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If You’re Feeling Fancy, Artsy, or Both, Head to The Leopard at des Artistes During New York City Restaurant Week

If You’re Feeling Fancy, Artsy, or Both, Head to The Leopard at des Artistes During New York City Restaurant Week

If you’re a food-lover who typically doesn’t fine-dine off of Central Park to enjoy some of New York City’s best Italian food, you’re in luck. Restaurant Week (which is now much longer than a week) is returning to New York City, making it the perfect time to visit the renowned The Leopard at des Artistes.

For NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2017, executive chef Vito Gnazzo will offer a trio of three-course dinner menus, each representing his favorite dishes from an Italian region: Piedmont, Puglia, and Le Isole (Sardinia & Sicilia).

Among the building’s many famous residents have been Isadora Duncan, the dancer; Noel Coward, the playwright; writer Fannie Hurst, who had a very large triplex penthouse; and artist Norman Rockwell. When the restaurant first opened in 1917, the Café des Artistes was designed for the residents of the Hotel des Artistes because the apartments lacked kitchens. The residents would buy their own groceries and give them to the chef to prepare.

The landmarked mural series splayed across the restaurant, “Fantasy Scenes with Naked Beauties,” was painted by Howard Chandler Christy, who also had his studio at the Hotel des Artistes. There are nine oil-on-canvas murals, with some mounted on wood and others directly on the wall. Since decades of cigar smoke wore away at the paint, Gianfranco Sorrentino and his wife, Paula, who bought the space from owner George Lang in 2011, had the murals restored to bring back their original vibrancy.

Here’s how the restaurant week menus ($42 per person) break down:

Week 1, Jan. 23 to 29: Piedmont

Choice of appetizer includes roasted red and yellow peppers marinated in salsa verde; borlotti bean and cabbage soup with country toasted bread; or veal tongue alla Piemontese over pickled vegetables and green organic salad. For the mains, choose among agnolotti filled with braised veal and ricotta, with red wine reduction and marjoram sauce; “Trota in carpione” white wine vinegar-marinated trout, Piemontese style with onions and celery; or soft polenta with sautéed porcini mushrooms and sweet Italian sausage. For dessert, options include panna cotta with raspberry sauce; “Torta alla gianduia,” a chocolate-hazelnut cake with caramel sauce; or artisanal gelati or sorbetti.

Week 2, Jan. 30 to Feb. 5: Puglia

Choice of appetizer includes “Lagane e ceci,” a traditional soup of chickpeas and homemade pasta; artichoke salad with olive oil and lemon over organic frisée and garnished with pecorino cheese; or bruschetta with stracciatella cheese and grape tomatoes over green salad. Main course is a choice of cuttlefish filled with mussels and breadcrumbs in light tomato sauce; roasted leg of lamb in red wine reduction, served with roasted potatoes and peas; or orecchiette pasta with broccoli rabe and anchovy sauce. For dessert, it’s a tough choice between crostata di ricotta and chocolate chips; “Le zeppole” deep-fried Italian-style doughnuts filled with vanilla custard; or artisanal gelati or sorbetti.

Week 3, Feb. 6 to 10: Le Isole (Sardinia & Sicilia)

Choice of appetizer includes fennel and citrus salad, with olive oil and white vinegar, garnished with Castelvetrano olives; soup of clams, mussels, and Sardinian fregola, in a light tomato broth; or “Crudo di tonno” tuna tartar with extra-virgin olive oil, lemon, and shallots dressing. Main course is a choice between “Malloreddus” country-style Sardinian gnocchi with sweet sausage, saffron ragout, and pecorino cheese; “Coniglio in agrodolce” slow-braised sweet-and-sour rabbit, served with mashed potatoes; or traditional couscous alla Trapanese with fish and shellfish ragout. Dessert options include “Cassata Siciliana” sponge cake filled with sheep ricotta, candid fruit, and chocolate chips; or bronte pistachio tart served with chocolate ice cream; or artisanal gelati or sorbetti.

As for Gnazzo, he began his culinary career in Milan at El Toula before working at the world-renowned three-Michelin-starred restaurant Antica Osteria del Ponte just outside Milan. After heading the kitchen at REX il Ristorante in Los Angeles, he moved east to be the executive chef at Bice Restaurant here in New York City, where he met restaurateur Gianfranco Sorrentino. In 1993, he became executive chef at Sette MoMA, then spent four years developing an “agritourism” project associated with La Locanda, the celebrated farm-to-table restaurant in the countryside of Salerno. Upon his return to the United States in 2001, he was tapped by Gianfranco and Paula Bolla-Sorrentino head Il Gattopardo.

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Deputy digital editor

Where we’re going
‘I’ve booked a stay at The Three Daggers in Wiltshire, a lovely pub with rooms which has been serving excellent pizzas in the garden since Monday 12 April but is finally open inside too. It’s just across the road from one of our favourite holiday homes in the UK – and the farm shop a few paces away serves excellent coffee and homemade cakes all day long. This is definitely the year of the staycation and so I’m browsing all our Airbnb listings in the UK and am desperate to get a slot at the dreamy Trematon Castle Lodge in Cornwall, which has been kitted out by House of Hackney.’

What we’re eating
‘I’m excited to have secured a table at Imad’s Syrian Kitchen – chef Imad Alarnab’s first permanent restaurant is taking over Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express spot in Soho’s Kingly Court following years of hosting his successful fundraising supper clubs and dishing out freshly fried falafel to local workers at lunchtime. I’ve also booked a spot at the Garden Café in Lambeth, part of the new Garden Museum, which dishes up a daily changing menu inspired by its surroundings. At home, I’m a convert to the new Artisan Coffee by Ashley Palmer-Watts (of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck fame) – its roasts are available in a choice of beans, ground, pods or brew-in-cup bags, all without a hint of pretension and just great taste. The best bit is there’s a chocolate paired with each flavour.’

What we’re planning
‘Inspired by news of the green list, I’m planning a trip to Portugal (along with the rest of the UK) and currently weighing up whether to stay in a hotel or villa. It’s very tempting to book a room at São Lourenço do Barrocal in the Alentejo, probably my favourite hotel in Portugal, but I am also considering this Airbnb in the Douro Valley.’

Personal assistant to the editor-in-chief

What we’re doing
'I’m back in the Cotswolds for some much needed fresh air and a dose of English countryside. I’ve hit the ground running and visited On Form, an exhibition of sculpture within the grounds of the Mitford sisters' former home at Asthall Manor. I’ve also got hopes of finishing the Cotswold Way – I've already walked just over half. The next section runs from Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham to the hilltop town of Painswick where I hope to spend the night at this charming Airbnb and have a restorative supper at the groovy Painswick hotel. The full walk ends in Bath where I hope to have a well deserved sleep at the new Yard hotel and then grab gooey cardamom buns and coffee from Landrace Bakery the following morning.'

Where we’re eating
'I’ve lined up a long list of pubs and restaurants in the Cotswolds that I’ve had on my radar and dreamed of returning to for ages. Starting with my favourite, The Bell Inn in Langford for plates of doughy flatbread with bone marrow, garlic and parsley (I’ve got my eye on the team's soon-to-launch pub, The Lamb in Shipton-under-Wychwood, too). Next I’ll be checking out The Woolpack Inn, a St John-like pub in Laurie Lee territory in the Slad Valley. I’ve spotted a few new openings in honey-hued Stow-on-the-Wold as well: low-intervention wines at The Cellar, Greek sharing plates at Alexiou's, craft beer and local produce from Off The Square and crispy fried chicken and farm-fresh salads from D’Ambrosi Fine Foods.'

What I’m buying
'I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and pre-ordered The Pleasure of Leisure, the new book from Sydney-based photographer Anna Pihan (we named her one of the best Australian Instagram accounts to follow right now) and art and souvenir shop Hôtel Magique. It's a dreamy visual escape with prints and faraway images of destinations such as Italy and Samoa. I’m also anticipating (and still praying) to go abroad in late summer, so I have ordered some silky slip dresses from Asceno and fully customisable and sustainable sandals from Amanu.'

Digital picture editor

What we’re booking
‘Now that the rules allow you to dine inside with friends, I’ve gone overboard with bookings. So far I’ve dined on small plates at Crispin in Spitalfields including creamy burrata, a Korean pork burger and freshly made tortellini filled with mint and peas. A walk away is my favourite bar in London – Discount Suit Company. An underground space hidden below a suit shop on Brick Lane, it’s a spot for locals in the know, candle lit and cosy with only a few tables. Bartenders serve up the tastiest innovative cocktails alongside the classics – my go-to is the smoky mezcal number. Live music is also back, and I’ve dined at Quaglino’s, which gave me the opportunity to dress up, sip on fancy cocktails and try its new three-course menu which included a creamy duck-liver parfait to start, rich salt marsh saddle of lamb for mains and cherry and white-chocolate crème brûlée for dessert. Next up is Soho classic 100 Wardour Street, to sample its new cocktail menu accompanied by a live jazz band for a chilled Friday. Continuing the music theme, I’ve also booked tickets for later in the year for a Solardo live DJ set at Printworks.’

What we're doing
⟞spite the weather, it’s still barbecue season. I’ve just moved to Highbury and am lucky enough to now have a terrace which I’ve filled with plants from Columbia Road Flower Market, a two-seat garden furniture set and this new compact barbecue from John Lewis, which I’ll be cooking on with an umbrella in one hand and tongs in the other. I’ll be having friends over to celebrate the move and will order Gunpowder's Indian Summer BBQ box containing all the meat and sides you need for up to six people, including Kerala beef pepper sirloin, pork vindaloo sausage, wild-garlic hariyali chicken kebab, as well as chickpea and kidney bean salad and buns. As for drinks, I’ve ordered the new cocktail kit from Pale Fox – it comes with a wild-strawberry syrup to make a twist on the classic Aperol Spritz.'

Where we’re going
'I’ve just come back from a beachy stay in Suffolk, where we ate fish and chips on the beach, went crabbing off the pier in Walberswick and drank plenty of local cider at The Dolphin Inn in Thorpeness. Next up I’m planning a week-long walking holiday in Cornwall, shacking up in a few Airbnbs along the way. Now that travelling abroad is back on the cards, I’m also planning a late-summer holiday to the Algarve for guaranteed sunshine and sandy toes. I’ll be staying in the charming Monte Da Palmeira villa with my family. This also calls for a new holiday wardrobe. I’ve purchased a few timeless dresses from Reve The Label (an independent brand that specialises in petite womenswear), including the River Dress in black and the Margot in white.'


Deputy digital editor

Where we’re going
‘I’ve booked a stay at The Three Daggers in Wiltshire, a lovely pub with rooms which has been serving excellent pizzas in the garden since Monday 12 April but is finally open inside too. It’s just across the road from one of our favourite holiday homes in the UK – and the farm shop a few paces away serves excellent coffee and homemade cakes all day long. This is definitely the year of the staycation and so I’m browsing all our Airbnb listings in the UK and am desperate to get a slot at the dreamy Trematon Castle Lodge in Cornwall, which has been kitted out by House of Hackney.’

What we’re eating
‘I’m excited to have secured a table at Imad’s Syrian Kitchen – chef Imad Alarnab’s first permanent restaurant is taking over Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express spot in Soho’s Kingly Court following years of hosting his successful fundraising supper clubs and dishing out freshly fried falafel to local workers at lunchtime. I’ve also booked a spot at the Garden Café in Lambeth, part of the new Garden Museum, which dishes up a daily changing menu inspired by its surroundings. At home, I’m a convert to the new Artisan Coffee by Ashley Palmer-Watts (of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck fame) – its roasts are available in a choice of beans, ground, pods or brew-in-cup bags, all without a hint of pretension and just great taste. The best bit is there’s a chocolate paired with each flavour.’

What we’re planning
‘Inspired by news of the green list, I’m planning a trip to Portugal (along with the rest of the UK) and currently weighing up whether to stay in a hotel or villa. It’s very tempting to book a room at São Lourenço do Barrocal in the Alentejo, probably my favourite hotel in Portugal, but I am also considering this Airbnb in the Douro Valley.’

Personal assistant to the editor-in-chief

What we’re doing
'I’m back in the Cotswolds for some much needed fresh air and a dose of English countryside. I’ve hit the ground running and visited On Form, an exhibition of sculpture within the grounds of the Mitford sisters' former home at Asthall Manor. I’ve also got hopes of finishing the Cotswold Way – I've already walked just over half. The next section runs from Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham to the hilltop town of Painswick where I hope to spend the night at this charming Airbnb and have a restorative supper at the groovy Painswick hotel. The full walk ends in Bath where I hope to have a well deserved sleep at the new Yard hotel and then grab gooey cardamom buns and coffee from Landrace Bakery the following morning.'

Where we’re eating
'I’ve lined up a long list of pubs and restaurants in the Cotswolds that I’ve had on my radar and dreamed of returning to for ages. Starting with my favourite, The Bell Inn in Langford for plates of doughy flatbread with bone marrow, garlic and parsley (I’ve got my eye on the team's soon-to-launch pub, The Lamb in Shipton-under-Wychwood, too). Next I’ll be checking out The Woolpack Inn, a St John-like pub in Laurie Lee territory in the Slad Valley. I’ve spotted a few new openings in honey-hued Stow-on-the-Wold as well: low-intervention wines at The Cellar, Greek sharing plates at Alexiou's, craft beer and local produce from Off The Square and crispy fried chicken and farm-fresh salads from D’Ambrosi Fine Foods.'

What I’m buying
'I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and pre-ordered The Pleasure of Leisure, the new book from Sydney-based photographer Anna Pihan (we named her one of the best Australian Instagram accounts to follow right now) and art and souvenir shop Hôtel Magique. It's a dreamy visual escape with prints and faraway images of destinations such as Italy and Samoa. I’m also anticipating (and still praying) to go abroad in late summer, so I have ordered some silky slip dresses from Asceno and fully customisable and sustainable sandals from Amanu.'

Digital picture editor

What we’re booking
‘Now that the rules allow you to dine inside with friends, I’ve gone overboard with bookings. So far I’ve dined on small plates at Crispin in Spitalfields including creamy burrata, a Korean pork burger and freshly made tortellini filled with mint and peas. A walk away is my favourite bar in London – Discount Suit Company. An underground space hidden below a suit shop on Brick Lane, it’s a spot for locals in the know, candle lit and cosy with only a few tables. Bartenders serve up the tastiest innovative cocktails alongside the classics – my go-to is the smoky mezcal number. Live music is also back, and I’ve dined at Quaglino’s, which gave me the opportunity to dress up, sip on fancy cocktails and try its new three-course menu which included a creamy duck-liver parfait to start, rich salt marsh saddle of lamb for mains and cherry and white-chocolate crème brûlée for dessert. Next up is Soho classic 100 Wardour Street, to sample its new cocktail menu accompanied by a live jazz band for a chilled Friday. Continuing the music theme, I’ve also booked tickets for later in the year for a Solardo live DJ set at Printworks.’

What we're doing
⟞spite the weather, it’s still barbecue season. I’ve just moved to Highbury and am lucky enough to now have a terrace which I’ve filled with plants from Columbia Road Flower Market, a two-seat garden furniture set and this new compact barbecue from John Lewis, which I’ll be cooking on with an umbrella in one hand and tongs in the other. I’ll be having friends over to celebrate the move and will order Gunpowder's Indian Summer BBQ box containing all the meat and sides you need for up to six people, including Kerala beef pepper sirloin, pork vindaloo sausage, wild-garlic hariyali chicken kebab, as well as chickpea and kidney bean salad and buns. As for drinks, I’ve ordered the new cocktail kit from Pale Fox – it comes with a wild-strawberry syrup to make a twist on the classic Aperol Spritz.'

Where we’re going
'I’ve just come back from a beachy stay in Suffolk, where we ate fish and chips on the beach, went crabbing off the pier in Walberswick and drank plenty of local cider at The Dolphin Inn in Thorpeness. Next up I’m planning a week-long walking holiday in Cornwall, shacking up in a few Airbnbs along the way. Now that travelling abroad is back on the cards, I’m also planning a late-summer holiday to the Algarve for guaranteed sunshine and sandy toes. I’ll be staying in the charming Monte Da Palmeira villa with my family. This also calls for a new holiday wardrobe. I’ve purchased a few timeless dresses from Reve The Label (an independent brand that specialises in petite womenswear), including the River Dress in black and the Margot in white.'


Deputy digital editor

Where we’re going
‘I’ve booked a stay at The Three Daggers in Wiltshire, a lovely pub with rooms which has been serving excellent pizzas in the garden since Monday 12 April but is finally open inside too. It’s just across the road from one of our favourite holiday homes in the UK – and the farm shop a few paces away serves excellent coffee and homemade cakes all day long. This is definitely the year of the staycation and so I’m browsing all our Airbnb listings in the UK and am desperate to get a slot at the dreamy Trematon Castle Lodge in Cornwall, which has been kitted out by House of Hackney.’

What we’re eating
‘I’m excited to have secured a table at Imad’s Syrian Kitchen – chef Imad Alarnab’s first permanent restaurant is taking over Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express spot in Soho’s Kingly Court following years of hosting his successful fundraising supper clubs and dishing out freshly fried falafel to local workers at lunchtime. I’ve also booked a spot at the Garden Café in Lambeth, part of the new Garden Museum, which dishes up a daily changing menu inspired by its surroundings. At home, I’m a convert to the new Artisan Coffee by Ashley Palmer-Watts (of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck fame) – its roasts are available in a choice of beans, ground, pods or brew-in-cup bags, all without a hint of pretension and just great taste. The best bit is there’s a chocolate paired with each flavour.’

What we’re planning
‘Inspired by news of the green list, I’m planning a trip to Portugal (along with the rest of the UK) and currently weighing up whether to stay in a hotel or villa. It’s very tempting to book a room at São Lourenço do Barrocal in the Alentejo, probably my favourite hotel in Portugal, but I am also considering this Airbnb in the Douro Valley.’

Personal assistant to the editor-in-chief

What we’re doing
'I’m back in the Cotswolds for some much needed fresh air and a dose of English countryside. I’ve hit the ground running and visited On Form, an exhibition of sculpture within the grounds of the Mitford sisters' former home at Asthall Manor. I’ve also got hopes of finishing the Cotswold Way – I've already walked just over half. The next section runs from Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham to the hilltop town of Painswick where I hope to spend the night at this charming Airbnb and have a restorative supper at the groovy Painswick hotel. The full walk ends in Bath where I hope to have a well deserved sleep at the new Yard hotel and then grab gooey cardamom buns and coffee from Landrace Bakery the following morning.'

Where we’re eating
'I’ve lined up a long list of pubs and restaurants in the Cotswolds that I’ve had on my radar and dreamed of returning to for ages. Starting with my favourite, The Bell Inn in Langford for plates of doughy flatbread with bone marrow, garlic and parsley (I’ve got my eye on the team's soon-to-launch pub, The Lamb in Shipton-under-Wychwood, too). Next I’ll be checking out The Woolpack Inn, a St John-like pub in Laurie Lee territory in the Slad Valley. I’ve spotted a few new openings in honey-hued Stow-on-the-Wold as well: low-intervention wines at The Cellar, Greek sharing plates at Alexiou's, craft beer and local produce from Off The Square and crispy fried chicken and farm-fresh salads from D’Ambrosi Fine Foods.'

What I’m buying
'I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and pre-ordered The Pleasure of Leisure, the new book from Sydney-based photographer Anna Pihan (we named her one of the best Australian Instagram accounts to follow right now) and art and souvenir shop Hôtel Magique. It's a dreamy visual escape with prints and faraway images of destinations such as Italy and Samoa. I’m also anticipating (and still praying) to go abroad in late summer, so I have ordered some silky slip dresses from Asceno and fully customisable and sustainable sandals from Amanu.'

Digital picture editor

What we’re booking
‘Now that the rules allow you to dine inside with friends, I’ve gone overboard with bookings. So far I’ve dined on small plates at Crispin in Spitalfields including creamy burrata, a Korean pork burger and freshly made tortellini filled with mint and peas. A walk away is my favourite bar in London – Discount Suit Company. An underground space hidden below a suit shop on Brick Lane, it’s a spot for locals in the know, candle lit and cosy with only a few tables. Bartenders serve up the tastiest innovative cocktails alongside the classics – my go-to is the smoky mezcal number. Live music is also back, and I’ve dined at Quaglino’s, which gave me the opportunity to dress up, sip on fancy cocktails and try its new three-course menu which included a creamy duck-liver parfait to start, rich salt marsh saddle of lamb for mains and cherry and white-chocolate crème brûlée for dessert. Next up is Soho classic 100 Wardour Street, to sample its new cocktail menu accompanied by a live jazz band for a chilled Friday. Continuing the music theme, I’ve also booked tickets for later in the year for a Solardo live DJ set at Printworks.’

What we're doing
⟞spite the weather, it’s still barbecue season. I’ve just moved to Highbury and am lucky enough to now have a terrace which I’ve filled with plants from Columbia Road Flower Market, a two-seat garden furniture set and this new compact barbecue from John Lewis, which I’ll be cooking on with an umbrella in one hand and tongs in the other. I’ll be having friends over to celebrate the move and will order Gunpowder's Indian Summer BBQ box containing all the meat and sides you need for up to six people, including Kerala beef pepper sirloin, pork vindaloo sausage, wild-garlic hariyali chicken kebab, as well as chickpea and kidney bean salad and buns. As for drinks, I’ve ordered the new cocktail kit from Pale Fox – it comes with a wild-strawberry syrup to make a twist on the classic Aperol Spritz.'

Where we’re going
'I’ve just come back from a beachy stay in Suffolk, where we ate fish and chips on the beach, went crabbing off the pier in Walberswick and drank plenty of local cider at The Dolphin Inn in Thorpeness. Next up I’m planning a week-long walking holiday in Cornwall, shacking up in a few Airbnbs along the way. Now that travelling abroad is back on the cards, I’m also planning a late-summer holiday to the Algarve for guaranteed sunshine and sandy toes. I’ll be staying in the charming Monte Da Palmeira villa with my family. This also calls for a new holiday wardrobe. I’ve purchased a few timeless dresses from Reve The Label (an independent brand that specialises in petite womenswear), including the River Dress in black and the Margot in white.'


Deputy digital editor

Where we’re going
‘I’ve booked a stay at The Three Daggers in Wiltshire, a lovely pub with rooms which has been serving excellent pizzas in the garden since Monday 12 April but is finally open inside too. It’s just across the road from one of our favourite holiday homes in the UK – and the farm shop a few paces away serves excellent coffee and homemade cakes all day long. This is definitely the year of the staycation and so I’m browsing all our Airbnb listings in the UK and am desperate to get a slot at the dreamy Trematon Castle Lodge in Cornwall, which has been kitted out by House of Hackney.’

What we’re eating
‘I’m excited to have secured a table at Imad’s Syrian Kitchen – chef Imad Alarnab’s first permanent restaurant is taking over Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express spot in Soho’s Kingly Court following years of hosting his successful fundraising supper clubs and dishing out freshly fried falafel to local workers at lunchtime. I’ve also booked a spot at the Garden Café in Lambeth, part of the new Garden Museum, which dishes up a daily changing menu inspired by its surroundings. At home, I’m a convert to the new Artisan Coffee by Ashley Palmer-Watts (of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck fame) – its roasts are available in a choice of beans, ground, pods or brew-in-cup bags, all without a hint of pretension and just great taste. The best bit is there’s a chocolate paired with each flavour.’

What we’re planning
‘Inspired by news of the green list, I’m planning a trip to Portugal (along with the rest of the UK) and currently weighing up whether to stay in a hotel or villa. It’s very tempting to book a room at São Lourenço do Barrocal in the Alentejo, probably my favourite hotel in Portugal, but I am also considering this Airbnb in the Douro Valley.’

Personal assistant to the editor-in-chief

What we’re doing
'I’m back in the Cotswolds for some much needed fresh air and a dose of English countryside. I’ve hit the ground running and visited On Form, an exhibition of sculpture within the grounds of the Mitford sisters' former home at Asthall Manor. I’ve also got hopes of finishing the Cotswold Way – I've already walked just over half. The next section runs from Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham to the hilltop town of Painswick where I hope to spend the night at this charming Airbnb and have a restorative supper at the groovy Painswick hotel. The full walk ends in Bath where I hope to have a well deserved sleep at the new Yard hotel and then grab gooey cardamom buns and coffee from Landrace Bakery the following morning.'

Where we’re eating
'I’ve lined up a long list of pubs and restaurants in the Cotswolds that I’ve had on my radar and dreamed of returning to for ages. Starting with my favourite, The Bell Inn in Langford for plates of doughy flatbread with bone marrow, garlic and parsley (I’ve got my eye on the team's soon-to-launch pub, The Lamb in Shipton-under-Wychwood, too). Next I’ll be checking out The Woolpack Inn, a St John-like pub in Laurie Lee territory in the Slad Valley. I’ve spotted a few new openings in honey-hued Stow-on-the-Wold as well: low-intervention wines at The Cellar, Greek sharing plates at Alexiou's, craft beer and local produce from Off The Square and crispy fried chicken and farm-fresh salads from D’Ambrosi Fine Foods.'

What I’m buying
'I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and pre-ordered The Pleasure of Leisure, the new book from Sydney-based photographer Anna Pihan (we named her one of the best Australian Instagram accounts to follow right now) and art and souvenir shop Hôtel Magique. It's a dreamy visual escape with prints and faraway images of destinations such as Italy and Samoa. I’m also anticipating (and still praying) to go abroad in late summer, so I have ordered some silky slip dresses from Asceno and fully customisable and sustainable sandals from Amanu.'

Digital picture editor

What we’re booking
‘Now that the rules allow you to dine inside with friends, I’ve gone overboard with bookings. So far I’ve dined on small plates at Crispin in Spitalfields including creamy burrata, a Korean pork burger and freshly made tortellini filled with mint and peas. A walk away is my favourite bar in London – Discount Suit Company. An underground space hidden below a suit shop on Brick Lane, it’s a spot for locals in the know, candle lit and cosy with only a few tables. Bartenders serve up the tastiest innovative cocktails alongside the classics – my go-to is the smoky mezcal number. Live music is also back, and I’ve dined at Quaglino’s, which gave me the opportunity to dress up, sip on fancy cocktails and try its new three-course menu which included a creamy duck-liver parfait to start, rich salt marsh saddle of lamb for mains and cherry and white-chocolate crème brûlée for dessert. Next up is Soho classic 100 Wardour Street, to sample its new cocktail menu accompanied by a live jazz band for a chilled Friday. Continuing the music theme, I’ve also booked tickets for later in the year for a Solardo live DJ set at Printworks.’

What we're doing
⟞spite the weather, it’s still barbecue season. I’ve just moved to Highbury and am lucky enough to now have a terrace which I’ve filled with plants from Columbia Road Flower Market, a two-seat garden furniture set and this new compact barbecue from John Lewis, which I’ll be cooking on with an umbrella in one hand and tongs in the other. I’ll be having friends over to celebrate the move and will order Gunpowder's Indian Summer BBQ box containing all the meat and sides you need for up to six people, including Kerala beef pepper sirloin, pork vindaloo sausage, wild-garlic hariyali chicken kebab, as well as chickpea and kidney bean salad and buns. As for drinks, I’ve ordered the new cocktail kit from Pale Fox – it comes with a wild-strawberry syrup to make a twist on the classic Aperol Spritz.'

Where we’re going
'I’ve just come back from a beachy stay in Suffolk, where we ate fish and chips on the beach, went crabbing off the pier in Walberswick and drank plenty of local cider at The Dolphin Inn in Thorpeness. Next up I’m planning a week-long walking holiday in Cornwall, shacking up in a few Airbnbs along the way. Now that travelling abroad is back on the cards, I’m also planning a late-summer holiday to the Algarve for guaranteed sunshine and sandy toes. I’ll be staying in the charming Monte Da Palmeira villa with my family. This also calls for a new holiday wardrobe. I’ve purchased a few timeless dresses from Reve The Label (an independent brand that specialises in petite womenswear), including the River Dress in black and the Margot in white.'


Deputy digital editor

Where we’re going
‘I’ve booked a stay at The Three Daggers in Wiltshire, a lovely pub with rooms which has been serving excellent pizzas in the garden since Monday 12 April but is finally open inside too. It’s just across the road from one of our favourite holiday homes in the UK – and the farm shop a few paces away serves excellent coffee and homemade cakes all day long. This is definitely the year of the staycation and so I’m browsing all our Airbnb listings in the UK and am desperate to get a slot at the dreamy Trematon Castle Lodge in Cornwall, which has been kitted out by House of Hackney.’

What we’re eating
‘I’m excited to have secured a table at Imad’s Syrian Kitchen – chef Imad Alarnab’s first permanent restaurant is taking over Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express spot in Soho’s Kingly Court following years of hosting his successful fundraising supper clubs and dishing out freshly fried falafel to local workers at lunchtime. I’ve also booked a spot at the Garden Café in Lambeth, part of the new Garden Museum, which dishes up a daily changing menu inspired by its surroundings. At home, I’m a convert to the new Artisan Coffee by Ashley Palmer-Watts (of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck fame) – its roasts are available in a choice of beans, ground, pods or brew-in-cup bags, all without a hint of pretension and just great taste. The best bit is there’s a chocolate paired with each flavour.’

What we’re planning
‘Inspired by news of the green list, I’m planning a trip to Portugal (along with the rest of the UK) and currently weighing up whether to stay in a hotel or villa. It’s very tempting to book a room at São Lourenço do Barrocal in the Alentejo, probably my favourite hotel in Portugal, but I am also considering this Airbnb in the Douro Valley.’

Personal assistant to the editor-in-chief

What we’re doing
'I’m back in the Cotswolds for some much needed fresh air and a dose of English countryside. I’ve hit the ground running and visited On Form, an exhibition of sculpture within the grounds of the Mitford sisters' former home at Asthall Manor. I’ve also got hopes of finishing the Cotswold Way – I've already walked just over half. The next section runs from Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham to the hilltop town of Painswick where I hope to spend the night at this charming Airbnb and have a restorative supper at the groovy Painswick hotel. The full walk ends in Bath where I hope to have a well deserved sleep at the new Yard hotel and then grab gooey cardamom buns and coffee from Landrace Bakery the following morning.'

Where we’re eating
'I’ve lined up a long list of pubs and restaurants in the Cotswolds that I’ve had on my radar and dreamed of returning to for ages. Starting with my favourite, The Bell Inn in Langford for plates of doughy flatbread with bone marrow, garlic and parsley (I’ve got my eye on the team's soon-to-launch pub, The Lamb in Shipton-under-Wychwood, too). Next I’ll be checking out The Woolpack Inn, a St John-like pub in Laurie Lee territory in the Slad Valley. I’ve spotted a few new openings in honey-hued Stow-on-the-Wold as well: low-intervention wines at The Cellar, Greek sharing plates at Alexiou's, craft beer and local produce from Off The Square and crispy fried chicken and farm-fresh salads from D’Ambrosi Fine Foods.'

What I’m buying
'I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and pre-ordered The Pleasure of Leisure, the new book from Sydney-based photographer Anna Pihan (we named her one of the best Australian Instagram accounts to follow right now) and art and souvenir shop Hôtel Magique. It's a dreamy visual escape with prints and faraway images of destinations such as Italy and Samoa. I’m also anticipating (and still praying) to go abroad in late summer, so I have ordered some silky slip dresses from Asceno and fully customisable and sustainable sandals from Amanu.'

Digital picture editor

What we’re booking
‘Now that the rules allow you to dine inside with friends, I’ve gone overboard with bookings. So far I’ve dined on small plates at Crispin in Spitalfields including creamy burrata, a Korean pork burger and freshly made tortellini filled with mint and peas. A walk away is my favourite bar in London – Discount Suit Company. An underground space hidden below a suit shop on Brick Lane, it’s a spot for locals in the know, candle lit and cosy with only a few tables. Bartenders serve up the tastiest innovative cocktails alongside the classics – my go-to is the smoky mezcal number. Live music is also back, and I’ve dined at Quaglino’s, which gave me the opportunity to dress up, sip on fancy cocktails and try its new three-course menu which included a creamy duck-liver parfait to start, rich salt marsh saddle of lamb for mains and cherry and white-chocolate crème brûlée for dessert. Next up is Soho classic 100 Wardour Street, to sample its new cocktail menu accompanied by a live jazz band for a chilled Friday. Continuing the music theme, I’ve also booked tickets for later in the year for a Solardo live DJ set at Printworks.’

What we're doing
⟞spite the weather, it’s still barbecue season. I’ve just moved to Highbury and am lucky enough to now have a terrace which I’ve filled with plants from Columbia Road Flower Market, a two-seat garden furniture set and this new compact barbecue from John Lewis, which I’ll be cooking on with an umbrella in one hand and tongs in the other. I’ll be having friends over to celebrate the move and will order Gunpowder's Indian Summer BBQ box containing all the meat and sides you need for up to six people, including Kerala beef pepper sirloin, pork vindaloo sausage, wild-garlic hariyali chicken kebab, as well as chickpea and kidney bean salad and buns. As for drinks, I’ve ordered the new cocktail kit from Pale Fox – it comes with a wild-strawberry syrup to make a twist on the classic Aperol Spritz.'

Where we’re going
'I’ve just come back from a beachy stay in Suffolk, where we ate fish and chips on the beach, went crabbing off the pier in Walberswick and drank plenty of local cider at The Dolphin Inn in Thorpeness. Next up I’m planning a week-long walking holiday in Cornwall, shacking up in a few Airbnbs along the way. Now that travelling abroad is back on the cards, I’m also planning a late-summer holiday to the Algarve for guaranteed sunshine and sandy toes. I’ll be staying in the charming Monte Da Palmeira villa with my family. This also calls for a new holiday wardrobe. I’ve purchased a few timeless dresses from Reve The Label (an independent brand that specialises in petite womenswear), including the River Dress in black and the Margot in white.'


Deputy digital editor

Where we’re going
‘I’ve booked a stay at The Three Daggers in Wiltshire, a lovely pub with rooms which has been serving excellent pizzas in the garden since Monday 12 April but is finally open inside too. It’s just across the road from one of our favourite holiday homes in the UK – and the farm shop a few paces away serves excellent coffee and homemade cakes all day long. This is definitely the year of the staycation and so I’m browsing all our Airbnb listings in the UK and am desperate to get a slot at the dreamy Trematon Castle Lodge in Cornwall, which has been kitted out by House of Hackney.’

What we’re eating
‘I’m excited to have secured a table at Imad’s Syrian Kitchen – chef Imad Alarnab’s first permanent restaurant is taking over Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express spot in Soho’s Kingly Court following years of hosting his successful fundraising supper clubs and dishing out freshly fried falafel to local workers at lunchtime. I’ve also booked a spot at the Garden Café in Lambeth, part of the new Garden Museum, which dishes up a daily changing menu inspired by its surroundings. At home, I’m a convert to the new Artisan Coffee by Ashley Palmer-Watts (of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck fame) – its roasts are available in a choice of beans, ground, pods or brew-in-cup bags, all without a hint of pretension and just great taste. The best bit is there’s a chocolate paired with each flavour.’

What we’re planning
‘Inspired by news of the green list, I’m planning a trip to Portugal (along with the rest of the UK) and currently weighing up whether to stay in a hotel or villa. It’s very tempting to book a room at São Lourenço do Barrocal in the Alentejo, probably my favourite hotel in Portugal, but I am also considering this Airbnb in the Douro Valley.’

Personal assistant to the editor-in-chief

What we’re doing
'I’m back in the Cotswolds for some much needed fresh air and a dose of English countryside. I’ve hit the ground running and visited On Form, an exhibition of sculpture within the grounds of the Mitford sisters' former home at Asthall Manor. I’ve also got hopes of finishing the Cotswold Way – I've already walked just over half. The next section runs from Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham to the hilltop town of Painswick where I hope to spend the night at this charming Airbnb and have a restorative supper at the groovy Painswick hotel. The full walk ends in Bath where I hope to have a well deserved sleep at the new Yard hotel and then grab gooey cardamom buns and coffee from Landrace Bakery the following morning.'

Where we’re eating
'I’ve lined up a long list of pubs and restaurants in the Cotswolds that I’ve had on my radar and dreamed of returning to for ages. Starting with my favourite, The Bell Inn in Langford for plates of doughy flatbread with bone marrow, garlic and parsley (I’ve got my eye on the team's soon-to-launch pub, The Lamb in Shipton-under-Wychwood, too). Next I’ll be checking out The Woolpack Inn, a St John-like pub in Laurie Lee territory in the Slad Valley. I’ve spotted a few new openings in honey-hued Stow-on-the-Wold as well: low-intervention wines at The Cellar, Greek sharing plates at Alexiou's, craft beer and local produce from Off The Square and crispy fried chicken and farm-fresh salads from D’Ambrosi Fine Foods.'

What I’m buying
'I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and pre-ordered The Pleasure of Leisure, the new book from Sydney-based photographer Anna Pihan (we named her one of the best Australian Instagram accounts to follow right now) and art and souvenir shop Hôtel Magique. It's a dreamy visual escape with prints and faraway images of destinations such as Italy and Samoa. I’m also anticipating (and still praying) to go abroad in late summer, so I have ordered some silky slip dresses from Asceno and fully customisable and sustainable sandals from Amanu.'

Digital picture editor

What we’re booking
‘Now that the rules allow you to dine inside with friends, I’ve gone overboard with bookings. So far I’ve dined on small plates at Crispin in Spitalfields including creamy burrata, a Korean pork burger and freshly made tortellini filled with mint and peas. A walk away is my favourite bar in London – Discount Suit Company. An underground space hidden below a suit shop on Brick Lane, it’s a spot for locals in the know, candle lit and cosy with only a few tables. Bartenders serve up the tastiest innovative cocktails alongside the classics – my go-to is the smoky mezcal number. Live music is also back, and I’ve dined at Quaglino’s, which gave me the opportunity to dress up, sip on fancy cocktails and try its new three-course menu which included a creamy duck-liver parfait to start, rich salt marsh saddle of lamb for mains and cherry and white-chocolate crème brûlée for dessert. Next up is Soho classic 100 Wardour Street, to sample its new cocktail menu accompanied by a live jazz band for a chilled Friday. Continuing the music theme, I’ve also booked tickets for later in the year for a Solardo live DJ set at Printworks.’

What we're doing
⟞spite the weather, it’s still barbecue season. I’ve just moved to Highbury and am lucky enough to now have a terrace which I’ve filled with plants from Columbia Road Flower Market, a two-seat garden furniture set and this new compact barbecue from John Lewis, which I’ll be cooking on with an umbrella in one hand and tongs in the other. I’ll be having friends over to celebrate the move and will order Gunpowder's Indian Summer BBQ box containing all the meat and sides you need for up to six people, including Kerala beef pepper sirloin, pork vindaloo sausage, wild-garlic hariyali chicken kebab, as well as chickpea and kidney bean salad and buns. As for drinks, I’ve ordered the new cocktail kit from Pale Fox – it comes with a wild-strawberry syrup to make a twist on the classic Aperol Spritz.'

Where we’re going
'I’ve just come back from a beachy stay in Suffolk, where we ate fish and chips on the beach, went crabbing off the pier in Walberswick and drank plenty of local cider at The Dolphin Inn in Thorpeness. Next up I’m planning a week-long walking holiday in Cornwall, shacking up in a few Airbnbs along the way. Now that travelling abroad is back on the cards, I’m also planning a late-summer holiday to the Algarve for guaranteed sunshine and sandy toes. I’ll be staying in the charming Monte Da Palmeira villa with my family. This also calls for a new holiday wardrobe. I’ve purchased a few timeless dresses from Reve The Label (an independent brand that specialises in petite womenswear), including the River Dress in black and the Margot in white.'


Deputy digital editor

Where we’re going
‘I’ve booked a stay at The Three Daggers in Wiltshire, a lovely pub with rooms which has been serving excellent pizzas in the garden since Monday 12 April but is finally open inside too. It’s just across the road from one of our favourite holiday homes in the UK – and the farm shop a few paces away serves excellent coffee and homemade cakes all day long. This is definitely the year of the staycation and so I’m browsing all our Airbnb listings in the UK and am desperate to get a slot at the dreamy Trematon Castle Lodge in Cornwall, which has been kitted out by House of Hackney.’

What we’re eating
‘I’m excited to have secured a table at Imad’s Syrian Kitchen – chef Imad Alarnab’s first permanent restaurant is taking over Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express spot in Soho’s Kingly Court following years of hosting his successful fundraising supper clubs and dishing out freshly fried falafel to local workers at lunchtime. I’ve also booked a spot at the Garden Café in Lambeth, part of the new Garden Museum, which dishes up a daily changing menu inspired by its surroundings. At home, I’m a convert to the new Artisan Coffee by Ashley Palmer-Watts (of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck fame) – its roasts are available in a choice of beans, ground, pods or brew-in-cup bags, all without a hint of pretension and just great taste. The best bit is there’s a chocolate paired with each flavour.’

What we’re planning
‘Inspired by news of the green list, I’m planning a trip to Portugal (along with the rest of the UK) and currently weighing up whether to stay in a hotel or villa. It’s very tempting to book a room at São Lourenço do Barrocal in the Alentejo, probably my favourite hotel in Portugal, but I am also considering this Airbnb in the Douro Valley.’

Personal assistant to the editor-in-chief

What we’re doing
'I’m back in the Cotswolds for some much needed fresh air and a dose of English countryside. I’ve hit the ground running and visited On Form, an exhibition of sculpture within the grounds of the Mitford sisters' former home at Asthall Manor. I’ve also got hopes of finishing the Cotswold Way – I've already walked just over half. The next section runs from Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham to the hilltop town of Painswick where I hope to spend the night at this charming Airbnb and have a restorative supper at the groovy Painswick hotel. The full walk ends in Bath where I hope to have a well deserved sleep at the new Yard hotel and then grab gooey cardamom buns and coffee from Landrace Bakery the following morning.'

Where we’re eating
'I’ve lined up a long list of pubs and restaurants in the Cotswolds that I’ve had on my radar and dreamed of returning to for ages. Starting with my favourite, The Bell Inn in Langford for plates of doughy flatbread with bone marrow, garlic and parsley (I’ve got my eye on the team's soon-to-launch pub, The Lamb in Shipton-under-Wychwood, too). Next I’ll be checking out The Woolpack Inn, a St John-like pub in Laurie Lee territory in the Slad Valley. I’ve spotted a few new openings in honey-hued Stow-on-the-Wold as well: low-intervention wines at The Cellar, Greek sharing plates at Alexiou's, craft beer and local produce from Off The Square and crispy fried chicken and farm-fresh salads from D’Ambrosi Fine Foods.'

What I’m buying
'I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and pre-ordered The Pleasure of Leisure, the new book from Sydney-based photographer Anna Pihan (we named her one of the best Australian Instagram accounts to follow right now) and art and souvenir shop Hôtel Magique. It's a dreamy visual escape with prints and faraway images of destinations such as Italy and Samoa. I’m also anticipating (and still praying) to go abroad in late summer, so I have ordered some silky slip dresses from Asceno and fully customisable and sustainable sandals from Amanu.'

Digital picture editor

What we’re booking
‘Now that the rules allow you to dine inside with friends, I’ve gone overboard with bookings. So far I’ve dined on small plates at Crispin in Spitalfields including creamy burrata, a Korean pork burger and freshly made tortellini filled with mint and peas. A walk away is my favourite bar in London – Discount Suit Company. An underground space hidden below a suit shop on Brick Lane, it’s a spot for locals in the know, candle lit and cosy with only a few tables. Bartenders serve up the tastiest innovative cocktails alongside the classics – my go-to is the smoky mezcal number. Live music is also back, and I’ve dined at Quaglino’s, which gave me the opportunity to dress up, sip on fancy cocktails and try its new three-course menu which included a creamy duck-liver parfait to start, rich salt marsh saddle of lamb for mains and cherry and white-chocolate crème brûlée for dessert. Next up is Soho classic 100 Wardour Street, to sample its new cocktail menu accompanied by a live jazz band for a chilled Friday. Continuing the music theme, I’ve also booked tickets for later in the year for a Solardo live DJ set at Printworks.’

What we're doing
⟞spite the weather, it’s still barbecue season. I’ve just moved to Highbury and am lucky enough to now have a terrace which I’ve filled with plants from Columbia Road Flower Market, a two-seat garden furniture set and this new compact barbecue from John Lewis, which I’ll be cooking on with an umbrella in one hand and tongs in the other. I’ll be having friends over to celebrate the move and will order Gunpowder's Indian Summer BBQ box containing all the meat and sides you need for up to six people, including Kerala beef pepper sirloin, pork vindaloo sausage, wild-garlic hariyali chicken kebab, as well as chickpea and kidney bean salad and buns. As for drinks, I’ve ordered the new cocktail kit from Pale Fox – it comes with a wild-strawberry syrup to make a twist on the classic Aperol Spritz.'

Where we’re going
'I’ve just come back from a beachy stay in Suffolk, where we ate fish and chips on the beach, went crabbing off the pier in Walberswick and drank plenty of local cider at The Dolphin Inn in Thorpeness. Next up I’m planning a week-long walking holiday in Cornwall, shacking up in a few Airbnbs along the way. Now that travelling abroad is back on the cards, I’m also planning a late-summer holiday to the Algarve for guaranteed sunshine and sandy toes. I’ll be staying in the charming Monte Da Palmeira villa with my family. This also calls for a new holiday wardrobe. I’ve purchased a few timeless dresses from Reve The Label (an independent brand that specialises in petite womenswear), including the River Dress in black and the Margot in white.'


Deputy digital editor

Where we’re going
‘I’ve booked a stay at The Three Daggers in Wiltshire, a lovely pub with rooms which has been serving excellent pizzas in the garden since Monday 12 April but is finally open inside too. It’s just across the road from one of our favourite holiday homes in the UK – and the farm shop a few paces away serves excellent coffee and homemade cakes all day long. This is definitely the year of the staycation and so I’m browsing all our Airbnb listings in the UK and am desperate to get a slot at the dreamy Trematon Castle Lodge in Cornwall, which has been kitted out by House of Hackney.’

What we’re eating
‘I’m excited to have secured a table at Imad’s Syrian Kitchen – chef Imad Alarnab’s first permanent restaurant is taking over Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express spot in Soho’s Kingly Court following years of hosting his successful fundraising supper clubs and dishing out freshly fried falafel to local workers at lunchtime. I’ve also booked a spot at the Garden Café in Lambeth, part of the new Garden Museum, which dishes up a daily changing menu inspired by its surroundings. At home, I’m a convert to the new Artisan Coffee by Ashley Palmer-Watts (of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck fame) – its roasts are available in a choice of beans, ground, pods or brew-in-cup bags, all without a hint of pretension and just great taste. The best bit is there’s a chocolate paired with each flavour.’

What we’re planning
‘Inspired by news of the green list, I’m planning a trip to Portugal (along with the rest of the UK) and currently weighing up whether to stay in a hotel or villa. It’s very tempting to book a room at São Lourenço do Barrocal in the Alentejo, probably my favourite hotel in Portugal, but I am also considering this Airbnb in the Douro Valley.’

Personal assistant to the editor-in-chief

What we’re doing
'I’m back in the Cotswolds for some much needed fresh air and a dose of English countryside. I’ve hit the ground running and visited On Form, an exhibition of sculpture within the grounds of the Mitford sisters' former home at Asthall Manor. I’ve also got hopes of finishing the Cotswold Way – I've already walked just over half. The next section runs from Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham to the hilltop town of Painswick where I hope to spend the night at this charming Airbnb and have a restorative supper at the groovy Painswick hotel. The full walk ends in Bath where I hope to have a well deserved sleep at the new Yard hotel and then grab gooey cardamom buns and coffee from Landrace Bakery the following morning.'

Where we’re eating
'I’ve lined up a long list of pubs and restaurants in the Cotswolds that I’ve had on my radar and dreamed of returning to for ages. Starting with my favourite, The Bell Inn in Langford for plates of doughy flatbread with bone marrow, garlic and parsley (I’ve got my eye on the team's soon-to-launch pub, The Lamb in Shipton-under-Wychwood, too). Next I’ll be checking out The Woolpack Inn, a St John-like pub in Laurie Lee territory in the Slad Valley. I’ve spotted a few new openings in honey-hued Stow-on-the-Wold as well: low-intervention wines at The Cellar, Greek sharing plates at Alexiou's, craft beer and local produce from Off The Square and crispy fried chicken and farm-fresh salads from D’Ambrosi Fine Foods.'

What I’m buying
'I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and pre-ordered The Pleasure of Leisure, the new book from Sydney-based photographer Anna Pihan (we named her one of the best Australian Instagram accounts to follow right now) and art and souvenir shop Hôtel Magique. It's a dreamy visual escape with prints and faraway images of destinations such as Italy and Samoa. I’m also anticipating (and still praying) to go abroad in late summer, so I have ordered some silky slip dresses from Asceno and fully customisable and sustainable sandals from Amanu.'

Digital picture editor

What we’re booking
‘Now that the rules allow you to dine inside with friends, I’ve gone overboard with bookings. So far I’ve dined on small plates at Crispin in Spitalfields including creamy burrata, a Korean pork burger and freshly made tortellini filled with mint and peas. A walk away is my favourite bar in London – Discount Suit Company. An underground space hidden below a suit shop on Brick Lane, it’s a spot for locals in the know, candle lit and cosy with only a few tables. Bartenders serve up the tastiest innovative cocktails alongside the classics – my go-to is the smoky mezcal number. Live music is also back, and I’ve dined at Quaglino’s, which gave me the opportunity to dress up, sip on fancy cocktails and try its new three-course menu which included a creamy duck-liver parfait to start, rich salt marsh saddle of lamb for mains and cherry and white-chocolate crème brûlée for dessert. Next up is Soho classic 100 Wardour Street, to sample its new cocktail menu accompanied by a live jazz band for a chilled Friday. Continuing the music theme, I’ve also booked tickets for later in the year for a Solardo live DJ set at Printworks.’

What we're doing
⟞spite the weather, it’s still barbecue season. I’ve just moved to Highbury and am lucky enough to now have a terrace which I’ve filled with plants from Columbia Road Flower Market, a two-seat garden furniture set and this new compact barbecue from John Lewis, which I’ll be cooking on with an umbrella in one hand and tongs in the other. I’ll be having friends over to celebrate the move and will order Gunpowder's Indian Summer BBQ box containing all the meat and sides you need for up to six people, including Kerala beef pepper sirloin, pork vindaloo sausage, wild-garlic hariyali chicken kebab, as well as chickpea and kidney bean salad and buns. As for drinks, I’ve ordered the new cocktail kit from Pale Fox – it comes with a wild-strawberry syrup to make a twist on the classic Aperol Spritz.'

Where we’re going
'I’ve just come back from a beachy stay in Suffolk, where we ate fish and chips on the beach, went crabbing off the pier in Walberswick and drank plenty of local cider at The Dolphin Inn in Thorpeness. Next up I’m planning a week-long walking holiday in Cornwall, shacking up in a few Airbnbs along the way. Now that travelling abroad is back on the cards, I’m also planning a late-summer holiday to the Algarve for guaranteed sunshine and sandy toes. I’ll be staying in the charming Monte Da Palmeira villa with my family. This also calls for a new holiday wardrobe. I’ve purchased a few timeless dresses from Reve The Label (an independent brand that specialises in petite womenswear), including the River Dress in black and the Margot in white.'


Deputy digital editor

Where we’re going
‘I’ve booked a stay at The Three Daggers in Wiltshire, a lovely pub with rooms which has been serving excellent pizzas in the garden since Monday 12 April but is finally open inside too. It’s just across the road from one of our favourite holiday homes in the UK – and the farm shop a few paces away serves excellent coffee and homemade cakes all day long. This is definitely the year of the staycation and so I’m browsing all our Airbnb listings in the UK and am desperate to get a slot at the dreamy Trematon Castle Lodge in Cornwall, which has been kitted out by House of Hackney.’

What we’re eating
‘I’m excited to have secured a table at Imad’s Syrian Kitchen – chef Imad Alarnab’s first permanent restaurant is taking over Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express spot in Soho’s Kingly Court following years of hosting his successful fundraising supper clubs and dishing out freshly fried falafel to local workers at lunchtime. I’ve also booked a spot at the Garden Café in Lambeth, part of the new Garden Museum, which dishes up a daily changing menu inspired by its surroundings. At home, I’m a convert to the new Artisan Coffee by Ashley Palmer-Watts (of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck fame) – its roasts are available in a choice of beans, ground, pods or brew-in-cup bags, all without a hint of pretension and just great taste. The best bit is there’s a chocolate paired with each flavour.’

What we’re planning
‘Inspired by news of the green list, I’m planning a trip to Portugal (along with the rest of the UK) and currently weighing up whether to stay in a hotel or villa. It’s very tempting to book a room at São Lourenço do Barrocal in the Alentejo, probably my favourite hotel in Portugal, but I am also considering this Airbnb in the Douro Valley.’

Personal assistant to the editor-in-chief

What we’re doing
'I’m back in the Cotswolds for some much needed fresh air and a dose of English countryside. I’ve hit the ground running and visited On Form, an exhibition of sculpture within the grounds of the Mitford sisters' former home at Asthall Manor. I’ve also got hopes of finishing the Cotswold Way – I've already walked just over half. The next section runs from Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham to the hilltop town of Painswick where I hope to spend the night at this charming Airbnb and have a restorative supper at the groovy Painswick hotel. The full walk ends in Bath where I hope to have a well deserved sleep at the new Yard hotel and then grab gooey cardamom buns and coffee from Landrace Bakery the following morning.'

Where we’re eating
'I’ve lined up a long list of pubs and restaurants in the Cotswolds that I’ve had on my radar and dreamed of returning to for ages. Starting with my favourite, The Bell Inn in Langford for plates of doughy flatbread with bone marrow, garlic and parsley (I’ve got my eye on the team's soon-to-launch pub, The Lamb in Shipton-under-Wychwood, too). Next I’ll be checking out The Woolpack Inn, a St John-like pub in Laurie Lee territory in the Slad Valley. I’ve spotted a few new openings in honey-hued Stow-on-the-Wold as well: low-intervention wines at The Cellar, Greek sharing plates at Alexiou's, craft beer and local produce from Off The Square and crispy fried chicken and farm-fresh salads from D’Ambrosi Fine Foods.'

What I’m buying
'I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and pre-ordered The Pleasure of Leisure, the new book from Sydney-based photographer Anna Pihan (we named her one of the best Australian Instagram accounts to follow right now) and art and souvenir shop Hôtel Magique. It's a dreamy visual escape with prints and faraway images of destinations such as Italy and Samoa. I’m also anticipating (and still praying) to go abroad in late summer, so I have ordered some silky slip dresses from Asceno and fully customisable and sustainable sandals from Amanu.'

Digital picture editor

What we’re booking
‘Now that the rules allow you to dine inside with friends, I’ve gone overboard with bookings. So far I’ve dined on small plates at Crispin in Spitalfields including creamy burrata, a Korean pork burger and freshly made tortellini filled with mint and peas. A walk away is my favourite bar in London – Discount Suit Company. An underground space hidden below a suit shop on Brick Lane, it’s a spot for locals in the know, candle lit and cosy with only a few tables. Bartenders serve up the tastiest innovative cocktails alongside the classics – my go-to is the smoky mezcal number. Live music is also back, and I’ve dined at Quaglino’s, which gave me the opportunity to dress up, sip on fancy cocktails and try its new three-course menu which included a creamy duck-liver parfait to start, rich salt marsh saddle of lamb for mains and cherry and white-chocolate crème brûlée for dessert. Next up is Soho classic 100 Wardour Street, to sample its new cocktail menu accompanied by a live jazz band for a chilled Friday. Continuing the music theme, I’ve also booked tickets for later in the year for a Solardo live DJ set at Printworks.’

What we're doing
⟞spite the weather, it’s still barbecue season. I’ve just moved to Highbury and am lucky enough to now have a terrace which I’ve filled with plants from Columbia Road Flower Market, a two-seat garden furniture set and this new compact barbecue from John Lewis, which I’ll be cooking on with an umbrella in one hand and tongs in the other. I’ll be having friends over to celebrate the move and will order Gunpowder's Indian Summer BBQ box containing all the meat and sides you need for up to six people, including Kerala beef pepper sirloin, pork vindaloo sausage, wild-garlic hariyali chicken kebab, as well as chickpea and kidney bean salad and buns. As for drinks, I’ve ordered the new cocktail kit from Pale Fox – it comes with a wild-strawberry syrup to make a twist on the classic Aperol Spritz.'

Where we’re going
'I’ve just come back from a beachy stay in Suffolk, where we ate fish and chips on the beach, went crabbing off the pier in Walberswick and drank plenty of local cider at The Dolphin Inn in Thorpeness. Next up I’m planning a week-long walking holiday in Cornwall, shacking up in a few Airbnbs along the way. Now that travelling abroad is back on the cards, I’m also planning a late-summer holiday to the Algarve for guaranteed sunshine and sandy toes. I’ll be staying in the charming Monte Da Palmeira villa with my family. This also calls for a new holiday wardrobe. I’ve purchased a few timeless dresses from Reve The Label (an independent brand that specialises in petite womenswear), including the River Dress in black and the Margot in white.'


Deputy digital editor

Where we’re going
‘I’ve booked a stay at The Three Daggers in Wiltshire, a lovely pub with rooms which has been serving excellent pizzas in the garden since Monday 12 April but is finally open inside too. It’s just across the road from one of our favourite holiday homes in the UK – and the farm shop a few paces away serves excellent coffee and homemade cakes all day long. This is definitely the year of the staycation and so I’m browsing all our Airbnb listings in the UK and am desperate to get a slot at the dreamy Trematon Castle Lodge in Cornwall, which has been kitted out by House of Hackney.’

What we’re eating
‘I’m excited to have secured a table at Imad’s Syrian Kitchen – chef Imad Alarnab’s first permanent restaurant is taking over Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express spot in Soho’s Kingly Court following years of hosting his successful fundraising supper clubs and dishing out freshly fried falafel to local workers at lunchtime. I’ve also booked a spot at the Garden Café in Lambeth, part of the new Garden Museum, which dishes up a daily changing menu inspired by its surroundings. At home, I’m a convert to the new Artisan Coffee by Ashley Palmer-Watts (of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck fame) – its roasts are available in a choice of beans, ground, pods or brew-in-cup bags, all without a hint of pretension and just great taste. The best bit is there’s a chocolate paired with each flavour.’

What we’re planning
‘Inspired by news of the green list, I’m planning a trip to Portugal (along with the rest of the UK) and currently weighing up whether to stay in a hotel or villa. It’s very tempting to book a room at São Lourenço do Barrocal in the Alentejo, probably my favourite hotel in Portugal, but I am also considering this Airbnb in the Douro Valley.’

Personal assistant to the editor-in-chief

What we’re doing
'I’m back in the Cotswolds for some much needed fresh air and a dose of English countryside. I’ve hit the ground running and visited On Form, an exhibition of sculpture within the grounds of the Mitford sisters' former home at Asthall Manor. I’ve also got hopes of finishing the Cotswold Way – I've already walked just over half. The next section runs from Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham to the hilltop town of Painswick where I hope to spend the night at this charming Airbnb and have a restorative supper at the groovy Painswick hotel. The full walk ends in Bath where I hope to have a well deserved sleep at the new Yard hotel and then grab gooey cardamom buns and coffee from Landrace Bakery the following morning.'

Where we’re eating
'I’ve lined up a long list of pubs and restaurants in the Cotswolds that I’ve had on my radar and dreamed of returning to for ages. Starting with my favourite, The Bell Inn in Langford for plates of doughy flatbread with bone marrow, garlic and parsley (I’ve got my eye on the team's soon-to-launch pub, The Lamb in Shipton-under-Wychwood, too). Next I’ll be checking out The Woolpack Inn, a St John-like pub in Laurie Lee territory in the Slad Valley. I’ve spotted a few new openings in honey-hued Stow-on-the-Wold as well: low-intervention wines at The Cellar, Greek sharing plates at Alexiou's, craft beer and local produce from Off The Square and crispy fried chicken and farm-fresh salads from D’Ambrosi Fine Foods.'

What I’m buying
'I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and pre-ordered The Pleasure of Leisure, the new book from Sydney-based photographer Anna Pihan (we named her one of the best Australian Instagram accounts to follow right now) and art and souvenir shop Hôtel Magique. It's a dreamy visual escape with prints and faraway images of destinations such as Italy and Samoa. I’m also anticipating (and still praying) to go abroad in late summer, so I have ordered some silky slip dresses from Asceno and fully customisable and sustainable sandals from Amanu.'

Digital picture editor

What we’re booking
‘Now that the rules allow you to dine inside with friends, I’ve gone overboard with bookings. So far I’ve dined on small plates at Crispin in Spitalfields including creamy burrata, a Korean pork burger and freshly made tortellini filled with mint and peas. A walk away is my favourite bar in London – Discount Suit Company. An underground space hidden below a suit shop on Brick Lane, it’s a spot for locals in the know, candle lit and cosy with only a few tables. Bartenders serve up the tastiest innovative cocktails alongside the classics – my go-to is the smoky mezcal number. Live music is also back, and I’ve dined at Quaglino’s, which gave me the opportunity to dress up, sip on fancy cocktails and try its new three-course menu which included a creamy duck-liver parfait to start, rich salt marsh saddle of lamb for mains and cherry and white-chocolate crème brûlée for dessert. Next up is Soho classic 100 Wardour Street, to sample its new cocktail menu accompanied by a live jazz band for a chilled Friday. Continuing the music theme, I’ve also booked tickets for later in the year for a Solardo live DJ set at Printworks.’

What we're doing
⟞spite the weather, it’s still barbecue season. I’ve just moved to Highbury and am lucky enough to now have a terrace which I’ve filled with plants from Columbia Road Flower Market, a two-seat garden furniture set and this new compact barbecue from John Lewis, which I’ll be cooking on with an umbrella in one hand and tongs in the other. I’ll be having friends over to celebrate the move and will order Gunpowder's Indian Summer BBQ box containing all the meat and sides you need for up to six people, including Kerala beef pepper sirloin, pork vindaloo sausage, wild-garlic hariyali chicken kebab, as well as chickpea and kidney bean salad and buns. As for drinks, I’ve ordered the new cocktail kit from Pale Fox – it comes with a wild-strawberry syrup to make a twist on the classic Aperol Spritz.'

Where we’re going
'I’ve just come back from a beachy stay in Suffolk, where we ate fish and chips on the beach, went crabbing off the pier in Walberswick and drank plenty of local cider at The Dolphin Inn in Thorpeness. Next up I’m planning a week-long walking holiday in Cornwall, shacking up in a few Airbnbs along the way. Now that travelling abroad is back on the cards, I’m also planning a late-summer holiday to the Algarve for guaranteed sunshine and sandy toes. I’ll be staying in the charming Monte Da Palmeira villa with my family. This also calls for a new holiday wardrobe. I’ve purchased a few timeless dresses from Reve The Label (an independent brand that specialises in petite womenswear), including the River Dress in black and the Margot in white.'