London

Fenchurch in the Sky Garden – like going for dinner in Total Recall

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Fenchurch is a restaurant that is scared of terrorists. It cowers at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street, a skyscraper…

What Labour needs to do is estrange its awful voters

16 May 2015 9:00 am

And so now we have to suffer the epic delusions, temper tantrums and hissy fits of the metro-left. They simply…

Lefties should cherish trendy London while they still can

16 May 2015 9:00 am

London is a bad thing. Everybody knows this now. Britain has had enough of London. Ed Miliband failed in part…

Can Cameron bring us full employment? And do we want it?

16 May 2015 9:00 am

‘Two million jobs have been created since 2010 — but there will not be a moment of rest until we…

Posh, educated and energetic: meet the servants of the super-rich

16 May 2015 9:00 am

‘Let me tell you about the very rich,’ said F. Scott Fitzgerald. ‘They are different from you and me.’ Indeed…

There’s only one place to mourn another Labour loss

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Ed is a plank. He was always a plank — and now he is in Ibiza being a plank. Plankety–plankety-plank:…

In praise of the pit bull terrier

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Last night I saw a woman dancing with a pit bull terrier. It was about 9 p.m. and her curtains…

Why the internet hasn’t killed estate agents (and what might)

9 May 2015 9:00 am

I don’t like to make business predictions, but — barring some apocalypse — I suspect there will be plenty of…

Dear Mary: How to cope with London Library overcrowding

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Q. As a writer I find working at home too distracting. I am a longstanding member of the London Library…

I don’t want to be a mansion tax migrant

2 May 2015 9:00 am

This election will see me up all night until the last results are in. It will have me knocking on…

Tinder went looking for fresh flesh – and accidentally found me

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Through some freak accident of PR, I was invited to an event organised by Tinder. If you’re over 40 or…

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The Portrait restaurant: a secret glade of stone and brick, suspended above Trafalgar Square

2 May 2015 9:00 am

The Portrait Restaurant lives at the top of the National Portrait Gallery, London. It is fiercely modern, but likeable. You…

English cities don’t have quarters – whatever the executives say

2 May 2015 9:00 am

‘No quarter given,’ yelled my husband as he stabbed at a cushion with his stick, spoiling the cavalier effect a…

‘About time too!’: Joan Collins curtseys to Prince Charles

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The day of my investiture at Buckingham Palace dawned bringing freezing rain and fierce winds, which lashed at the windows…

Neither London nor New York will be livable in ten years’ time

25 April 2015 9:00 am

A recent column in the FT made me mad as hell. The writer, Simon Kuper, calls Vienna a backwater, which…

Boris Johnson on his plans for the Olympic Park: inspired or whimsical?

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Overseeing Boris Johnson’s futuristic office, with its spectacular view of the increasingly culinary skyscape of the City of London with…

The Ivy Chelsea Garden: Richard Caring has finally built a restaurant I admire

18 April 2015 9:00 am

The Ivy Chelsea Garden is a restaurant inside an Edwardian house disguised as a Tudor house on the King’s Road;…

Andrew Marr’s diary: Why this is such a tooth-grindingly awful election

11 April 2015 9:00 am

So far, what an infuriating election campaign. We have the most extraordinary array of digital, paper and broadcasting media at…

'I will call the police!': My close encounter with 'revenue protection'

4 April 2015 9:00 am

‘Make yourself a happy bunny this Easter with cheap tickets and egg-cellent deals!’ chirped the Abellio train company advert. I…

William Hogarth’s ‘Night’, in his series ‘Four Times of the Day’ (1736), provides a glimpse of the anarchy and squalor of London’s nocturnal streets

Dickens’s dark side: walking at night helped ease his conscience at killing off characters

21 March 2015 9:00 am

In England, walking about at night was a crime for a very long time. William the Conqueror ordained that a…

Kitty Fisher’s: proof that the PM has good taste in restaurants, if not in friends

21 March 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron is too cowardly, or too cynical, to debate with Ed ‘Two or Possibly Three Kitchens’ Miliband — which…

Is the Dorchester the designated grand hotel for fat people? The portions at its new grill say so

7 March 2015 9:00 am

The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, is a cake floating in space. All grand hotels create a parallel universe in which…

The myth of the housing crisis

28 February 2015 9:00 am

There is no such thing as the English countryside. There is my countryside, your countryside and everyone else’s. Most people…

Bet on a swift Grexit

21 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Will Greece exit the eurozone in 2015?’ Paddy Power was pricing ‘yes’ at 3-to-1 on Tuesday, with 5-to-2 on another…

Rowleys is Did Mummy Love Me Really? food – and it’s perfect

21 February 2015 9:00 am

I think Rowley’s is the perfect restaurant; but I am really a gay man. Rowley’s is at 113 Jermyn Street…