Culture

The Best and Worst Political Presents

From a stuffed kangaroo to the statue of liberty – political gifts are a diplomatic minefield

24 Dec 2018

Christmas brings out the food snob in us all

Since when has straightforward Christmas dinner become so painfully unfashionable?

22 Dec 2018

The best West End shows to see this Christmas

Our take on the six best shows to catch while you still can

20 Dec 2018

Woke Christmas gifts: a guide to virtue-giving

Forget toys and chocolate – it’s all about virtue this Christmas

20 Dec 2018

How to avoid Brexit at the Christmas dinner table

Don’t mention the B word: Flora Gill explains how to keep things cordial this Christmas

18 Dec 2018

5 festive artworks to discover this Christmas

Gallery owner and former Christie’s Director Deborah Allan shares five festive paintings for Christmas

18 Dec 2018

Have yourself a very royal Christmas

The royal traditions we should all be adopting this year

15 Dec 2018

Five special cheeses for Christmas

Go for something more exciting than your usual stilton and cheddar

Last-minute getaways for the New Year

Say hello to 2019 from the comfort of your very own houseboat, lighthouse or prison cell

13 Dec 2018

The art of the wreath

How to dress your door this Christmas: from scrumping for laurel to garnishing with clementines

11 Dec 2018

For Christmas markets with a twist, go Dutch

Discover a cave market and a floating market a train-ride away from Amsterdam

11 Dec 2018

12 items to stockpile for a No-Deal Brexit

Quick! Forget the cans of beans and snap up your Iberico ham, Hermes scarves and French wine before the tariffs arrive.

10 Dec 2018

The best living nativities

Bring to life the events of the Christmas story with the help of these three nativities, all featuring live animals.

9 Dec 2018

Christmas Dinner in a box

We investigate three hassle-free options for Christmas dinner

9 Dec 2018

This Christmas, I’m standing up to the likes of Joe Sugg and Zoella

The platitude is invariably: ‘Be yourself!’ Which sounds great – if ‘being yourself’ means buying her cosmetics, bath bombs and tatty handbags.

5 Dec 2018

A vegan Christmas dinner done properly

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

5 Dec 2018

You can hate me as much as you like – it’s not a crime

As a middle-class conservative I get no legal protection

28 Nov 2018
Ayesha Hazarika

Labour of laughs

Ayesha Hazarika on Gordon Brown’s struggles with diversity training, doing Ed Miliband’s make-up and why Jeremy Corbyn is like a wonky broom

28 Nov 2018

Could you sleep with someone who voted for Brexit?

There’s a whole new hazard to contend with in the dating game

28 Nov 2018

Why everyone in Hollywood is microdosing

Taking LSD has come a long way from the dreams of acid-dropping hippies

28 Nov 2018

Will tourists take the high road to Canada?

Newly legal marijuana is a powerful draw but strict state regulation may put off the potheads

28 Nov 2018

7 easy steps to deal with rabble-rousers

Feel well informed and more socially aware? Here’s how to maintain your sanity in a world gone mad

28 Nov 2018
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

Six of the best Christmas flower courses

Take your decorations up a notch by learning how to make stunning wreaths and festive floral arrangements

26 Nov 2018

Britain’s best carol services and Christmas concerts

Where to go for festive music this December

23 Nov 2018

Forget ‘fancy little knickers’, Marks & Spencer should be proud of its big pants

Women everywhere know M&S’s full briefs are the real must-haves

23 Nov 2018