The painting that inspired Finnish independence

A new exhibition at the National Gallery marks 100 years of Finland’s independence

The best advent calendars for Christmas 2017

A selection of extravagant, edible and traditional calendars for the festive season

Gallery: 10 Leonardo da Vinci masterpieces

A selection of the Italian master’s greatest paintings

Gerald Scarfe interview: ‘Donald Trump is fantastic to draw, but Brexit is boring’

The great cartoonist reflects on the art of satire, drawing in war zones and the gentler side of his work

My great-grandfather, the World War I hero

Tales of individual heroism and sacrifice are at the heart of Remembrance Day

Paddington 2 review: A bear to be reckoned with

The Paddington Bear sequel is hilarious and heartwarming – and a fitting tribute to Michael Bond

Christmas 2017: 10 family shows to book right now

From pantomimes to Dickens, festive productions for all ages

Wine holidays off the beaten track

Vintage wine trips aren’t just the reserve of Napa Valley and the south of France

A brief history of battlefield boozing

Throughout history, alcohol has been a steadfast ally of countless armies

New York for people who already know New York

The Big Apple sights that you might have missed first time around

When is it OK to sign off with an ‘X’?

Emails ending with a ‘kiss’ have become a ubiquitous and confounding part of our working lives

Gallery: Impressionists in London

Tate Britain presents artistic visions of the capital by Monet, Pissaro and Tissot

Six films to watch in November

Paddington, Poirot and Batman return

Nine brilliant things to do in November

The London Jazz Festival, Tate Liverpool’s new exhibition and the return of Paddington

How Brass Eye skewered our hysterical media age

Two decades after it first aired, no other satire has come close to matching Chris Morris’s prescient masterpiece

Cornwall’s hidden gems

The Roseland Heritage Coast offers dramatic views and luxurious places to stay

Five ways to do Switzerland in the off-season

A holiday to Switzerland doesn’t have to be all about skiing

Why I’m looking forward to the clocks going back

We should all lighten up about the darkness

Exhibition preview: Cézanne Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery’s latest blockbuster features 50 paintings by the influential French artist

Trujillo is Spain’s unspoilt gem

This citadel of the conquistadors is off the beaten track but well worth seeking out

Film reviews: The Death of Stalin & Unrest

The verdict on Armando Iannucci’s black comedy and a documentary that explores the plight of ME sufferers

Winter is the perfect time to visit Amsterdam

From the Rijksmuseum to Christmas markets, the Dutch capital has plenty to offer during the winter months

Gallery: Great British Pub Dogs

A ruff guide to the pub dogs of Great Britain

Save the India Club!

This cornerstone of London’s restaurant scene, and bastion of British-Indian heritage, is under threat of closure

Exhibition preview: Dalí/Duchamp at the Royal Academy

The art and friendship of two modern masters explored