Spectator Life


Summer 2014

Belle Fleur

Rising star Gugu Mbatha-Raw on Austen, ambition and her breakthrough role

175 years in the making


175 years of watchmaking expertise

21 June 2014

A watch isn’t necessarily something that you think of as being a feat of engineering. But there is far more to a watch than meets the eye. Underneath its face,… Read more


Left: Lod floor mosaic, late 3rd century. Centre: plaster bust of Alexander Pope by Louis-François Roubiliac, c. 1760. Right: Jewish embroideries c. 1700

Lord Rothschild interview: Waddesdon, philanthropy and the Elgin Marbles

21 June 2014

How Lord Rothschild is giving new life to a legacy of artistic treasures

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw interview: 'There is a change in coming in terms of how history is responding in film’

21 June 2014

Rising star Gugu Mbatha-Raw on Austen, ambition and her breakthrough role

Peaches Geldof

The last interview: Peaches Geldof on fame, heroin and Elliot Smith

21 June 2014

In what may have been her final interview, Peaches Geldof talked at length about fame, heroin and her daily struggle to control her public identity



How London nightclubs became a national export

21 June 2014

London’s nightlife kings sense riches – and danger – in the Middle East, China and Africa


Neighbourhood Watch — in search of the next Peckham or Kensal Rise

21 June 2014

The middle classes seek new parts of London to conquer


Masters at work

21 June 2014

Far from being an outmoded idea, apprenticeships are a proven way of making our young people worth employing


Don’t let Burlington Arcade become Bond Street

21 June 2014

A new move to protect unique shops from the global megabrands


The Rooftop Film Club on top of the Bussey Building in Peckham

Local cinemas are alive, well — and gorgeous

21 June 2014

A night at the cinema can be transporting


Save me from an Islington building nightmare

21 June 2014

I now know precisely how not to renovate a house


Fashion tips for Westminster

21 June 2014

London is finally getting the men’s fashion shows it has always deserved

Out & About

21 June 2014

Where to eat, drink and be seen this summer

The Wish List

21 June 2014

Photography by Arthur Woodcroft. Set design by Kerry Hughes


The Washington Monument

My House of Cards pilgrimage to Washington DC

21 June 2014

Washington DC is the setting for all my favourite TV shows — but can it really look like that?

Globe Trotting

21 June 2014

1. Ham Yard Hotel, London Firmdale’s latest venture is hidden away on a quiet street only seconds from Piccadilly Circus. It boasts a secluded courtyard, a 188-seat theatre and, perhaps… Read more



Oscar Humphries

As the world flocks to Basel, buy art you love

21 June 2014

Good taste, bad taste, as long as it’s your own


Sam Neill

Man out of time

21 June 2014

Something has gone very wrong with the world. Or possibly my watch has stopped

One to watch


Melvyn Bragg introduces a new opera star — Angel Blue

21 June 2014

A great new operatic voice with a fascinating story to tell