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Boris and Dave’s schoolboy rivalry is journalistic wishful thinking

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The Prime Minister is pretty angry with Boris. But the idea that they’ve competed with each other since school is…

Dear Mary: new neighbours want me to provide a ready-made social scene

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Q. Former colleagues, with whom I got on very well in the context of the office, are buying a house…

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Sartoria: the home of Savile Row’s men who lunch

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Sartoria is a pale grey restaurant on Savile Row. As evidence that this is London’s destination street — if menswear…

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There’s one real way to stop gang crime: legalise drugs

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Brutal, needless stabbings on our city streets will never cease until drugs are legalised

A fusion of ‘Fungus the Bogeyman’ and Dungeons and Dragons, Dashi Namdakov’s ‘She Guardian’ is a grotesque, inappropriate and embarrassing intrusion into London

What's that thing? Britain's worst public art

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Bad public art pollutes our townscapes. Stephen Bayley names and shames the worst offenders as he unveils the winner of The Spectator’s inaugural What’s That Thing? Award

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Le Caprice is trying to bring back the 1980s (unsuccessfully)

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Le Caprice is a monochrome patch of the 1980s behind the Ritz Hotel, in the part of St James’s that…

Are we at peak ‘peak’ yet?

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Near Victoria Station in London they began to build a tower-block advertised as ‘The Peak’. I expected it to resemble…

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Bring back the old Brass Rail, Selfridges!

23 January 2016 9:00 am

The last time I reviewed a restaurant in Selfridges, a PR man rang up to ask what he could do…

Spectator letters: Taxing empty houses, and crying with Charles Moore

9 January 2016 9:00 am

A tax on empty dwellings Sir: Both the Conservative and Labour candidates (‘Battle for London’, 2 January) rightly see housing…

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Meet Feng Shang Princess, the (lousy) Chinese restaurant in a boat

9 January 2016 9:00 am

The Feng Shang Princess is a floating Chinese restaurant on the Regent’s Canal in north London, which flows from Little…

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Sadiq Khan: I will defeat Zac. The only question is how I do it

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Sadiq Khan is fighting the mayoral battle his way, but he’s still very much on the left

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Zac Goldsmith: the London race will be tough for me – and the Conservative Party

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Zac Goldsmith explains how he will sell himself to a city that’s now solidly Labour

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Why George Galloway’s luck may finally be running out

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Is Galloway’s luck finally running out?

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How to judge a charity: the five questions no one asked Kids Company

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Five questions that no one dared to ask Kids Company

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The plot to save Goldsmith’s Close Allotments

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Since turning 50 I have become a gardening enthusiast. It started with tomatoes, then spread to raspberries and last year…

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Only blockbusters can film in London now

12 December 2015 9:00 am

I’ve spent much of the autumn and winter shooting my new TV series for BBC1. New Blood looks at the…

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Center Parcs Longleat – a stealth socialist utopia on Lord Bath’s estate

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Center Parcs Longleat is a holiday village in a forest in Wiltshire, on Lord Bath’s estate, so you can never…

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What do you do when there’s drunken aggro after closing time? Send in the street pastors

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Heroic volunteers are bringing down crime in cities across Britain

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The pretend war: why bombing Isil won't solve the problem

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Britain, France and America are in a protracted fight against Islamic radicalism. Pity our leaders have no idea how to win it

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Sexy Fish: not so much a restaurant as a museum of London’s rich

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Sexy Fish is a ludicrous restaurant with a ludicrous name in a ludicrous town. It is the latest venture from…

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Harriet Harman’s diary: the joys of being a ‘former’

14 November 2015 9:00 am

One of my constituents has been in an Indonesian prison since May. Journalist Rebecca Prosser was arrested with her colleague…

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Redecorate the restaurant, but you can’t redecorate the clientele

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Forty-five Jermyn St lives in the left-hand buttock of Fortnum & Mason (F&M), a shop whose acronym is slightly too…

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The Old Vic’s Pit Bar has fallen to the hipsters – Penny reviewed

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Penny is an all-day café in the former Pit Bar in the basement of the Old Vic, a famous and…

The clock towers bigger than Big Ben

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Bigger Bens Big Ben will have a £29m refurbishment. Who has the biggest clock tower? Kremlin Clock: Installed on the…

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I offered Zac Goldsmith £50 to stay 20 feet away from me

17 October 2015 9:00 am

I once tried to bribe Zac Goldsmith with a £50 note, but he didn’t bite even back then. He was…