Infernal sketch

‘London’s Overthrow’, a short hallucinatory essay by China Miéville, examines the pervasive apocalyptic mood of late 2011

Simon Schama at the Whitechapel Gallery

Invited by the Whitechapel Gallery to mount an exhibition from the abundant Government Art Collection, Simon Schama was at first sorely tempted to ‘grab, gorge and glut’. Here he explains how he finally made his more considered choices