What To Do, See & Buy: John Lewis fabrics; Brindisa; Another London; The Oak Room; Sushilla; Create 2012 Souvenirs
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 23 June 2012
Say curtains to boring textiles as John Lewis launches a new range of fabulous fabrics by designers such as Louise Brody and Ptolemy Mann. Expect lots of colour, florals and traditional prints. From £55 a metre, johnlewis.com
The taste of Galicia comes to town next month, as tapas star Brindisa launches Mariscada at its Soho branch. On 6 and 7 July, guests will sup on piles of delicious seafood, washed down with Albarino. £37.50 for a sharing platter for two, brindisa.com
Through the looking glass
Get an outsider's view of the capital at Another London, showcasing photographs by visitors including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt and Bruce Davidson. Opens at Tate Britain on 27 July; tate.org.uk
We're cuckoo about The Oak Room's enamel bird-print picnicware. Available in red or green, it will add a touch of brightness to the soggiest camping trip. At £26.95 a set, it is sure to fly off the shelves (so to speak). Oakroomshop.co.uk
If you've got a cocktail party, we've got the ring. There are four to choose from, in fact, in the shiny new Daisy collection from Sushilla. Styles include rose quartz and aquamarine, and blue amethyst and topaz. From £249 each, sushilla.co.uk
Going for gold
We're pumped about Create 2012 Souvenirs, a winning range of keepsakes by British designers, priced between £10 and £50. In first place are the delightful exercise books (geddit?) by the Scottish interiors doyenne, Donna Wilson. Createlondon.org
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