What do they serve up on diplomatic plates?

Exclusive insider info from the top tables at grand embassies

28 Nov 2018

Five literary ballets to book ahead for

From a graceful Jane Eyre to dancing musketeers

3 May 2018

The most delicious moments in literature

Laura Freeman, author of The Reading Cure, picks out her favourite examples of mouth-watering writing

16 Feb 2018

The dying art of owning a decent pen

Why you should never leave home without one

17 Jan 2018
Okayama Castle, which was completed in 1597. Its black exterior has earned it the nickname ‘Crow Castle’

Towering Tokyo draws your gaze endlessly upwards

The 38-storey Aman Tokyo is the perfect base from which to explore this stunning city’s high life

20 Sep 2017

Juicing? You’re just drinking sugar

Do you juice? Do you start your day with the roar of a Vitamix, the howl of a Nutribullet, the…

14 Jul 2017

John Broadley’s drawings serve up a taste of saucy old Soho

The illustrations for Quo Vadis conjure the glory days of life just outside its doors

14 Jun 2017

Pasta is the solution to the vegetable crisis

The veg crisis is the perfect opportunity to ditch the courgetti and fall back in love with proper pasta

7 Feb 2017

How I discovered the fine art of foraging

The Edible City: A Year of Wild Food is the foodie book of the year

8 Dec 2016

Donald Trump’s presidency will be fuelled by junk food

As he showed on the campaign trail, the president-elect favours KFC over haute cuisine

16 Nov 2016

The Pumpkin Spice Latte is an insult to a noble fruit

Starbucks’ seasonal special is a Halloween horror

28 Oct 2016

For the ultimate posh picnic, the sky’s the limit

Silver napkin rings £350, basket with bike attached £33,659… or come back down to earth with classy tin plates for £5.95

6 Jun 2016

Forget the Atkins diet — try the beef and brandy weight loss plan

Before Atkins, before Dukan, before the 5:2 diet so effectively followed by George Osborne, there was Banting. William Banting, a…

23 May 2016

The power of napping… how a daytime doze can boost memory and beat pain

Some of our greatest statesman, ­philosophers, writers and artists were habitual ­nappers

5 May 2016
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It’s so sad the way they spoiled Selfridges

In my childhood it was a place of enchantment. Today it’s just another garish shopping mall

5 Dec 2015
Green green grass… drinking milk gave early Europeans ‘a big survival advantage’

Scary dairy and silly moos

On the shelves of Whole Foods, a vast and vastly expensive American supermarket in west London, you will find 14…

9 May 2015