London

Ancient Rome comes to the City of London

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Roma sells ancient-Roman-style food near Fenchurch Street station at the east end of the City, near Aldgate. It is, therefore,…

What books mean to rough sleepers – and the library that helps them

15 October 2016 9:00 am

An afternoon with a mobile library for rough sleepers

Today’s Kensington makes Daphne’s seem tasteful

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Daphne’s serves Italian food in South Kensington. (I like the name because Daphne was the name Jack Lemmon chose for…

Hectically busy: Beckett in 1976

Samuel Beckett’s letters reveal a fiercely private workoholic

1 October 2016 9:00 am

‘Krapping away here to no little avail,’ writes Beckett to the actor Patrick Magee in September 1969. To ‘no little…

Why are Egyptian businessmen always falling off balconies in London?

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Ashraf Marwan was an Egyptian-born businessman, a son-in-law to Nasser and a political high-flyer in the administration of Sadat, who…

Bronte: soulless, stylish, and nothing to do with novel-writing

1 October 2016 9:00 am

I hoped that Bronte would be filled with Victorian writers licking ink off their fingers and bitching about Mrs Gaskell…

Hong Kong shows what post-Brexit Britain could be

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Since he moved to Hong Kong three years ago, the Rat’s Cantonese has been coming on apace. This has rather…

A free vote on Heathrow? Don’t be so wet, Prime Minister

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Hinkley Point — for all its flaws and the whiffs of suspicion around its Chinese investors — has finally received…

Hardy perennial: a crowd in the V&A Cast Courts

The best – and worst – places for a V&A assignation

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Thomas Hardy, while still married to his first wife Emma, but arranging assignations in London with Florence, his second-wife-to-be, used…

A son’s search for the mother he never met

24 September 2016 9:00 am

To tell this story of his search for a mother lost to mystery in early infancy, its author uses the…

The joy as the zeppelin burned

10 September 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The burning of the Zeppelin’, The Spectator, 9 September 1916: Half London formed the vast proscenium for this tragedy…

Time-travel along the Elizabeth line

10 September 2016 9:00 am

The year is 1963. A girl is walking around Stepney with a pack of index cards, visiting old residents in…

The first grouse of autumn, and a debate begins afresh

10 September 2016 9:00 am

The autumn bank holiday is like the five-minute bell at the opera. The shades of the prison house loom. All…

The bullet-ridden plaque to Nelson in Napoleon’s Corsica

3 September 2016 9:00 am

European unions come and go. Back in 1794, one of the more improbable ones was founded when Corsica joined Britain…

The Soho Hotel Botero

For actors and other children: Soho Hotel’s Refuel Bar and Restaurant

3 September 2016 9:00 am

The Soho Hotel is an actors’ hotel. They come for press junkets and interviews that reveal nothing because there is…

Where ‘taxi’ really came from

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Old Quentin Letts was on the wireless the other day asking ‘What’s the point of the London black cab?’ Between…

In defence of the dinner party

13 August 2016 9:00 am

My wife prefers restaurants. She’s wrong

In defence of suburbia

6 August 2016 9:00 am

The suburbs fuel creativity, says Philip Hensher. So why do writers and artists look down on them?

5th View isn’t a restaurant. It isn’t even a good café

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Eating on the top floor of Europe’s biggest bookshop should be a pleasure. Not so

Is that waiter fat-shaming us? Tanya Gold dines naked at the Bunyadi

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Bunyadi caters to folk for whom public nudity is somehow thrilling; I am here because A begged to go and…

Help! I’m falling out of the middle class

9 July 2016 9:00 am

For some of us to rise, others must fall. Apparently that means me

Trade deals in two years: ‘You’re joking, right?’

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Referendum day is as nondescript and wet as the day before, happily spent in Cambridge at my son’s Leo’s graduation.…

Three great myths of the sulking Remainers

2 July 2016 9:00 am

I think my favourite moment of the referendum campaign was John Major’s intervention, a couple of weeks before polling day.…

Not charging for entry has led to the National Gallery resembling Wembley on match day

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Tate Modern’s new Switch House extension in London has been greeted with acclaim. It is a building designed in the…

Why I took down my Vote Leave poster

2 July 2016 9:00 am

We fled Balham after the result, having been outed as the only Leave voters in Lambeth. The builder boyfriend and…