London

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…

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

Take heart: the age of the stupid beard is coming to an end

Hello trees, hello sky, hello armoured riot police

25 October 2014 9:00 am

What a beautiful day, I thought, as I nodded to the porter in the bowler hat and stepped out of…

The best navigation idea I’ve seen since the Tube map

25 October 2014 9:00 am

I stopped using London buses when some coward put doors on them. Twenty years ago, you could board any bus…

Gymkhana is morally disgusting – and fortunately the food’s disgusting too

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Gymkhana is a fashionable Indian restaurant in Albemarle Street. It was, according to its natty website, ‘inspired by Colonial Indian…

Anthony Horowitz’s diary: Keeping James Bond’s secrets for the Smersh of publishing

11 October 2014 9:00 am

It was quite fun being named as the new writer of 007 — although actually I’d make a lousy spy.…

Dealing with trolls the Swedish way

11 October 2014 9:00 am

How to deal with a troll In Scandinavian mythology, trolls were shady creatures who lived below ground and varied in…

A casino clash worthy of James Bond reaches its climax in the High Court

11 October 2014 9:00 am

A casino drama worthy of a Bond film arrives in the High Court

Jeremy Vine’s diary: Zipcars, hipster milk and the word that means I’m losing an argument

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Last Tuesday I tried to sign up to a new life. My wife and I argued, slightly. ‘I don’t think…

Why my friends love the idea of a nasty, stupid mansion tax

4 October 2014 9:00 am

I see all the flaws with a mansion tax, I really do. And yet some little piece of me, some…

What will it take for us to stop doing business with Qatar?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Qatari money has flooded into London – but also into much less savoury places

Spectator letters: In defence of the EU, the Welsh and Mary Wakefield

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Breaking the unions Sir: By the time this letter appears we shall know whether the land of my birth has…

‘Moonrise and Pale Dancer’ by Derek Hyatt

The man who brought Cubism to New York

20 September 2014 9:00 am

The American Jewish artist Max Weber (1881–1961) was born in Belostok in Russia (now Bialystok in Poland), and although he…