Drinking

The joy of drinking alone

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Thanks to a combination of night-time curfews, social-distancing rules, pubs closing, restaurants failing, the ‘rule of six’ and compulsory mask-wearing,…

The drinkers of the Coach and Horses in Michael Heath’s ‘The Regulars’ cartoon strip. Christopher Howse sits at the right end of the bar

Remembering Soho: A conversation on debauchery, drunks and Francis Bacon

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Christopher Howse has just written a book about Soho. He drank there regularly with Michael Heath, The Spectator’s cartoon editor,…

Tradition and terroir: the new reign in Spain is producing great results

21 July 2018 9:00 am

The Kingdom of Spain always sends outstanding ambassadors to the Court of St James, none more so than the appropriately…

Weak but stable, Theresa May is the opposite of a good claret

23 June 2018 9:00 am

It is enough to make a man turn to drink. On a distinctly non-abstemious day, I was sitting in one…

No second EU referendum? Tell that to the Danes and the Irish

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Vote no, vote often David Cameron scorned Boris Johnson’s idea that voting to leave the EU might result in further…

‘Are you worried about being sexually assaulted?’: my night in Cologne

13 February 2016 9:00 am

I chased the shadow of the New Year’s Eve sex attacks through the city’s carnival

Banish the canapé and give me a cocktail sausage!

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Let’s get rid of these ridiculous thimble-sized offerings

Giving up alcohol is not as much fun as I’d hoped

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Two months ago, I set myself the target of losing 11 pounds in time for the Spectator’s summer party on…

Can Cameron bring us full employment? And do we want it?

16 May 2015 9:00 am

‘Two million jobs have been created since 2010 — but there will not be a moment of rest until we…

The war on frat culture

24 January 2015 9:00 am

An unruly American tradition may be coming to an end

Help me become an addict

1 November 2014 9:00 am

When the White Queen told Alice she had sometimes believed as many as six contradictory things before breakfast, she spoke…

Stop "Stoptober"! It's another insidious attack on liberty and free will

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Say what you like about the French Revolutionaries but at least they had a poetic imagination. When they wanted a…

Sometimes stereotypes are true – and that includes the ones about the British

20 September 2014 9:00 am

‘No Jews, No Jews!’ the children were told when they attempted to enter the Sports Direct store in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.…

Why I get my health advice from the Daily Mail

1 February 2014 9:00 am

When one is in one’s seventies, as I am, one begins to fear the horror of dementia and to carry…

In defence of binge drinking

24 August 2013 9:00 am

The occasional alcoholic blowout is much to be preferred to steady, everyday drinking