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The Grill Room, London

It was where Oscar met Bosie in Bohemian splendour. But Tracey MacLeod finds it is the decor, not the food, that is the fairest of them all at the Café Royal's Grill Room

The Property Equation: What will £595,000 buy?

For the same price as a former royal hospital, converted into a stately home, Rosalind Russell has found four other, very different properties

The Property Equation: what will £995,000 buy?

For the price of a Norfolk manor house in more than 10 acres, you could snap up three other charming homes. Rosalind Russell does the sums

Bites: A pick of the brunch bunch

Lest we forget

When a restaurant has survived for over 150 years, it's easy to take it for granted. Time to pull on your navy blazer and return to Scott's, says Terry Durack

River rescue

One particularly rough night out in Manchester, Marco Pierre White saved Terry Durack's life.

Cottage industry

A 200-year-old cottage on a busy road in Glasgow, restored by an art nouveau-inspired craftsman? It might sound weird but, as Elisabeth Mahoney discovers, the results are inspirational

New Labour ladies lunch at a bastion of male chauvinism

IN AN almost orgiastic display of political incorrectness, the Cabinet's two best known women members yesterday lunched at that redoubt of male chauvinism - the Garrick Club.

Parliament: House of Lords: Visiting rights for the ousted peers

OUSTED HEREDITARY peers could be allowed to return to the House of Lords and attend debates if a series of "courtesy rights" are approved. Under the package, they would be allowed to sit on the steps of the throne in the chamber, have limited use of the guests' dining room and bars and access to the Lords library.

Property: Three To View - Mansion Houses

PROSPECT HOUSE in Finchingfield, Essex stands on a rise overlooking what is often claimed to be one of the prettiest villages in England. This Grade-II listed house has gardens of almost an acre. It was built in the 1830s, with later additions, and has sash windows with the original shutters at the front. There are drawing and dining rooms with stripped wooden floors, a wine cellar and a library with fitted bookshelves and fireplace. The main house has five bedrooms and three bathrooms, and there is also a self-contained two-bedroom studio. It's for sale through Trembath Welch, who are inviting offers of around pounds 650,000 for the property. For details ring 01371 872117.

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