10 travel books to read whilst staying put

Let these tomes transport you to unexpected parts of the world.

9 Apr 2020

How a school trip turned into a daylight robbery

The exit through the gift shop swiftly degenerated into an adolescent orgy of shoplifting

12 Mar 2020
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg and Griboedov canal, Russia

What to see in the Euro 2020 host cities

UEFA have spread the tournament across the continent for the first time this year. So why not turn each game into a mini break?

9 Mar 2020

9 European beach resorts yet to be discovered by Brits

Avoid the British hoards this summer and venture off the beaten track for your beaches.

12 Feb 2020

10 Artists’ studios to visit in 2020

I don’t know about you, but whenever I see a great work of art in a municipal museum I nearly…

9 Jan 2020

8 undiscovered European cities to visit in 2020

From Bruges to Venice, from Amsterdam to Barcelona, Europe’s most popular destinations have become overrun with tourists – so if…

27 Dec 2019

The 10 best German Christmas markets to visit this winter

Christmas is coming and the soulless chainstores in my local shopping centre are full of festive tat. It’s at this…

5 Nov 2019

Spend the weekend in…Berlin

Berlin is one of the few metropoles whose atmosphere rivals London

8 Oct 2019

Spend the weekend in…Munich

There’s much more to Munich than Oktoberfest

9 Sep 2019

Too cool for school: beware ‘trendy’ teachers

They are not the ones we end up remembering with affection

4 Sep 2019

The scenic route: how to get around

In association with Switzerland Tourism    Whenever I return to Switzerland, for work or leisure, or a bit of both,…

27 May 2019

St. Gallen: the football city with tradition

In association with Switzerland Tourism    In the VIP suite at St. Gallen’s kybunpark stadium, overlooking the pristine pitch below,…

27 May 2019

Basel: urban art and five-star luxury

In association with Switzerland Tourism    Established in 1681 as an ‘inn for gentlemen’ and rebuilt in 1844 as one…

27 May 2019

Lucerne: through the eyes of Turner

In association with Switzerland Tourism    Lucerne’s Kunstmuseum celebrates its 200th birthday this year, and what better way to mark…

27 May 2019

Lugano: a slice of Italy in Switzerland

In association with Switzerland Tourism    Filippo Rossi loves a challenge. When he’s not reporting from warzones, he unwinds by…

27 May 2019

Geneva: the whole world on a plate

In association with Switzerland Tourism    ‘I’ve always dreamt of opening a steak house in Geneva,’ says Swiss chef Philippe…

27 May 2019

Lausanne: the culinary jack-of-all-trades

In association with Switzerland Tourism    At the Brasserie de Montbenon, over a plate of perch fresh from the lake,…

27 May 2019

Bern: the chilled-out capital where time stands still

In association with Switzerland Tourism    In most capital cities being a bicycle courier is a stressful occupation, but in…

27 May 2019

Montreux Riviera: the mother of all wine festivals in Vevey

In association with Switzerland Tourism    Light, delicate and fruity — Swiss wine is one of Switzerland’s best-kept secrets, and…

27 May 2019

Winterthur: Compact, cultural and charming

In association with Switzerland Tourism    Arriving in Winterthur on a commuter train from Zurich, you’d never guess this compact…

27 May 2019

Zurich: art and the city

In association with Switzerland Tourism    Outside the University of Zurich, a short walk from the city centre, there’s a…

27 May 2019

Get lost in Germany’s Black Forest

At first it was hard going, uphill all the way, but at last I got my second wind, just as…

13 May 2019

David Bailey: the man behind the lens

From The Beatles to Andy Warhol, William Cook meets the architect of some of the most iconic portraits of the sixties

20 Feb 2019

A 21st century Grand Tour of European art

Here are a series of weekend breaks to Europe’s finest galleries to reinvent the Georgian grand tour for the modern era

12 Feb 2019
Jackie Stewart in his Formula 1 heyday

Jackie Stewart: Why I’m haunted by Formula 1 deaths

The racing legends is proud of his 27 Grands Prix victories — but even prouder of saving countless younger drivers’ lives

28 Nov 2018

Sean Scully: ‘Fatherhood has given my art a new lease of life’

The prolific artist on how doing the school run in his 70s has brought a fresh dynamism to his work

3 Oct 2018