‘I cry a lot on the train home’: London medics fight to save Covid patients

Photojournalist Tom Pilston was granted access to the intensive care ward at University College Hospital last week. We hear from a consultant, nurses and a physiotherapist, who explain how the pandemic is taking a huge toll on hospital staff Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage As you approach the imposing tower of […]

‘How many more lockdowns can we go through?’ Bosses on Covid double-dip recession

From Burnley to London, those in hospitality sector tell of pressures they and staff face, and dismay at UK government Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK economy shrank by 2.6% in November, as a second national lockdown in England and tough restrictions across the rest of the UK hit growth. […]

‘Kind of unbelievable’: US Republicans in Britain mull over Trump impact

Diaspora of expats voice loyalty, but also withering disgust over Capitol storming – and fatigue Watching history unfold in Washington DC from her home in London, Jan Halper-Hayes admitted to being slightly incredulous about the images of Donald Trump supporters storming the US Capitol. “It was kind of in some ways unbelievable,” says the long-term […]

How the New Cross fire became a rallying cry for political action

1981 blaze in London killed 13 black youngsters and sparked protest at poor response from police and government Yvonne Ruddock’s 16th birthday party was the first her mother had allowed her to host in the family home in New Cross, south-east London. But the joint celebration that started with much excitement ended in a devastating […]

Tell us: how has the pandemic affected Barking and Dagenham?

We’re looking to speak to people who live or work in Barking as part of our investigation into the recent surge of positive coronavirus cases An estimated 54.2% of residents in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham are thought to have had coronavirus, according to new modelling released last week. The Guardian would like […]

Success for female nominees at London critics’ circle film awards

Films directed by women include Rose Glass’s Saint Maud with eight nominations, followed by Sarah Gavron’s Rocks, with six Female film-makers have proven triumphant in the nominations for the annual London critics’ circle awards, with movies by Rose Glass, Sarah Gavron, Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell scoring the most nods. Glass’s psychological horror Saint Maud […]

A river used to run through it: how New Mexico handles a dwindling Rio Grande

The Rio Grande used to flow freely, but now in Las Cruces, humans, fish and plants are vying for water in the arid landscape Imagine the world without its most famous rivers: Egypt without the Nile, or London without the Thames. In Las Cruces, New Mexico, residents don’t have to envision the American west without […]

Tell us: how has the pandemic affected Newham?

We’re looking to speak to people who live or work in Newham as part of our investigation into the recent surge of positive coronavirus cases The east London borough of Newham has had more than 4,000 people test positive for the coronavirus during the past week. The council stated that more than a fifth of […]

The Garden at Corinthia, London: ‘The food is good, the pricing brutal’ – restaurant review

This Alpine-inspired courtyard takes prices and luxurious eating to new heights – and without the skiing The Garden at Corinthia, Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2BD (020 7321 3012). Starters £11-£14.50; mains £24-£30; desserts £10-£12 and wines from £48 If wealth has any purpose, it is to make things easier, which is to say less effortful. […]

‘It’s better than worrying about the state of the world’: how to get politically active this year

From grassroots campaigns to momentous movements, there are multiple ways to help bring meaningful change There has been a lot of research on the “double-benefit” of civic activism, the economic rewards it can store up for the people who do it as much as those it’s done for. But I’m not really interested in the […]

Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for apple pudding cake | The new vegan

A crunchy demerara top, soft, puddingy insides and enough apple to be potentially good for you Some time ago, when my daughter was nearly two, we took a walk and the sky sprung a leak. We should have known better (ie checked a weather app). We were on the knife-edge of a meltdown with a […]

My gift card just didn’t keep on giving at Currys

My online order was cancelled without explanation, and now I can’t get a refund In July, I placed two online orders on Currys.co.uk and paid with gift cards. Shortly afterwards, both were cancelled without explanation and I was told my gift cards would be refunded within eight weeks. Despite constant promises, I’m still out of […]

Viva veganuary! 17 delicious ways with tofu – from Thai red curry to chocolate mousse

The high-protein meat substitute is one of the world’s most versatile ingredients. Here’s how to use it in everything from tasty stir-fries to nutritious smoothies On 11 January 1770, Benjamin Franklin, then in London, wrote a letter to a friend in Philadelphia, enclosing some soya bean seeds (“Chinese garavances”, referring to garbanzos, or chick-peas) and […]

Have you had an operation cancelled in the UK due to coronavirus?

If you’ve had an urgent operation or treatment cancelled because of coronavirus, we’d like to hear from you. Share your experiences Have you had an NHS treatment cancelled since the coronavirus pandemic emerged? NHS bosses at some hospitals in London are considering taking drastic action across the capital are becoming overwhelmed by people who are […]

‘Training is a priority’: the London borough investing in the careers of social workers

Wandsworth has a strong commitment to encouraging its staff to develop professionally – and its social workers say that’s a key reason they stay with the authority New Zealander Caitlin Hanley has been working for Wandsworth children’s services since July 2018. Having spent time at two other London boroughs as an agency locum worker, she […]

‘I passed out with the lack of oxygen’: truth of Heathrow stowaways’ tragic journey

A man who died falling from an aircraft while attempting to reach the UK had a friend on the same flight who survived and speaks in a new Channel 4 film, The Man Who Fell from the Sky An almost unbearably painful moment comes halfway through a new Channel 4 documentary about the extraordinary story […]

Sir Brian Urquhart obituary

Diplomat who was a key player in establishing the UN’s peacekeeping role Sir Brian Urquhart, who has died aged 101, was best known as the principal architect of the United Nations’ peacekeeping activities. He was present at the birth of the UN and worked there continuously at senior level for four decades, securing a reputation […]

Krishnan Guru-Murthy: ‘If I could bring something extinct back to life, I’d choose civil debate’

The television journalist on Tom Jones, a brush with death at a fairground, and why he wants to apologise to every offended interviewee Born in Liverpool, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, 50, began presenting youth television for the BBC at 18. He went on to report for and produce Newsround and Newsnight. In 1998, he joined Channel 4 […]

Inside the ‘moving factory’ that will cut HS2 through the Chilterns

With protesters camped nearby, two giant 170m machines are being assembled In a decade’s time, passengers on the new high-speed trains hurtling out of London will get just a burst of daylight and a glimpse of the Colne Valley landscape before disappearing back underground through the Chiltern Hills. Today, in that three-mile stretch between future […]

I was bored of chats about house prices and polyamory – but I had a secret plan for happiness

Desperate to regain my sense of wonder, I have spent 18 months learning about the world It took me a long time to admit that I was bored. I had left London and moved to a small town on the coast, drawn by the light and the landscape and the freedom, and by the promise […]

Call the cavalry! Horses ride to rescue of an inner city garden

Mounted City of London police receive a surprise order: to help trample in wildflower seeds at the Barbican ‘Nature survives in the tiniest corners’: the City of London’s wild heart Read more in our series Biodiversity: what happened next? It’s not often that the City of London’s police horses are asked to trample on someone’s […]

A year of dining out (and in)

There were plenty of dark clouds for our restaurant critic in 2020, but a few spectacular silver linings, too A chilly Saturday night in February and I am walking wide-eyed along London’s Gerrard Street, staring into brightly lit Chinese restaurants which should be crammed but instead are not. Waiters, who normally make feeding the crowds […]

We ordered 80 items from Ikea but it only delivered five

I paid £600 for essential items and desperately need them … but it’s been impossible to make contact We moved into a new house in mid-November, and placed a £600 order of essential items with Ikea, including a cot for my four-month-old daughter. After postponing the initial delivery date, Ikea delivered only five of the […]

Huw Edwards: ‘By the fifth child, you’re a brilliant parent’

The BBC News at Ten presenter on the after-effects of Covid, terrible haircuts and the lessons learned from a big family In times of crisis, we turn to the familiar. And, over the past three decades, there have been few more reassuring faces than Huw Edwards, the 59-year-old presenter of BBC One’s News at Ten. […]

How have your UK Christmas plans been affected by the new restrictions?

We would like to hear from those who have had to change what they are doing, especially those under tier 4 restrictions A third of England’s population has been placed under new tier 4 restrictions, with the five-day Christmas bubbles plan of mixing up to three households applying now only on Christmas day for the […]

Ravneet Gill’s Christmas recipe for steamed date pudding with toffee sauce | The sweet spot

A winning alternative to Christmas pud. Spoons at the ready … My family can never refuse a steamed sponge. This dates back to the first time I took them to eat at St John in London. My mum was expecting some sort of afternoon tea, I think, so when Rosy, one of the pastry chefs, […]

‘People won’t forget Dominic Cummings’ visit’: Barnard Castle learns to live with notoriety

For the prime minister’s aide, this County Durham town was somewhere to ‘test his eyesight’ during the first lockdown. It is now a place of pilgrimage Rosalind Evans was one of at least three residents of Barnard Castle who claimed to have seen Dominic Cummings visit the town at the height of the first lockdown, […]

How getting a hotel room in March kickstarted a life off the streets

The ‘Everyone In’ scheme housed 15,000 street homeless people during the first Covid wave. As winter hits, charities say it must be reprieved Mick Norman, 51, who has a long history of alcohol and substance abuse and crime, had been living on the streets of east London “this time around” for 18 months. Norman had […]

‘It feels gruelling’: new Tories reflect on difficult year

A third of the nearly 100 new Conservative MPs elected last year are from the so-called red wall seats gained from Labour When Boris Johnson swept to victory in 2019, the whirlwind brought with it nearly 100 new Conservative MPs, the biggest new intake since 2010. Many from the northern “red wall” did not expect […]