Four top holiday homes destinations

Thirty years on from the arrival of low-cost airfares to Europe, our travel expectations have changed. Cheaper flights and more routes also broaden the choice of holiday home destinations — here’s our pick of some of the hottest.

Straight up: the Shard

Love it or hate it, Southwark’s imposing, omnipresent spire the Shard is certainly proving to be a talking point for Londoners. Architecture critic Edwin Heathcote gets an insight into western Europe’s highest skyscraper from its charismatic creator Renzo Piano

Steal the style: tibits

In our new series, we visit some of the capital's most striking spaces and show how to get a similar look without breaking the bank. First up is vegetarian restaurant tibits in Heddon Street, where glamour comes with the meat-free menu

Barking up the right tree

Barking, once a grim part of the East End, has grand ideas. September sees it launch as Europe's biggest new town and a family destination

Euston is one to watch

This transport hub is fast shedding its negative image with glamorous retail and residential developments

Architecture library now free to all

Lovers of London are in for a big treat as more than four million previously unseen pictures and historic records of London will be available, free to all