Culture

A young family plan their time in Margate, 1955

Return to Dreamland

How Margate got it’s groove back

20 Jun 2015

Let’s build bridges

Give Thomas Heatherwick £175m and he’ll turn London into Venice.

20 Jun 2015

Snap election

Andrew Parsons’ behind the election curtains.

20 Jun 2015

A Bullingdon for feminists

The rise of the organised Proper Feminists.

20 Jun 2015

Sloane dangers

The sad occurrence of the Pretend Sloane.

20 Jun 2015

Time for Tories to come out

Shy no more. It’s time to be Tory and proud.

20 Jun 2015

The nanny wars

The cut throat business of finding a good nanny.

20 Jun 2015

Stay onside

How to look the part at the summer of sport.

20 Jun 2015

Crying time

The tears of war

20 Jun 2015

Snobbery with violence

The ginger-haired man in the three-piece suit had been standing at the bar all night, ordering gin and tonics in a proprietorial…

28 Mar 2015

From Fettes with love

Ian Fleming went to Eton in the autumn of 1921 and left, aged 17, in 1926 for a crammer in…

28 Mar 2015

Screen princess

Sarah Gadon has been in no fewer than three David Cronenberg films. She was cast in A Dangerous Method, his…

28 Mar 2015

To write a bestseller I had to become a woman

It’s remarkable the efforts some authors will make in order to achieve literary fame. Take the American writer James Frey.…

28 Mar 2015

How the Big Apple lost its bite

When Debbie Harry, the lead singer of Blondie, moved to New York from smalltown New Jersey in the late 1960s, you…

28 Mar 2015

China town

It used to be just the ducks in the windows on Gerrard Street. But now Chinese investment in London is on a whole…

28 Mar 2015

Perverse Talent

Like a lot of the most interesting work now, Benedikt Hipp’s paintings are a fusion between figuration and abstraction. There’s…

28 Mar 2015

How not to pitch in LA

I took a trip to Hollywood because I’m a budding screenwriter. ‘Budding’ in this context means ‘unsuccessful’. Here’s Tennessee Williams on…

28 Mar 2015

Meet Dave’s secret A-list

The Conservative party elected Britain’s first ethnic minority MP, Sir Mancherjee Bhownagree, as long ago as 1895. It also gave…

28 Mar 2015

How buff is Ed Balls?

A couple of years ago a perky female MP stood up in the Commons with a bit of boob on display.…

28 Mar 2015

The utopia algorithm

The internet has changed its character dramatically several times over its short life. It started in the late 1960s as…

28 Mar 2015

Turn on, tune in, cash out

I’m what you call a Sixties person. I still believe in sex and drugs and rock ’n’ roll, and radical…

28 Mar 2015

The Wish List

Above. Clockwise from left: Sea urchin spine necklace, £525, Patrick Mavros; Daisy Tryst ring, £21,500, Theo Fennell; Chrysoprase Amulette de Cartier,…

28 Mar 2015

Spectator Life’s 3rd birthday party in pictures

Spectator Life turned three last night and it was wonderful to see so many of our friends, readers and writers…

28 Mar 2015

Sweet taste of danger

Mr and Mrs Smith: they have nothing on us. Their conflict, mere child’s play. Because since moving to America last…

30 Nov 2014

Seeing the light

‘Everything is going to be alright’. Walking my children to nursery along east London’s then ungentrified Lower Clapton Road, I…

30 Nov 2014

Served Cool

Last year there was an incident in a French restaurant involving a notable wine-maker (I’m not allowed to mention his name…

30 Nov 2014