Mayfair - latest news, breaking stories and comment - The Independent
News Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and ex-wife Mariam Aziz, pictured in 1999

A former international badminton player who became a bodyguard and close friend to the ex-wife of the Sultan of Brunei abused her position to steal diamonds worth £11.6m from her “extremely wealthy” employer, a court heard yesterday.

cowshed.com

" width="80" height="104" onclick="location.href='http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/features/the-fashion-audit-barnyard-birthday--rainy-days-and-mondays--birds-and-bees-8745356.html';" class="" />

The Fashion Audit: Barnyard birthday / Rainy days and Mondays / Birds and bees

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Charles Saatchi puts his hand over Nigella Lawson's mouth at Scott's in December

Diners 'rush to eat' at spot where Saatchi grabbed wife Nigella

Table where Saatchi and Nigella would sit has become popular with diners

The Fashion Audit: Pyp to the post / Enhanced assets / Encyclopaedia Fashion

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Car dealership HR Owen fends off bid from Vincent Tan

One of London’s oldest car dealerships today urged shareholders to reject a £32.5 million offer for the business from Malaysian billionaire and owner of Premier League football club Cardiff City Vincent Tan.

Alexander Litvinenko: The former KGB agent died from polonium-210 poisoning in 2006

Alexander Litvinenko: Government refuses calls for public inquiry into death

Spy's widow accuses UK of protecting the Russian state

Brasserie Chavot, 41 Conduit Street, London W1

Amol Rajan finds bad upholstery undermines good food at Eric Chavot's newest spot

Travel Challenge

A summer break in Toronto

Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park in 2012 (above) and the same festival in 2013 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

East v West London battle for music festival dominance as relaunched Hyde Park takes on Olympic Park rival

A geographical battle for the capital’s musical soul begins tomorrow when Hyde Park is relaunched as a gentrified, “green” concert location in a £3 million bid to lure festival-goers from an Olympic Park site described as a “concrete dustbowl”.

Barclay brothers claim 'total victory' in the hotels war

The billionaire Barclay brothers yesterday declared "complete and total" victory in their long-running £1.1bn legal battle over the ownership of three of London's most prestigious hotels.

The Romanians at heart of UK tech boom

Eastern European immigrants won’t all steal British jobs

The Romanians at heart of UK tech boom

Eastern European immigrants won’t all steal British jobs

Alexander Litvinenko: The former KGB agent died from polonium-210 poisoning in 2006

High Court appears to back calls for public inquiry into death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko

The High Court appeared to back calls for the government to concede to a public inquiry into the death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko today.

Profit fit for a Queen after rise in value of Crown Estate's West End property

The Queen is nearly £38m better off following record results from her property company, the Crown Estate, an £8bn empire stretching from swathes of the West End of London to offshore wind farms.

Mr Hare looking to hop East

Mr Hare, one of British luxury's new star brands, is aiming to crack the lucrative Asian market through a huge distribution agreement and a first shop in Hong Kong.

Liam Gallagher has decided to start another spat with Robbie Williams by calling him a 'clown'

Liam Gallagher reignites feud with Robbie Williams by calling him a 'clown'

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has reignited his feud with Robbie Williams, having a pop at the Take That singer for performing at the home of his beloved Manchester City.

News
John Travolta is a qualified airline captain and employed the pilot with his company, Alto
people'That was the lowest I’d ever felt'
Life and Style
healthIt isn’t greasy. It doesn’t smell. And moreover, it costs nothing
Arts and Entertainment
Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel are bringing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to the London Coliseum
theatre

Returning to the stage after 20 years makes actress feel 'nauseous'

News
peopleThe Times of India said actress should treat it as a 'compliment'
Property
Home body: Badger stays safe indoors
property
News
The programme sees four specialists creating what they believe are three perfect couples, based on scientific matchmaking. The couples will not meet until they walk down the aisle together
tvUK wedding show jilted
Arts and Entertainment
US pop diva Jennifer Lopez sang “Happy Birthday” to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, president of Turkmenistan
musicCorporate gigs become key source of musicians' income
Arts and Entertainment
You've been framed: Henri Matisse's colourful cut-outs at Tate Modern
artWhat makes a smash-hit art show
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona from £949pp
Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro from £799pp
Provence from £599pp
Apulia, Lecce and Vieste – Undiscovered Italy from £899pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples from £759
Classical Spain from £539pp
Prices correct as of 12 September 2014
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week