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Manchester isn’t oppressed, Andy Burnham – it’s wildly overrated

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Manchester isn’t downtrodden, whatever Andy Burnham says. Quite the opposite, in fact

Switch House, Tate Modern: it’s a strange object, this ziggurat, with its curious, knobbly, loose-weave brick overcoat wrapping awkwardly round the building’s sharp creases

The lifts are lovely: Tate Modern’s extension reviewed

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Tate Modern, badly overcrowded, has built itself a £260 million extension to spread everyone about the place more. This means…

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The RA’s new restaurant prioritises its art over its customers

28 May 2016 9:00 am

The Keeper’s House sits in the basement of Burlington House, a restaurant in disguise. It is quite different from the…

On immigration, are we doing as the Romans did?

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Last week it was suggested that the questions asked of London mayor Sadiq Khan had nothing to do with racism,…

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The first world war comes home to a Kensington bus

21 May 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The softening of street manners’, The Spectator, 20 May 1916: Generally the public opinion of the ’bus entirely upholds…

George Osborne visits the Crossrail site (Photo: Getty)

Don’t believe the Tory grumbling: HS2 is on the way

21 May 2016 9:00 am

There’s a lot of negativity around HS2, and I sniff a Brexit connection. You might think Leave campaigners whose aim…

Hillingdon Civic Centre: a dozen red bungalows clumsily buggering one another

Jonathan Meades on the postmodernist buildings that we must protect

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Best of postmodernism: is that an oxymoron? Jonathan Meades thinks not

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The horrors of Soho House’s country outpost

14 May 2016 9:00 am

It is summer and the listless metropolitan thinks of grass. It cannot afford to stay at Durslade Farmhouse, Somerset, a…

The true meaning of Sadiq Khan’s claims to virtue

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said he wanted ‘the most transparent, honest and accessible administration London has ever…

Meet London’s senior mayor (no, it’s not Sadiq)

7 May 2016 9:00 am

London’s other mayor How many people could name the capital’s other mayor, the Lord Mayor of London? The office, officially…

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Cycling in Lycra is bad for the soul

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Cycling in funny clothes is bad for the soul

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Making friends with the axeman next door

7 May 2016 9:00 am

What happened when I tried American neighbourliness in London

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Why it makes sense to buy your banker lunch

7 May 2016 9:00 am

We recently moved -offices from Canary Wharf to Blackfriars bridge. When you move after a long time in one place,…

My Mother Said I Never Should (Photo: Savannah Photographic)

Down and Out in Paris and London is a chav safari

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Down and Out in Paris and London is a brilliant specimen from a disreputable branch of writing: the chav safari,…

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The most beautiful restaurant in London – from the outside

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Batman owned the Criterion in The Dark Knight, but could he do anything about British Telecom? Savini at Criterion, an…

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The 90th birthday present that the Queen really wants

23 April 2016 9:00 am

The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations start this week with the real thing and barely stop until her official birthday in…

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The Parliament Hill Café is awful. I’m sorry they saved it

16 April 2016 9:00 am

The Parliament Hill Café is a drab glass box at the bottom of Hampstead Heath, near the farmers’ market and…

Saving face: Vladimir Putin (Photo: Getty)

After 50 years, I’m out of the agony-aunt business

9 April 2016 9:00 am

It’s clear that Vladimir Putin has had a facelift, which might explain why Wendi Deng would take an interest in…

Conservative mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith with Mayor of London Boris Johnson (Photo: Getty)

Zac's campaign is as good as over; Labour will retake London

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The Labour plotters who dream of ousting Jeremy Corbyn had high hopes for the local elections on 5 May. They…

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Bellanger review: a posh Islington restaurant for semi-ordinary people

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Islington is a bellwether, and also a joke: the most unequal borough in London, where social housing leans against £4…

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Why Britain (and Europe) depends on migrants

26 March 2016 9:00 am

It’s not about economics. It’s about our snobbish, slobbish culture

‘Lumps of speculation cast down from the computer of a time-starved architect’

The social cleansing of London — and other capital crimes

19 March 2016 9:00 am

You have to get nearly halfway through this book before it starts to show some life. Until that point, as…

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The new Wheeler’s is the worst thing Marco Pierre White has ever done

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Wheeler’s is such a dreadful restaurant that I wonder if Marco Pierre White even knows his name is on it.…

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The smelly, snobbish death of the English public toilet

12 March 2016 9:00 am

I blame Nancy Mitford: she made the English so frightened of saying ‘toilet’ that now they have hardly any left…

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Anarchy in the EU: the Sex Pistols’ drummer on why Brexit isn’t punk

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Paul Cook, the Sex Pistols’ drummer, on fame, notoriety and why Brexit wouldn’t be punk