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Oxfordshire: Asthall Manor, On Form sculpture, Burford

Jonathan Finchley

Visit Asthall’s fairytale world of old roses. This 17th-century Oxfordshire house has a six-acre garden which drifts into the Windrush Valley. A romantic history includes members of the Mitford family as well as the Churchills. Visit to see the On Form exhibition each summer.

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Geums: the most beautiful flowers to grow

Ruby Scott

Red and orange geums are what you need to spruce up your garden. Best of all, they’re easy to grow. They’re actually a member of the rose family and are the missing ingredient of any garden border. Guaranteed to serve as a ‘pick-me-up’.

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Online: Rhode Resort clothes

Jonathan Finchley

Groovy long, technicolour dresses, floaty and floral, some hemmed with tassels. These prints will help you to embrace your inner Frida Kahlo and could make you feel like you’re on holiday every day, regardless of where you are.

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Online: Theodora Warre Jewellery

Hamish Charlton

A source of the most beautiful pieces of golden jewellery, embellished with a droplet of white topaz, rainbow moonstone or amethyst. Lovely presents and not prohibitively expensive.

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Online: Margot & Mila Jewellery

Ruby Scott

Handmade jewellery, one-off antique finds and high-end bespoke pieces, all hand-finished using the traditional silversmithing techniques, in Hatton Garden… pretty golden hoops with a dangling pearl or elephant… or wear golden hedgehogs round your neck. To avoid getting it wrong, buy a gift card!

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London: Gunpowder Restaurant, Spitalfields

Genevieve Delacroix

Jackfruit and gucchi pulao sound appealing? Or a coriander-spiced roast vegetable salad? It’s described as ‘an intimate Indian restaurant’ with bare brick walls offering home-cooking-inspired menus and based in delightful Spitafields.

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Art Out Loud Festival

Jonathan Finchley

Set in glorious Chatsworth, it returns this year for its fourth and largest incarnation. With talks by Dan Cruickshank, the BBC broadcaster; Alex de Rijke, the RIBA Stirling Prize Winner; and Lubaina Himid, a Turner Prize Winner. Buy tickets for specific talks or for the entire day.

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London: Brunswick House, Vauxhall

Genevieve Delacroix

Go for cocktails or a party. An island of old in the midst of traffic-riddled Vauxhall. Filled with reclaimed antiques that are for sale. The main room is a forest of chandeliers. Go for a Negroni and sit outside. You won’t want to leave.

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Moscow: The Bolshoi for a meal

Fiona Duncan

The Bolshoi restaurant is part of Russia's Novikov group: a luxurious dining room tucked into the back of the palatial theare. Do what's right and have black caviar and blinis with champagne. If this all sounds rather glamorous, that's because it is.

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Moscow: Kazbek, 1905 Street

Genevieve Delacroix

Décor is hipster meets Georgian living room; young and old share khachapuri (a sort of Georgian pizza) and drink delicious wine to the sounds of a live folk band, all waistcoats and smiles. Located on the banks of the Moskva River.

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Athens: All-night bakery in Piraeus

Jonathan Finchley

If you find yourself in Priaeus at 2am - between a red-eye flight and an early-morning ferry to the Greek islands - the one place you can definitely find tea, coffee, interesting company, and fantastic freshly made cheese and spinach pies is Horiatiko at 34 Akti Posidonos, near port gates 7 and 8.

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Derbyshire: Geoffrey Fuller: The Three Stags’ Heads Pottery, Wardlow Mires

Genevieve Delacroix

A 17th-century roadside inn that fuses pub and pottery. What could be better? Full of character with old country furniture on flagstones and heating from an old cast-iron kitchen range. Run by husband and wife potters Pat and Geoff Fuller.

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Windmill Books)

Annabel Sampson

Brimming with humour, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count's endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose. Soon to be a major television series with Ken Branagh.

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Derbyshire: A Celebration of the Table, the Wardlow Mires Pottery and Food Festival

Genevieve Delacroix

Into its sixth year, this low-key festival is well worth venturing to Derbyshire for. Geoffrey Fuller is outspoken on the subject of why ‘handmade pottery in the serving of food adds so much to the overall enjoyment’  – a feast for the eyes, a feast for the mouth. Pottery to dine on is exhibited.

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Scotland: Dunmore Pineapple, near Stirling

Lara Akeroyd

An eccentric 18th-century summer house built in the shape of a pineapple, it presides over a walled garden; and at the back is a private garden for those staying. Formed of two storeys, it was originally built for the 4th Earl of Dunmore. go and stay through the Landmark Trust.    

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Morocco: Berber Lodge, Marrakech

Fiona Duncan

Nestled among centenary olive trees - near the village of Oumes - Berber Lodge comprises nine individual lodges laid out in a Berber Village feel. Just twenty minutes' drive to Marrakech, yet also nearby Lake Takerkoust.

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London: Honey & Co, Fitzrovia

Jonathan Finchley

Husband-and-wife-run café/dining room serving colourful salads, pastries, mezze and iced teas. Visit the restaurant, grill or online store. I can personally recommend the Warren Street branch which is colourful and charming with a delightful tiled bathroom.

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Liverpool: Wreckfish

Ferdie Rous

Weekday lunch at Wreckfish, in Liverpool, the latest (so far) outlet in indefatigable chef Gary Usher's mini-empire. Modern bistro food done really well; both floors full of happy customers. Order the marmalade sponge, which is served warm with vanilla-chantilly. Delicious.    

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Levant by Rawia Bishara (Octopus Publishing)

Ferdie Rous

Middle Eastern summer recipes, great for a party or a weekend lunch. Try the sesame prawn skewers on the barbecue, or the harissa baked chicken. The stuffed aubergine on toasted pitta is also a complete joy and a kitchen-table showpiece.

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London: The Lanesborough Club & Spa, Lanesborough

Ferdie Rous

Be transported back to the Regency’s heyday at the grade-II Lanesborough Club. The former St George’s Hospital is now decked out in wood panelling, exquisite marquetry and delicate frescoes. There are truffle nuts in the spa area and you can dine beneath enormous chandeliers in the restaurant.

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Cambridge: Fitzbillies on Trumpington Street

London Potters

Turning out cakes since 1921 – best place for tea and a sticky Chelsea bun. Imbued with history and memories. The famous Chelsea buns can be ordered online and posted to all corners of the world. Visit for lunch, breakfast and weekend brunch.

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Cambridge: Wren’s Library at Trinity College

Genevieve Delacroix

Make it to Cambridge city centre before 12.30pm on a Saturday during term time, and visit Wren’s library at Trinity, built in 1695. It holds the notebook of Isaac Newton, the original manuscript of Winnie-the-Pooh and more than 70,000 books printed before 1820.

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Netherlands: The Mauritshuis gallery, The Hague

London Potters

A compact Dutch gallery famed for its collection of Rembrandts as well as Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. It’s a government collection of 841 objects & the best Dutch paintings of the Golden Age – think Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp & The Goldfinch by Fabritius.

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Read: Dark Side of the Boom: The Excesses of the Art Market in the 21st Century by Georgina Adam

Genevieve Delacroix

Georgina Adam’s new book Dark Side of the Boom will fill you in on the excesses of the art market in the 21st century: the obsession with art as an investment opportunity, speculative buying, the connections between galleries, auction houses and art advisers…

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Salisbury: New Art Centre, East Winterslow

Ruby Scott

Visit the sculpture park at the New Art Centre at Roche Court near Salisbury where works by Michael Craig-Martin, Nigel Hall, Barry Flanagan, Conrad Shawcross and more than thirty other artists are on show. It is free and all the pieces are for sale.

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