Travel Hungary appetite: Budapest appealed to Jenna Coleman

'I love the bars, thermal baths and laid-back feel of Budapest in summer'

With the temperamental weather that these fair isles are blessed with, it's understandable that we make the most of the sun on those rare appearances that it shines.

Smooth operator: The best home products for longer lasting hair removal

Give yourself a break from daily depilation, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Closer, which first published the photos

French photographer and editor charged over Kate topless pictures

The images showed the Duchess sunbathing on the balcony of Château d’Autet, Viscount Linley’s home in Provence

A Melanoma survivor's scar where the mole was removed

Four in five sufferers of skin cancer now survive

More than 80 per cent of people diagnosed with malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, will now survive the disease, scientists have said. Yet British sunbathing habits mean the number of cases continues to rise.

Sheep graze on a dried river bed in Hertfordshire. Heat-baked ground could lead to localised flooding in the wake of the heatwave

Don't pack the shorts away yet! Clouds cover south and east, but sun to return next week - along with weather warnings and potential flooding

Heat and humidity will bring a good chance of heavy showers and even thunder

First night: Easy like Friday evening... Latitude festival basks in heatwave

It is not the most Radio 4-friendly of rock festivals

After Tesco tells customers to keep their clothes on, where is no-shirt a no-go?

It is no unfamiliar sight on a British day averaging above 20 degrees – men and women of all shapes and sizes shedding their clothes and taking to public places.

Heatwave Britain: The Independent's guide to sweaty office etiquette

Keep your cool at work with our writers' tips

Australia captain Michael Clarke jokes with former England skippers Sir Ian Botham (left) and Andrew Strauss (right), now both of Sky

Jack Pitt-Brooke: Sky Sports earn high marks for 'show and tell' at the Ashes

View From the Sofa: From a rev-counter to the Ashes Zone, there's a whole new look to the game in the living room

Wimbledon 2013 Men's Final: It was a game of clichés for the men in the commentary box

Until play actually started the BBC must have been quietly satisfied with its Wimbledon coverage. Or at least relieved. With an hour or so gone and virtually the whole country watching, at least none of their commentators had triggered a Twitter-storm – as John Inverdale had done the day before with his less-than-chivalrous remarks about Marion Bartoli and the hitherto unexplored Appearance/Trying Really Hard nexus.

Wimbledon final Sunday is hottest day of the year

Thermometers expected to read 30°C or higher by the end of the day in the south

On the high ropes course

High jinks in the Alps

If mountain air and lake views aren't enough, try zipping through the trees, says Lucy Fry

Day-trippers enjoying the sun on West Wittering beach near Chichester, West Sussex

Britain gets ready to bask in the sun as emergency services prepare for busy weekend

Sun worshippers are set to enjoy highs of up to 30C in parts of southern England on Sunday

On the weekend that sees both the Wimbledon finals and the Henley Regatta, temperatures could reach 29C (84F) in London

This time it really will be a scorcher! Heatwave that could last for two week to start this weekend with temperatures set to hit 30C

It may be Wimbledon finals and Henley Regatta, but forecasters hold out hope for perfect weather

Comfortable in their own skin

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Abuse - and the hell that follows

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It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine