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Europe minister Chris Bryant to make parliamentary history with same-sex 'wedding'

The Palace of Westminster will make a break with tradition this month when it hosts a civil partnership ceremony for the first time.

Hotel blaze in Burrington 'suspicious', say police

A fire which caused hundreds of thousands of pounds-worth of damage to a rural hotel may have been started deliberately, police said today.

Beginner's guide to: Keeping your energy bills down

With the country in the grip of the most severe cold snap for decades, household energy consumption is soaring and many will be dreading their heating bills. We look at how to keep those costs to a minimum while still staying warm.

My Secret Life: Cat Deeley, television presenter, 33

My parents were ... total dudes. Strict, but kind – and they instilled in me the confidence to be whoever I wanted to be.

Dean Street Townhouse, 69-71 Dean Street, London W1

Richard Caring's new hotel and restaurant used to house a branch of the Pitcher & Piano chain, a spiritless wine bar past which one used to hurry without any desire to join its clientele of onanists and poseurs. The Dean Street Townhouse, by contrast, brings style and warmth to the heart of Soho, and you can't move for people trying to get in.

Muslim woman says she was abused by hotelier

A disabled woman who recently converted to Islam was subjected to an hour long tirade of religiously aggravated abuse by the Christian owners of a bed and breakfast hotel after she appeared dressed in the hijab, a court heard today.

Ashmolean Dining Room, Beaumont Street, Oxford

Lofty ambitions

The Big Six: Lodges in New Zealand

Places to stay on both the North Island and South Island

The Luxe, 109 Commercial Street, London E1

The denizens of Spitalfields in east London have been waiting a long time for The Luxe. John Torode – the Australian judge on TV's Masterchef, who closes his eyes while shouting at his fellow judge, the cockney hard-man Gregg Wallace – has been promising to open for over a year. But since he's the chap behind Smiths of Smithfield, people have been happy to wait.

French twist: How one couple brought a touch of the avant-garde to the Languedoc

Arnaud serpollet has lived in the same house in Uzès in southern France since he was a child. Today, he and his wife Valerie, both antiques dealers, live and work from this remote rural setting – and have transformed the interior of their ancient barn in the Languedoc almost beyond recognition.

The Nut Tree Inn, Murcott, Oxfordshire

I have a confession to make. It wasn't the shiny new Michelin star that drew me to the Nut Tree Inn in rural Oxfordshire, or the fact that this smart little dining pub won Best Newcomer at a recent industry awards. It was the Nut Tree's proximity to Bicester Village, the discount designer-shopping outlet, where according to legend, cut-price cashmere floats from the sky like thistledown and the roads are paved with cheap Louboutin .

Five luxury French campsites

Forget city chic – get back to la nature with these perfect pitches, says Hannah Russell

Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1

The gentrification of east London gallops onward. You can hardly move in Shoreditch or Hackney these days without encountering a new private club or school-of-Mark-Hix restaurant. Whitechapel, long a place of anonymity, grot and serial murder, is on the turn as well. Through the windows of the Whitechapel Gallery's spanking new Dining Room – launched just after the Gallery's re-opening, following a two-year, £13.5m renovation that doubled its size – you look gloomily at the disused buildings across the High Street. But inside the Dining Room, everything is pure Primrose Hill, clean and new, tasteful and sweet-smelling.

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