‘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…


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.…


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…


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


A bookseller’s guide to book thieves

5 March 2016 9:00 am

At my shop, it seems to be everyone from students to organised professional gangs


Pharmacy 2 makes me like Damien Hirst

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Pharmacy 2 is the reanimated child of Damien Hirst; it lives inside the Newport Street Gallery in a forsaken patch of…

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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…


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

Le Caprice

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…


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…

Feng Shang Princess

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…


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


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


Why George Galloway’s luck may finally be running out

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Is Galloway’s luck finally running out?


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…


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…

Longleat Forest

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…


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