London

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London in limbo: can Britain’s capital survive this crisis?

August 5, 2020 11:11 pm

The motor of the UK’s economy must not stay stuck in second gear

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Will masks mean the end of smiling at strangers?

July 23, 2020 12:55 am

London feels like a once-deserted city being slowly re-inhabited

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Watch: Vivienne Westwood’s bizarre Assange interview

July 22, 2020 1:30 pm

‘You want him in concrete, don’t you?’

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Statues and limitations

July 19, 2020 10:48 am

How we can reckon with the past without destroying it

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Literarily a love affair

July 17, 2020 2:27 pm

Helene Hanff is no dry old blue-stocking: A Slightly Foxed books essay

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Why would anyone want to work from home?

July 16, 2020 3:07 pm

My love affair with the office

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The antibody test that proved my wife wrong

June 18, 2020 2:16 pm

If I complain of being tired, one of the kids will say: ‘What’s the matter, Dad? Another bout of coronavirus?’

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The protesters have brought down the lockdown

June 11, 2020 3:58 pm

We’re not allowed to go to weddings or funerals, but it’s perfectly acceptable to attend mass rallies

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What the response to London’s young graffiti cleaners reveals

June 7, 2020 4:52 pm

Yes — the memorials on Whitehall are precious: even the one to Earl Haig

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Our exile in London

June 6, 2020 11:33 am

The rich are in their country cottages tweeting about social distancing and playing videos of cats playing violins

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The intense pleasures of lockdown

June 4, 2020 5:36 pm

Walking in the parks and squares, the scent of flowers was amplified by the clear air

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Rioting is contagious

June 1, 2020 11:41 am

London protesters are outraged about events in the US

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Unfortunately our new puppy is not just for lockdown

May 28, 2020 2:43 pm

Caroline has already declared that she prefers sharing a bed with the dog to sharing with me

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Did anyone really believe what my wife wrote about me?

April 30, 2020 3:45 pm

Spectator writers are almost never in earnest, unless it’s after midnight and we’ve been drinking

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How The Spectator discovered Helen Mirren

April 24, 2020 5:37 pm

From Enoch Powell to Danny La Rue: Hilary Spurling remembers how she was given free rein when she took over the arts and books pages in the 1960s

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Gone for a song: A short story

April 24, 2020 4:11 pm

There was no apparent reason for him to spot a large brown leather bag and ask for it to be taken out. But he did

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Getting coronavirus does not bring clarity

April 23, 2020 2:01 pm

There’s been much talk of the spirit of the Blitz, but there’s something of the spirit of East Berlin, too

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Arthur Jeffress: bright young person of the post-war art scene

April 23, 2020 12:12 am

Arthur Jeffress: A Life in Art by Gill Hedley reviewed

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The haunting beauty of empty cities

April 6, 2020 6:24 pm

Deserted modern cities are usually the realm of post-apocalyptic sci-fi movies. Now, many of us live in them

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Cosmopolis

April 3, 2020 5:44 pm

Migrant City: A New History of London by Panikos Panayi reviewed

apocalypse

There’s no sign of apocalypse in North London — yet

March 12, 2020 1:59 pm

As with terrorism, it’s often not the thing that has the potential to do damage, but the reaction to the thing

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Mike Pompeo: the UK will be ‘front of the line’ for a trade deal

January 30, 2020 9:53 am

Pompeo declared that the UK/US relationship was in a ‘fantastic place’

nato

Trump is saving Nato

December 4, 2019 12:32 pm

Isn’t it bromantic?

narwhal

A beginner’s guide to the narwhal

December 1, 2019 12:11 pm

Yes, theyre real

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There’s no need to mourn the loss of Uber’s London license

November 27, 2019 11:53 pm

Call me old-fashioned, but I still prefer the pottering black cab