Arts & Life

Five of the best sleeping bags
Woman in a sleeping bag looking at the view out the tent
The wish list

Five of the best sleeping bags

Featuring a sleeping bag designed to keep you toasty in temperatures as low as -20ºC
8 Jun 2022
Hotel The Noblemen: innovative design meets old world charm
The Rembrandt van Rijn signature room at Hotel The Noblemen in Amsterdam
The big trip

Hotel The Noblemen: innovative design meets old world charm

A boutique Amsterdam canal house that turns Dutch history into a luxury experience
8 Jun 2022
A weekend in Barcelona
An aerial view of the iconic Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
The big trip

A weekend in Barcelona

Everything you need to know for a city break in Catalonia’s cultured capital
7 Jun 2022
Saint Lucia: the vivid jewel in the Caribbean crown
Woman in pool looking out at a mountain and body of water
The big trip

Saint Lucia: the vivid jewel in the Caribbean crown

Island of golden sands, lush rainforest and rich history is the perfect post-pandemic treat
7 Jun 2022
TikTok and the £50k curry: how Johnny Depp has begun his comeback
Johnny Depp
Why we’re talking about . . .

TikTok and the £50k curry: how Johnny Depp has begun his comeback

Actor has made a number of public appearances since his libel victory over his ex-wife
7 Jun 2022
Genesis GV60: what the car critics say
Genesis GV60 electric vehicle
Expert’s view

Genesis GV60: what the car critics say

It is expensive, but the GV60 is up there with the best EVs
7 Jun 2022
Magnum Photos: 20th century art icons in their studios
Frida Kahlo, Mexico City in 1954 by Werner Bischof. Magnum Photos
Behind the scenes

Magnum Photos: 20th century art icons in their studios

An intimate look at modern and contemporary masters shot by legendary Magnum photographers
7 Jun 2022
Is Brexit to blame for the travel chaos?
Heathrow airport queues
Why we’re talking about . . .

Is Brexit to blame for the travel chaos?

Thousands of half-term holidaymakers have had flights cancelled or delayed
6 Jun 2022
A journey into Jordan’s ancient past
Petra
The big trip

A journey into Jordan’s ancient past

For the most remarkable sights, drive south from Amman to Aqaba on the Red Sea
6 Jun 2022
Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921 by Antony Beevor
Black and white photo showing Vladimir Lenin on a podium
In Review

Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921 by Antony Beevor

This is an ‘unceasingly agonising, yet always irresistible’ work
3 Jun 2022
Gambling, flying and a cinematic comeback
Online gambling
Podcasts

Gambling, flying and a cinematic comeback

Why are strict new gambling laws in doubt? Can activists justify flying to an environmental conference? And is Top Gun: Maverick leading a celluloid r…
3 Jun 2022
Podcasts of the week: from true crime to a true-crime drama
Podcast app on a phone
In Review

Podcasts of the week: from true crime to a true-crime drama

Featuring Killer Book Club, RedHanded, Criminal, Radioman and Lady Killers With Lucy Worsley
2 Jun 2022
Radical Landscapes: a ‘rich and often superbly strange’ exhibition
Radical Landscapes Tate Liverpool
In Review

Radical Landscapes: a ‘rich and often superbly strange’ exhibition

This Tate Liverpool show offers ‘social and political history by other means’
2 Jun 2022
Ten of the best beaches in the UK
Three Cliffs Bay from Penmaen Burrows, Gower, Wales
The big trip

Ten of the best beaches in the UK

With ‘summer’ on the horizon it’s time to explore some of Britain’s top coastal gems
1 Jun 2022
Legally Blonde on stage: ‘far wittier’ than the film
Still from Legally Blonde on stage
In Review

Legally Blonde on stage: ‘far wittier’ than the film

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is host to this ‘smart show about brains as well as beauty’
1 Jun 2022
Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts – an elegant tribute to the Queen
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip wave from Buckingham Palace balcony
In Review

Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts – an elegant tribute to the Queen

Directed by the late Roger Michell, this documentary is ‘insightful, mischievous and assembled with panache’
1 Jun 2022
The cooling housing market
Property for sale signs
Why we’re talking about . . .

The cooling housing market

The end of the latest boom is in sight. What kind of landing can we expect?
1 Jun 2022
Maslina Resort: a relaxed and chic island retreat in Croatia
The beautiful pool at Maslina Resort in Croatia
The big trip

Maslina Resort: a relaxed and chic island retreat in Croatia

Mediterranean charm meets European fine dining on Hvar island
1 Jun 2022
Half-term airport chaos: what’s gone wrong?
A queue at Manchester airport
Today’s big question

Half-term airport chaos: what’s gone wrong?

Unions and government blame industry bosses for crippling staff shortages
31 May 2022
The Westminster: a rather enjoyable modern hotel in London
The Westminster Suite at The Westminster Hotel in London
In Review

The Westminster: a rather enjoyable modern hotel in London

With its splendid location, this is a comfortable base to explore the best of the capital
31 May 2022
Five of the best picnic hampers
Picnic hamper with food on a picnic blanket
The wish list

Five of the best picnic hampers

From a budget Amazon option to a luxury carrier made from steamed willow
31 May 2022
SsangYong Rexton: what the car critics say
SsangYong Rexton
Expert’s view

SsangYong Rexton: what the car critics say

For sheer size and pulling power, this 4x4 family tank has few rivals
31 May 2022
Tried and tasted: 50 of the world’s best whiskies
Investing in whisky
In Review

Tried and tasted: 50 of the world’s best whiskies

Take a global tour of the whisky world – from Scotland and Romania to Finland and France
31 May 2022
Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá: an urban oasis in Rome
The pool at Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá in Rome
The big trip

Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá: an urban oasis in Rome

The outdoor pool takes centre stage at this unrivalled city centre destination
30 May 2022
Three breathtaking walking holidays
Man on top of Taft Point
The big trip

Three breathtaking walking holidays

Featuring quiet Yosemite trails, a hike in Cape Verde and a stroll through the Istrian peninsula
30 May 2022
Could Kevin Spacey be extradited to the UK?
Actor Kevin Spacey reading a poem
Today’s big question

Could Kevin Spacey be extradited to the UK?

US police may be ordered to detain Oscar winner over sexual assault charges
30 May 2022
A weekend in Manchester
An aerial view of Manchester Town Hall and the city centre
The big trip

A weekend in Manchester

Everything you need to know for a city break in England’s north west powerhouse
27 May 2022
Properties of the week: colourful homes
Pink cottage
The wish list

Properties of the week: colourful homes

Featuring outbuildings, saunas and a waterside apartment with views across the River Dart
27 May 2022
My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum: a ‘daringly sumptuous’ show
Amara Okereke as Eliza Doolittle
In Review

My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum: a ‘daringly sumptuous’ show

This ‘Rolls-Royce of a revival’ gives the classic musical a modern feel
27 May 2022
Five Love Affairs and a Friendship by Anne de Courcy: a ‘racily enjoyable book’
Nancy Cunard
In Review

Five Love Affairs and a Friendship by Anne de Courcy: a ‘racily enjoyable book’

Nancy Cunard’s ‘roller-coaster life’ is the focus of this biography
27 May 2022
Top Gun: Maverick - Tom Cruise makes a thrilling return
Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick
In Review

Top Gun: Maverick - Tom Cruise makes a thrilling return

This ‘absurdly’ entertaining sequel is an ‘edge-of-your-seat, fist-pumping spectacular’
26 May 2022
Why has Ricky Gervais’ show been criticised?
Ricky Gervais on The Late Show
Today’s big question

Why has Ricky Gervais’ show been criticised?

Comedian defends show by saying his ‘target’ was ‘trans activist ideology’
26 May 2022
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: events, street parties and festivals
Jubilee Street Party
In Focus

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: events, street parties and festivals

A look at how the jubilee will be celebrated over the four-day bank holiday weekend
26 May 2022
The Time Traveler’s Wife: a ‘problematic’ adaptation of the hit novel
Theo James and Rose Leslie
In Review

The Time Traveler’s Wife: a ‘problematic’ adaptation of the hit novel

Book was made into a 2009 film – and now Apple TV+ has had a go
26 May 2022
Reframed: The Woman in the Window – a thoughtful and ‘tightly structured’ exhibition
Image of Tom Hunter painting of woman
In Review

Reframed: The Woman in the Window – a thoughtful and ‘tightly structured’ exhibition

Dulwich Picture Gallery show mixes bona fide masterpieces with ‘intriguing oddities’
26 May 2022
The cheapest and most expensive areas to rent in the UK
UK housing
In Brief

The cheapest and most expensive areas to rent in the UK

The cost of renting is hitting record highs – but it’s not the same everywhere
25 May 2022
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