London

The Other Naughty Piglet: good tapas but where’s the phantom?

19 August 2017 9:00 am

I am always surprised to remember that Andrew Lloyd Webber has taste; it must be remembrance of Cats. I was…

Tales of three cities

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Remember Douglas Coupland? Remember Tama Janowitz? Remember Lisa St Aubin de Terán? Banana Yoshimoto? Françoise Sagan? The voice of your…

Cynthia Ozick veers between the pithy and the prolix

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Letters of Intent — letters of the intense. Keen readers of Cynthia Ozick (are there any other kind?) will of…

Be careful what you wish for: in the country, no one can hear you scream

8 July 2017 9:00 am

I’ve diagnosed myself with early onset cottage-itis. It’s not supposed to happen for another decade, but at 29 I dream…

On the Tory quagmire and the half-baked ideas in the party’s manifesto

1 July 2017 9:00 am

The Tory quagmire Sir: While the media has been preoccupied in divining what went wrong with the Conservatives’ appalling election…

If you’re not tired of London, you’re tired of life

24 June 2017 9:00 am

London, city of the damned. City of incendiary tower blocks, jihadi mentals trying to slit your throat, yokels from Somerset…

Not my bag: what to say about a Soho diner that specialises in crisps?

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Hip Chips is a specialist crisp restaurant in Old Compton Street, Soho; no, it is stupider than that. It is…

Not many hipsters, but we’re keeping the cat in Catford

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Our first hipster was a false alarm

It’s my final week in the Bagel — and I’m giving it my all

10 June 2017 9:00 am

New York   Main Street is a place, but it’s mostly an idea. It’s where locally owned shops sell stuff…

Fraternity, solidarity and the spirit of 1945

27 May 2017 9:00 am

My father worked as a fire warden during the Blitz, trying to contain the damage done by the Luftwaffe, and…

Two refugee lovers take on the world

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Every nation has the right to control its borders, but we in the West are getting a bit too comfortable…

London’s orchestral scene is dead. Time to change the music – and some CEOs

15 April 2017 9:00 am

For much of the past half-century, London has been the world’s orchestral capital. Not always in quality, but numerically without…

Original, astute, unnerving, sexy, funny, brutal: Dorfman Theatre’s Consent reviewed

15 April 2017 9:00 am

It’s like Raging Bull. The great Scorsese movie asks if a professional boxer can exclude violence from his family life.…

Self-flagellatory pornography designed for white liberal pillocks: Guerrilla reviewed

15 April 2017 9:00 am

‘What we really need is a faux-historical drama series about police brutality and black activism set in 1970s London,’ said…

We love, love, love her: Charlotte Rampling as Veronica in ‘The Sense of an Ending’

The ending of The Sense of an Ending makes no sense

15 April 2017 8:00 am

The Sense of an Ending is an adaptation of Julian Barnes’s 2011 Man Booker prize-winning novel starring Jim Broadbent (we…

In praise of Joe Allen, London’s best American restaurant

1 April 2017 9:00 am

It is rare for me to write a love letter to a London restaurant, but Joe Allen, which is 40…

Why can’t St Thomas’s Hospital spell its own name?

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Everyone praised the staff of St Thomas’s Hospital during the terrorist attack. My husband of course brought his own fly to…

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…