In praise of brown furniture

Is the trend for old fashioned furniture built to last?

Simpson’s in the Strand: spruced up and still special

A year on from its refurbishment, Simpson’s remains one of the London’s must-visit restaurants

Heathrow is hell

It is a truly awful place to fly from – and expansion will make the agony even worse

A weekend retreat for keen pianists (and absolute beginners)

Finchocks, a former piano museum in Kent, is now a luxurious destination for people keen to brush up on their key skills

How the childhood home of a great artist was left to rot

Romanian authorities have failed to protect the house where Constantin Brancusi grew up

The Kinks’ misunderstood masterpiece

Village Green Preservation Society is not the document of English cultural conservatism it is often described as

Milan: A surprisingly magnificent Italian escape

It may lack the allure of Venice or Florence, but Milan’s rich mix makes for an enjoyable city break

The best exhibitions to see this autumn

From Mantegna and Bellini to Charlie Brown and Snoopy

Nine books to read this autumn

The best new novels and non-fiction to curl up on the sofa with

Europe’s best yoga retreats

India isn’t the only option for a spectacular yoga holiday

Sean Scully: ‘Fatherhood has given my art a new lease of life’

The prolific artist on how doing the school run in his 70s has brought a fresh dynamism to his work

The great second places

Mark Mason celebrates the people and things forgotten by history for not quite finishing first

A taste of luxury in Los Angeles

A tour of the most exclusive restaurants in Beverly Hills is too rich for Tanya Gold

Old-fashioned barber shops are booming

Traditional barbers are making the most of a rise in male vanity

Meet the queens of cryptocurrency

James Delingpole on the women shaping a male-dominated industry

Terry O’Neill captured celebrity from the start

His photographs defined the democratic post-war age. Stephen Bayley hears the stories behind previously unseen pictures

Maggi Hambling: ‘You can’t make art without love’

The outspoken artist talks to Mary Wakefield about letting go, drinking in Soho — and why we should be rude to friends

In search of the real Frankenstein

Was a Somerset scientist and his daring electrical experiments the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece?

Gallery: Courtauld Impressionists

A stunning exhibition at the National Gallery featuring Manet, Seurat, Van Gogh and more

A hungry history of the Houses of Parliament

From William Pitt the Younger’s passions for pies to Margaret Thatcher’s favourite tea room

How to do a Cotswolds weekend break in style

The restaurants, pubs and places to stay that will make your Cotswolds escape a memorable one

Peloponnese: A Greek escape minus the tourist hordes

Leave Athens and head to one of Greece’s underrated gems instead

The smartest pyjamas to nod off in

Stylish nightwear for men and women by the new wave of independent British pyjama-makers