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Peter Tatchell at 70: ‘I am not going to be a National Treasure’

He’s spent his whole lifetime campaigning for LGBT rights, but as he turns 70, he has no intention of slowing down. He talks to Melanie McDonagh about anxiety, activism and finding love again

Feb 4, 2022

Francis Bacon: Man and Beast at the Royal Academy: startlingly potent

The first show to focus on the painter since 2008 shows his unsettling understanding of humans as animals

Jan 25, 2022

Gainsborough’s Blue Boy, National Gallery: Miss it and you’ll be blue

A prodigal returns - after a century, one of the British artist’s best loved paintings is back on home soil for a visit

Jan 24, 2022

Best perfume gift sets for Christmas 2021

Covetable coffrets with your favourite fragrances

Jan 7, 2022

Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell by John Preston review: gripping

The extraordinary life - and death - of the media mogul whose boundless ambition included becoming Prime Minister reads like a gripping novel which happens to be true

Jan 5, 2022

The best London exhibitions of 2021: Hogarth to Helen Frankenthaler

The city’s museums and galleries excelled themselves in difficult circumstances

Dec 23, 2021

Best gifts for gardeners to give this Christmas

The failsafe present ideas for your green-fingered friend

Dec 21, 2021

Pantoland at the Palladium review: it’s a blast

The filth quotient means this isn’t one for kids, but everyone’s having a ball

Dec 10, 2021

The best books for children this Christmas

From a new book by JK Rowling to anniversary editions for the classics, our guide to great books for small people’s stockings

Dec 7, 2021

Best kitchen gifts for Christmas 2021

From stocking fillers, to game-changing cookware

Dec 2, 2021