Culture

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

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