When it comes to packing for a holiday, we look for two things in an accessory. 1) Style 2)
Versatility. Our sleek leather Jennifer pouch ticks off both effortlessly. By day, it's a
chic travel wallet - ideal for passports and tickets - while by night, it doubles as an
elegantly modern clutch. Plus, its super-slim shape means it will slot nice and neatly
into your suitcase (leaving more room for those all-important outfit options). SHOP NOW
Three words: big, bold and(blooming) beautiful. This isthe freshest way to work thefloral trend this summer.Oh, and did we mention it’sexclusive to Jaeger?
Looking for a dress that feelsas sensational as it looks?Call off the search. Our prettyprinted number is crafted fromthe softest, lightest silk for atruly fabulous finish.
Sometimes the simplest shapesare the chicest (and the mostflattering). With its just-to-the-knee length, sleek necklineand mid-length sleeves, our statementshift is the perfect example.
"Summer afternoons," said Henry James. "To me, those have always been the two
most beautiful words in the English language." And we quite agree. But balmy evenings
can quickly turn to chill, so make sure you always have a chic cover-up to hand for
those unexpected changes of temperature. Mr James would approve, we think. SHOP SUMMER COATSColour is a quick way to add interest to
your look. A bright coat or linen shirt worn
open will look breezy and chic. SHOP COATS Perforated Leather
Jacket £799 SHOP NOW Dropped Sleeve
Coat £299 SHOP NOWUltra-feminine white and wear-everywhere black: our favourite opposites never
go out of style. This summer, they're more wearable than ever, whether worn
apart, together or with accents of bright colour. Here are four looks we love. SHOP NOW It's bold, it's beautiful, and it's crafted from the finest silk.
Style tip: Team with black trousers to let the print do the talking. SHOP NOWThis striking monochrome style is big on print, but light on fabric. Style tip: Layer over a crisp shirt and tailored trousers for a polished day-to-night look. SHOP NOWThe silk blouse, the light summer sweater and the simple shell top form the basis of a great summer wardrobe; buy the right ones and you'll keep them forever. Meet our beautiful new basics, lovingly crafted from the lightest silk, the softest cashmere, the finest cotton. You'll never want to take them off. Cool summer nights call for an ultra-soft, ultra-light knit. Made from the finest cashmere, our rib detail sweater is just what you need. We favour lemon: perfect for showing off sun-kissed skin. SHOP NOW No modern woman's wardrobe is complete without one, and this one is the best. The details? The finest, lightest silk (of course), plus stylish patch pockets and pretty mother of pearl buttons. SHOP NOW This is so much more than your average vest top. It's crafted from the softest silk, and has a perfectly flattering curved hem. Plus, it comes in three classic colours. Tick, tick, tick. SHOP NOW Black trousers don't have to be boring as our matelassé pair proves. These textured trousers are cropped to perfection, fit like a glove, and will go with everything. Literally, everything. SHOP NOW
Courage, ma cherie: you’ve come to the right place. Working out what to wear for a summer of raucousrevelry can be surprisingly exhausting. Dreary though it is, one simply can’t contemplate slinging on thesame old thing all summer. If nothing else, there’s the problem of those friends in common who keeppopping up at event after event, and will thus witness said outfit repetition. With that said, the best optionis to plan a few different outfits – the more fabulous the better – to flit between. So here are some ideas. SHOP NOW
The bride and groom bear the heavy cost both of paying for the Champers and attemptingto be happy ever after. You, on the other hand, simply need to look well turned out and toremember to smile mistily at your husband during the wedding vows. May we suggest thisperfectly co-ordinated look, which is neither too bright to prohibit a covert early departure,nor too white to put the bride’s nose forever out of joint. SHOP NOW
Hopefully, you’ll just be back from two weeks at the summer house and gardened hardenough to have an outrageous tan to show off. This white sundress will make an asset outof your hard-won colour, without requiring any ghastly public displays of flesh: the broderieanglaise means it retains a suitably demure, outdoorsy feel. Just add a neat bag andmatching scarf, and you’ll be giving the rhododendrons a run for their money. SHOP NOW
Whether it’s the clip-clop of horses, the gentle splash of a boat or the restful ping of thetennis court, this is the look you’re after. Some daring type may ask you to sit on a picnicblanket – so trousers trump dresses, and a pink coat will tone in perfectly with your glass ofPimms. Just don’t wear shoes with too narrow a heel - one wouldn’t want to spoil aperfectly nice day by getting stuck. SHOP NOW
They’re classic prints, but not as you know them: pretty polka dots come small (but perfectlyformed) or blown up to bubble-size status while timeless stripes are re-worked into sleek chevronlines. And our heritage houndstooth print now comes in an array of clean, contemporary newguises. We’re talking hot pink (perfect for summer) and big, bold checks. Simply pick your print and make it the focus of your look –pair with minimalist cotton separates for easy daytime style. SHOP THE TREND
In pure silk, our fabulous fuchsia or navyhoundstooth pieces feel as luxurious as they look. SHOP NOW
Want to stay chic in the heat? Our comfortable-yet-cool, ultra-soft linen collectionis the answer. In fresh new-season shapes and gorgeous new colours – thinkpretty pastels and bold brights – we’ve reworked this classic fabric into polishedpieces that will slot stylishly into your warm weather wardrobe. SHOP LINEN
Colourful, casual and utterlyversatile. Layer yours underone of our rumpled linen shirtsfor a laid-back look. SHOP NOW
Shorts are this summer’s surprise trend,and make a subtle style statement wornwith heels and a silk blouse. Forgetsports luxe – this is shorts luxe. SHOP NOW
It’s official: colour is the new black. No stylish woman’swardrobe is complete right now without a sprinkling ofsunburst yellow, a splash of blue or a pop of raspberrypink. Luckily, we have some bright ideas about how towear it. Our inspiration: Jaeger’s glorious 1957‘Colourama’ campaign, straight from our amazingarchives. It was stylish then, and it’s still stylish now. Welcome to the pieces you’ll want to wear all summer... SHOP THE TREND
Top and above: Jaeger"Colorama" catalogue c.1957
Style tip: Feminine. Fabulous.Flattering. Our hot pink pieces takeinspiration from Radiant Orchid(Pantone’s colour of the year) andlook chic with navy leather. SHOP NOW
Style tip: Mix it up!Electric yellow and warmmustard pieces are theperfect foil to spring’s graphicmonochrome designs. SHOP NOW
Leather: it’s quite simply the perfect trans-seasonalfabric. Here’s how we at Jaeger – with over 100 years’experience of creating on-trend clothes using the finestanimal hides – have made it work for spring with thesefive fabulous pieces. SHOP THE TREND
It’s white. It’s light. It’s perfectly cut.Just add neutral accessories and apink lip, and you’re done. SHOP NOW
Plain outfit? No problem! Our hot pink Lawrencebag is feted by fashion editors and bloggers whomarvel at its ability to make every outfit pop. SHOP NOW
Found: the ultimate springcover-up. Wonderfully soft,wear it smart with a pencilskirt and statement blouseand relaxed with jeans andan easy tee. SHOP NOW
Luxuriously lightweight. Tick.Stylish perforated design. Tick.Instant mood-boost. Tick! SHOP NOW
Pencil skirts and leather aretwo of this season’s biggesttrends. Put them together, adda huge dash of chic, and thisis what you get. SHOP NOW
Spring trans-seasonal dressing is the trickiestof things to get right: chilly temperatures mixedwith sunny skies. We have the solution: a mid-length skirt that shows just a tantallising flashof leg - but not too much. Sophisticated and justa little but sexy, this is a perfectly elegant,grown-up look. Pleated, pencil or A-line, this is the chicest wayto lift your look right now - just add heels anda spring coat. Shop the trend
Let the skirt do thetalking by pairingit with a simplecashmere knit. Longer length skirtsare set to be spring'ssleekest essential, asseen worn by the styleset at February'sFashion Weeks. Dress sophisticated stylesdown for day with acasual tee or jersey top. Add a pop of colour to ourdogtooth skirt with a brightpink pouch.The sun is finally out, and it's time to sprinkle yourwardrobe with colour. This season, it's all about a prettyyet polished palette of rose pinks, glacier blues and mint greens: feminine
and fashion-forward.Paired together or worn with chic white pieces - ourever-versatile slim-leg jeans, for example - there's no better way to sweeten up your wardrobe.Shop the trendWith checks being a key trend for spring, we thought it was just the righttime to give our heritage houndstooth print a bit ofa shake-up. Whether painted in rich magenta, stamped onto luxurious jacquard, orblown up to supersize status; these contemporary checks were designedto stand out. It's not just about the style you choose, it's about how you wear it thatmakes it modern. For example, clashing different size checks or mixingdogtooth patterns with sleek leather pieces will keep it feeling fresh. Howwill you style yours? Shop the trendLook upon your new season wardrobe as a blank canvasof endless style opportunities. Crisp, clean and beautifully refreshing, bright white piecesare the perfect way to bring a spring spin to your on andoff-duty looks. From romantic silk blouses and minimalist dresses tospotless tailoring and cool summer coats, these versatileand timeless designs will bring a fresh new feel to all ofyour old favourites. Shop the trend
Spring is in full bloom once again with fabulous floralprints painting everything from silk shifts to crepe blouses. Graphic in motif but subtle in shade, ourcutwork floral patterns are a grown-up interpretationof this directional trend. Pair these feminine pieceswith black, pastels and neutrals for modern elegance.
Shop the trend
It's hard to believe that a pattern that feels this modern datesas far back as AD 200. The beautiful and iconic teardrop motif,which has Indian and Persian roots, was named after theScottish town of Paisley where it was produced in the19th century. For spring, it gets a colourful and graphic makeover that isdefinitely in turn with the 21st century. Bold and beautifulswirls are painted over everything from silk dresses to chicsweaters to create striking pieces with keep-forever appeal.Our top tip? Keep the rest of your look simple to let the printdo the talking.
Shop the trend
THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE
It's the hardest-working trouser in your wardrobe. No other
design can be classic yet contemporary, casual yet smart,
easy yet elegant all at once. And, it goes with absolutely
everything: polos, tees, shirts (formal or relaxed), sweaters
- the list is endless. Here are the men who wore them
well, along with an edit of our favourite summer styles. SHOP CHINOS
It's so thoroughly British to sport a blazer in
summer (regardless of the sweltering heat). So,
we've made sure ours is suitably lightweight by
crafting it from premium linen. SHOP NOWEvery man knows that his gadgets need to be as
well dressed as him. If you have a penchant for
everything British-made, you'll love our leather
Tablet case - made in Britain, of course. SHOP NOW
From the World Cup to Henley Royal Regatta, here's what to
wear to three of this summer's biggest sporting events…Cotton Pique
Polo £45 SHOP NOW Washed Casual
Shorts £65 SHOP NOW Knitted Raglan
Sweatshirt £99 SHOP NOW Whether you're watching from your local pub or
from the comfort of your own sofa, you can't go
wrong with a pair of coloured chino shorts - show
your support in red - and a fresh white polo.Irish Linen Puppytooth
Jacket £300 SHOP NOW Plain Poplin
Shirt £65 SHOP NOW Irish Linen Puppytooth
Trousers £150 SHOP NOW This 300-year-old race meet is the country's most
prestigious. It also has one of the strictest dress codes.
Unless you're in the Royal Enclosure, our lightweight
linen suit in subtle puppytooth print is just the ticket.Silk Linen
Jacket £300 SHOP NOW Linen Shirt
£75 SHOP NOW Washed Casual
Chinos £85 SHOP NOW Knockout races and knockout regalia are what it does
best. Leave the outlandish style to the oarsmen, and
stick to preppy tailored separates. Remember a tie or
cravat is required in the Stewards' enclosure.
You can do better than aftershave,
and Jaeger is the place to do it.
Whether he's style savvy, sporty or techy,
treat him to something a little more luxurious
this year. Think items he wouldn't buy himself:
premium polos, British leather wallets and
sleek tablet cases.
We guarantee they'll get you into his good
books (until next year at least)… SHOP FATHER'S DAY GIFTS
It’s time to roll up those sleeves or lose them altogether as the controversialshort-sleeve shirt returns this season. The modern-day underdog of the shirtworld actually started out its sartorial life as an edgy staple for the rebels ofthe 1950s and early 1960s – think Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando – beforesadly becoming a geek chic favourite in the decades that followed. This season though, it’s shaken off its nerdy connotations (hoorah!) tobecome a stylish, preppy staple that nods both to its (cooler) past and thepresent Oxbridge-inspired trend. How to wear it now? On its own, withouta tie and always tucked in.SHOP NOWSHOP NOWSHOP NOWSHOP NOWSHOP NOWSHOP NOW
Totally breathable,this is the cover-upyou'll wear allsummer long. Corozo Buttons
These luxuriousbuttons are craftedfrom Corozo nutsnative to SouthAmerica. Theirunique naturalgrain ensures notwo buttons arethe same.
Soft shouldersand a relaxedcut give seriousthrow-on-and-go appeal.
We've started thewearing processbefore you'veeven bought it soit feels like arelaxed favouritefrom the momentyou put it on.
Totally breathable,this is the cover-upyou'll wear allsummer long. Corozo Buttons
These luxuriousbuttons are craftedfrom Corozo nutsnative to SouthAmerica. Theirunique naturalgrain ensures notwo buttons arethe same.
Soft shouldersand a relaxedcut give seriousthrow-on-and-go appeal.
We've started thewearing processbefore you'veeven bought it soit feels like arelaxed favouritefrom the momentyou put it on.
When it comes to dressing for a heat wave, we all want the same thing – to feelcomfortable and look great. Getting that mix can be tricky, but not with our new summerclassics: quality, on-trend and timeless. From the ultimate polo to the lightest of linenshirts, here are the buy-now essentials to look and feel cool in this season.
SHOP SUMMER ESSENTIALS
Want to give your look an extra shot of personalityfor spring? Smart yet relaxed, our vibrant chinosare the go-to piece you need. Big on colour andquality, these versatile trousers are made from thefinest, twill cotton blend. Our pale blue pair make a lighter alternativeto denim, or try spring brights in green or redfor a more directional look. We think they lookseriously stylish worn with muted separates inblack, white and blue.
Yes, it's smart and sophisticated but it'salso comfortable and lightweight.Each of our sleek, new season designs arecut to a relaxed 'Regent' block and boasta soft shoulder construction; creatingan easy-wear fit. Expertly tailored atthe finest British and Italian mills, theirfeatherweight fabrics are just right forspring - think premium wool and linenblended with sumptuous silk.
Where else would you expectto find this stamp of excellencethan the world's oldest woolmill? For the last 351 years,this family-run business hascarried out its skilled work inthe beautiful and historicalbuildings of Pratrivero in the Biellese Alps. This is the heartof the textile-producing areawhere the water is perfect forprocessing the highest standardsof wools.
It may have been around since 1663, but this is onemill that is certainly keeping up with the times.Innovative technology with exclusive software andinternally-programmed machinery ensures theystay one step ahead of the game at all times.
Valuing water isone of the mill'smany ecologically-sustainable methods
This season, our favourite has to bethe Wool Mohair Suit. The premiummohair is as warm as wool but ismuch lighter, making it perfect forspring. Its lustre, which resists fadingand increases durability, is vital forretaining its rich blue colour. Stay tuned, more of these first-classsuits will be arriving shortly..
Looking for some culture in the country? Iwan and Manuela Wirth (nee
Hauser) - one a Swiss art dealer, the other the daughter of retail
magnate and art collector Ursula Hauser - have transformed a 17th
century tumbledown farm in Somerset into their newest contemporary
art gallery. Durslade Farm, a Grade II listed building, now houses
five stunning gallery spaces, a farm shop and high-end restaurant
(managed by the couple's favourite local foodies At The Chapel).
The best part? There's no entry fee.
Open now, hauserwirthsomerset.com
When the luxury Peninsula Hotel Group announces a new opening,
we sit up and take notice. Especially when it's in Paris - just a hop,
skip, and a Eurostar ride away. Housed in the former Hotel Majestic,
this 19th century belle époque building now boasts six chic restaurants
(headed up by world-class chefs), a grand Peninsula-style spa, and a
private roof garden with 360 degree views of the city. It looks just as
sensational inside: monochrome colour schemes (with more than just a
touch of Art Deco), exquisite marble and gold leaf finishing.
Opens 1st August 2014, paris.peninsula.com
There's nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread - especially
Gail's: one of London's most famous artisan bakery chains. Now
out-of-towners can enjoy this, too (and so much more) in the comfort
of their own homes thanks to this beautiful new recipe book. From
mixing, kneading and shaping fluffy loaves to perfecting the ultimate
pancake (topped with caramelised apples and salted butter honey);
entertaining just got a whole lot easier and more delicious.
Out now, available to buy at gailscookbook.co.uk
This literary, music, food and arts festival in Cornwall is more country
chic than rock 'n' roll. Apart from the fantastic line-up - fashion
designer and author Luella Bartley, poet Murray Lachlan Young and
British Fashion Council ambassador Sarah Mower - it's about as
picturesque as it gets. The sprawling Port Eliot estate, owned by the
Earl and Countess of St Germans, boasts a grand Grade I listed house
- decked in masterpieces by Reynolds and Van Dyck - and lush
green gardens (complete with sheep). It even has its very own maze.
David Shrigley is the latest artist to be commissioned by the creative
Mayfair restaurant to transform its famous gallery restaurant walls.
Two hundred and thirty nine of the contemporary British artist's
distinctively witty sketches adorn the perfectly pink walls and quirky
crockery. And of course, there's the new summer afternoon tea
menu: mouth-watering mozzarella and pesto croque monsieur, finger
sandwiches topped with fried quail eggs and caviar, blueberry éclairs,
and pink (yes, everything is pink) champagne. Heaven.
Housed in a converted Georgian brewery, this beautiful littlehotelduvin.com
hotel is bursting with character. Each of the 43 luxurious rooms
and suites (named after French vineyards) blend stunning period
features with modern luxuries. Think rustic beams and exposed
brickwork juxtaposed with giant plasma TVs and powerful drench
showers. There's also a superb French-style bistro, champagne
bar and billiard room onsite - all just 50 yards from the riverside.
This small but perfectly formed space was once a former fire66 Market Place, RG9 2AG
station (the clue's in the name), which now hosts eclectic exhibitions
displaying artwork by local and international photographers, painters
and sculptors. The rooms, intimate and unassuming, are a pleasure
to wander around - especially on a grey, rainy day.
You couldn't possibly visit the home of Henley Royal Regatta and
not take a jaunt out on a rowing boat. And, Hobbs is the place to
hire it. This family-run company boasts almost as much history as
the town itself: 140 years and five generations. So, pack a picnic
and bottle of bubbly, and spend an afternoon floating blissfully
along the Thames. Glorious.
Hop off your rowing boat at this picture-perfect pub for a cold glass oftheangelhenley.com
Pimm's or one of the exceptional real ales. A favourite with locals and
tourists alike, its riverside terrace is the perfect place to watch the
world (and the swans) go by. Head inside when the sun goes down,
it's just as lovely.
A pub is nothing without charm, and this Stoke Row tavern is
brimming with it. Built in 1642, it was once the hideout of notorious
highwayman Dick Turpin who was romantically attached to the
landlord's daughter, Bess. Fast-forward to 2014, and it's now as well
known for its impeccable food. Heston Blumenthal and Jamie Oliver
have even popped in to sample the hearty, unpretentious British fare
- think salt cod Scotch egg, pink carved duck breast and Yorkshire
rhubarb bakewell tart.
Oh, North Devon. You do spoil us with your
above average sunshine and golden stretches
of coastline. Just when we thought we
couldn't love you anymore, we stumble upon
Woolacombe Sands: two and a half miles of
powder-soft sand, towering dunes and rolling
Atlantic breaks (that's surf-speak for seriously
amazing waves). Lovely and clean, safe to swim
and sensational for surfing, it's not hard to see
why it's one of Britain's most popular beaches.This is a beach worthy of movie sets, weddings,
and basically any type of romantic tryst a girl
could dream of. Why? Firstly, it has its very
own fairy tale castle (this we feel needs no further
explanation). Secondly, it's a perfectly unspoilt,
natural beauty - think wild, windswept and
wonderfully rugged. And finally, on a clear day,
you can see out to Lindisfarne and the Farne
Islands (a rocky haven for seals and puffins).
What more could you ask for?
The Pembrokeshire coast has far too many
stunning beaches to count, but Barafundle has
stolen our hearts. The fun part is getting to it:
a mile-long walk along a cliff path from nearby
Stackpole, which leads you through a stone
archway. It's an adventure worthy of C.S Lewis.
In summer, you'll be rewarded by a sea so blue,
so crystal clear that you'll feel you've walked
through your very own magical wardrobe, and
stepped out onto a Caribbean island. Bliss.
This isn't just a café, it's an institution. Bettys (no apostrophe), wasbettys.co.uk
opened in 1919 by Frederick Belmont, a young, fresh-faced baker and
confectioner from the Swiss Alps. Quality local ingredients ensure
this popular little café stays true to its North Yorkshire roots while
the Swiss influence comes through in the attention to detail: delicate
finger sandwiches and mouth-watering miniature cakes. And of course,
no afternoon tea menu would be complete without a scone;
that's where the Yorkshire Fat Rascal comes in.
On a glorious summer day there is no better place to be in Harrogaterhs.org.uk
than this sprawling, 68-acre sanctuary. Set in a valley, this was once
part of the Forest of Knaresborough - an ancient Royal hunting ground.
From lush woodland to wild flower meadows, it's a beautiful (and important)
part of the Yorkshire landscape. In early summer, the garden is alive
with colour courtesy of stunning allium displays and wonderful drifts
of camassias. Lovely.
You couldn't possibly visit a spa town and not book into a spa,
especially one as sensational as this. Dating back to Victorian times,
these ornate baths are supplied with the unique mineral waters -
originally from the Montpellier Estate - on which Harrogate's reputation
was built. The 19th century Turkish interiors are truly breathtaking:
arabesque painted ceilings, towering tiled arches and multi-coloured
glazed brickwork. There's no better place to kick back and relax.
Tucked away down a quaint street in Montpellier, this intimatevanzellerrestaurants.co.uk
restaurant embodies fine dining without the fuss. Chef and proprietor
Tom van Zeller (born and bred in Harrogate) and co-owner David
Moore (previously of two-Michelin-starred Pied à Terre) create
innovative menus bursting with locally-sourced produce -
so innovative, they were awarded The Good Food Guide's Restaurant
of the Year Award 2013. Now, they're getting into the Tour de France
spirit with a bespoke (no pun intended) 5-course-menu of
seasonal favourites such as Dexter Beef and Samphire.
Housed within the historic White Hart Hotel in the Montpellier quarter,
you'll find this buzzy little Victorian-style pub. Just around the corner
from the Valley Gardens and famous Royal Pump Rooms, it's
the perfect spot for a pit stop. Sink into one of the slouchy leather
Chesterfield sofas, and sample the Yorkshire-brewed draught beers,
a tipple from the extensive wine list or a chic cocktail - the 'Pink Badger'
gets our vote. Dangerous and delicious: the perfect combination.
The summer arts calendar is filled with must-see exhibitions, but this
is the most anticipated (and our favourite). The world's largest open
entry exhibition, it is now in its 246th year, and is a unique opportunity
to view and buy over 1,000 pieces of art by high profile and emerging
artists. Highlights include the black and white room curated by Cornelia
Parker and James Turrell's hypnotic 'Sensing Thought' light installation.
Now until 17 August, royalacademy.org.uk
Thought first-class was as good as it gets? Think again. Etihad Airways
have launched a three-room private cabin to provide passengers with
a five-star hotel experience on board their new fleet of A380 aircrafts.
Legroom won't be a problem in this 125 square foot suite in the sky,
which features a double bedroom, living room, and an ensuite shower
room (certainly a move on from the covetable exit row seat).
Not forgetting, of course, your very own dedicated butler - trained
at the Savoy Butler Academy no less - and in-flight chef.
Afternoon tea (our favourite British pastime) has had an all-American
makeover, courtesy of Missouri-born baker April Brinkoetter. Now living
in London, April has turned teatime on its head with her own online bakery
of mouth-watering, hand-me-down recipes from the Brinkoetter family:
Great Grandma Dorothy (Nanny), Grandma Georgia, and Mother Fonda.
A standalone store is in the pipeline (exciting), but for now you
can order her peanut butter cookie cup, Oreo truffle and key lime pie
creations from her beautiful website.
The world-famous bookshop is making literature lovers' dreams come
true with a series of unique tours. The first trips, starting in July, will
include excursions to Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and Great
Missenden, Roald Dahl's village in the Chiltern Hills. If you're looking
for a far-flung adventure, then the Jaipur Literature Festival tour in
2015 - a 12-day trip led by the award-winning novelist Marcel Theroux
- is the holiday for you.
The unveiling of the Serpentine's summer pavilion is one of the most
eagerly awaited events in London's cultural calendar. Chilean architect
Smiljan Radi has been commissioned to design this year's pavilion
- the fourteenth of its kind - after catching the eye of director Julia
Peyton-Jones at Venice Architecture Biennale 2011. What to expect?
A striking, shell-like structure boasting a contemporary café.
26 June-19 October, serpentinegalleries.org
This is Edinburgh's grand dame of museums. Housed in a beautifulnms.ac.uk
Victorian building, its spectacular galleries have attracted
over 5.5 million visitors to date - making it the most visited
attraction outside London for the past three years. And, it's
about to get even more fantastic with a £4.85 million makeover
courtesy of the Heritage Lottery Fund. What to expect? Ten new
galleries in 2016 displaying the museum's internationally
important Science and Technology and Art and Design collections.
This chic café and bistro on Forth Street is well worth a post-shoppingurban-angel.co.uk
pit stop. Their two resident baristas will whip you up one of the
best coffees in the city, and if you're lucky, may even give you a demo
on how to recreate their delicious drinks. It's also a haven for hot
chocolate lovers with Edinburgh chocolatiers Edward and Irwyn providing
the luxury blends - think Scots pine and juniper and smoked salt.
And of course, it would be rude not to try one of their organic homemade
cakes - the plum frangipane tart gets our vote.
Just one mile outside the city centre, you will find the
Royal Botanic Gardens: 72 acres of lush, landscaped grounds.
Originally founded in 1670 as a physic garden to grow medicinal
plants; the capital's stunning gardens now boast over 13,000
species of trees, flowers and shrubs. Summertime is best for
the giant Victoria water lilies that bob gently on the Glasshouse
ponds, and the pastel coloured dwarf phloxes that bloom in the
world-famous rock garden. What better way to while away a warm afternoon?
This former warehouse plays to its strengths, blending originaltimberyard.co
industrial features with soft, rustic accents: cosy tartan blankets,
low lighting and dripping candles. What's on the menu? Seasonal
Scottish food - supplied by local artisan producers - with contemporary
Nordic influences. Choose from the exquisite 8 course tasting menu or
hand pick your own mouth-watering medley from the set menu. The smoked
beef loin is to die for while the chocolate, burnt milk, spiced bread
crumb, and marshmallow dessert is one of the best sweets we've ever had
(and trust us, we've tried a lot).
You simply can't leave Edinburgh without having a 'wee dram'.
This award-winning bar/bistro/whisky shop boasts over 300 malts and
blended whiskies, making it the perfect place for a drop of the
local liquor. Non-whisky drinkers are also looked after with Scottish
craft beers, bespoke cocktails and an extensive wine list. Situated
just off the Royal mile in the shadow of the castle, it also offers
spectacular views over the city.
It's the box set everyone has been buzzing about. This must-see,
HBO crime series stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson
as dynamic Louisiana State detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart
investigating a chilling murder case that spans 17 years. Complex
characters, brilliant acting and a killer soundtrack (no pun intended)
are what make this series stand out amongst every other crime drama
on the shelves right now. We guarantee you'll be hooked.
Out on Blu-ray & DVD 9th June
This is not just a stunning, 19th century, neo-Renaissance villa nestled
in the Tuscan countryside. No, it is also an incredible artists' retreat
with rustic outbuildings and white-washed apartments spread over
500 hectares of forest, olive groves and vineyards. Who's behind
it? Parisian dream team Lena Evstafieva, Jérôme Hadey and Lionel
Bensemoun - the first is an art consultant, the second a musician and
the third is one of the co-founders of Parisian nightclub Le Baron.
If you're looking for a play with plenty of passion, this is it.
Silver screen darling Carey Mulligan makes her West End debut
alongside veteran Bill Nighy in a revival of David Hare's Skylight,
directed by Stephen Daldry. Mulligan plays a poverty-stricken
schoolteacher (Kyra Hollis) who receives a visit from her former
and newly widowed lover (Nighy) intent on rekindling their romance.
6th June-23rd August, Wyndham Theatre
This is a chef at the top of his game. Not only has the Michelin-starred
restaurateur recently added City Social to his impressive portfolio of
fine London restaurants, he has also made time to share over 100 of his
sensational recipes in a brand new cookbook: Social Suppers. Sweet
and savoury, impressive yet approachable, there's a little something for
everyone in this mouth-watering collection.
Available 19 June from Absolute Press
In case you needed an excuse to visit Hampstead Heath this
summer, this four-day art fair is the perfect one. More than 110 UK
and International galleries will be taking part, bringing with them
thousands of contemporary artworks from both renowned and
emerging artists. Priced anywhere from £40-£4,000, it doesn't matter
whether you're an art aficionado or simply looking for something
beautiful to decorate your home.
12-15 June, affordableartfair.com
Kate Adie and Jeremy Paxman are amongst
the A-list speakers at the 11th annual
literary festival, held in Althorp's
stunning stately home. Harper's Bazaar
is this year's partner, ensuring it will
be a truly sophisticated affair. spencerofalthorp.comDating back over 300 years, this is Britain's
most famous (and stylish) race meeting.
What's new this year? Michelin-starred chef
Tom Kerridge will be whipping up some
culinary delights from the fifth floor of the
grandstand in the new On 5 restaurant. ascot.co.ukOlympians and club rowers compete
alongside each other at Britain's most
famous river regatta. This lovely little
carnival started its life in 1839, and its
sartorial focus has historically centred
on the rowers. But this is 2014, and
you'll be wearing Jaeger… hrr.co.ukForget Glastonbury, this is the world's
biggest music festival. For 2014,
the global classical music event
commemorates the centenary of the
outbreak of the First World War by
teaming up with the National Theatre for
a spectacular War Horse Prom. bbc.co.uk/promsThis country fair-esque event has
something for everyone (including the kids).
Expect music, arts and crafts, literature,
circus shows and more. This year's
eclectic line-up includes London Grammar,
Burt Bacharach and Jessie Ware. wildernessfestival.comThe cobbled capital comes alive for the
month of August, vibrating with the
sound of music, dance, theatre, and
festival-goers. Over 2, 400 artists from
over 43 nations have been invited to
perform this year; amongst them are
Mariinsky Opera with Les Troyens and
Ladysmith Black Mambazo. eif.co.uk
Sitting high above the cobbled streets of
Shoreditch in a former Victorian Warehouse
is one of the city' schicest rooftop gardens.
Lush greenery, a canopy of grape producing
vines, and two 100 (plus) year-old olive trees
decorate its sleek decked area. By day, sip
refreshing Elderflower Slim cocktails
(Grey Goose with St-Germain Elderflower
Liqueur) in the sunshine, then move to
the dining area after dark and enjoy the
rest of the evening under the twinkling
pergola. Wood-burning fires and fleecy
blankets are on hand for chilly evenings.
If it's good enough for Mr Darcy,
it's good enough for us. Used to portray
'Pemberley' in the 2005 adaptation of Pride
and Prejudice, this stunning stately home
also plays host to its very own adaptations.
Book tickets now to watch another pair of
star-crossed lovers in an upcoming production
of Romeo and Juliet from the comfort of your
own picnic blanket. If it's a music event
you're after, they've got this covered too.
An evening of classical music courtesy of the
UK Philharmonic Orchestra is just one of the
wonderful events in store this summer.
Don't let the name fool you, this is not a
student haunt. Perched on the edge of the
River Cam, this spectacular hotel rooftop
offers picture postcard views of the
historic city, and the happy punting couples
below. We say it's the ultimate spot for a
cold glass of Pimms after a day of shopping
(in Jaeger, of course) or, a spot of
yoga - hotel guests can watch the sunrise
as they perfect they're Downward Facing Dog.
Picture this: a warm, soothing, mineral-rich
rooftop pool overlooking the beautiful Bath skyline.
Sound like heaven? Luckily, heaven is a place
on earth and it has a name: Thermae Bath Spa.
Even better, it's the only place in Britain
where natural waters can be enjoyed as the
Celts and Romans did 2000 years ago.
Once you've had a dip, slip on a fluffy robe
and head to the spa for a 'Watsu' relaxation
treatment, which involves more warm
water, massage and acupressure.
It's not every day you get to watch a
Hollywood blockbuster in the grounds of
a National Trust country estate. Luna,
one of the UK's top pop-up cinemas, will be
travelling to the beautifully manicured croquet
lawns of Wakehurst Place for special showings
of Dirty Dancing and Gravity this summer.
Plus, luxury makeup brand Benefit (this
year's sponsors) will also be on hand to
give viewers screen-worthy makeovers,
and fabulous freebies.
Tartines (toasted open sandwiches to you and me) are what this sleek,
minimalist café does best. The London outpost of the renowned
Parisian bakery makes their divine savoury snacks to order, so you
can choose anything from butterbean to smoked salmon to sit atop
your freshly baked artisanal bread. Prop yourself at the eating bar
for a quick bite (and watch it being made) or settle in by the fireside
lounge for the whole afternoon. And of course, we couldn't forget
the amazing desserts. The signature sourdough bread and salted
caramel is heaven on a plate.
Founded by art veteran Charles Saatchi, this beautiful white-walled
gallery has been kick-starting the careers of many an unknown and
international contemporary artist since it opened in 1985. You may
have heard of Tracey Emin and Jeff Koons? Yes, we thought so.
Located in the stunning Duke of York HQ building, you'll find the
latest thought-provoking exhibition 'Pangaea: New Art from Africa
and Latin America' and its super-sized creepy crawlies. Eek.
City-living (or visiting) can be stressful, so seeking out a quiet,
secluded spot is a must. Tucked away just moments from the King's
Road, you'll find London's oldest botanical garden, and its four-acres
of beautiful blooms and lush greenery (which includes edible and
medicinal plants). Its Tangerine Dream Café and fresh, seasonal
menu is an absolute favourite with locals - think rare roasted Aberdeen
Angus beef and lavender scones with clotted cream and homemade jam.
Chelsea is the largest (and we think best) screen in the Curzon
cinema family. Its tall ceilings and Art Deco panels are a
wonderful reminder that the building itself was once a former
music hall. Now, an independent cinema, it plays everything from
arthouse to foreign language films, and occasionally, the odd
blockbuster. You can also enjoy live-streamed showings of opera,
ballet and theatre productions, such as the National Theatre's
production of King Lear directed by Sam Mendes, which is currently playing.
This really is the place to see and be seen. Housed
in a former bank and grade II listed building, this
glamourous new restaurant is giving old Chelsea
favourites a run for their money. Why? For starters (no pun
intended), it overlooks Kensington Palace Gardens, and has
an impressive interior to boot: high ceilings, booth banquettes
in aqua and cream and a raised champagne bar. And of
course, most importantly, there's the fine food with its medley of
Mediterranean influences. The Scottish lamb rump with
taggiasca black olives and caponata is just one mouth-watering example.
Not content with Necker Island and an exclusive Moroccan kasbah (who would be?), Sir Richard Branson has added this jaw-dropping vineyard (pictured above) and lodge to his Virgin Limited Edition portfolio (a collection of extremely exclusive retreats). Thisbreathtakingly beautiful 22-bedroom hotel comes with a 100-acrevineyard and a view to die for over the sprawling wine region ofFranschoek. This boutique pad will re-open in August after a thoroughlymodern and luxurious makeover. Our holiday wish-list just got a little longer...
Ever walked past a stylish person on the street and wished you’d asked them where they got their bag? Their coat? Their dress? Now you don’t have to. Brazilian entrepreneur Daneila Cecilio has launched this app that allows users to upload snaps of anything inspiring (be it fashion, art, flowers or food) to receive fashion suggestions they can then buy. Best of all? You can search by specific retailers, for example, Jaeger (who else?!).
It’s no secret that we here at Jaeger love all things British, so we are beyond excited that award-winning UK chef Marco Pierre White has opened a brand new restaurant in the decadent Hilton Syon Park (which was once home to the Duke of Northumberland, don’t you know?). The menu mirrors the three Michelin starred chef’s ethos for quality, fuss-free dishes. Expect a smorgasbord of mouth-watering steak cuts and meats celebrating local, seasonal produce and delicious cocktails – created by the in-house mixologist – to wash it all down. Delicious.
If you haven’t heard of Hemsley & Hemsley yet, you soon will: these stylish sisters have been overhauling A-listers’ eating regimes for years, and are regular recipe contributors to Vogue, as well as running their own, rather chic, health food delivery company. They’re now hitting the big time with a glossy new cookbook, The Art of Eating Well (Ebury Press, £25). Expect delectable homemade dishes completely free of gluten, grain and refined sugar. In short? Taste-good, feel-good food.
Available June 2014
If you know your Haydn from your Handel then this is the music event for you. This year the world-class opera festival in East Sussex will celebrate its 80th anniversary with a new music director (Richard Ticciati), a new head chef (Julian Wilson, former head chef at Harrods), and three fabulous new productions; which includes ‘La finta giardiniera’, the earliest Mozart opera ever to be staged at Glyndebourne. We can’t wait.
17th May-24th August
Forget chintzy china and lace doilies, afternoon tea at this Northern Quarter eatery is a truly elegant affair. Sleek black and white floor tiles, bell jar lights and cascading green ivy (yes, inside) make this modern tea room the perfect place to while away a few hours. And of course, there are the savoury treats, scrumptious cakes and delicious desserts – roast beef and caramelised shallot sandwiches, choux pastry éclairs, and rose water crème brulee to name just a few.
Its leafy location, famous watercolours (by the likes of Gainsborough and Constable), and exquisite textiles has made The Whitworth Gallery a popular fixture with locals. This year, it’s having a £15 million makeover, transforming it into a 21st century gallery (but don’t worry, it’s not losing any of its wonderful heritage). It’s set to reopen in October, and we can’t wait.
Just outside the city centre, sitting luxuriously on the banks of the River Irwell, you’ll find Manchester’s famous five-star hotel. Inside, its heavenly spa is the perfect respite after a day of (Jaeger) shopping. Kick back in the relaxation rooms and sauna before treating yourself to one of the hotel’s signature treatments. We think you’ll love the revitalising full body massage with hot stones. Plus, your other half can choose from a bespoke, male-only treatment list, should he be so inspired…
Take a journey down under without even stepping foot on a plane at this super-swish restaurant. Its contemporary décor – bright, white and seriously slick – and extensive wine lists (which come delivered on iPads) are the perfect accompaniments to the modern menu, which is a mouth-watering medley of Indian, Asian and Japanese cuisine. If, like us, you love to try a little bit of everything then the small plates of sushi, tempura or oysters will be right up your street.
Let us set the scene. It’s a warm summer evening, you’re overlooking the Bridgewater Canal, and you have a chilled glass of fizz in hand. Where is this perfect al-fresco spot? The beautiful flagstone terrace of Dukes 92. Once a stable block for horses delivering food from the barges, it now boasts an impressive barbeque area and specialist cheese counter that offers over 40 different varieties from Britain and around Europe.
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali Forget the Bali of backpackers, bronzed surfers and
bargain-basement beach massages. The second you set foot
in the stunning environs of Alila Villas Uluwatu
you'll find take-your-breath-away romantic views from the privacy
of your very own, very swish 300 square metre villa. Perched on a
limestone cliff, which drops hundreds of metres to a rugged private
beach, its spectacular open-air cabanas (pictured) offer
stunning views of the Indian Ocean crashing into the rocks
below. At night, your villa will be moodily lit with candles and
incense, huge sliding doors open wide to let the sea breeze
waft the heavenly scent of fresh tuberose sexily throughout.
The Cottages & Lofts, Nantucket Just a short flight from Boston you’ll find the Manhattan-sized
island of Nantucket. Along with its New England
neighbours Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod and the Hamptons,
this island is part of the US’s well-heeled eastern strip, with
holiday resorts as old and formal as a Henry James novel. With
80 miles of soft, white-sand beaches, cobbled streets and a ban
on chain stores, a visit here feels like stepping back in time.
Best place to stay in summer is The Cottages And Lofts, a
collection of old fishermen’s cottages with absurdly huge,
comfortable beds. Sit on your wharf-view deck and yacht-
spot as sailing boats bob in and out of the harbour.
Amanoi, Vietnam Far, far from Vietnam's buzzing cities and bustling beach
resorts, you'll find Amanoi, the latest offering from small but
super-exclusive luxury chain Aman Hotels (whose fan base
spans billionaires to Beckhams). The only noise you’ll hear at
this splendidly secluded 100-acre hotel is the wind rustling
through the leaves of the cashew and mango trees that
provide a vivid-green carpet as far as the eye can see. On the
deck of your pavilion at night, watch the local fishing boats
head out to fish for squid, their lights bobbing seductively as
darkness rolls in from the sea.
aromas of freshly baked
bread are enough to tempt
you into this trendy artisan
café, which sits pretty on
the corner of Wardour
Street. Splashes of red and
exposed light bulbs give
this white-washed café a
modern yet cosy appeal
while its delicious tiers of
brioche and cakes are the
finest form of comfort food.
Don’t leave without trying a
slice of their exquisite,
flourless chocolate cake.
Tucked away on the cobbles
of Foubert’s Place – minutes away from
the hustle and bustle of Regent
Street – this Central London spa is
an oasis of calm and tranquillity. Its
speedy 30 minute treatments are
ideal for busy women on the go, and
include everything from polished
pedicures to rejuvenating facials. If
you have time to kill try the ‘Cowshed
Salt Scrub and Massage’ (full body
brushing and deep exfoliation
followed by a relaxing massage) then
indulge in a nice glass of pink fizz.
This family-owned, flagship
store has been one of the
city’s best-loved, independent
booksellers since it was
opened in 1905 by teenage
brothers William and Gilbert
Foyle. Europe’s largest
bookstore, it boasts over
200,000 titles spread across
five, tome-filled floors. In
June, it will be re-opening in
the former home of Central
Saint Martins, just steps
away from its current home.
Those of you that are still
waiting to get into Dabbous will
be very happy to hear that
renowned chef Ollie Dabbous is
heading up a new walk-ins-only
eatery. The décor – exposed
brickwork and rustic wooden
tables – is also more relaxed
(as are the prices) than its older,
more polished sister restaurant.
The menu celebrates
wholesome British classics with
a twist – think roast beef on
toast with warm horseradish
buttermilk and apple and
Weather permitting; the
lush sanctuary of this luxury,
hotel is the perfect place for
an afternoon or evening
tipple. Inspired by traditional
Japanese gardens, this
beautiful courtyard features
a bamboo backdrop and
giant bonsai tree to create a
true sense of escapism from
the busy shopping streets
just outside. Bliss.
Caffeine addicts will be in their element
at the UK's largest coffee and artisan food
event, held in Brick Lane's Old Truman
Brewery. As well as sampling the wide
selection of drinkable delights, you can
enjoy gourmet snacks by renowned
bakeries, demonstrations by world class
baristas and live music - think DJ sets and
South American samba beats.
This stunning harbourside festival
proudly supports Hugh Fearnley-
Whittingstall's 'Fish Fight' by
encouraging people to try sustainable
species. Demonstrations from home-
grown chefs Mark Hix and John Wright
from River Cottage make this the perfect
place to while away a sunny afternoon
Renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi
(pictured right) and acclaimed food
writer Tom Parker Bowles are amongst
the speakers at East Cork's annual food
and wine bonanza. From tastings to
talks, it's the only festival of its kind in
Ireland and great for those who like to
indulge their brains as well as
TV chef Jamie Oliver and Blur bassist
Alex James host three days of family
fun in Oxfordshire with a flavour-filled
programme of food, music and craft
workshops. You can look forward to
seeing multi-million-selling author,
Oliver whip up some of his favourite
summer dishes whilst enjoying music
from headline acts Jamie Cullum and
DJ Fat Boy Slim.
Say it with flowers with a visit to the
Shirley Sherwood Gallery and its latest
exhibition, which celebrates the renaissance
of botanical art. If you still haven't had your
flower-fill, follow the display with a nice
relaxing stroll around the 121 hectares of
gardens, and see if you can spot spring's
newest blooms - the Tenby Daffodils have to
be our favourites.
Endearingly known as the city's 'grand old
lady', this famous hotel has been voted one
of the best places to have afternoon tea in
the UK. Enjoy traditional finger sandwiches,
homemade scones and a glass of fizz in the
hotel's decadent Palm Court, which boasts
an opulent chandelier, plush seating and of
course, palm trees.
Buying a box of Roses is easy; making your
own bespoke goodies takes a little more
effort. Why not turn the chocolate buying
into a lovely day out with the brilliant
Chocolate Tart cookery school, a unique
place to master the art of hand-rolling fresh
cream truffles or creating your own
fondant-centred chocolate shells.Yum.
Give her the five-star treatment she deserves
at this luxury country retreat with its
indulgent Mother's Day spa package.
A relaxing 60 minute facial, delicious
(and health conscious) pool bar buffet
and full use of the lavish facilities -
relaxation rooms, hydrotherapy spa pool
and aromatherapy saunas, to name a few
- ought to keep you in the good books until
next year, at least.
The intimacy of a cosy country pub is
great for a gossip and a giggle, and this
quintessential English inn is just the spot.
Smoked ham-hock and Foie Gras terrine,
hand-smoked leg of Paddock Farm pork,
and rhubarb and ginger trifle are just a few
of the culinary delights that feature on the
three-course Mother's Day Menu.
Love a statement wall? Then you'll love the beautiful and
innovative wallpaper designs created by this London-
based company. Founded in 1875, it has dressed the walls
of many a historic house, including Buckingham Palace
and the Houses of Parliament (now that's what we call
a client list).
Whether you've been dreaming of a timeless roll-top or
modern minimalist tub to complete your bathroom, this
is the place to come. Rich in volcanic limestone, each sleek
design is made with style and longevity in mind.
Complete with premium back rests and bath racks
- to hold wine and champagne glasses - these aren't
your average baths.
Where better to get your morning fix than from an
award-winning barista? Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
- one half of Colonna and Small's - is exactly that and
runs tutorials from the comfort of his contemporary
coffee shop. Prepare to be tantalised by the specialised
brew bar and tasting boards.
Perch on a church pew or cushiony arm chair and enjoy
your favourite brew - roasted-in-house - at this cool coffee
spot. The food, which is organic and locally sourced, is
as scrumptious as the beverages. Expect doorstep-thick
sandwiches made from freshly baked bread and
mouth-watering cakes made on site.
The owners of this chic, Central London hangout have
successfully brought a piece of their own Australian
and Kiwi café cultures to this quiet corner of Fitzrovia.
Boasting one of the best coffees in town; it also plays host
to a Latte Art course where you can learn to fashion your
very own milky fern or love heart.
This 1930s romantic comedy starring Clark Cable is one
of only three films to have ever been awarded all of the
'Big Five' - Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best
Director, and Best Picture. Silence of the Lambs and One
Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest are the only films to have
equalled the accolade.
The 41st Academy Awards was the first and only time to
date that two artists have been awarded the same prize.
Katharine Hepburn's performance in The Lion in Winter
and Barbara Streisand's portrayal of Fanny Brice in Funny
Girl had the judges torn.
Colin Welland famously shouted "The British Are Coming!"
when he accepted the award for Best Screenplay, which will
go down as one of the best sound bites in Oscar history.
Chariots of Fire went on to win Best Original Score, Best
Picture and Best Costume Design.
Berry won this award for her powerful performance
in romantic drama, Monster's Ball. The fact that
she looked fabulous accepting it, made us love this
moment even more. What can we say, we like a good
old bit of girl power.
Being predominantly female here at Jaeger HQ, it was
a no brainer that this would also make our list. Flying the
flag for creative, strong and stylish women everywhere,
Kathryn Bigelow made history when she was awarded
Best Director for American war film, Hurt Locker.
Where to stay // Hotel Escondido Just a 15-minute drive away from the idyllic fishing
port and surf mecca, Puerto Escondido, you'll find
this beautiful hideaway. Sixteen oceanside cabanas
surround a beautiful infinity pool, which overlooks the
white sandy stretches of Mexico's Pacific Coast. If you get
Where to stay // Hotel Central & Café Denmark has been voted the happiest country in the
world, so Copenhagen is the perfect place to lift your
spirits. If the city itself doesn't do it, this boutique hotel
nestled in the Vesterbro neighbourhood certainly will. This
quaint, one bedroom bolthole - yes, one bedroom
- opened for business last year, and is as sweet as
it sounds. If it's booked up, pop into the cosy café
downstairs for a traditional Danish pastry instead.
If you haven't heard of Yotam Ottolenghi's North
London deli-cafes then you might not be prepared for
the deliciousness that awaits at his younger outpost.
Its mouth-watering Middle Eastern fare - with a dash of
Mediterranean and Asian influence - and sleek, minimalist
design keep the style set flocking here season after season.
Order the Shakshuka (braised eggs, piquante tomato sauce,
and smoked labneh) - you won't be disappointed.
Majestic chandeliers hang from the ornate ceiling,
gilt-framed art covers the walls, and intimate booths sit
pretty in the middle of this grand dining room. After
you've been dazzled by the decor, you'll be dazzled by the
food. Patron and Michelin-starred chef, Jason Atherton
may not be there but his innovative recipes are - think
gourmet macaroni cheese with a crisp cauliflower twist
and a cocktail made from 'Coco Pops milk' served in a glass
carton with a retro straw. Well, we did say innovative...
High Holborn may not be the first port of call for a fashion
insider in a storm but the new Rosewood Hotel has designs
to change all that. Already the setting of many a fashion
party since its launch at the end of last year; its roaring log
fire, antique tome-filled bookcase, and crooning pianist are
set to attract the A-list this fashion week. Then, of course,
there are the cocktails. Bubble and Shrubs - Sipsmith gin
elderflower, home-made berry shrubs, orange bitters and
bubbles - gets our vote.
Check in for three nights at this luxury eco-hotel and you
can look forward to a weekend of candlelit dinners, spa
treatments and twilight dips in the cliff-top hot tub.
With the stunning sandy bay of Mawgan Porth just
outside, a starlit stroll or two will finish things off nicely.
Yes, there really is a place called 'Lover' (although it is
pronounced 'Lowver'). Hopeless romantics would travel to
its post office to make sure their Valentine's Day cards were
stamped with its affectionate postmark. Sadly, it has now
closed but its cosy B&Bs and National Trust sites -
Pride & Prejudice was filmed in the grounds of Stourhead
- will more than make up for it.