Christmas

Why armagnac is the best of the brandies

Make armagnac your French fancy this Christmas

How goose flew back into festive fashion

The traditional Christmas bird is making a comeback

7 Dec 2016

Spectacular wines that won’t cost you a fortune this Christmas

Four magnificent bottles to stock up on in December

6 Dec 2016

Don’t waste good sherry on granny this Christmas

Our 12 Drinks of Christmas series continues with a selection of fine sherries to sample

The best American whiskeys to drink this Christmas

The first in our 12 Drinks of Christmas series, courtesy of the Thinking Drinkers

The only way to survive Christmas is to hide

The festive season puts us all in mortal danger

1 Dec 2016

The art of good mulling

How to make delicious and uplifting mulled wine at home

29 Nov 2016

Forget tacky Christmas jumpers, go for a designer number this winter

The trend for Christmas jumpers has gone upmarket – here’s a guide to the best posh festive pullovers

28 Nov 2016

Boozing, flirting and a little brawling is the best way to enjoy the festive season

Julie Burchill on how to survive the party circuit this Christmas

25 Nov 2016

Unusual jewels – and where to buy them

This Christmas there’s a whole of array of colourful and bold jewellery to hunt out

24 Nov 2016

Is AR shopping for life or just a gimmick for Christmas?

Covent Garden’s augmented reality experience aims to bring shopping bang up to date – but is it worth the hassle?

22 Nov 2016

Christmas sandwiches are disgusting – and here are the worst of them

A run down of the worst festive food currently being peddled in our high streets

18 Nov 2016

Four of the best Christmas hampers

Spectator Life runs the gamut from Waitrose to Harrods

3 Nov 2016

Have a very Happy Excessmas

Eat, drink and be merry just to spite the health puritans

3 Nov 2016
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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

5 Dec 2015

Spectator conference party: white wine Tories, selfies, Santa and Sol

On the final night of Tory conference, Cabinet ministers, spads and hacks gathered in Charter One for the Spectator’s drinks…

7 Oct 2015