Urbanism

Ignore the advice of the freesheets handed out on the Tube. Why visit the hot spots in a city full of cool panoramic sanctuaries?   

‘Occasionally one reads of an incident in this great metropolis so awful, so disturbing, that just for a moment one’s mental moorings are shaken’

‘I’m not sure there has ever been a time in London when you chose where you lived on the basis of sexual preference’

How seriously should we take an Old Stoic who wants to reintroduce wild elephants to Britain?

People want homes, not the “housing units” offered by tower blocks, yet planners continue to sanction these unloved monstrosities

The gemstone traders on London’s Hatton Garden have witnessed huge changes in attitudes towards marriage, but diamonds are forever

Boris Johnson should spend his second mayoral term reversing Ken Livingstone’s legacy of inverse snobbery and interest group politics

What is the Royal Geographical Society for — exploration or ‘post-socialist urban identities’?

‘Having climbed halfway up a lamppost, a homeless guy in a pink skirt and a low-cut white blouse starts to hump it’

US Election Week diary: New Yorkers and their attitudes towards the new president