Culture

Word of the week: White Privilege

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era defining words.

17 Jan 2020

Six painting retreats for 2020

Take your brush and palette on tour, from Tuscan villas to English country houses.

17 Jan 2020

Five scents we’d rather have than Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina-scented candle

Last week Gwyneth Paltrow released a new candle called ‘This smells like my Vagina’. Who knew that you could bottle…

16 Jan 2020

Laughing at Hollywood A listers is a uniquely British business

As we prepare ourselves for more celebrity preaching at the oscars, our natural cynicism might be the perfect antidote.

15 Jan 2020

Five ‘New You’ activities you should avoid this year

It’s time to curb the familiar new year urge for self reinvention.

14 Jan 2020

A handy guide to the Labour leadership contest

Spectator Life’s satirical writer Andy Shaw gives you his take on big names bidding for victory.

13 Jan 2020

Word of the week: veganuary

Veganuary builds on previous campaigns to curtail the high spirits of the festive period by adding self-denial to the natural gloom and misery of January.

10 Jan 2020

7 alternative jobs for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

“Megxit” has shocked us all. But what’s next for brand Sussex?

9 Jan 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
A Doll's House. Credit - Charlie Gray.

The best London theatre shows to look out for in 2020

2020 looks set to be another stellar year for London theatre. Here’s our pick of the most anticipated shows coming…

8 Jan 2020
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 25 February 2011 ALICE by Wheeldon

10 exhibitions to look forward to in 2020

From Munch to McQueen, make the most of London’s art scene this year

2 Jan 2020

How to survive January

January is enough of an endurance test without the food and drink deprivation that people tend to embark on at this time of year

1 Jan 2020

The 10 most read articles of 2019

From Jordan Peterson to Grayson Perry, we bring you the articles most loved by readers this year

30 Dec 2019

Word of the week: woke

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words

27 Dec 2019

10 songs that shaped the decade: from Sia to Stormzy

The political events of the last 10 years are best remembered through the songs we were listening to at the time

26 Dec 2019

How to make the ultimate leftovers pie

Turn your leftover turkey and ham into a spectacular pie on Boxing Day

Christmas brings out the food snob in us all

Since when has straightforward Christmas dinner become so painfully unfashionable?

25 Dec 2019

Have yourself a prime ministerial Christmas

Here’s how PMs past and present have spent their Christmas days

25 Dec 2019

How to survive Christmas with the in-laws

The way you survive your In Laws is of course the way you survive almost anyone, in Peace Time at…

24 Dec 2019
Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen, Emma Watson and Florence Pugh star in the 2019 adaptation of Louise May Alcott's novel

Six literary Christmases: from Little Women to Poirot

Christmas comes alive on the pages of these classic novels

23 Dec 2019

Word of the week: crisis

Crisis [ krahy-sis ] Hyperbolic noun A time of intense danger and instability, which calls for urgent action to prevent total catastrophe.…

20 Dec 2019

Our love/hate relationship with festive pop songs

It’s not Christmas without Mariah Carey, Shakin’ Stevens and Chris Rea

18 Dec 2019

When Christmas went woke

If we’re not careful, the season of good cheer will become the season of guilt and fear.

17 Dec 2019

Word of the week: self-partnered

Spectator Life’s satirist Andy Shaw brings you a dictionary of era-defining words

13 Dec 2019

A vegan Christmas dinner done properly

How to rustle up a delicious, meat-free meal on Christmas Day

12 Dec 2019