Everything Meghan Markle needs to know about tartan

Meghan Markle is not the first royal to wear tartan for PR purposes, but it was once banned by the monarchy

Brussels deserves a break – and is a good place for one

There’s a lot more to Belgium’s capital than EU politics

The perfect flowers for every Valentine

Where to buy your blooms for Valentine’s Day

Exhibition preview: All Too Human, Tate Britain

Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud are the headliners of Tate Britain’s upcoming show

Valentine’s Day 2018: gifts for him and her

From flowers and chocolates to gin and heart-shaped cheese

How going on pilgrimage cured my millennial malaise

Tom Carter is one of a growing band of young people to walk the Camino – and he learned plenty about modern life along the Way

A beginner’s guide to birdwatching

Essential tips for catching sight of Britain’s stunning array of birds

Table for one: why eating alone is one of life’s great joys

From people watching to reading, there are plenty of good reasons to fly solo when going out for dinner

The Pig hotels: idyllic retreats or a corporate cash cow?

Damian Reilly visits The Pig in Brockenhurst, where getting away from it all comes at a hefty price

Eight exhibitions to see

Old Masters, Victorian photographers and Francis Bacon all feature in our round-up of the best current and upcoming exhibitions

The rotten king with an exquisite taste in art

The Royal Academy’s new exhibition reunites paintings from Charles I’s legendary collection

How to get hooked on fly fishing

A beginner’s guide to tackling fly fishing for the first time

The pinstripe suit is in line for a comeback

Once a fashion faux pas, the pinstripe suit is now creeping back into fashion

The artist who lived with war and Warhol

Philip Pearlstein on his memories of flat-sharing with Andy Warhol and how military service prepared him for life as an artist

Gallery: Monet and Architecture

An upcoming National Gallery exhibition brings together Monet’s paintings of buildings, bridges and other architecture

The dying art of owning a decent pen

Why you should never leave home without one

Kettner’s: the Soho institution with a Wilde history

From philandering kings to Oscar Wilde, the newly-refurbished Kettner’s is one of Soho’s most storied establishments

10 TV shows to watch in 2018

From Patrick Melrose to Alan Partridge

John Paul Getty: a life of miserliness, mistresses and hotel hopping

To prepare for her role in All the Money in the World, Olivia Grant followed in the footsteps of the famously frugal billionaire

10 most read stories of 2017

From Rees-Moggs’ millions to Gogglebox, here’s a run down of Spectator Life’s most popular pieces from the last 12 months

What’s in a surname?

The history of British surnames offers a fascinating insight into our collective heritage

The best books of 2017

Paul Auster, Philip Pullman and Jennifer Egan produced the landmark literature of the last 12 months

The Amateur Drinker: Baileys is the Fairytale of New York on ice

After a lifetime of not drinking, Paul Burke has decided to hit the bottle and find out what he’s been missing.  This week, feeling festive, he tries Baileys.

The best crime novels of 2017

The finest blood-spattered fiction of the last 12 months