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

Salzburg Festival: High-brow culture in a historic city

The annual celebration of theatre, opera and classical music is the perfect excuse to visit a stunning corner of Austria

12 Jul 2018

Sir Peter Blake interview: ‘I’m a jobbing artist, a journeyman’

The Pop Art pioneer chats to William Cook about childhood, the importance of drawing and teaching Ian Dury

4 Jul 2018

The art that got away

Throughout history, masterpieces have been stolen or destroyed, but it’s the ones that vanish which hold a special fascination

13 Jun 2018

Vienna: A modern city with history at its heart

The Austrian capital is a stunning place to visit – and without the crowds of Europe’s major cities

12 Jun 2018

Anton Mosimann interview: ‘I’m proud to be a chef’

The legendary Swiss chef on bread and butter pudding, cooking for prime ministers and why swearing is banned in his kitchen

1 May 2018

Leiden: The eccentric city that’s worth leaving Amsterdam for

One of the Netherlands’ hidden gems is only a short hop from the capital

11 Apr 2018

Dublin’s best museums and galleries

Discover fine art, archaeology, military history and much more in the Republic of Ireland’s capital

16 Mar 2018

Ken Dodd: a comic genius who inspired true devotion

What set Dodd apart wasn’t his one-liners, but his ability to build an extraordinary rapport with his audience

12 Mar 2018

Brussels deserves a break – and is a good place for one

There’s a lot more to Belgium’s capital than EU politics

13 Feb 2018

The rotten king with an exquisite taste in art

The Royal Academy’s new exhibition reunites paintings from Charles I’s legendary collection

25 Jan 2018

The artist who lived with war and Warhol

Philip Pearlstein on his memories of flat-sharing with Andy Warhol and how military service prepared him for life as an artist

18 Jan 2018

National Trust hidden gems

William Cook on the unheralded National Trust properties that keep drawing him back

10 Jan 2018
ILLUSTRATION BY JAMIE JONES

How the Gibraltar Open is rocking the chessboard

Chess is no longer a mind gym for badly dressed men

29 Nov 2017

The painting that inspired Finnish independence

A new exhibition at the National Gallery marks 100 years of Finland’s independence

17 Nov 2017

Gerald Scarfe interview: ‘Donald Trump is fantastic to draw, but Brexit is boring’

The great cartoonist reflects on the art of satire, drawing in war zones and the gentler side of his work

14 Nov 2017

Trujillo is Spain’s unspoilt gem

This citadel of the conquistadors is off the beaten track but well worth seeking out

23 Oct 2017

When visiting Berlin, go west

West Berlin is becoming more trendy, but the ambience of the old city remains

7 Sep 2017

Edinburgh’s other festival

Venture beyond the Fringe for the excellent Edinburgh Art Festival

2 Aug 2017

The uncertain future of our summer holidays

Getting away has never been simpler, but the travel industry is unsure where to go next

26 Jul 2017

His fair lady: Givenchy on his devotion to Audrey Hepburn

The designer remembers the most elegant of creative friendships

14 Jun 2017