What To Do, See & Buy: London Art Fair; Graham & Green; Written Records; Missoni; Salt Yard cookbook; Derry-Londonderry


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Smart art

With works from more than 100 leading galleries under one roof, for the connoisseur, the London Art Fair is a chance to catch up on the very latest on the grapevine, while for the casual observer, there's the likes of Peter Blake's London River Thames Regatta 2012 to enjoy. £12-16, 16-20 January, Business Design Centre, N1, londonartfair.co.uk


Perhaps the best thing about this eye-catchingly silly lampshade, in the January sales at Graham & Green, is that every time you turn on the light, it will look like the rhinoceros on your wall has had a great idea. It's surely worth it for this alone? £87.50, grahamandgreen.co.uk

Special delivery

If music be the food of love, then why not send it in a novelty vinyl postcard format? Written Records make playable records in the shape of postcards, with traditional address label and stamp box on the back. Singles currently available include "Let's Stay Together" and "I Put a Spell On You". Perfect for a smitten hipster. £5, roughtrade.com

Rainbow robe

Yes, it may look like it's been poached from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, but we rather like this dressing gown from Missoni (see gallery). Besides, it's in the sale, and this being the time of year when home comforts are all we have to preserve us against the persistent lack of Christmas, we'd like you to treat yourself. £114, net-a-porter.com

To hell with health

Yes, January is supposed to be the month of salads and sprouting beans, but when the brilliant Salt Yard group of restaurants launches its cookbook in the first week, there's no hope. Salt cod fritters, mini Iberico pork burgers and rice pudding brûlée are among the recipes. 'Salt Yard: Food & Wine from Spain & Italy', £30, saltyard.co.uk

Derry gold

Derry-Londonderry (the town that sounds like its introducing itself in the style of James Bond), is the UK's first City of Culture this year. The packed programme of concerts, exhibitions and plays will see the Turner Prize come to the town and the London Symphony Orchestra take to the stage. Arts events start in earnest next week, with a new play, Over the Wire, by Seamas Keenan. £10-14, 14-19 January, derryplayhouse.co.uk