Interview: Paddington Bear on immigration and buns

From deepest darkest Peru to Elstree Studios: Olivia Cole talks to Paddington Bear

A toast to grape Britain

A Prosecco shortage? Maybe try Grape Britain.

A young family plan their time in Margate, 1955

Return to Dreamland

How Margate got it’s groove back

Let’s build bridges

Give Thomas Heatherwick £175m and he’ll turn London into Venice.

Snap election

Andrew Parsons’ behind the election curtains.

A Frank Gehry building at Paddy McKillen’s architectural theme park in Provence

The house collectors

Gathering bricks and mortar, rather than oil and canvas.

Buck fizz

Surely it should be OK to dislike Champagne?

Snobbery with violence

The ginger-haired man in the three-piece suit had been standing at the bar all night, ordering gin and tonics in a proprietorial…

From Fettes with love

Ian Fleming went to Eton in the autumn of 1921 and left, aged 17, in 1926 for a crammer in…

Screen princess

Sarah Gadon has been in no fewer than three David Cronenberg films. She was cast in A Dangerous Method, his…

To write a bestseller I had to become a woman

It’s remarkable the efforts some authors will make in order to achieve literary fame. Take the American writer James Frey.…

Glass distinction

Was it the Russians? The Saudis? Or Elton John, who once received a florist’s bill for £293,000? Someone’s to blame…

Dahlia’s design for a plane bed

Wings of desire

When Lewis Carroll created Alice’s wonderland, he sent his diminutive heroine down rabbit holes and through looking glasses and in…

Turn on, tune in, cash out

I’m what you call a Sixties person. I still believe in sex and drugs and rock ’n’ roll, and radical…

The Wish List

Above. Clockwise from left: Sea urchin spine necklace, £525, Patrick Mavros; Daisy Tryst ring, £21,500, Theo Fennell; Chrysoprase Amulette de Cartier,…

Seeing the light

‘Everything is going to be alright’. Walking my children to nursery along east London’s then ungentrified Lower Clapton Road, I…

Lotus has now made the car that featured in The Spy Who Loved Me a reality

Future Shop

Believe it or not, the concept of the future is a recent phenomenon. Sure, the past offers up one or…

Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking

What shall we tell Oscar?

It’s close to midnight on a Saturday evening in September at the Hudson hotel in Manhattan and spirits at the…

Shelf defence

You’d be forgiven for thinking that bookshops only ever close down. More than 500 have shut since 2005, leaving fewer…

Please look after this bear

You adapted very well to life in London — were you concerned about how you might get on working in…

The Pick-up artists

You know how it is. You’re on holiday in the south of France, soaking up the rays and the fizz,…

Driven by instinct

I first discovered Moravec’s Paradox when watching Brief Encounter on television. I was watching the film with my daughter, who…

Prince’s Lodge at the Connaught hotel

Inside man

Fera, the restaurant that opened at Claridge’s this spring, looks at first glance like a space untouched since the 1930s:…

Big Ben, 1959

Ding Dong!

In the 21st-century world of hand-held infotainment devices which pack more computing power than the space rockets of yore, the…