17 Berkeley Street, London W1, 020 3327 8888. Afternoon tea: £45 a head. Dinner: around a £100 a head
When police raided a safe deposit company off Park Lane, they found a treasure trove of valuables each with a story to tell
St James's, London SW1, Tel: 020 7205 4545. £150 for two, with wine
The average house price in Old Kent Road is now £261,499 - compared to £60 on the original board
Agency says wealthy students from the Middle East, North America, Asia, and Africa are more than willing to spend over £2,000 per week for luxurious apartments in Mayfair
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.
£235-a-head Mayfair dinner will be attended by the bosses of global arms manufacturing companies
The man allegedly also set up a profile on an internet dating site to advertise his fetish
I've taken cocaine at two times in my life - but I've never been an addict, she told court yesterday
The strongest brand in European train travel has reached the end of the line. The Rail Europe name is to be erased by Christmas – just as horizons for British train travellers are being expanded with a new Paris-Barcelona high-speed service.
The Book of Bedtime Stories (Walker, £14.99) consists of 10 original tales selected by Michael Rosen from more than 400 entries for last year's Mumsnet and Gransnet children's story competition. Each illustrated by an up-and-coming artist, themes range from the adventures of a pig-riding sheriff to the exciting rescue of a dancing bear. Beautifully produced, this could be a collector's item. Alex T. Smith's Claude in the Spotlight (Hodder, £4.99 paperback) tells how the amiable dog of the title, accompanied by his regular friend Sir Bobblysock, gets caught up in a theatrical performance that nearly goes terribly wrong. Illustrated on every page by the author, this cheerfully eccentric story is highly entertaining. So too is Bernardo Atxaga's The Adventures of Shola (Pushkin Children's Books, £14.99). Translated from the Basque by Margaret Jull Costa and lavishly illustrated by Mikel Valverde, these gently ironic stories about another small dog whose aspirations regularly outrun her abilities are totally charming.
The oil trader suing the world’s biggest commodities trading company, Glencore, for wrongful dismissal has pledged to fight on even if he loses his case in the High Court.
The extent of the anger and frustration felt by the former home secretary is revealed in a series of voicemail recordings
What is obsession? Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, now 84, has been making the Infinity Net series for more than half a century – delicate white nets painted onto large canvases. They appear to be both a symptom of the mental illness that has dogged her since childhood, and a sign of her continuing power to overcome it through art.
“My boots keep getting stuck on the gum on the floor,” Gabriella Cilmi observes. The dirty surface belongs to Mayfair’s version of a bohemian dive, all shadowy corners and murals of topless, brazen rock chicks. Though Cilmi had one of the hits of the summer of 2008 with “Sweet About Me”, and her naturally throaty voice drew comparisons to Amy Winehouse, success since has been patchy at best. This low-key gig in advance of her third album, The Sting, has the feeling of starting again.
Unconventional designer Rick Owens is expanding his empire with a pop-up in east London, but he's doing it in a typically humble way, writes Rebecca Gonsalves