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In the middle of the night, hidden beneath the covers, I start laughing at the idea of anyone else finding out what I'm Googling. No, I'm not funding the dark web, I'm not streaming illegal stuff of any kind, I'm not even shopping for kittens; I'm soothing my troubled insomniac brow on frenchclick.co.uk, gazing at things formerly only purchasable in French supermarkets, now brought all the way across the Channel to my London front door – with no delivery charge on orders of more than £35. (More than £35? Pah. I can spend over £35 on biscuits alone in a French supermarket.)

Master & Servant, 8-9 Hoxton Square, London

Amol Rajan goes nose-to-tail in the heart of Hoxton

The 10 Best picnic sets

Whether it's Glyndebourne, Wimbledon or just your local park, you ought to have your picnics in style. Pink fizz not included.

Cooking the books: Ginger Pig Farmhouse Cookbook

When is a butcher not  a butcher? When it’s “a cult-like phenomenon” in the Ginger Pig’s case: not my words, but those of Tom Parker Bowles on the back  of this week’s book.

Tom Sellers: The French Laundry-trained chef on hot dogs, jellyfish and floral desserts

My earliest food memory Eating hot dogs and burgers at the fair in Nottingham, where my mother and father took me as a kid. It's not so much the taste that stayed with me, but the smell. Standing by the wagon, with the aroma of burning onions filling my nostrils, it really got me. I still love eating burgers now, particularly at MeatLiquor in London.

Heaton, Butler and Bayne, Floral Street, London

Could this former stained-glass factory become a theatreland favourite, asks Amol Rajan.

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B&B and Beyond: The Weavery, Amsterdam

This Golden Age silk-weaver's workshop has been refashioned into a stylish guesthouse, says Sarah Gilbert

Postcard from... Madrid

The Potato Merchant, 55 Exmouth Market, London

What could go wrong with a restaurant dedicated to the humble potato, asks Lisa Markwell.

Reel 'em in: Dancers lining up to re-create a ball failed to deliver an orgy

TV review: Pride and Prejudice, Having a Ball - Miss Austen, shall we enjoy rapid motion?

It takes more than low-cut gowns and Darcy's skinny breeches to trigger a sexual free-for-all

Restaurant Story, 201 Tooley Street, London SE1

Can you judge a book by its cover? Not in the case of Story, the white-hot new restaurant housed in what looks like a garden centre on a traffic island just south of the Thames in Bermondsey.

The 10 Best food festivals

From cheese in Cheshire to Galway's oyster Mardi Gras, here's our pick  of the season's top foodie days out.

Borscht at Little Georgia

Samuel Muston: On the Menu

This week I've been eating... Borscht and Blinis

A place to switch off in perfect peace

The Inn at English Harbour, Antigua

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