St Bride’s Church (Amy Scaife Photography)

The Spectator Christmas Carol Service, in pictures

22 December 2016 18:53

The Spectator hosted its annual carol concert at St Bride’s Church on Fleet Street, earlier this month. Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth,…


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21 November 2016 13:06

You already know that Coffee House serves up the best analysis, comment and insight into the day’s political events. Why…

Why Conrad Black was right about the genius of Trump

20 November 2016 10:00

At least two former Spectator figures understood things about the recent American contest which eluded most commentators. The first is…


Boris Johnson: Brexit will be a Titanic success

3 November 2016 9:41

This morning, many politicians will be waking up with a sore head following a well-hydrated night at the Spectator’s Parliamentarian…

Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards 2nd November 2016

Theresa May eviscerates Sir Craig Oliver

2 November 2016 23:14

This time last year, George Osborne was the Chancellor of the Exchequer and tipped to be the next Prime Minister.…

British Prime Minister Theresa May Arrives At The 2016 Conservative Party Conference

Conference party round-up: Theresa’s kiss is put on hold

5 October 2016 22:30

After four days of speeches and panels at Tory conference, there is now at least a little consensus over what Brexit…

The Spectator at Home

The Spectator summer party, in pictures

6 July 2016 23:30

In recent weeks, Westminster politicians have found themselves compared to the characters of House of Cards and Game of Thrones over their post-referendum antics.…


The Spectator podcast: The Spectator backs Brexit

16 June 2016 7:44

To subscribe to The Spectator’s weekly podcast, for free, visit the iTunes store or click here for our RSS feed.…


The future belongs to entrepreneurs

22 April 2016 18:25

‘Who thinks the UK is the best place in Europe to start a business?’ asked Spectator editor Fraser Nelson. Almost…

Spectator Low Life columnist Jeffrey Bernard

Remembering Jeffrey Bernard’s great wonder of the world: the rotting fruit and vegetables in Berwick Street Market

5 November 2015 17:05

There’s no better way to view Soho than from Jeffrey Bernard’s former council flat overlooking Berwick Street Market. For many,…


The Spectator summer party, in pictures

1 July 2015 23:11

With a Tory majority to celebrate, the Cabinet turned out in full force for this year’s Spectator summer party. As David…

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Revealed: The reason behind Alex Salmond’s pink champagne order

2 April 2015 12:57

After Alex Salmond was outed as ordering pink champagne in not one but two interviews last week, naysayers were quick…

Pippa Middleton

Spectator Life celebrates its third birthday

1 April 2015 1:11

Mr S was a guest at Spectator Life‘s birthday party at Belgraves. To mark the magazine’s third anniversary, party-goers including Princess Michael of Kent,…


Yes, this Spectator Christmas card is a bit brutal. But so is the Christmas story

19 December 2014 13:25

‘What kind of message are you guys trying to send with that brutal Christmas card?’ asked my friend in the…

The Comtesse de Paris, dressed by Dior

Spectator books of the year: Paul Johnson on Henry Kissinger, Arthur Miller and Dior

14 November 2014 16:02

Monsieur Dior: Once Upon a Time by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni (Pointed Leaf Press, £47.50) is the most exotic book I have seen…

WW1 Recruitment Posters To Be Auctioned

4th August 1914 – my grandfather and his brother, aged 20, go to war

4 August 2014 8:00

This is the second part of Charles Moore’s notes. You can read the first part here. On Tuesday 4 August,…

Wilhelm II

‘We believe Germany made the war’

3 August 2014 10:00

The 1914 editions of The Spectator in the days surrounding the declaration of war give a sense of bewilderment. At…

WW1 Recruitment Posters To Be Auctioned

2nd August 1914 – my grandfather prepares for war

2 August 2014 8:00

This week’s issue is dated 2 August. On that date 100 years ago, my great-grandfather, Norman Moore (always known as…

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Germany’s forgotten war

1 August 2014 17:00

Britain is braced for the anniversary of the outbreak of world war one. Memorials and events are taking place across…


Rod Liddle vs Mary Beard – the re-match. Tune in tonight to Any Questions

1 August 2014 13:02

Last year, Rod Liddle waded into the Mary Beard ‘misogyny’ row. You may recall that Beard appeared on Question Time,…

Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen are playing out their version of 'Don Giovanni'. (Image: Getty)

Simon Barnes: The England cricket team is playing out Don Giovanni

27 July 2014 14:03

Simon Barnes has written the diary in this week’s issue of The Spectator. Here are his opening two paragraphs: ‘Sport…

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Should public servants go on strike?

11 July 2014 19:24

David Cameron has promised to change the law to make it harder to go on strike if he wins the…

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

How should we describe ‘assisted dying’?

7 July 2014 15:40

There is, I realise, no perfect, neutral way of describing ‘assisted dying’, the substance of Lord Falconer’s bill which comes…


Political meltdown

30 May 2014 17:03

I have consistently maintained that the Liberal Democrat party is an anachronism, a perversion and general waste of political space.…

'My Bed', Tracey Emin's most notorious work of art, is for sale. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Tracey Emin’s knickers – a short history of contemporary British art

29 May 2014 16:04

Tracey Emin’s bed is to be sold at auction this summer with a guide price of £800,000 to £1.2 million,…