It’s tempting to dismiss restaurants such as Skylon. With 180-degree views of the Thames, the allure of simply cashing in on its pole position appears to be irresistible.  Like the fraudsters who serve oceans of dross in Europe’s most heavily touristed cities, Skylon’s owners have little reason to try. TheContinue Reading

In the first of a series on Leica rangefinder cameras, renowned photographer Mark Fairhurst explains why he loves using them. I have been a professional photographer since the late 1970s, producing work for clients such as Dunhill, Wilkinson Sword, and BMW to name but a few. The formats I usedContinue Reading

I’ve been looking for a lightweight, highly packable three-season sleeping bag for a while now. Paired with a NeoAir XLite sleeping pad, it would give me almost year-round protection and comfort in a package that was still small enough to throw in my hand luggage. Hand luggage? Sure, you neverContinue Reading

While SUVs are the flavour of the season, there are still rich pickings for manufacturers of cars like the Audi A4 Avant, says Robin Roberts. Most SUVs are rarely used to their full capacity or (often largely perceived…) ability, which means an estate car like the Audi A4 Avant TDIContinue Reading

The Columbia Mountain Masochist IV OutDry Extreme Trail Shoe isn’t just a bit of a mouthful to say and write; it’s a hard-core winter trail shoe designed for the foulest conditions Mother Nature can throw at us. Its zip-sealed gaiter and carbon rubber outsole are there to keep snow, slushContinue Reading

I spent many of my childhood summer holidays with my grandparents in their house on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, so I was very happy to accept an invitation to stay in the Limestone Hotel in Lulworth Cove; a weekend there would give me a chance to explore a part of theContinue Reading

Volvo is on a roll at the moment, with every quarter showing yet another rise in sales here in the UK. This relentless march for dominance of the British premium car market isn’t surprising because Volvo builds some very good cars indeed. Good-looking ones, too. The Volvo V60 isn’t justContinue Reading

The Nallo 2 is a lightweight two-man tent from Hilleberg’s Red Label range. Designed for use all year round, it is a double-hoop, double-ended design with a separate inner and outer tent. I’ve owned mine for a decade now and it’s done sterling service across Britain and abroad, even sleepingContinue Reading

Recently refreshed after a mid-term facelift, Jaguar’s baby saloon now features a more assertive face (assertive, you note, not aggressive…) courtesy of a new bumper and slimline, LED headlights. The rear end has been similarly tweaked but the biggest changes have been reserved for the interior, which is now attractivelyContinue Reading