News The Ritz, one of London’s best hotels, faces BBC allegations of not paying corporation tax

The Ritz, perhaps Britain’s most instantly recognisable hotel, is facing the prospect of being targeted by protest groups as early as next month over revelations that it has not paid any corporation tax in the last 17 years.

Shopping: It's time to hit the bottle

WHETHER IT'S hot and sunny or cool and cloudy, there's something hugely appealing about eating outside in the summer. If barbecues get your mouth watering, do more than just placing a few sausages on the grill this year and try some sauces to put with or on your drumsticks. Marlena Spieler's 101 Essential Barbecue Tips (Dorling Kindersley, pounds 4.99) has a whole cupboard-full of sauce recipes, such as the Indonesian Peanut Sauce with coriander and soy sauce, on page 64.

Cannabis campaign: The message marches on

THE SUN shone, the bands played and everyone had a great time on the great Independent on Sunday decriminalise cannabis march last week.

Anyone would think we had plenty to celebrate

Emma Cook raises her glass to an explosion in the sales of champagne

Food: Tomato-coated nuggets of gold

Baked beans may conjure up various words beginning with "F" but, until now, fresh hasn't been one of them.

Burning up

Under the counter with Lindsay Calder

Books: A musical magic circle

Sarah Bradford reads the life of an Edwardian Lady with a taste for scandal; Violet: The Life and Loves of Violet Gordon Woodhouse by Jessica Douglas- Home, Harvill, pounds 20

The melodious delight of a Glyndebourne picnic

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

fashion Gone to print

This spring, printed fabrics are the surest way to update your wardrobe. We are not talking florals or polka dots, but more everyday prints, where the illusion of texture is the key. Carpets, wallpapers and curtains from the Seventies have been rediscovered and redefined to make a new kind of hip. And suddenly Missoni, the Italian label that has specialised in multicoloured knitwear for 26 years, looks totally of the moment. But, to be truly crafty, beat the designers at their own game and trawl second-hand shops for Seventies originals - the trashier the better

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold: I know John Patten's juicy little secret

I HAVE known and respected John Patten ever since I first bumped into him behind the gift-wrap counter at Fortnum and Mason way back in the summer of '77. Immaculately turned out, with spotless fingernails and never a hair out of place, he had already cut quite a dash in that most demanding of department stores, and was widely tipped for the plum job at Cosmetics.

Where shall we meet?: The Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly, W1 (071-493 8181)

While the anti-fur protesters rage outside, the Ritz's pillared, fountained Palm Court is an oasis of serenity. Remember to wear your good clothes (no jeans). Tea, served daily, at 3.00pm and 4.30pm, generally needs to be booked and costs pounds 14.50 a head, with a good deal of white-gloved grandeur thrown in free. Alternatively, nurse a Bloody Mary and a bowl of divine mixed nuts in the bar, a scattering of tables and spindly sofas in the vaulted hall, and watch the world and his mistress waltz by. Bar prices are on par with the rest of Mayfair; the ambience is pure, if discreet, hedonism. Within five minutes' walking distance are the Royal Academy, Fortnum and Mason and the Criterion Theatre.

Education: A supermarket manager for the masses: Leslie Wagner, 50, University of North London (former Polytechnic of North London).

'WHERE Oxbridge is the Fortnum and Mason of higher education, we see ourselves as the Sainsbury's,' says Leslie Wagner. 'You go to Fortnum and Mason for the odd treat, for something exotic and special. Nobody looks for their general food provision there.'

Retail Therapy: Wedding aids

MARRIAGE may be regarded as an outdated institution, but weddings certainly are not. A rise in customer inquiries has prompted Fortnum & Mason to launch a Wedding Service. In classic Fortnum's style, initial discussions with customers will be held over tea rather than in the stockroom. Fortnum's has an 'essentials' wedding list - a guide to items no home should be without. Included on the list are place-card holders, a silver crumb-sweeper, caviare sets and grape scissors.
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Vietnam & Cambodia
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
India & Nepal
Berlin, Dresden, Meissen & Colditz
Prices correct as of 17 October 2014
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London