Rhodes mustn’t fall

As a person of colour of South African heritage who was lucky enough to go to Oxford, I was ashamed…

Trump and the Brits

I don’t suppose Trump will lose much sleep over the debate in the House of Commons about whether to admit…

Apparently, I’m the Basil Fawlty of the English country house

Thanks to personal and insulting attacks on TripAdvisor, I’m thinking of giving up the personal tours of my home I have been providing since I was 15 years old

Lunch with the future leader of the Labour party

Jess Phillips is a gobby Brummie with the balls to drag the Labour party back from Korbyn’s Keystone Kommunism

Why do failed socialists end up at Harvard?

America’s most prestigious university has become a rest home for Labour party grandees


Did CND ever take Moscow gold?

Britain’s anti-nukes movement was long reputed to be bankrolled by the Kremlin…but was it?


My trip to the edge of sanity

Fans say this drug can cure heroin addiction… but its use is controversial and illegal

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Garden wars… fierce rivalry and oneupmanship in west London

From basement conversions to children’s parties as a competitive sport, the well-heeled are at war


How to survive the bush

In an African bar near my cattle ranch in Kenya there’s a mural of a man struggling up a tree.…


It’s so sad the way they spoiled Selfridges

In my childhood it was a place of enchantment. Today it’s just another garish shopping mall

The strange world of Evgeny Lebedev

Private jets and elephants – London’s weirdest media tycoon

Eton’s recipe for success

A 16-year-old pupil says the first thing you’re taught is how to ‘oil’

Alan Yentob’s crumbling empire

An ex-Newsnight producer on the BBC executive’s troubled future

The SNP run riot at Westminster

The SNP’s barmy army are wreaking havoc in SW1

The failure of London’s Tech City

East London’s Silicon Roundabout has become a cul-de-sac

Born Plucky

Thomas Dunford, a teenage rockstar of the lute

A Bullingdon for feminists

The rise of the organised Proper Feminists.

Sloane dangers

The sad occurrence of the Pretend Sloane.

The nanny wars

The cut throat business of finding a good nanny.

Stay onside

How to look the part at the summer of sport.

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…

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…

Perverse Talent

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

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…

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…