©James Fryer

Yours for $500m — Los Angeles builds big

Industrial-scale construction of huge houses by the world’s super-rich is sparking a city backlash

Little Venice in Maida Vale
©Peter Brown/Alamy

London’s new ‘breakthrough postcodes’

Maida Vale, Queen’s Park and Hammersmith feel the £1m-plus ripple effect from central areas of the capital


The box parterre at Castle Ruspoli, near Rome ©Jimmy Fox
Italy’s Castle Ruspoli and its parterre garden have a rich history — Handel, Bardot and ‘La Dolce Vita’
– Robin Lane Fox
Daryush Shayegan in his Tehran apartment
©Ebrahim Mirmalek

Daryush Shayegan, Iranian intellectual

The academic and polymath talks about his school in England, exile in Paris and the cultural cross-pollination of east and west

Josh Noble near Pedder Street, Hong Kong
©Berton Chang

FT correspondent on surviving Hong Kong

Josh Noble says beyond the glitzy glass towers and expat hang-outs, there is a city oozing charm and tradition

Crans-Montana: a Swiss resort yet to peak

It may lack the cachet of St Moritz or Gstaad but the area offers good value for foreign buyers

The coast near Sorrento town
©Alex Tihonov/Getty Images

Italy’ Sorrento: a coastline to buy for

Prices have fallen and the area may be difficult to navigate, but the peninsula remains stunning

York’s historic city centre
©Ionut David / Alamy

New buyers drawn to York’s northern lights

Prime sales in the historic city have hit a 20-year peak, according to one agent, and prices are rising

Tamsin van Essen and Zemer Peled
©Charlie Bibby

Porcelain sculptors who are shards apart

From sharp flower petals to ‘diseased’ cups, Zemer Peled and Tamsin van Essen have wildly contrasting styles

An auricula theatre (out of season) on the terrace outside the orangery of George Carter’s garden in Norfolk
©Tim Bowditch

The garden designer rooted in history

George Carter drew on the humour and theatre of designs through the ages as the inspiration for his English garden

Floor spread of painted and dyed cotton, made in Golconda c1630

Textiles and the fabric of Indian society

The links between cloth production and the country’s history are laid bare at London’s V&A Museum


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