How many restaurants which survive for more than 10 years are actually any good? In the restless churn of the London food scene, the answer is arguably: not very many. Chefs move on, managers are poached, the owner loses interest and that exciting new concept grows as stale as last week's leftovers. Inevitably, the sizzle subsides and the quality drops. At which point, it's only a matter of time before the nice chap from Cote, or Jamie's Italian, or Bill's comes knocking to ask about the lease.
A mural which disappeared from the wall of a north London shop last year but resurfaced in an auction in Miami – only to be withdrawn at the last minute – has gone on sale in London and was on Sunday evening expected to raise £900,000.
The recession has seen Australian expats leave in droves, damaging a specialist economy
It's two years since that interview, and now the 'Agenda' host has two feature films in the offing
Life has not been easy for Rolando Villazon these last few years. Invasive throat surgery stopped him singing, with no guarantee of any return to form. When he did make a come-back his performance was savagely dissected by the critics.
Galina Vishnevskaya was famous both as a singer and as the wife of the cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich. As a singer she was famous, in Britain at least, for being forbidden to take the soprano solos at the first performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem in 1962 in the newly consecrated Coventry Cathedral; and then for throwing a spectacular tantrum during the recording sessions of the same work in London the following year.
Sergei Polunin, the Ukrainian prodigy who stunned the dance world by walking out on the Royal Ballet, is to return to the UK for a brutal show "as far away from Swan Lake as you can get".
The arts are flourishing in Thurrock, despite the town being voted the most miserable in Britain this year
More than a decade after he missed out, Tony Hall hailed as man to revive the troubled corporation
The BBC has appointed Tony Hall - Lord Hall of Birkenhead - as the new Director General of the corporation.
Sightseers is the hilarious new black comedy from acclaimed British director Ben Wheatley (Kill List), executive producer Edgar Wright and the comic masterminds behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
Three restaurants and a top nightclub in central London have been shut after inspectors found a catalogue of food hygiene failings.
Punch and Judy is making a comeback - but without the violence or dropped baby.
Opera isn’t really Olympic, because a prize is just the start. A great singer grows, matures, transforms – and three generations of vocal giants arrived at Covent Garden, ready to prove it.
Restaurant critics routinely award points for "ambience," which can mean anything from parquet flooring to the number of yummy mummies in the room. Human chatter almost always makes for good ambience, an index of conviviality the patron has somehow contrived. But when does restaurant buzz become unacceptable noise?