London

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 –…

What more does Boris Johnson need to do to be taken seriously?

15 August 2016 18:35

Boris Johnson has spent his adult life being underestimated and sneered at. But today’s attack by Tim Farron, the leader of what…

How the British bobby turned into Robocop

4 August 2016 10:47

To the casual glance it looks like a normal police car — same markings, same lights, same faces at the…

London knife rampage: Police hold Norwegian-Somali suspect

4 August 2016 7:08

One woman has been killed and five injured after a knifeman went on the rampage in Russell Square, London, late…

Can the Night Tube save London’s nightlife?

3 August 2016 12:15

On Friday 19 August, London Underground will run its first night tube services as the capital congratulates itself on becoming…

From small beginnings grow multi-billion pound financial industries

4 July 2016 11:15

Have you ever wondered what led to the birth of the modern insurance industry? No, me neither. But it turns…

Sadiq Khan’s advert ban shows he is an illiberal censor at heart

14 June 2016 12:20

Six weeks ago I was one of the 1.3 million Londoners who voted for Sadiq Khan as mayor. Boy do…

Is it ‘Islamophobic’ to draw attention to Sadiq Khan’s links with extremists?

2 May 2016 9:28

Zac Goldsmith came in for a fair amount of criticism yesterday after writing a piece in the Mail on Sunday…

Holborn’s ‘standing only’ escalators create a stairway to hell

18 April 2016 17:42

Holborn station has today started a six-month trial of ‘standing only’ escalators. As anyone who has travelled on the London…