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Friday, August 5, 2016
The new Club House at the Vila Vita Parc

With Faro just over two hours away by plane, the Algarve’s Vila Vita Parc is the perfect ‘heat retreat’ away from London where you can discover contemporary Portuguese hospitality.

Estancia Brasil

As the world’s eyes turn to Brazil, embrace the nation’s fantastic food and culture at one of the capital’s many Latin-inspired bars, cafes and restaurants.

The outdoor spa pool at Moddershall Oaks

Imogen Blake travelled to a blissful five-star Staffordshire spa retreat, where she discovered that chocolate can actually be good for you...

Asiatic lioness, Indi

Bridget Galton and family were enthralled by an overnight experience at London Zoo’s latest attraction the Gir Lion Lodges

Theresa Edwards at work

Ceramicist Theresa Edwards is among 10 artists opening their doors in Queen’s Park on Sunday.

Willesden Fire Station crews are pulling out all the stops to honour the London Fire Brigade’s 150th anniversary

Families and enthusiasts are invited to Willesden for celebratory open day to honour the London Fire Brigade’s 150th anniversary.

England v Scotland - Wembley Stadium - 10/5/69. Picture: Action Images / MSI

Bridget Galton talks to Bo66y director Ron Scalpello, who marks 50 years since England’s World Cup victory with a documentary on squad captain.

the arches

Maria tries out The Arches, a quirky and buzzy local restaurant in South Hampstead, with decor as eclectic as the clientele and is inspired by a smoked duck Caesar salad to recreate the delicious dressing.

Avoriaz

As we headed up to Avoriaz on windy mountain roads it suddenly came into view - perched high atop a cliff edge in the distance – and its stunning abstract architecture took my breath away.

Daniel Lapaine and Parth Thakerar in rehearsal for The Invisible Hand at the Tricycle Theatre

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar tells Bridget Galton why his play about a kidnapped American banker who teaches his captors how to play the markets shows how extremism and capitalism are more entwined than we suppose.

Castiglion Fiorentino

“Albestre,” says Roberta Giaccherini, naming one of the wines produced on her Tuscan estate of vineyards and villas. She breaks into a wide smile. “It means ‘crazy women’.”

Sadie Frost (right) and Emma Comley. Picture: PA

Sadie Frost is a busy woman.

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone. Picture: PA

The Minister for Zimmer Frames, Ken Livingstone, talks Jeremy Corbyn, anti-Semitism claims and fearing Boris Johnson with Daniel Wittenberg.

The Man In The Woman's Shoes at The Tricycle Theatre Written and Performed by Mikel Murfi. Picture: Mark Douet

Nominated for ‘best new play’ at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2014, Mikel Murfi’s describes his one-man show, The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, as a comedy that celebrates the “extraordinary in the everyday”.

The Man In The Woman's Shoes at The Tricycle Theatre Written and Performed by Mikel Murfi. Picture: Mark Douet

Where else can you find a spot-on impression of a dog who thinks she’s a cockerel?

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