner with him. When he arrived,…

Wedding lists are out of control – just look at Harry and Meghan’s

19 May 2018 9:00 am

I have a phobia of wedding lists. They always seem very presumptuous. Friends ask for monstrous amounts of things that…

The vlogging fantasy that bewitches our children

24 March 2018 9:00 am

My friend’s ten-year-old daughter has a new hobby. Like many of her school pals, she hopes to become a video…

Blue pill-pushers: Why is Viagra being marketed to young men?

3 March 2018 9:00 am

In September last year, official figures showed a startling rise in the number of young British men turning up at…

Welcome to the age of the digital inquisition

13 January 2018 9:00 am

A friend of mine at university had a rule: he didn’t want anything to appear online that might ruin a…

The night market in Raohe Street

Taipei is obsessed with food… and it’s so cheap you can try everything

6 January 2018 9:00 am

The Taiwanese seem besotted with food. The National Palace Museum in Taipei has almost 700,000 objects in its collection, but…