What To Do, See & Buy: Petit Bateau; Cachette; William Blanchard; Eric Bompard Cashmere; Herman Koch; The Crown at Bray
ON MATERNITY LEAVE. Charlotte Philby is a writer and reporter at The Independent, currently based on the news desk after six years on the Saturday magazine. She has been shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for an undercover investigative into a website offering students up to £15,000 in return for sex. She has also written for cultural magazines including Dazed & Confused and NYLON and contributed to several books, among them a biography of French street artist Blek Le Rat. A mother and born-and-bred Londoner, she spends most of her free time working on her first crime fiction novel.
Saturday 21 July 2012
Women who desire the cult French childrenswear company Petit Bateau can wear the label without squeezing into a toddler-sized romper suit. Exhibit one: the rather splendid shiny 'Sidonie' mac, which comes in emerald green, cream or black. £115, petit-bateau.co.uk
Cachette is a new online emporium of unique and largely handmade things for your home, from kitchenware – check out the super-colourful enamel crockery – to lighting. We adore their elegant asymmetric hanging paper lamp. £74, cachette.com
William Blanchard is a true renaissance man – musician, artist, all-round scenester. Now he's having what's playfully entitled a restrospective of his bold pop art-y collages and paintings. Friends call him 'Wildcat Will', and with a name like that, you just know it's going to be good. This Is William Blanchard, Weds to 4 Aug, thestrandgallery.co.uk
Eric Bompard Cashmere's incredibly soft scarves will add a playful twist to your wardrobe – and frankly in this weather, we all need a warming scarf on standby. Choose from styles and shades including abstract flowers and brightly-coloured snakes; perfect to add interest to a plain summer dress. From £130, eric-bompard.com
Herman Koch's deliciously dark novel The Dinner tells the story of two families whose sons have been filmed committing a horrific act, which is broadcast on national Dutch TV. The story unfolds over several courses, each better than the last. Finally, it will be published in English on 2 August. An essential summer read. £12.99, atlantic-books.co.uk
We can't wait to try Heston Blumenthal's Berkshire pub The Crown at Bray, now serving up weekend hamper deals. Fill your basket with a choice of goodies including gazpacho with horseradish crème fraîche, and pork pie with piccalilli; borrow a blanket and tuck in on the lawns of the 15th-century inn. Average price for three courses and a glass of wine is £25 per person. Thecrownatbray.co.uk
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