Smoking: 10 best charcoal barbecues

Afficionados swear by food sizzled over charcoal.  Whether you want to grill, smoke or even roast, we find a barbie that will have your outdoor cooking sorted

iStyle: Right on ’cue

Ever the optimists, Britons are using a week’s worth of  sunshine to invest in new BBQs. Trish Lorenz is stoked

No job too small: Anyone can create a sleek haven with Ann-Marie

"So lately," says Rob, gazing into the middle distance, "I've been thinking that the problem is that perhaps it needs to have a sort of centrepiece. Like a giant rock." My neighbours and I are having a gin and tonic. There has been some discussion about whether gin and tonic is permitted under their strenuous pre-holiday dietary regime, but caution has been thrown to the wind. So here we are on the terrace, sipping our drinks, sitting in the sunshine, and everything is almost perfect. Almost.

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The Lawn Bistro, 67 High Street, London SW19

The actual tennis of Wimbledon is played in Southfields, two Tube stops away from the famous suburb, but that doesn't stop the world and his tennis partner from descending on the Village like the Assyrians on Jerusalem. What they find to eat when they arrive can be uninspiring. For every good, reliable restaurant (such as San Lorenzo Fuoriporto at the bottom of the hill), there are too many yawn-making gastropubs, chains and iffy spice houses.