Spectator Life


Summer 2015

The nanny wars

Since the arrival of the oligarchs the battle to secure the right childminder has gone nuclear

Editor's Letter

Olivia Cole

Editor’s letter

13 June 2015

Mary Poppins never tired of reminding her charges, ‘I shall stay until the winds change.’ The weather has rarely been choppier than in London today. While the Childcare Bill hopes… Read more

The Index


The Index

13 June 2015

JUL JACKSON POLLOCK: BLIND SPOTS Tate Liverpool, until 18 October After those much-reproduced colourful drips came the ‘black pourings’: a sterner sort of abstraction that’s had many fewer public showings.… Read more


A young family plan their time in Margate, 1955

Margate's return to Dreamland

13 June 2015

The rebirth of a legendary theme park confirms the south coast's new hotspot

A first edition of F Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' (Photo: Getty)

Finally! A reason to feel good about buying so many books

13 June 2015

As long as they're flash first editions, it might just be an investment


Let's turn London into Venice: Thomas Heatherwick interviewed

13 June 2015

Can the man behind the Boris Bus bring his Garden Bridge dream to life?


Behind the scenes with Cameron's campaign

13 June 2015

Unseen shots from the official photographer



Oxford's new feminist hit squad

13 June 2015

Cute Tumblr. Scary politics

Beware of the Pretend Sloanes

The new Sloane Rangers – now with less charm

13 June 2015

You have to work dismayingly hard if you plan on hanging around in Chelsea these days


Nanny wars!

13 June 2015

Snobbery, sky-high bills and missing visas: the fight over posh childminding is no joke


A girl's guide to sporting crowds

13 June 2015

The season is upon us. Here's how to survive – and enjoy it


A Frank Gehry building at Paddy McKillen’s architectural theme park in Provence

Bored of collecting art? Try architecture

13 June 2015

These days, all the best billionaires have a house or five by a trophy designer


Warning: I hate champagne. It's all right to dislike any other drink. But about this one, people have funny ideas

13 June 2015

It's all right to dislike any other drink. But about this one, people have funny ideas

Wine with a view at London's Oxo Tower

Why we need no longer fear a prosecco shortage

13 June 2015

British sparkling wines offer plenty of palatable choices to make up for any shortages across the channel


The wish list

13 June 2015

Above. From left: Perpetual Calendar, £70,380, Patek Philippe; Altiplano Chronograph, £21,800, Piaget; Tonda 1950 Squelette, £30,000, Parmigiani Fleurier     From top: Clé de Cartier, £13,700, Cartier; Harmony Chronograph, £53,450,… Read more


A saltwater pool at Jake’s Hotel

Jamaica's literary side

13 June 2015

…and a gorgeous place to stay while you discover it


Otters and batcaves

13 June 2015

Haute cuisine on the French Riviera, high times in Greece — our latest travel favourites



Harry Cole

Is is just me, or are people no longer ashamed to be Tory?

13 June 2015

This election was a 'coming out' moment – for my shy Tory friends, at least


Sam Neill

The only kind of story that makes me cry

13 June 2015

Hint: I just made a documentary about it

One to watch


Thomas Dunford: a teenage rock star of the lute

13 June 2015

Countertenor Iestyn Davies picks his favourite young musician