The home of Unicorn Poop ­ Cereal Killer Café (Photo: PA Images)

Class War are fatuous idiots, but at least they hate some of the right people

I was unable to join the violent protests held by Class War at the Cereal Killer Café in London last…

Smith & Wollensky doesn’t even serve the best steaks in Covent Garden

Smith & Wollensky is a restaurant from The Shining: a terrifying American steak joint by the Thames, four months old,…

Young homeless man asks for help

Is our only choice to be cynics or suckers?

It’s all the rage to mistrust the powerful these days, to say politicians are scum, or all bankers are selfish.…

‘Early Morning at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India’, 1989, by Don McCullin

Don McCullin interview: ‘I take more than I bring. That’s not a role I’m proud of’

Jenny McCartney talks to the celebrated photojournalist about war, guilt and Aylan


Why Tube strikes can be good for you

Afamily member is thinking of moving and asked for commuting advice. Well, first add 25 per cent to any journey…

Finally, a foodie restaurant that isn’t pretentious, overpriced or insulting to the intelligence

I cannot review the Gay Hussar every time the Labour party behaves like a self-harming teenager (‘I don’t want to…

Poster by @gilloballybay

The fight to save the Gladstone Arms is a battle for the soul of London

The fight to save the Gladstone Arms is the fight to save London


Powder to the people: the new deal for the cocaine market

Fierce competition is forcing drug dealers to adjust their sales methods

The devastation left behind after the Blitz (Photo: Getty)

Ghosts of the past haunt Pat Barker’s bomb-strewn London

If the early Martin Amis is instantly recognisable by way of its idiosyncratic slang (‘rug-rethink’, ‘going tonto’ etc) then the…

Eat...just maybe not at Jamie's Italian (Photo: Getty)

Boastful, narcissistic, overpriced: welcome to Jamie’s Italian

Jamie’s Italian is squeezed into the Devonshire Arms on Denman Street, Soho, borne on the duplicitous winds of TV shows…

VJ Day celebrations in Piccadilly Circus (Photo: Getty)

A.N. Wilson’s diary: VJ Day and the Virginia Woolf Burger Bar

Should we have celebrated VJ Day? Hearing the hieratic tones of the Emperor Hirohito on Radio 4 the other day,…


‘I was facing truths I didn’t particularly want to look at’: Michael Moorcock interview

Cult novelist Michael Moorcock on fantasy, his father, and the London he loved and lost

Michael Moorcock (Photo: Ulf Andersen/Getty)

Michael Moorcock’s ‘autobiography’

Michael Moorcock has put his name to more books, pamphlets and fanzines than, probably, even Michael Moorcock can count, but…

I Shop Therefore I Am (Dan Kitwood/Getty)

A fake fishing village, and the nastiest thing I’ve eaten as a restaurant critic

Selfridges is skilled at making things that are not hideous (women) look hideous (women dressed as Bungle from Rainbow or…


Road rage and hot air balloons: Jessie Burton’s diary

The week starts well. My debut novel, The Miniaturist, is a year old. On the anniversary of its publication, my…


A novel to cure fear of missing out

Who’d be young? Not 25-year-old Tamsin, if her behaviour is anything to go by. A classical pianist who’s never quite…

An adventure playground in 1966. Photo: William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images

The new adventures of the adventure playground

Are adventure playgrounds set to make a comeback, asks Maisie Rowe

London shouting: The Clash at the ICA, 1976

Why plotting a sound map of London is impossible

It’s easy to tag the city’s terrain by writer. But what, wonders Philip Clark, might a map of its music look like?


The joy of an empty Gordon Ramsay restaurant

The Maze Grill is on a sinister street in Chelsea, between a small Tesco — a boutique Tesco? — and…

First he brought limp salad, and now it’s drizzling

The pitfalls of picnics (and how to avoid them)

Strange, isn’t it, that despite having such famously terrible weather, we Brits are so fond of a picnic. It’s something…


Portrait of the week

Home Tens of thousands took part in a demonstration in London against austerity, and thousands more in other cities. Russell…

The Ivy has lost its sparkle

The new Ivy doesn’t have the old magic (if there ever was any)

The Ivy is a Playmobil-style faux-medieval restaurant in a triangular building opposite The Mousetrap; of the two, The Ivy is…


My eco-home nightmare

Buying an eco-home? Expect stifling springs and summers

Iain Sinclair

Iain Sinclair and me — Michael Moorcock meets his semi-mythical version

In the late 1980s Peter Ackroyd invited me to meet Iain Sinclair, whose first novel, White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings, I…


Let's turn London into Venice: Thomas Heatherwick interviewed

Give Thomas Heatherwick £175 million and he will turn London into Venice