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The London story

The world’s first megacity has been reinventing itself for 2,000 years, writes Edwin Heathcote, and never more so than now


Nicholas Kirkwood ©Rick Pushinsky
A stylish commercial area with a village feel, Mount Street in Mayfair is a favourite among gun lovers and fashion insiders
– Carola Long
Different track: Kate Bond and Morgan Lloyd in You Me Bum Bum Train ©Sean Raggett
This summer’s hottest tickets are not for West End blockbusters but for ‘immersive’ shows in disused offices and warehouses
– Sarah Hemming
Chisenhale Gallery, Tower Hamlets
Jenni Lomax picks her favourite off-the-beaten-track art spaces
A staircase at the Corinthia's The Royal Penthouse
©Barbara Kraft

Dream suites

The Olympics have provoked a luxury ‘arms race’ among London’s hotels. Claire Wrathall gains rare access to their very best rooms

The building dividing London

Peter Murray and Sir Simon Jenkins share their views on the Shard building and its effects on the city’s landscape and identity

Giorgio Locatelli
©Charlie Bibby

Cook’s day off

Where do London’s top chefs like to eat and drink when not in their own restaurants? Eight of the best reveal their favourite places to Rebecca Seal

A perfect London day

Anya Hindmarch

‘Cabman’s shelters offer a perfect English breakfast’

Anya Hindmarch, designer

Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street
©Rick Pushinsky

‘Daunt’s bookshop is such a beautiful space’

Sir Terence Conran, retailer and designer

The LN-CC boutique in Dalston which sells top-flight fashion by appointment only
©Rick Pushinsky

‘It’s not what you’d expect a shop to be’

Zaha Hadid, architect

‘Londoners never go to the Transport Museum’

Ken Livingstone, politician

Antonio Pappano

‘Six oysters is good, 12 is better’

Sir Antonio Pappano, music director

Will Self
©Nick Cunard/Writer Pictures

‘The Olympic stadiums are the ruins of the future’

Will Self, writer


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