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Winter gardens:
Tableware, fashion and interiors in bloom

Botanicals are back. As contemporary talents push the boundaries with fresh approaches to English floral design motifs, clients are discovering that flowers can bloom long past summer.

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Deck the halls:
Secrets of breathtaking Christmas decorations and joyful traditions

Coming together to decorate our homes for Christmas is one of the highlights of every family’s year. Our selection of beautiful tree decorations and traditions from around the world could enrich this year’s festive season more than ever.

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Vibrant dining:
Recipes inspired by dramatic colour

Celebrate nature’s harvest with the most colourful recipes on the web

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The opulent bride

Discerning brides are opting for a new mood: it’s elegant, it’s opulent and it’s all about quality. Is it for you?

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Print, pattern and mythical creatures:
How Kit Kemp's hotels seduced us

Has Kit Kemp created a new breed of hotel? We think so.

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Cultural cafés:
Our 7 favourite places for coffee, cake and the arts

Which galleries and museums have the best cafes? Here’s our pick – including a few of our own unofficial pairings

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Short breaks with sandy toes: Our pick of the great British seaside

The English seaside is back. Discover our pick of the best salt-sprayed locations.

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Wedding parties:
5 must-know trends for the bride-to-be

From afternoon tea to antipasti, how are this year’s brides and grooms eating their way into married life?

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Coffee culture:
Five mugs and magazines to make your break

Smart thinking and beautiful design. Our edit of the UK’s best indie magazines – and the mugs to sip from for the perfect coffee break

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Smart weekends: Seaside festivals and coastal style

Heard it on the coastline: your guide to this summer’s music, fashion and foodie festivals on the British seashore.

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Al fresco afternoons:
The UK's best outdoor dining experiences

Inside out: Grasp the English summer with these outdoor dining experiences – or bring the experience home with Wedgwood’s botanical collections.

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Save the bees!
Hives, honey and afternoon tea chic

Get the buzz on beekeeping and the gourmet guide to liquid gold.

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Five weekend-worthy bikes made for exploring

The best bicycles to ride this weekend and where to make a pit stop.

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Muse you can use:
How to be your own creative inspiration

Three creative powerhouses carving their own inspirational journeys to success.

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Ballet re-Bourne

Mad about Matthew Bourne? Join us to celebrate the best ballet to see this year.

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China Tea:
The Langham’s new afternoon tea with Wedgwood

Cherish Finden at the Langham, London this week launched a fresh new version of the popular afternoon tea inspired by Wedgwood. We were lucky enough to try it…

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Living the dream in London:
Where to stay, eat and shop

Discover the Behind the Blue Door edit of the best places to shop, eat and rest in the capital. Welcome to our world.

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Twilight tea:
evening tea parties at the bottom of the garden

Tea is for anytime, not just the afternoon. String up some fairy lights, lay out a blanket and serve twilight tea against a backdrop of twinkling stars.

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Taking tea with the bride-to-be

Planning a bridal shower is a labour of love – this tea party guide is all you need for a charming celebration.

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More than just Venus:
Botticelli Reimagined at the V&A

If the only Botticelli you know is The Birth of Venus, here’s why you need to visit the V&A’s latest exhibition.

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Party line:
The secrets of extreme party planning

The best in the business share their secrets to party planning – including how you can throw an unforgettable bash at home.

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Five best hotels to wake up
to the perfect brunch

Dreaming of the perfect brunch, just a few steps down the hallway? Here’s our edit of the best hotels offering just that.

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Brunching in the sun:
winter weekends away in the hottest foodie destinations

Escape the winter blues with this colourful selection of brunch hotspots – all within four hours of the UK.

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Behind their door:
Caterers to the stars Jemima Jones & Lucy Carr-Ellison share the secrets of their luxe brunch

VIDEO: Tart London founders Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison are usually to be found catering for megastars and luxury brands. We caught up with them to discover their take on brunch.

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The best brunch delivered:
London'’s luxury breakfasts brought direct to your door

Services that cater well before noon: making the most important meal of the day that extra bit lovely – and delightfully lazy.

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Rocking the vinyl:
Five of Britain's best independent record shops

The revival of vinyl is spearheaded by Britain’s best independents – from Brighton to Manchester.

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Four secret spaces to
host a brunch party

From Devon shores to outdoor sanctuaries, these secret spaces are the antithesis of formal dining.

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Don’’t forget these essential sides
to your weekend brunch

Brunching in? Here are some essential additions to perfect your weekend.

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From cloud watching to SoundCloud:
sights and sounds to accompany your brunch

It’s time to take time out to look above with our guide to cloud formations – and what to listen to when watching them float by.

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All in the detail:
how to turn your afternoon tea party into Instagram gold

A great photograph is never a fluke – it’s all in the detail. A professional photographer shares the secrets of how to give your afternoon tea party supreme styling.

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The forgotten art:
10 leading illustrators from the UK

From children’s books to fashion editorials, these contemporary illustrators are proof the age of illustration is far from over.

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Fantasy book club:
who would you invite?

Here’s food for thought: you can invite anyone (living or dead) to your book club. Who’s on your list?

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Creative inspiration:
When the Langham met Wedgwood

Discover the story behind the Langham’s Wedgwood afternoon tea – and recreate the experience in your own home with our exclusive recipe.

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Sketching out a fresh vision of afternoon tea

Some call it mad, some call it magical. Is sketch the UK’s best place to take afternoon tea? Plus our selection of the other contenders to the crown.

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Dare you try The Futurist dinner party – aesthetics and food?

Marinetti, founder of the Italian art and culture movement, published The Futurist Cookbook in 1932, creating a crazy, fascinating, immersive experience, assaulting all the senses. Try it yourself – for an evening your guests will never forget.

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Classical music choices to give your dinner guests something to talk about

Leave the usual choices for another evening and try our selection of classical pieces forever associated with decadence and rebellion.

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From Laura Mvula to Ella Eyre:
Soulful sounds to soothe your guest's ears

Don’t worry about the music, this collection of tunes will give your afternoon tea an injection of feel-good soul, leaving you free to focus on the baking.

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Move over Grayson:
The UK's new pottery heroes

Following the Great Pottery Throw Down, we look at the new ceramic talents emerging from the studio.

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Top barbers discuss male grooming, beard trends and share their trade secrets

Is the beard trend over? Do real men use hair colour? What’s the finest male skin product on the market? Two of the UK’s finest barbers share their expertise on the tricky male grooming issues of the day.

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It’s fete:
Reviving the quirkiest English traditions

From the sublime to the ridiculous. Have you heard of these peculiarly British events?

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