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Interiors insider: Sebastian Conran

The eldest son of Sir Terence Conran, Sebastian Conran runs his own design studio in Barons Court, London. He has recently launched Universal Expert collection of homewares, available from www.johnlewis.com. He talks to Annie Deakin about his mentors, common design mistakes and his dream project.

Get me out of here: Barcelona; Sicily; Australia

Now... See Barcelona from the striking surrounds of the Grand Hotel Central, where a luxury four-night break is offered by Kirker Holidays for £686pp with breakfast, private transfers and BA flights from Heathrow in July and August. kirkerholidays.com

Get me out of here: Dordogne, Sorrento, Croatia

Now... Departing on 8 July, Inntravel has a self-guided cycling tour, taking in the countryside, churches and chateaux of the Dordogne. It includes return P&O Dover-Calais ferry crossing, a week's B&B, five dinners, luggage transfers, bike hire and maps for £855pp. inntravel.co.uk

The 10 Best in-flight essentials

1. Neal's Yard Frankincense Hydrating Facial Mist

£10.50, boots.com

If you have oily skin, you probably don't want to use one of the heavier 24-hour moisturisers. Instead, plump for this hydrating spray with frankincense.

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