London

What do Ralph Lauren’s imaginary aristocrats eat? Now we know

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Ralph’s Coffee & Bar is in the Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store on Regent Street. It is rare that fashion…

Our high streets are reviving — don’t let bank closures mess them up

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Almost a decade after the financial crisis loomed, our high streets and town centres are full of life again: who…

The slow, strange race to be the next Bishop of London

11 February 2017 9:00 am

The new, supposedly fairer process puts the choice in fewer hands

A Roman emperor’s inauguration to rival Donald Trump’s

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Given that Donald Trump is not the most popular president the USA has ever seen, even among his own party,…

Why does America inaugurate its presidents in January?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Starting cold Why is US Presidential Inauguration Day always on 20 January? — The date was moved from 4 March…

The hateful whispers that make me want to move from London to Tel Aviv

21 January 2017 9:00 am

It’s time I left London’s anti-Semites behind

‘You’re very calm,’ said the cabbie. I wondered how much danger I was in

14 January 2017 9:00 am

I meant to get the bus, but by the time I arrived at the stop at 5 p.m. last Tuesday, I…

How the Church of England changed my life

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Death, grief and love in a strange city

Let someone else do the polishing

Why I turned down two free cars

14 January 2017 9:00 am

On two occasions, sainted members of my family have offered me a car for nothing. Both times, I turned them…

Dear Mary: how can my son entertain friends now that he is a lodger?

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Q. My son decided to go straight into work and has got a job. The problem is that it is…

‘Pub owners are particularly keen on quizzes, because quiz teams drink an awful lot’

How pub quizzes became normal

7 January 2017 9:00 am

For more than 20 years now, I have been trudging up the hill to the Prince of Wales in Highgate…

This time, lifestyle-seekers have it right: Margot restaurant reviewed

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Margot is an Italian restaurant on Great Queen Street in the still interesting part of Covent Garden. The uninteresting part…

Had someone deliberately messed up Lord Archer’s dinner?

31 December 2016 9:00 am

I first ate at the London version of Harry’s Bar in the early 1990s. Back then, Jeffrey Archer and I…

Wiltons, an almost entirely flawless institution

10 December 2016 9:00 am

I have agonised over this Christmas review. I ate the Christmas lunch at Harveys Nichols 5th Floor Restaurant, Knightsbridge, next…

Save the pub landlord!

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Great pub landlords are rare – and getting rarer

Zelman Meats: a flesh-obsessed restaurant for the age of hard Brexit

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Zelman Meats — catchphrase ‘great meat’ — is sustenance for a hard Brexit — a harder Brexit, if you will.…

Property: west London’s ‘satellite city’ is no goldmine for investors

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The oligarchs have gone quiet, the bankers who once inhabited Chelsea have been driven to distant suburbs; ordinary people can…

The library photographed in 1958

The north London library that helped create the Russian Revolution

12 November 2016 9:00 am

There’s a small corner of Clerkenwell where the communist dream never died. The Marx Memorial Library has been in its…

The restaurant I’ll go to when the world ends

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Harry Morgan is a Jewish delicatessen and restaurant in the style of New York City on St John’s Wood High…

Vicar, will you clean my drains?

5 November 2016 9:00 am

The things people ask for at an urban rectory

Are they going to sacrifice a Brexiteer on Ripley Bonfire?

5 November 2016 9:00 am

For three months after I move to the country, I am told, I am going to be in the most…

Looking after my dog Leo is a full-time job

5 November 2016 9:00 am

I’ve just spent a day looking after our one-year-old vizsla and, to be blunt, I have some sympathy with Michael…

How London nearly killed me

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I was not on the winning side of the debate, despite giving it the old college try. Thank god for…

London has overtaken me: I want fewer varieties of variety

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Coffee shops are becoming impossible. I had been standing in the queue at Caffè Nero on Battersea Rise for nearly…

In defence of Zac Goldsmith

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I’m baffled by the reaction to Zac Goldsmith’s decision to resign as the Conservative MP for Richmond Park. It is…