Cigars: the ultimate gift guide

How to pick out the perfect cigar for the smoker in your life

The best podcasts of 2017

Adam Buxton, S-Town and Burnt Toast are among the year’s most enjoyable listens

Where fine art meets high-end living

Across the world, luxury property developments are making modern art part of the furniture

Gallery: Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017

The Ferryman was the big winner at the star-studded ceremony

Films to watch in December

The Last Jedi, The Disaster Artist and the Muppets are on the way

How the hipsters and hedge-funders are taking the slow train to Deptford

This London borough built Henry VIII’s ships, gave Pepys a mistress and taught navigation to Peter the Great

ILLUSTRATION BY JAMIE JONES

How the Gibraltar Open is rocking the chessboard

Chess is no longer a mind gym for badly dressed men

Triggered by Bregret? Your guide to the new word order

Get out of your bubble and into your safe space, you hashtag activist. We mansplain the latest lexicon

Gallery: The Fayre of St James’s

Stephen Fry, Ellie Goulding and Cressida Bonas took part in the festive charity concert

ILLUSTRATION BY SAM BREWSTER

Trial by Twitter

Yes, my behaviour was poor — but being lumped in with Harvey Weinstein is hard to take

ANDY RAIN/EPA-EFE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Meet Emma Dent Coad, Kensington’s class warrior

In six months, the MP has had to deal with enough drama for a whole career

How shaving became a cut-throat business

Mail-order shaving companies have found a way to make serious money from male grooming

Gallery: Royal weddings through the ages

A look back at some right royal occasions

Plays to book ahead for

Poldark’s Aidan Turner is heading to the West End

Where to get your skates on

The best ice rinks in Britain for Christmas 2017

Gallery: Ferrari exhibition at the Design Museum

Under the Skin celebrates the past, present and future of the legendary sports car company

The best carol and Christmas concerts in Britain

A guide to where to go for festive music this December

The agony (and occasional ecstasy) of following the Ashes through the night

How to cope with supporting England into the early hours

The painting that inspired Finnish independence

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

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

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