Travel

Brexit won’t mean more expensive flights for Brits. Here’s why.

1 March 2016 9:09

We’ve been warned that Brexit could spell the end of cheap travel. But is it really true that Britain voting…

Why you should never meet your heroes

14 October 2014 15:41

As we become steadily accustomed to life in the Age of Celebrity, it’s become a truth that, as Mark Mason…

London as you’ve never seen it before

7 May 2014 12:40

The new Shangri-La hotel opened its doors to Mr S last night. Located on floor 35 of The Shard, the…

Give us your views! Here is Fraser Nelson’s

6 October 2013 9:00

Spectator readers are known for their views — fierce, funny, original. Now we want not only your opinions, but your…

Ed Miliband needs to get out more

27 September 2013 15:50

They say travel broadens the mind, and Ed Miliband needs to travel more. To China, India and Brazil, but also…

No, you did not ‘leave the modern world behind’: some phrases should be banned from travel writing

19 September 2013 12:00

Clichés and travel writing, sadly, often go hand in hand. I look after the travel pages at the Daily Mail…

‘A banishment’ – Gloria Deak describes the visits of celebrated Victorians to America

17 September 2013 13:17

No, they decidedly did not like us — this is true at least for the majority of the nineteenth-century British…

Here, Mr Gove, is the thrill of raw, unvarnished history

4 September 2013 9:36

Our unrelenting appetite for historical drama is fed by a ceaseless stream of novels and dramatisations – usually, these days,…

Would you hide the cover of your book from prying eyes on the Tube?

1 August 2013 9:05

‘Would you mind if I asked what your book is?’ She was in her late-thirties, with dark hair and a…

In England’s green and pleasant land

31 August 2012 9:20

The idea came to me after I had just got back from South America after a long trip to Peru. …

The Visit – Shiva Naipaul Prize, 2007

28 August 2012 19:14

The 2007 Spectator/ Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize was won by Clarissa Tan. The prize, named after the late Trinidadian author, is…

Entertaining Dr Murdock – Shiva Naipaul Prize, 2000

28 August 2012 16:29

The Spectator/ Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for the year 2000 was won by Mary Wakefield. The judges included Antony Beevor; Patrick…

Last rites

28 August 2012 9:10

‘Village’, to most middle-Englanders, conjures up a cosy, living community. Perhaps the post office is threatened with closure or the…

Why a rough guide is better than none

16 August 2012 14:40

Like the most desperate of priests, and the most marginal of activists, Nick Cohen wants us all to be like…

Bad times in Buenos Aires – Shiva Naipaul Prize, 1996

15 August 2012 18:03

Miranda France won the Spectator/ Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize in 1996. Her winning essay (below) formed the heart of her first,…

Be ‘unafraid’, Hilary Mantel tells Shiva Naipaul Prize contenders

26 July 2012 20:12

Hilary Mantel has just been long-listed for the Booker Prize for Bring Up the Bodies, her brilliant follow-up to Wolf Hall, which netted…

LA gangs, Arab feminists, and learning Classics

6 July 2012 8:30

‘There are more people teaching Ancient Greek in China than there are in Britain,’ declares Professor Edith Hall from the…

A knight’s tale

5 July 2012 12:00

I can’t help thinking that the literary editor is having a little chuckle to himself, in his own private way,…

An afternoon in Madrid

19 June 2012 17:15

The most obvious — but far from the only — author to read when in Madrid must be Ernest Hemingway.…

The economic case for HS2 explained

4 March 2011 16:05

Matthew Sinclair’s piece on high-speed rail makes two main criticisms, both of which have already been addressed in the material…

The case for abandoning HS2 restated

3 March 2011 12:20

The government release a claim that HS2 will bring 40,000 new jobs. They are so desperate to let the public…

The gates of hell

19 December 2010 11:50

Some blogs get you the news from wizards of Wall Street, or the war-torn back alleys of Baghdad. But here…

The legacy of a century of vain politicians

27 August 2010 17:58

Monday is the August Bank Holiday – at least in England and Wales, where it is the last weekend before…

Behind the Security Theatre Curtain

20 October 2008 17:10

Airport security? A complete joke. This has been apparent for some time, of course, but all the “security theatre” nonsense…

Where’s Scotland?

29 September 2008 13:41

Notice what’s missing from this Guardian scoop? A third runway at Heathrow airport would be scrapped by a Tory government…