Taki

Taki Theodoracopulos has written The Spectator's High Life column since 1977.

Enjoying their night out

Turning 80 is a disaster but it was a helluva party all the same

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Although my birthday was in August, I chose the rather melancholy autumnal moment of September to celebrate it — mourn…

High Life - 24 Sep

A lyrical lament for a disappearing world

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Sicily   Under the watchful eye of Mount Etna the storied past of the island lies parched and yellowish, but…

Taki with Joan Collins at El Morocco

The King of Clubs

24 September 2016 9:00 am

El Morocco, lined in zebra-stripes and known as Elmo’s to New York insiders,  was the ultimate in glamorous nightspots, says Taki

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My prescription for a perfect Olympics

17 September 2016 9:00 am

I’m jittery and fragile but free of plaster and in the dojo, slowly turning lean and muscular. Never listen to…

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Who needs Pravda when you have the New York Times?

10 September 2016 9:00 am

I have a question for you, dear readers: is it me, or is there no newspaper or network in America…

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How I made my way to Grub Street — with little help from Nigel Dempster

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Just about this time of year, 42 years ago, Dunhill’s of London, the famed tobacconist, had a bold idea. Its…

Team GB's Morgan Lake (Photo: Getty)

My newest crush is Morgan Lake – the perfect combination of grace, youth and beauty

27 August 2016 9:00 am

OK sports fans, the Games are over, Uncle Sam and Britain hit pay dirt, and the prettiest girl of the…

All american (Photo: Getty)

A friend’s philanthropy put me in mind of my dad

20 August 2016 9:00 am

An item in an American newspaper had me thinking of my father all last week. Old dad died 27 years…

Black Lives Matter protest in east London (Photo: Getty)

Don’t tell me affluence and liberty are the scourge of the West

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Gstaad   ‘He flies through the air with the greatest of ease, that daring young man on the flying trapeze.’…

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Baldies, Brexit and Boris

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Gstaad   What is it with these baldies? I turned on the television last week and watched as the identical…

Rosa Monckton and Dominic Lawson (Photo: Getty)

A charity that stands out in an age of philanthropic overkill

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Rosa Monckton is married to my old editor Dominic Lawson and they have two girls. Rosa was a close friend…

Michel Foucault protests against Pierre Overney's assassination (Photo: Josee Lorenzo\INA via Getty Images)

La France as I knew her n’existe plus

23 July 2016 9:00 am

From my bedroom window I can see a little girl with blonde pigtails riding her bicycle round and round for…

Residents clash with police in Zimbabwe (Photo: Getty)

In praise of Rhodesia

16 July 2016 9:00 am

The Spectator readers’ party was as always a swell affair, with long-time subscribers politely mingling with ne’er-do-wells like myself, the…

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My hero Nigel Farage told me the secret of Brexit success

9 July 2016 9:00 am

I am trying to decide with some friends which is worse, English weather or English football. The former is improving…

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The Brussels dictatorship has enslaved my country; it will not enslave England

2 July 2016 9:00 am

The two most beautiful words in the history of the world, in any language, are ‘Molon labe’, the accent on…

Clement Freud (Photo: Getty)

I’d rather spend time with Isis than those harridans at the New York Times

25 June 2016 8:00 am

I always thought the Freuds a pretty sordid bunch, and after the latest revelations it seems I wasn’t far off.…

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Sport and morality went hand in hand – until Muhammad Ali

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Marion, Baroness Lambert, was hit and killed by a London bus last month while shopping in Oxford Street, a cruel…

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She came half-dressed and smiling but then disaster struck…

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Shelter Island is nestled in the Long Island Sound, ten minutes by ferry from Sag Harbor and a good 30…

Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the Final Of The Gentlemen's Singles last year (Photo: Getty)

Why I won’t be watching Wimbledon

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Write about things you really know was the advice Papa Hemingway offered wannabe writers, so here goes: the French Open…

Closing Ceremony - Red Carpet Arrivals - The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Cannes, exclusive? I’ve met classier crowds in brothels

28 May 2016 9:00 am

New York Let’s face it, sleaze is to professional party-givers what jail is to a burglar, an occupational hazard. I’ve…

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The view from New York tells me that Trump can win it

21 May 2016 9:00 am

   New York I have never seen anything like it. If Adolf Hitler were running for president, he would match…

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (Photo: Getty)

Anna Wintour has dragged the Met Gala into the gutter

14 May 2016 9:00 am

New York It was the best of times — downtown — and the worst of times — uptown. Let’s start…

Tennis ace Maria Sharapova (Photo: Getty)

Hearing that 60 is the new 40 makes me want to punch the nearest octagenarian

7 May 2016 9:00 am

   New York I went downtown to Katz’s the other day and had a pastrami sandwich that made me want…

Taki's dream guests: Prince Talleyrand and Prince Metternich (Photo: Getty)

My dream dinner party (think Talleyrand, not Kardashian)

30 April 2016 9:00 am

I read this in an American newspaper (it was written by a woman who used to edit my copy for…

Mossack Fonseca's Panama headquarters. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Why my name didn’t appear in the Panama Papers

23 April 2016 9:00 am

My, my, the rich are under attack everywhere, and I thank God the Panama Papers didn’t include the name of…