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London posh-home lettings hit record high

Six- and seven-bedroom houses in Notting Hill and Primrose Hill were among a record number of properties rented out at £5,000-plus a week in London last year. Upmarket estate agent Knight Frank reported the number of… Read more

Art and design

Robin Spence obituary

Robin Spence, who has died aged 79, was a talented architect, whom I first met in 1958 at Cambridge University, where we both studied. After university, he travelled in the US, working for a period for the firm… Read more

Culture

When good TV goes bad: the X-Files

It is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment The X-Files jumped the shark as the whole show was so, well, shark-jumpy. It is much easier to point out the best ever spin-off episode: 1997’s The Springfield Files, in… Read more

Life and style

Prawn cocktail is back in fashion, says Mary Berry

It may drum up memories of the kind of dinner party satirised by Abigail’s Party but prawn cocktail is back in fashion, according to Mary Berry. The former Bake-Off judge says that while avocados and toast have become… Read more

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Country diary: a kind of heaven in avian form

In any other place a great white egret passing overhead would have commanded all our attention. The national breeding total for this species was just seven pairs in 2017. Here, however, at dusk it was an incidental… Read more

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