Culture

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

9 crime books to read this Christmas

Find a gift for a crime-loving friend or indulge in a book by the fire with our top crime picks for the festive season

12 Dec 2019

A guide to Dickensian London

Bring the novels of Dickens alive this Christmas and discover London’s Dickensian landmarks

10 Dec 2019

How to put up with people suffering from Obsessional Christmas Disorder

There’s is only one way to deal with Christmas obsessives

8 Dec 2019

Word of the week: cancelled

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

6 Dec 2019

Gatecrash with panache (and other tips for surviving the party season)

Joan Collins, Celia Walden and Miss Steerpike reveal how they make it through December’s festivities in one piece

5 Dec 2019

What’s on in London this December

Sample chocolate and cocktails or cosy up in a teepee with our guide to Christmas in the capital

5 Dec 2019

The best political shows to watch on Netflix

Political obsessives need look no further for their guide to what to watch

3 Dec 2019

That’s Life with comedian Geoff Norcott

Geoff talks to us about Prince Andrew, self-partnering and coming out as a right-wing comic

27 Nov 2019

Why Jake Gyllenhaal reciting E.E. Cummings is an advertising masterstroke

Jake Gyllenhaal recites an EE Cummings poem in the new Calvin Klein advert but what does the choice of poem reveal?

25 Nov 2019

A guide to the most pointless jobs of 2019

From diversity practitioners to sustainability directors, the world of work is awash with useless careers

25 Nov 2019

Britain’s best ice rinks

With Christmas fast approaching, glittering ice rinks are popping up in cities and at attractions up and down the country.…

20 Nov 2019

Terry O’Neill captured celebrity from the start

His photographs defined the democratic post-war age. Stephen Bayley hears the stories behind previously unseen pictures

18 Nov 2019

All hail the new CofE: The Church of Extinction

Join Extinction Rebellion in eradicating the fumes of human sin and worshipping planet earth

13 Nov 2019

Olivia Colman will make monarchists of us all – The Crown series 3 reviewed

Gogglebox’s Mary Killen gives her take on series

12 Nov 2019

The best family shows to see this Christmas

There’s plenty on at the theatre to delight the whole family this winter

12 Nov 2019

What to see at the theatre this winter

Here’s what to see in the West End this winter, from A Christmas Carol to the National Theatre’s fantastical take on Neil Gaiman

7 Nov 2019

London’s theatres are falling apart

‘Don’t clap too hard. It’s a very old building,’ washed-out Archie Rice said in John Osborne’s The Entertainer (1957).  London’s West End…

7 Nov 2019