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

Holiday homes

Big family holidays need a versatile venue. Cathy Hawker takes on the search challenge

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

Christmas markets

Feeling the strain of Christmas? Head to Europe’s festive markets to find some perfect presents and bag a second home into the bargain