How Margaret Thatcher could have saved London’s skyline

25 May 2024 9:00 am

If, like Prince Albert, the then Prince Charles had been appointed head of the Royal Fine Art Commission, we might have been spared many architectural outrages

More Mr Pooter than Joe Orton: George Lucas’s gay life in London

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Beginning in 1948, Lucas kept a diary chronicling 60 highly promiscuous years – though ‘my great desideratum has always been sympathy and affection’

Women don’t want women-only clubs

13 April 2024 9:00 am

In my experience, men offer this infuriating comeback when challenged about the continuing exclusion of women from clubs such as…

The pure joy of grandchildren

27 January 2024 9:00 am

The new status symbol of the super rich: headlice

9 December 2023 9:00 am

To help out friends, I sometimes collect a boy from his primary school near Sloane Square. This part of London…

The heady, hedonistic summer in which I became a life-long foreigner

2 December 2023 9:00 am

Rome I have spent almost all my adult life as a foreigner. When I graduated from Oxford I faced a…

Grumpiness is a way of life

18 November 2023 9:00 am

How the Georgians invented nightlife

21 October 2023 9:00 am

Dan Hitchens on the Georgian obsession with lavish light shows and nocturnal adventures

‘Weaponising Jewish people is wrong’: Sadiq Khan on anti-Semitism, Ulez and the upcoming electoral battle

14 October 2023 9:00 am

Sadiq Khan on anti-Semitism, Ulez and the upcoming electoral battle


30 September 2023 9:00 am

Is Ulez too fashionable to fact check?

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Next Tuesday, London’s Ulez scheme will be expanded. A new network of cameras filming the traffic movements of millions of…

Hell is the Ulez hotline

12 August 2023 9:00 am

‘Only boring people get bored’ is what we were all told as children. What we were not warned about was…

In praise of Londoners

17 June 2023 9:00 am

Southampton, Long Island ‘Why, oh why, do the wrong people travel?’ sang Noël Coward back in the early 1960s. Lucky…

Could Derbyshire survive on its own?

20 May 2023 9:00 am

Since at least the beginning of this century there has been a mood abroad – cultural as well as political…

The root of the problem

20 May 2023 9:00 am

The novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo is attracted by the freedom a New York job promises, but misses the young daughter she has left behind in London

A themed restaurant done right: The Alice, Oxford, reviewed

13 May 2023 9:00 am

The Alice lives in a ground-floor room of the Randolph Hotel in Oxford, which venerates the fantastical and the savage,…

What Soho House has got right: Electric Diner reviewed

10 September 2022 9:00 am

Electric Diner is from the Soho House group, which has done terrible things to private clubs, luckless farmhouses, domestic interior…

The Conservative case for remote working

3 September 2022 9:00 am

Some years ago, an Australian neurologist was in the habit of walking barefoot across his lawn. This being Australia, the…

Among the best puddings I’ve ever eaten: Richoux reviewed

27 August 2022 9:00 am

Cakeism is offering the voters everything they desire, knowing you will never give it to them because you live in…

A great chef at his best: Lisboeta reviewed

13 August 2022 9:00 am

In 2014, Nuno Mendes, a chef from Lisbon by way of Wolfgang Puck’s kitchens and his own Viajante in Bethnal…

Escaping the memory of Liz Truss: Noci reviewed

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Sometimes this column has a guest reviewer: a dining companion. It was Liz Truss in late summer 2011, for the…

Civilisation in a sausage: River Restaurant at the Savoy reviewed

16 July 2022 9:00 am

When the Tory party set itself on fire last week a restaurateur told me: ‘Don’t worry, Tanya, we’ll still be…

The pernicious creep of the 20mph zone

9 July 2022 9:00 am

The blight of the 20mph speed limit