What To Do, See & Buy: Petit Bateau; Cachette; William Blanchard; Eric Bompard Cashmere; Herman Koch; The Crown at Bray

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Splash out

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

Home aware

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

Get knotted

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

Heston services

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