London

At the Chiltern Firehouse, smugness should be on the menu

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Here then is Gatsby’s house, after an invasion by the Daily Mail. It is called the Chiltern Firehouse. It is…

Young Italians flock to London – for just the same reasons it scares me

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Although I live in the country in Northamptonshire, I go to London often — almost once a week — and…

Labour has proved that it speaks for London – and nowhere else

31 May 2014 9:00 am

So, now almost all the votes have been counted — except for those in the Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets, where…

Fight Thomas Piketty or face a mansion tax

31 May 2014 9:00 am

The postman at the door is stooped by his burden like an allegorical statue of Labour Oppressed by Capital. His…

The rudest restaurants in London

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Wong Kei is a mad Chinese restaurant on Wardour Street, Chinatown. Until recently it was considered the rudest restaurant in…

How DO you pronounce 'Marylebone'? 

17 May 2014 9:00 am

‘Take a trip to Marylebone station,’ chanted my husband. ‘Do not pass Go. Do not collect £200.’ I had been…

Jack Bauer hits, er, West Ealing

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Whatever worries Kiefer Sutherland may have had about reprising the role of Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day (Sky1,…

The only way to survive as a cyclist is to behave like you're suicidal

3 May 2014 9:00 am

I wonder how many cyclists are killed in London during tube strikes? I had a 10 a.m. meeting in the West…

Governments have failed — mayors are the future

12 April 2014 9:00 am

As Michael Bloomberg approached the end of his time as Mayor of New York, Americans expected him to run for…

Gordon Ramsay joins in the posh invasion of Battersea

5 April 2014 9:00 am

London House is in Battersea, which some people call South Chelsea, but is more East Wandsworth to my mind; or…

The Spectator's Notes: If Putin can have a referendum, so can Boris

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Everyone can see that the West has no idea what to do about Russian power in the Ukraine. Britain, in…

Schools need freeing from the right as well as the left

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Knowledge can be successfully transmitted and received only by those who recognise its value. If our governments have regarded education…

So is Moro a Tory restaurant now?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Moro (‘moorish’ or ‘sexist’) is a Spanish restaurant on Exmouth Market, near the bones of the old Guardian and Observer…

Very bad poems on the Underground

8 March 2014 9:00 am

My husband was surprised by quite a bit when we travelled by Underground in London the other day. Although he…

Jumbo

Why you shouldn't keep elephants

8 February 2014 9:00 am

On 15 September 1885, the world’s most famous elephant, Jumbo, was killed by a train. Jumbo, the star attraction at…

Lanes of London is dining for Martians

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Lanes of London serves street food to people who hate streets; that is, it exists to soothe the still-curious mouths…

Why I'm on board for the homophobic bus

1 February 2014 9:00 am

London has long since lost its allure for me — altogether too many cars, foreigners, cyclists, middle-class liberals and people…

The case against London cabbies

1 February 2014 9:00 am

I lost my misguided faith in black cabs last week, on the corner of Royal College Street in north London.…

Dear Mary: How can I escape my neighbour’s spy cameras?

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Q. I have a problem with what might be called location blindness. I live in Balham, but when I arrange…

Matthew Parris: Logically, bitcoin fans should love the euro. Why don't they?

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Bitcoins have been in the news, after a story about an unfortunate fellow who jettisoned his computer’s hard drive that…

Andrew Marr's notebook: Rescued by Jonathan Ross

14 December 2013 9:00 am

We live by simple stories. X has a stroke. X recovers; or doesn’t. But we live inside more complicated stories.…

The men who demolished Victorian Britain

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Anyone with a passing interest in old British buildings must get angry at the horrors inflicted on our town centres…

Matthew Parris: I've been living with a miracle for 60 years

16 November 2013 9:00 am

This is probably the most self-indulgent column I’ve written. I hope not to make a habit of it. It’s an…

Boulestin has nothing to do with Marcel Boulestin — but could entice Mary Berry

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Boulestin is a pretty restaurant on St James’s Street, between the posh fag shop (Davidoff) and the old palace, which…

You're not as special as you think

2 November 2013 9:00 am

My preferred route from the Times’s offices in Wapping on to the main road takes me across a precinct then…