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Including two return East Coast train tickets to York and free entry to 30 top attractions

Win an epicurean two-night spa break in a luxury York country house hotel worth nearly £800

Middlethorpe Hall and Spa is a York institution: a gorgeous red-brick William and Mary country house, built in 1699 and lovingly refurbished into a sumptuous, historic hotel. 

Churchill Room Bar at the Houses of Parliament terrace

It's thirsty work being an MP, as their bar bills reveal

Was there really a time when you could walk into your local boozer, order three pints of Youngs for you and your mates, and settle up with the words, “Put it on the slate, Charlie”? Did we dream that you could run up wine and whisky bills on credit? No we didn’t – but it seems there’s only one place in the UK where, today, a request for credit is not met by a smack in the mouth. It’s the House of Commons.

HKK Broadgate West, Worship Street, London EC2

Is the Hakkasan group's latest proposition worth the City-slicker prices?

The Big Six: Super-sized rentals

Spitbank Fort, The Solent

This way, madam: a shadowy Peeler guides the way at 48 Doughty Street

IoS exhibition review: Charles Dickens Museum, Doughty Street, London

A tale of two houses, neither one bleak

Quality Chop House, 92 Farringdon Road, London EC1

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Manners makyth man. Etiquette's just nonsense

The idea of social cohesion is under threat from modern eating practices
The Duke of Cambridge makes a cup of tea

Wills, spills and bellyache – a day in the life of a duke

Making the tea, drinking the tea, polishing his helicopter and... saving lives. Now we know what Prince William gets up to all day

Montague House's Gold Suite

B&B and Beyond: Montague House, Sheringham, Norfolk

Mary Novakovich discovers a smart hideaway that's the perfect base from which to enjoy the charms of Sheringham

Rules 'missing' for new school kitchens

Campaigners have raised concerns that school dinners are at risk after the Government failed to introduce rules for proper kitchens and canteens.

London pub slows service to cut after-work drinking

A London pub has been left with no option but to serve customers more slowly in order to keep down growing numbers of after-work drinkers.

The Weekend's Television: Servants: the True Story of Life Below Stairs, Fri BBC2 / Downton Abbey, Sun ITV1

When the producers of Channel 4's 2002 reality series The Edwardian Country House advertised for volunteers for their reconstruction of upstairs-downstairs life, they were surprised by an imbalance in the responses.

Home comforts: Gallon House's smart, homely decor

B&B and Beyond Gallon House, Knaresborough, Yorkshire

The hosts at this ornate guesthouse above the River Nidd have years of culinary experience. Rhiannon Batten tucks in

Cerca do Sul is surrounded by lawns and an orchard

B&B And Beyond: Cerca do Sul, Alentejo, Portugal

This charming guesthouse is the perfect base for exploring the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, says Susannah Osborne

Rectory Farm
and its
grounds

B&B And Beyond: Rectory Farm, Cambridge

A Georgian-style house surrounded by fields makes a charming alternative to urban chain hotels, discovers Cathy Packe

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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project