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

Why the Met Police keeps failing

2 July 2022 4:20 pm

Much has been made of the decision to place the Metropolitan Police in what is often referred to as special…

Pub food, Disney-style: the George reviewed

2 July 2022 9:00 am

The George, Fitzrovia, was Saki’s local, and a pub for men talking about cars when Great Portland Street was called…

The day I got heckled at Speakers’ Corner

2 July 2022 9:00 am

Monday was the 150th anniversary of Speakers’ Corner and, in the hope of drumming up some publicity for the Free…