London

EastEnders wanted to show Thatcher’s Britain. These days it would make Maggie proud

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Albert Square full of Thatcherites? You ’avin a larf? No, it’s true. EastEnders, conceived 30 years ago partly as a…

Cybersex is a dangerous world (especially for novelists)

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Few first novels are as successful as S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep, which married a startling and unusual…

The Tooting poisoner and the relentless rise of the urban fox

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Cowering in the corner of a pet shop, I edged towards the door to try to escape as a stranger…

Powers of persuasion: how Churchill brought America on side

7 February 2015 9:00 am

In time for the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death comes this pacy novel about his attempts to persuade the Americans…

Rivea: a London annexe to the world’s maddest expensive restaurant

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Rivea (stupid name) is in the bowels of Bulgari in Knightsbridge, a hotel which looks like a vast Virgin Upper…

Quaglino’s, the vampire brasserie

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Quaglino’s is an ancient subterranean brasserie in St James’s, a district clinging to the 18th century with cadaverous fingers. It…

How long will it be before the climate forces us to change?

17 January 2015 9:00 am

This time last year, homeowners in Oxfordshire and Berkshire were recovering after storms had brought down power lines and blocked…

David Sedaris was right: litter is a class issue

17 January 2015 9:00 am

David Sedaris is my new hero. Not because he’s such a funny writer, but because he’s obsessed with litter. He…

Nicky Haslam’s diary: Marie-Anna Berta Felicie Johanna Ghislaine Theodora Huberta Georgina Helene Genoveva and other big names

10 January 2015 9:00 am

I was once bundled into a police car in Palm Springs to explain why I didn’t have snow-tyres on my…

The deep instinct that Britain’s immigration debate still ignores

10 January 2015 9:00 am

The issue of immigration won’t go away, because it threatens the soul of the nation. Nobody in political authority uses…

The real reason there’s a queue outside the Cereal Killer Café

10 January 2015 9:00 am

The Cereal Killer Café is a temple to cereal on Brick Lane, east London. It serves only cereal — and also…

Twentysomethings: you won’t miss being poor. But you will miss not knowing what you’re doing

13 December 2014 9:00 am

What I miss most about being very young is the cluelessness. It’s enormously liberating, cluelessness. The boundaries of life are…

Penelope Lively’s notebook: Coal holes and pub opera

13 December 2014 9:00 am

I have been having my vault done over. Not, as you might think, the family strong room, but the place…

Edie Campbell’s catwalk notes: the joys of the hunt ball, and mystery of Grozny fashion week

13 December 2014 9:00 am

It seems as though I have just been on some grand tour of the absurd. It helps that I work…

The most preposterous restaurant to have opened in London this year

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Somerset House, a handsome Georgian palace on the Thames, was once the office of the Inland Revenue, and the courtyard was…

The hotels trying to turn Cornwall into Kensington

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Mousehole is a charming name; it is almost a charming place. It is a fishing village on Mount’s Bay, Cornwall,…

London’s real Olympic legacy: paying to build the stadium twice

22 November 2014 9:00 am

In 2006, on the day that the government’s estimated cost for the 2012 Olympics was jacked up from £2.75 billion…

The real French embassy is a restaurant

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Semper eadem. There is some basement in a Mayfair street that is forever France. It is not far from the…

Say no to devolution without democracy

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Imagine if, in one of her first acts as First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon announced that, in spite of…

Barry Humphries’s diary: The bookshop ruined by Harry Potter

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Do fish have loins? Last Tuesday, in a pretentious restaurant, I ordered a ‘loin of sea trout’. It looked just…

Ukip is a party for people who hate London. That’s why Labour should be scared

8 November 2014 9:00 am

It is interesting that neither Scotland nor Wales have been much bitten by the Ukip bug. The supposedly sensible view…

How Italy failed the stress test (and Emilio Botín didn’t)

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Continuing last week’s theme, it was the Italian banks — with nine fails, four still requiring capital injections — that…

Want to shake hands with your dinner? Beast is your kind of restaurant

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Beast is next to Debenhams on Oxford Street and it is not conventionally beast-like; rather it is monetised and bespoke…

Griff Rhys Jones’s diary: I am now less of a celebrity than my daughter’s dog

25 October 2014 9:00 am

In order to promote the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia festival, I am trying to persuade Jason Morell, the director, that…

It’s time to shave that beard: the decade of the hipster is over

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Calling all hipsters, it’s time to get the razor out! You have hit peak beard. You’ve had a decade of…