How our art critic ended up in the Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules – review

Somerset House, LondonFrom Viz to the fourth plinth to David Bowie, the perennially upstart comic’s influence rampages on – and even our own Adrian Searle can’t get off scot-free What should a critic do? I’m sure there must be rules: don’t take backhanders from galleries. Don’t get too intimate with artists, especially not dead ones. […]

L’Heure Exquise review – a Beckettian ballerina buried in pointe shoes

Royal Opera House, Linbury theatre, LondonMaurice Béjart’s adaptation of Happy Days sees Alessandra Ferri up to her hips in ballet shoes in this sparse, dreamlike work Alessandra Ferri is drowning in a mountain of pointe shoes. A huge pile of pink satin almost fills the stage, and in the centre the 58-year-old ballerina, visible only […]

Iranian family road trip movie wins top prize at London film festival

Panah Panahi’s Hit the Road wins award for ‘distinctive film-making that captures essence of cinema’ A tender and unexpectedly funny story about a family’s road trip through the twisting desert highways and misty green valleys of northwestern Iran has won the most prestigious prize at this year’s London film festival. Hit the Road, the debut […]

Boy, 16, charged with murder over stabbing of teenager in London

Hazrat Wali, 18, died in hospital on Tuesday after being attacked at a playing field in Twickenham A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder over the fatal stabbing of a teenager on a playing field. Hazrat Wali, 18, of Notting Hill, west London, died in hospital on Tuesday after being attacked on Craneford Way […]

Artist Basil Watson to design Windrush monument in London

Statue will pay tribute to generation who arrived from Caribbean, but its Waterloo location has been criticised The internationally renowned artist Basil Watson has been chosen to design a permanent national Windrush monument that will be unveiled in Waterloo next year, despite criticism of its location in London. The statue, which is backed by £1m […]

Coldplay review – stadium poppers take the big-time small scale

O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, LondonChris Martin and co – and Ed Sheeran – keep the festivities local, for now, launching Coldplay’s space-inspired new album in a venue the band last played in 1999 At the end of Coldplay’s greatest-hits set, Chris Martin’s thanks come in a Babel of languages – Spanish, Japanese; there might be […]

Boy, 16, held over fatal stabbing of Afghan refugee in west London

Principal of college attended by Hazrat Wali, who was killed on Tuesday, says he had a bright future An Afghan refugee who was fatally stabbed yards from the west London college where he was studying had a “a bright future ahead of him”, its principal has said as a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion […]

Looking for the finest French restaurants? Go to London, not Paris | Jay Rayner

Not only that, but the Italian restaurants are better than Rome’s. Really, why bother going abroad? It was while I was scarfing down the blistered flat bread, laid with lardons, snails and shiny jewels of bone marrow at Maison François, that the thought came to me. It was while I was forking away their mustardy […]

Afghan refugee stabbed to death in London in front of schoolchildren

Hazrat Wali, 18, who came to UK two years ago, attacked near sports field where children were playing rugby A teenage Afghan refugee was stabbed to death on a sports field in south-west London in front of schoolchildren playing rugby. The victim, named as 18-year-old Hazrat Wali, from Notting Hill, was attacked at about 4.45pm […]

From concealed penises to Barbra Streisand: how Frieze got its mojo back – review

Regent’s Park, LondonAfter decades of fun, noise, fame and money, the London art fair has found its soul. But there’s still plenty of outrage and sleaze at the grown-up Frieze I was relieved when I finally found the hidden willies. At times, the first post-pandemic Frieze art fair is so relaxing you could fall asleep […]

‘Darkness and light’: Alexander McQueen fashion house comes home to London

Rooftop catwalk show celebrated the city and its ‘unpredictable skies’, said designer Sarah Burton Twenty years after a young Lee McQueen signed a deal with Gucci and moved his catwalk shows from East End carparks in London to plush Parisian salons, the Alexander McQueen brand marked the world’s shifting back on to its axis by […]

I can’t get a refund after my theatre show was cancelled due to Covid

I’ve emailed the theatre and the agency, Encore Tickets, but just get an automated reply Last year I used the Encore Tickets website to purchase four tickets to see The Shark is Broken at the Ambassadors theatre in London. The performance was supposed to be in May 2020 but it, along with everything else, was […]

Two people sentenced for running unregistered school in London

Second convictions for Nadia Ali, headteacher of Ambassadors Home school in Streatham, and her father A headteacher and her father have been sentenced for the second time for running an illegal unregistered school in south London after a crackdown by the schools watchdog Ofsted. Nadia Ali, the headteacher of Ambassadors Home school, an unregistered private […]

Anicka Yi’s Turbine Hall review – invasion of the floating pod creatures

Tate Modern, LondonAttracted by human heat, Yi’s flying organisms home in on visitors and release smells – perhaps we should be glad they don’t quite fulfil their promise If you have an even slightly raised temperature – a mild fever or a reaction to the flu jab – I’d advise against a trip to In […]

Man sought after woman in north London with stab injuries dies

Police urgently want to talk to Jason Bell who lived at the address where the woman died Police are searching for a man after a woman with stab injuries died in Camden. The Metropolitan police were called shortly before 1am on Sunday to a disturbance at a flat in Broxwood Way, Primrose Hill, London. Continue […]

Poussin and the Dance review – the greatest frozen ballet in all art

National Gallery, LondonBacchus and his cavorting retinue of centaurs, satyrs and naked nymphs are in constant motion and yet spellbindingly still in the precision-engineered art of Nicolas Poussin The scene: a chain of dancers in a glade, Roman tunics fluttering beneath a sky torn between sunlight and fierce darkness. A man leaps, two women twirl, […]

Three men injured in ‘reckless’ shooting in east London barber

Police appeal for witnesses after shots fired into shop in crowded part of Newham on Friday Police are appealing for witnesses after three men were shot in a barber’s shop in east London. The Metropolitan police said officers were called to reports of a shooting in Upton Lane, Newham, just before 7pm on Friday. Continue […]

Patti Smith review – communing with a rock’n’roll seer

Royal Albert Hall, LondonProtean punk poet Patti Smith, backed by a full band, is in expansive mood in a riveting, career-spanning show One worn black boot on the monitor, her long, white, artist’s hands carving up the air, Patti Smith is a performer who asks for no quarter. Her rakish authority has only been cemented […]

Guardian angel: a dog lover creates a close-knit community in a London park

In our new column, in which we make nice things happen for nice people, we meet Mark Davis, who runs free dog socialisation classes loved by pooches and their people Mark Davis carries around photographs of his now- deceased dogs Bonnie, Smokey, Zola and Bobby, and shows them to people who attend the free dog […]

Hervé Télémaque review – ‘His work is just waiting for some pretentious fool to decode it’

Serpentine Gallery, LondonFrom military operations to the death of André Breton, the Parisian artist loved to paint seismic events. But it’s odd and themeless, proving nothing dates more badly than pop art You can’t accuse the Serpentine of relentlessly reciting liberal orthodoxies. One of the biggest paintings in its retrospective of work by Hervé Télémaque […]

Everywhere there is a whiff of the wild: walking London’s Capital Ring

London’s trees technically make it a forest, and there’s greenery all around. But the city’s real pleasures are found in the urban-rural tension that you come across on this 78-mile route It’s Friday night on the Greenway path just outside the Olympic Park in east London. The last band of orange sky hangs lightly over […]

Bernardine Evaristo picks black authors for London ‘short story stations’

Author teams up with Canary Wharf to distribute short works by five writers during Black History Month The award-winning author Bernardine Evaristo has joined forces with the owners of Canary Wharf in London to publish a series of short stories by up-and-coming and notable black writers that will be available for free to thousands of […]

‘Some of art’s most luxurious orgies’ – Poussin and the Dance review

National Gallery, LondonSo sombre Poussin was actually a hedonist? What a surprise! By dwelling on his decade in Rome, then a city revelling in raw sensuality, this show casts him as Caravaggio’s lewder cousin Nicolas Poussin intimidates me. This 17th-century French artist, who spent most of his life in Rome, is so profoundly serious it […]

London film festival 2021: Peter Bradshaw’s top 10 picks

Tilda Swinton in Memoria, Kenneth Branagh’s memorial to Belfast and Edgar Wright’s 60s horror: the Guardian’s chief film critic chooses his must-sees at this year’s festival Céline Sciamma’s beautiful fairytale reverie is mysterious and moving. After her grandmother’s death, an eight-year-old girl comes with her troubled mum to clear out the old woman’s house and […]

Drivers clash with Insulate Britain activists blocking three London roads

Protesters stop traffic at Hanger Lane, the Blackwall tunnel and Wandsworth Bridge Insulate Britain activists have staged three morning roadblocks in central London, leading to dozens of arrests and confrontations with drivers stuck in heavy traffic at the height of rush-hour. The climate activist group said 54 supporters had blocked Hanger Lane in north London, […]

Nadine Shah: musician says she was sexually assaulted in London

The British singer-songwriter shared photos of her wounds from the attack, alleged to have taken place last month, in the wake of a second, verbal assault The musician Nadine Shah has said she was sexually assaulted by four men last month in London. The musician shared images of scratching and bruising on her body in […]

Residents of south London block face £2.6m fire-safety bill

Oyster Court in Southwark fails to meet height threshold for bailout in wake of Grenfell Tower disaster Nurses, teachers and post office workers are among those facing crippling fire-safety bills they believe could reach £85,000 each despite only owning a fraction of their homes. The housing association Optivo this week told key workers in shared […]