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A retreat in England‘s garden can be just the ticket, says Jon Dean

The stretch of City Road between Angel and Old Street has changed beyond all recognitions during the past couple of years – where once stood disused car parks and Brownfield sites now stand glittering glass behemoths.

This city-state has a world-class hotel in Raffles, but its blend of antiquity and futuristic designs proves a potent cocktail for Jon Dean

Steak stars try their hand at seafood

Tasty Brazilian take on Spanish classic

Victim critical after being discovered half naked - police need help to identify him

Fears of travel chaos and overcrowding when Wells Terrace gates shut next month

A vulnerable man at risk of choking is thought to have died after being left to eat unsupervised, sparking a drastic retraining programme in Islington and Haringey.

Could 2015 be the year of Greek food?

A gun-running couple who tried to import powerful sub-machine guns – as featured in Hollywood blockbusters The Dark Knight and The Matrix – using Parcelforce face a long stretch behind bars.

A might Mediterranean mash-up

Swinging elegantly from tree to tree through the steamy jungle like an auburn sack of knuckles, is there any primate more revered and beguiling than the orangutan?

An ambitious multi-million pound plan to make Finsbury Park a cleaner, nicer place to live and visit moved closer this week.

The last time I crept across Thailand’s amazing array of white sandy beaches was 15 years ago and a very different affair to how I holiday now.

A trip to bustling Broadway Market is always a Saturday treat, but all that browsing tends to work up an appetite – at least that’s what I find.

Anyone who’s been to one of the elegant yet raucous Blitz or Prohibition parties will know that Bourne and Hollingsworth, a new restaurant from the same team, is likely to be a stylish, aesthetically pleasing evening if nothing else.

Duke of York’s Theatre

There’s a whole lot of burgers and southern style ribs and chicken being chowed down in London these days, but on the way to Bayou in Camden Town it crossed my mind that this is the first Creole-themed eatery in the capital.

Rising Arsenal and England star Kaylen Hinds led tributes to a “lovely” Islington teenager killed in a moped collision.

A splash of Gallic flair has landed in Stoke Newington in the form of Oui Madame: a hip new joint with lashings of garlic, fine wine and more than a soupçon of Parisian weirdness.

Cuban food generally seems to be under represented in the pantheon of world cuisine. It’s well known for it’s cigars, rum, communist regime, classic cars and, via Earnest Hemmingway, giving Mojitos to the world.

If someone invited me out to dinner, then told me we were eating right next to Leicester Square Tube, I’d vaguely start to wonder if they were harbouring some kind of grudge.

It’s both a blessing and a curse that the capital boasts good eating from the four corners of the globe.

Peruvian food has graduated from an on-trend, culinary flash in the pan a couple of summers ago to now being a mainstay of the capital’s food scene.

Everyone loves fried chicken, don’t they? Well I certainly do, but generally only get to eat it during furtive, angst-ridden, post-pub trips to places with names derivative of a certain colonel’s vast empire.

Travel feature: Indonesia

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

An archipelago of 17,000 islands spread across a vast swathe of the Indian and Pacific oceans, Indonesia has a lot to offer.

A high-speed police chase that saw a “violent criminal” kill two of his friends when he crashed his car into a bridge was not the fault of the officers in pursuit, an investigation has found.

Boaters on Finsbury Park lake were terrified when a giant shark fin sliced through the water towards them.

Finsbury Park Mosque is set to stage a demonstration outside HSBC in anger at the bank’s closing of their account.

Glutton that I am, when it comes to running the gauntlet of Friday night takeaway options I often overlook Sushi due to the lack of a “feeling stuffed” factor.

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