London

In defence of George Osborne, by the Evening Standard’s departing editor

25 March 2017 9:00 am

So I am feeling a bit better about my lack of radio experience. These are exciting times for free movement…

The British chefs conquering Paris

25 March 2017 9:00 am

While traditional Parisian restaurants still stew in their century-old jus, young British chefs are showing the way ahead, says Wendell Steavenson

Only two public figures had names prefixed by the word ‘mad’. Both were regulars at my local

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Meet two scary characters from Neil Barnett’s past

Nordic calm for scary people - Aquavit London reviewed

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Aquavit is a ‘uniquely Nordic–style’ restaurant in the St James’s Market development between Regent Street and the Haymarket. This development…

The misery of a full diary

11 March 2017 9:00 am

We lose something by planning our diaries too far ahead

Three mistakes to match the great Oscars mix-up

4 March 2017 9:00 am

And the losers are… La La Land was mistakenly announced as winner of the Oscar for best picture before the…

One good thing about not being rich: you’ll never eat at Ferdi

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Ferdi is a café in Shepherd Market; I write about it only to comfort you, because you are not rich,…

Square off: Mies van der Rohe’s Mansion House Square

London’s lost modernist masterpiece

25 February 2017 9:00 am

What a strange affair it now seems, the Mansion House Square brouhaha. How very revealing of the battle for the…

What do Ralph Lauren’s imaginary aristocrats eat? Now we know

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Ralph’s Coffee & Bar is in the Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store on Regent Street. It is rare that fashion…

Our high streets are reviving — don’t let bank closures mess them up

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Almost a decade after the financial crisis loomed, our high streets and town centres are full of life again: who…

The slow, strange race to be the next Bishop of London

11 February 2017 9:00 am

The new, supposedly fairer process puts the choice in fewer hands

A Roman emperor’s inauguration to rival Donald Trump’s

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Given that Donald Trump is not the most popular president the USA has ever seen, even among his own party,…

Why does America inaugurate its presidents in January?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Starting cold Why is US Presidential Inauguration Day always on 20 January? — The date was moved from 4 March…

The hateful whispers that make me want to move from London to Tel Aviv

21 January 2017 9:00 am

It’s time I left London’s anti-Semites behind

‘You’re very calm,’ said the cabbie. I wondered how much danger I was in

14 January 2017 9:00 am

I meant to get the bus, but by the time I arrived at the stop at 5 p.m. last Tuesday, I…

How the Church of England changed my life

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Death, grief and love in a strange city

Let someone else do the polishing

Why I turned down two free cars

14 January 2017 9:00 am

On two occasions, sainted members of my family have offered me a car for nothing. Both times, I turned them…

Dear Mary: how can my son entertain friends now that he is a lodger?

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Q. My son decided to go straight into work and has got a job. The problem is that it is…

‘Pub owners are particularly keen on quizzes, because quiz teams drink an awful lot’

How pub quizzes became normal

7 January 2017 9:00 am

For more than 20 years now, I have been trudging up the hill to the Prince of Wales in Highgate…

This time, lifestyle-seekers have it right: Margot restaurant reviewed

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Margot is an Italian restaurant on Great Queen Street in the still interesting part of Covent Garden. The uninteresting part…

Had someone deliberately messed up Lord Archer’s dinner?

31 December 2016 9:00 am

I first ate at the London version of Harry’s Bar in the early 1990s. Back then, Jeffrey Archer and I…

Wiltons, an almost entirely flawless institution

10 December 2016 9:00 am

I have agonised over this Christmas review. I ate the Christmas lunch at Harveys Nichols 5th Floor Restaurant, Knightsbridge, next…

Save the pub landlord!

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Great pub landlords are rare – and getting rarer

Zelman Meats: a flesh-obsessed restaurant for the age of hard Brexit

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Zelman Meats — catchphrase ‘great meat’ — is sustenance for a hard Brexit — a harder Brexit, if you will.…

Property: west London’s ‘satellite city’ is no goldmine for investors

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The oligarchs have gone quiet, the bankers who once inhabited Chelsea have been driven to distant suburbs; ordinary people can…