London

What is the T-charge, and how might it affect you?

23 October 2017 17:51

The T-charge – short for Toxicity Charge – comes into force in central London today. It’s part of the London…

In banning Uber, London is fighting the future

26 September 2017 15:23

For the last ten months I have been working as an Uber driver in London. It is an amazing company…

Sadiq Khan has kowtowed to the protectionists over Uber

22 September 2017 13:53

Let’s face it, the decision today by TfL not to renew Uber’s licence to operate in London has not come…

When is the best time to exit the London property market?

21 September 2017 15:15

Owning a property in Central London is a dream for some, but a burden for others – if you are…

The Thames Water monopoly needs to be challenged

16 September 2017 9:00

Enough has been written about a Conservative government that knows its electoral success depends on Britain remaining a property-owning democracy,…

Forget London’s lost Garden Bridge: bring on Nine Elms-to-Pimlico instead

19 August 2017 9:30

I can’t work up much indignation at the collapse of London’s Garden Bridge project, which has been strangled by the…

How one London junction is raking in fines of £200,000 per day

14 August 2017 12:24

Driving in central London is a minefield at the best of times. What with the confusion of the congestion charge…

Welcome to the green belt: a safe space for lily-livered Londoners

17 July 2017 12:58

I am thoroughly enjoying Melissa Kite’s latest, justifiable, gripes which have been provoked by her move out of London. Stuff…

Grenfell Tower and the politics of needless death

15 June 2017 21:38

As the body count rose from the Grenfell Tower fire, sensible people warned us not to rush to judgement. Activists,…

The Grenfell Tower inferno shames London

15 June 2017 9:22

It takes a lot to make me feel ashamed of London, my beloved home city. But yesterday’s tower-block inferno did…

The young are tired of London – and who can blame them?

13 June 2017 10:32

London has historically been the place to go for young creative types. These days, renting damp warehouses and staying in…

Is it time to take a close look at the prime London property market? Spectator Money investigates

18 April 2017 10:00

‘It feels like 2010,’ was the verdict last week of one seasoned operator in the prime London property market. What…

Forget the Garden Bridge – and let’s destroy our existing bridges

14 April 2017 10:00

The Garden Bridge project, loved by Joanna Lumley and no-one else, has been roundly criticised by Dame Margaret Hodge in…

Of course we’re not cowed by terrorism – what other choice do we have?

27 March 2017 10:24

Stay safe, London. Stay safe, everyone. It’s nice, isn’t it, as a sentiment, which is just as well because it…

George Osborne’s Evening Standard job is good news for London

25 March 2017 10:00

George Osborne has been a good friend to London. He sees the point of infrastructure and I hope he’ll fight…

Around the world, Westminster is a byword for political moderation

23 March 2017 12:46

As many people have remarked, a terror attack in the centre of London was expected at some point, although it…

An independent London would be a Thatcherite dystopia

22 March 2017 13:17

Tottenham MP David Lammy has been writing in the Evening Standard about how it makes sense now for London to…

Don’t blame Brexit: the vote to leave the EU has had little effect on the housing market

24 January 2017 12:14

As a former property journalist I understand why the media uses Brexit to explain the performance of the UK housing…

The sad state of Gare du Nord offers a miserable welcome to Paris

7 January 2017 10:00

Last week I took the Eurostar to the Gare du Nord in Paris. We had lunch next to the station…

How mass immigration is turning London back into a religious city

6 January 2017 13:36

The bewildering influx of immigrants into London has had one effect that no one could have predicted 20 years ago:…

A view of St Paul’s is the least of London’s housing problems

5 December 2016 16:14

Richmond Park has been in the news a bit lately. It is portrayed as a bastion of wealth and privilege,…

How can the BBC be allowed to break their own editorial standards?

29 November 2016 17:37

I recently had the misfortune of featuring in a BBC documentary that repeatedly breached the corporation’s own editorial standards. I…

Rent increases are a problem in London – but not, really, for the rest of Britain

28 October 2016 12:18

When I made my Dispatches documentary about generational inequality for Channel 4, I was struck by how many of the…

Foreign investors aren’t to blame for London’s housing crisis

30 September 2016 12:45

I hate gentrification; my area was so much cooler when there were people openly selling drugs on the high street,…

London’s old elite is discovering how it feels to be priced out

4 September 2016 8:30

‘Super-rich foreigners are “forcing” the old money elite out of London’s prime postcodes.’ So declares London’s Evening Standard newspaper –…