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Eat holiday breakfasts at home

Charles Fergusson

A way to make you feel holiday-ish whilst at home… if you would visit the local bakery and find the perfect spot to write a postcard whilst sipping your cappuccino. Why not trial in the UK? An incredibly pleasurable way to spike your routine.

Esoteric London Jewellery

Margot Petherick

Hand made jewellery and accessories made by Chloe Hope King. Bold, bright and exclusive. Sculptural and geometric pieces of jewellery – from ‘cosmic warrior’ to the ‘glitter dot’ pendant. Much to get excited about. Good statement jewellery.

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Shrimps x Habitat

Charles Fergusson

If your wardrobe is already stacked with Shrimps clothes  – head to Habitat for Shrimps’ first interiors collaboration. All the joys, colours and quirks of her clothes are brought to rugs, cushions and prints. It’s all such fun!

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Hire a Rolls Royce for the Day

Arthur Nottle

Have your dream car for the day! A day with a Rolls Royce made jolly easy with this extremely efficient, fool-proof website. Quite a good present for someone, as well?

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V&A Dundee

Sally Longville

The building, designed by Kengo Kuma, is inspired by the striations of nearby cliffs. It opened on September 15th and has been dubbed by the Times as a symbol of the city’s ‘renaissance’ – not dissimilar to the Guggenheim-effect in Bilbao.

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Shrimps Clothes

Lara Akeroyd

The website is a faux-fur paradise! Incredible patterns, floor length faux-fur ruffle dresses in shades of turquoise, beaded handbags, long coats covered in hearts, fluffy shoes… and, oh so beautifully put together. Hannah Weiland, the Shrimps Founder, was also included in 2018’s Forbes 30 under 30.

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Fat Llama

Charles Fergusson

‘Borrow almost anything’ through Fat Llama. Billed the Airbnb of ‘stuff’ you can upload your goods to be borrowed, or seek out something similar. Built in categories whether you’re looking at campervans, projectors, musical instruments or bikes – there’s one to be borrowed and very likely close by.

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‘Velvetiser’ from Hotel Chocolat

Mary Canon-Belle

Can homemade hot chocolate ever rival café-bought versions of the hot, milky drink? With the ‘Velvetiser’ designed for Hotel Chocolat you may find yourself living off the stuff. Pour in the raw goods, then pop on the lid, and press the button. Let it whizz and ‘burrrr’, then it's ready to guzzle.

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Upstream Dry Fly: Testwood Fisheries

Alfred Watchley

Supposedly the finest English chalk stream fly fishing. Val Warner, the acclaimed chef, says that ‘if you can get on here, you might have one of the best night’s seat trout fishing you can get in the British Isles. There’s some socking great salmon!’ Looks idyllic.

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'Kaukasis, The Cook Book' by Olia Hercules

Coralie Purves

This is the culinary journey through Georgia, Azerbaijan & Beyond. More than 100 recipes for vibrant, earthy and unexpected dishes from across the region such as Quince stuffed with lamb and caramelised shallots. Nigella approves – ‘there’s not a recipe of hers I don’t want to cook immediately’.

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'Cook for Syria' Campaign

Edith Warren

The supper club that became a ‘global movement’. First it was a simple supper club where a group of foodie friends came together to celebrate Syrian cuisine & raise money for Unicef. Now everybody is invited to the table! Also has a fantastic recipe book and the backing of top chefs like Ottolenghi.

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Ludlow Magnalonga, Sunday 11th August 2019

Jonathan Finchley

Now in its fifteenth year, the Ludlow Magnalonga is based on a similar event organised in Ludlow’s twin town of San Pietro in Cariano, near Verona. It’s a food & drink walk of between 8 and 10 miles where a walk is combined with some of the best food & drink from Ludlow and across the Welsh Marches.

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‘Bristle’: Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrushes

Lara Akeroyd

Have them delivered to your door! Just £3.60 and the delivery is free. Microplastics have become a macro problem and this is an attempt to combat single use plastic. You can get some Biodegradable Dental Floss while you’re at it!

'The Art of Mindfulness' by Emma Farrarons

Genevieve Delacroix

Anti-stress drawing, colouring and hand lettering. A book of beautiful templates to colour and complete yourself. A pocket-sized book of peace and calm. Follow her on Instagram for more of her utterly lovely sketches – the scene of the dog show at the Good Life Experience festival is a favourite.

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Revisionist History Podcast by Malcolm Gladwell

Jonathan Finchley

Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

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Brighton: The Silo restaurant

Ruby Scott

A bakery, brewery, restaurant & coffee house. Inside a rugged building on the fringes of Brighton is the UK’s first zero-waste restaurant. It’s all concrete, brick & metal. They cultivate their own mushrooms, mill their own flour, the menu is projected onto a white wall – and that's just the start.

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NE Scotland: Glen Dye Cabins And Cottages, Kincardineshire

Harold Llwelyn

A new project coming late 2018. Cabins (completely) rebuilt in vernacular materials (wood & corrugated iron) in a very wild landscape. Kincardineshire is where they're based, on the coast of northeast Scotland. Stay and spot golden eagles, red deer and red squirrels in their natural habitat.

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Cookery books by Thomasina Miers

Sally Longville

Whether it’s ‘Home Cook’ or ‘Mexican Food Made Simple’, Thomasina Miers, known as ‘Tommi’ to her friends, is a true maverick and professional. Her recipes abound with mexican heat. She juggles the Wahaca restaurant train, three sprogs and various charitable endeavours with charisma and pizzazz.

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'The Mavericks Podcast' by Charlie Gladstone

Lucy Blanchette

Charlie Gladstone, founder of The Good Life Experience Festival, also hosts a cracking podcast. In ‘Mavericks’, Charlie interviews people who have ‘swum against the tide’ and done something ‘truly unusual and inspiring’. From famous comedians to chefs to authors and campaigners. Do have a listen.

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Flintshire: Hawarden Farm Shop, Wales

Hamish Charlton

The mantra of the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is that ‘Local is good, provenance is key’. It's more than your regular ‘farm shop’. It’s award winning and host to the Good Life Experience Festival – one of the best UK festivals. On site, scuttle down apple orchards and admire the enormous pumpkins.

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Hatchet & Bear handcrafted utensils

Lucy Blanchette

Hatchet & Bear make handcrafted utensils from locally foraged wood. The maker, Ethan-James Osborne works with storm damaged trees and broken and discarded materials to make the loveliest things. Have a look at his hand welded coffee scooops, pesto spreaders and spatulas that are meticulously carved.

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Blenheim Forge Knives

Mary Canon-Belle

At Blenheim Forge in South London, a trio of handsome blacksmiths make kitchen blades to rival the Japanese masters. Their knives are strong, sharp and, thanks to the pattern-welded (or “Damascus”) technique they use, glorious to behold.

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Pledge for ‘Wild Cooking’ by Roger Phillips

Lysander Tyler-Green

Back the mushroom expert, Roger Phillips’, latest project ‘Wild Cooking’ on Unbound. It will cover his an extensive section of new mushroom recipes from around Europe as well as exploring the history, and illustrating foods that hunter-gatherer groups, like Native Americans, forage for and cook.

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Children’s Books by Giles Andreae

Edith Warren

‘Be Brave Little Penguin’ and ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ are two books the grandchildren would do well to read. Giles Andraeae – illustrator, poet and writer – is also the creator of Purple Ronnie. This man is a children’s literary genius who will induce howls of laughter in young and old alike.

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'The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2019' by Lia Leendertz

Lysander Tyler-Green

Divided into the 12 months, this almanac provides practical information that gives access to the outdoors and the seasons, perfect for expeditions & meteor-spotting nights! There are also features on each month's unique nature, such as the meteor shower of the month, beehive behaviour and folklore.

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