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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…

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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…

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In defence of the dinner party

13 August 2016 9:00 am

My wife prefers restaurants. She’s wrong

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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…

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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

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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.…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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Britain’s great divide

25 June 2016 9:00 am

Brexit has exposed a huge rift between the metropolitan elite and the rest

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Soho House’s Cafe Monico is a doomed rip-off

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Cafe Monico, as if named by an illiterate playboy, is on Shaftesbury Avenue between The Curious Incident of the Dog…

Capability and mustard: Gatton Park

A Capability Brown jewel hiding just outside the M25

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Gatton Park is probably Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s least famous landscape. It is tucked away near Reigate Hill, just beyond the…

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This is the lasagne restaurant I’ve been waiting for — and I hated it

11 June 2016 9:00 am

I have been waiting, like a heroine in fiction, for the specialist lasagne restaurant. London has long been heading this…

Neil Kinnock Unveils An English Heritage Blue Plaque To Nye Bevan And Jennie Lee

Warning: there’s a plague of fake blue plaques

4 June 2016 9:00 am

One of the great distinctions and pleasures of British life has been devalued by cheap imitations

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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…

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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…