What To Do, See & Buy: Draw Me a House; Chewton Glen; Edward Burtynsky's OIL; Sonia Rykiel; Frédéric Malle; On Plate, Still Hungry
Charlotte Philby is a writer at The Independent with a weekly column on motherhood in The Independent Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for her undercover investigative work, and writes for various cultural magazines.
Saturday 28 April 2012
Draw Me a House is the Buckingham Palace of colouring books, allowing little hands to reimagine famous buildings from the Parthenon to the Gherkin, while learning about architectural styles. Just the thing for big kids, too. £12.95, published by Cicada Books
Up and away
Staycationing will never be the same again, since Hampshire's super-luxe spa hotel Chewton Glen announced 12 new posh treehouse retreats overlooking the New Forest. Each rooftop suite (from £600 a night) has a hot-tub, wood-burner, and vaulted ceilings. Book now at chewtonglen.com
The Photographers' Gallery presents OIL, a 10-year project by Canadian Edward Burtynsky documenting the the oil industry and its impact. From 19 May; photonet.org.uk
Raise your game
Tower above the competition with these crocodile-print patent calf-skin wedges (£380), part of Sonia Rykiel's bold spring accessories collection. Team with chunky red bangles, studded box shoulder bag and a lip-shaped belt. Then again, could less be more? Soniarykiel.com
Who wants to lug around a heavy bottle of perfume in their bag? Not us. Now fans of Frédéric Malle's amazing fragrances can transport their favourite scent in colourful canisters created by Malle's pal shoe designer Pierre Hardy. Vite! £185, fredericmalle.com
Our tummies are rumbling at the prospect of On Plate, Still Hungry, an eye-catching online food magazine launching next month, with a daily serving of culinary-related stories, interviews, recipes and photos from creative foodies across the globe. Sign up for updates at onplatestillhungry.com
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits record low as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'