The best crime novels of 2017

The finest blood-spattered fiction of the last 12 months

Recipe: three ways to spruce up brussels sprouts

Overcooking sprouts is the ultimate festive crime, but it doesn’t stop most of us doing it year on year.

The best wines for Christmas 2017

A guide to this year’s best value supermarket wines

The Last Jedi review: a wisecracking comedy hurtling through space

The verdict on the latest episode of the Star Wars saga

Cigars: the ultimate gift guide

How to pick out the perfect cigar for the smoker in your life

The best podcasts of 2017

Adam Buxton, S-Town and Burnt Toast are among the year’s most enjoyable listens

Why brandy is the true spirit of Christmas

Plus a selection of the best brandies to sample this festive season

Recipe: spiced red cabbage

A little judicious Christmas spicing can be completely glorious

Perfect presents for foodies

The ultimate gift guide for keen cooks and enthusiastic gourmands

Where fine art meets high-end living

Across the world, luxury property developments are making modern art part of the furniture

Gallery: Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017

The Ferryman was the big winner at the star-studded ceremony

Recipe: Christmas stollen

The advent calendars are out – and that means it’s also time for this delicious festive fruit bread

Films to watch in December

The Last Jedi, The Disaster Artist and the Muppets are on the way

A woman on a mission to keep the fine wine flowing

Lizzy Rudd, the new chairman of Berry Bros & Rudd, on the tricks of the wine trade, working with family and drinking responsibly