London

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

James McConnachie discovers that some of the greatest English writers — Chaucer, Blake, Dickens, Wordsworth, Dr Johnson — drew inspiration and even comfort from walking around London late at night

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

The coalition is letting developers concrete over the countryside, but that won’t help young people buy houses

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…

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

14 February 2015 9:00 am

How EastEnders became a positive reflection of Tory values

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

In my London neighbourhood, an argument about urban foxes is turning very nasty indeed

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

As the climate changes, will we? The story of the little ice age suggests that adaptation will take years of suffering

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 deep instinct that the immigration debate still ignores

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

Giving London’s Olympic stadium a ‘legacy’ is proving to be a very costly business

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…