Venetia Thompson

How Jewish are the Milibands?

14 August 2010 12:00 am

For the first time in over a century, we may soon have a Jewish PM, says Venetia Thompson. But will either Ed or David have the courage to embrace their identity?

Lycra-clad assassins on wheels

9 December 2009 12:00 am

However eco-friendly bikes are, and however much the Mayor approves, Venetia Thompson maintains that cycling is a hostile act, potentially lethal and deeply undignified

The market is flooded with single City boys

7 October 2009 12:00 am

Venetia Thompson says that if you don’t mind slumming it for a bit, you can snap up an out-of-work banker or trader whose stock is sure to rise soon

The party’s over: welcome to the City’s new puritanism

11 February 2009 12:00 am

Venetia Thompson, a former broker, says that the financial sector is adjusting painfully to the new puritanism: no more champagne, opera freebies and heli-skiing trips. But, with government at the helm, we may soon come to miss the days when greed was still good

Get in the right spirit

10 December 2008 12:00 am

’Tis the season to crack open a bottle of the good stuff, writes Venetia Thompson

Who put a sock full of cocaine in my drawer?

12 November 2008 12:00 am

Venetia Thompson, who has never taken the drug, was shocked to discover a stash in her house. What to do? Her friends’ response was a collective shrug as if it were nothing unusual

Eat, drink and play bingo. Red or white?

22 October 2008 12:00 am

Venetia Thompson takes refuge from austerity Britain in a night of wine bingo: a fast-growing game that combines the spirit of the Mecca Ballroom with the palate of the vintner

The masters of the universe have turned to drink

1 October 2008 12:00 am

The failure of the $700 billion bail-out has driven her former City-boy chums to despair, says Venetia Thompson. But they must rally soon to keep the market moving

Jordan would have raised the tone at the polo

30 July 2008 12:00 am

Venetia Thompson says that the pneumatic model — banned from the key enclosures — is no more of a ‘chav’ than the punters who throng at these increasingly vulgar events

Princely homes that hold their value in every sense

25 June 2008 12:00 am

Venetia Thompson says that the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment does work that nobody else can and constructs homes that buck current property market trends


4 June 2008 12:00 am

Venetia Thompson contends with a broken Blackberry, teeth-whitening kits and cyclists

Strip clubs are a City girl’s sanctuary

30 April 2008 12:00 am

Venetia Thompson, until recently a broker, says that the feminist Fawcett Society should not campaign to outlaw City outings to strip joints: they are harmless after-hour crèches

Tatarstan is the Muslim girlfriend Putin locks up

2 April 2008 12:00 am

Venetia Thompson dislikes the resignation she finds in the most quiescent of Russia’s Muslim states. But other republics will be less apathetic in the face of Moscow’s provocations

‘They have guns’: a Sloane at large in gangsta land

12 March 2008 12:00 am

Tired of Euro-Sloane bores in Chelsea, Venetia Thompson tours the clubs of Harlesden, the UK’s ‘gun capital’, and experiences a world where a firearm is as normal a status symbol as a Chanel handbag or a Rolex watch would be in SW3

Obama is an Othello for our times

20 February 2008 12:00 am

White men only pretend to admire the presidential contender, writes Venetia Thompson. Beneath their supposed approval lurk primeval racist fears of the black ‘super-male’

Essex and the City: my life as a ‘posh bird’ broker

6 February 2008 12:00 am

Venetia Thompson on how she learnt to fit in with the hard-drinking barrow boys on the trading floor, who live on fish and chips, pickled onions and the most expensive vintage wines