Shopping: The Ultimate Breakfast in bed kit

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WHAT BETTER way to spend the Bank Holiday than in bed; and what better way to begin than with some Pressed English Pear Juice, pounds 1.95, served in a clear hi-ball glass, pounds 1.25, both from Habitat (0645 334433 for nearest store).

FOLLOW THE juice with a croissant, 60p, or pain au chocolat, 75p, mini baguette de tradition, 28p, or brioche, 60p, all freshly baked by Maison Blanc (0181-838 0848 for nearest branch). Serve simply on a wooden tray, from pounds 39.95 from Shaker (0171-724 7672 for mail order) with the finest triple-hemstitched napkins, pounds 29.99 for four, from The White Company (0171- 385 7988).

FOR THE full effect, make sure you drink English Breakfast Tea, pounds 1.09 for 125g, from Twinings (01264 334477) from a Philippe Deshoulieres teapot, pounds 69, and teacup and saucer, pounds 17.25, from Dickins & Jones (0171-734 7070).

TRADITIONALISTS will love this seasonal marmalade, pounds 2.95, from selected branches of Maison Blanc (call 0181-838 0848 for your nearest branch). And, for those who prefer their fruit juice straight from the fruit, this sleek aluminium gizmo costs pounds 45 from Habitat (0645 334433) and is sturdy enough to be used by even the most energetic of juicers.

THE PERFECT breakfast in bed just would not be the same without some good reading matter, so make sure you don't forget to invest 70p in your Saturday copy of The Independent, and pounds 1 on your Independent on Sunday.

FINALLY, ENSURE that you have the right lounging equipment. A pretty Cath Kidston bolster cushion costs pounds 15 from Debenhams (call 0171-408 4444 for your local stockist); and luxurious white pyjamas cost pounds 120 from The Cross (0171-727 6760). Fresh flowers are an affordable luxury: these lisianthus cost pounds 2 per stem from Felton, Wills and Segar (0171-363 0000).

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