Pall Mall

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Albany Chambers in London’s Piccadilly. Among the fictional former residents of that illustrious building was the hero of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Chided on the letters page recently for referring to “Peterhouse College” in Cambridge -– as I now know, the “house” makes the “College” redundant – I(...)

A 3kg salmon from the Railway Beat on the Upper Namsen river in Trondheim, Norway.

This was my second trip to Norway. On my first visit, the Tromsø region to the north conjures up memories of huge cod from the deep fjords. So I went (...)

 A painter paints a scene of Horse Guards Parade in central London. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Whitehall was so quiet that, passing the scarlet-caped, mounted sentries at Horse Guards, you could hear the clanking of their horses’ silver chains a(...)

Standish O’Grady

The Shattered Worlds of Standish O’Grady By Christopher Boettcher Four Courts Press, €55 Standish O’Grady’s background was west Cork landed gentry. Ea(...)

“After careening wildly to the right across a number of lanes, the former cabinet minister swerved left before stopping in the middle of the road.” Photograph: Getty Images

We were leaving a party in an inaccessible corner of central London and the former cabinet minister’s offer of a lift home was generous and welcome. W(...)

School children around the world are being exposed on a daily basis to cigarette advertising and promotions by a tobacco industry that needs to recrui(...)

Once a London cabbie alights on the subject of Uber, Brexit or cycle lanes, the wisest course is to stop listening, look out the window and sink deep into your own thoughts. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

We were at the bottom of St James’s when the cab jolted and hissed to a halt, as a black SUV stopped in front, right in the middle of the street. A si(...)

Labour supporters Dr Martin Edobor and Kapil Komireddi celebrate the British election outcome at The Lexington pub near Islington North, the constituency of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Simon Carswell

The shock came at the very start of the night with the exit poll. The prime minister had spied an opportunity and called a snap election in a bid to(...)

Meule (Grainstack)by Claude Monet sold for $84.4 million.

The top price for art at auction worldwide in 2016 was achieved at Christie’s, New York, where a French Impressionist painting Meule (Grainstack)by Cl(...)

The Reading Room at the London Library in St James’s Square, London, in 1954: the library is the world’s largest independent lending library. Photograph:  Monte Fresco jnr/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

St James’s Square, between Pall Mall and Piccadilly, is the venue this weekend for a one-off literary festival, featuring some of the biggest names in(...)

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