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Sometimes we give books a break. And when we do? From lingerie and LA’s hottest hotel to recipes and Rodin, here’s what we’ve been enjoying of late…

We’re Visiting…

The Bloomsbury Hotel’s beautiful Dalloway Terrace has unveiled fresh blooms for spring – designed by florists extraordinaire Wild at Heart. Expect bright, romantic floral blooms everywhere – the terrace is a little hidden oasis in the heart of the city. Perfect for evening cocktails (we’ll have the Garden of England, please) or brunch (endless fizz yes!), it’s actually the afternoon tea that you should definitely try. The Dalloway Terrace’s honey bee-themed afternoon tea has been created to raise awareness of the plight of our little stripy friends – and their importance in our ecosystem. Alongside traditional dainty sandwiches and scones, you’ll also find four sweet treats each inspired by bees – and their four key habitats. Like the Dalloway Terrace itself, it’s just a little bit magical.

We’re Helping Out…

With Good Gym. You need an incentive to work out? How about helping out old people and cleaning up community gardens? Yes, that’ll do! The organisation is all about connecting people with their local communities – across the UK – and you can run as often as you like. Choose to run regularly to help out an older person, perhaps doing shopping for them or just sitting down with a cup of tea for a chat. Or opt for a one-off run to assist the elderly with a task – think gardening or changing a lightbulb, for example. And then there are the community runs – where you’ll run with a group to a lo a project; this might be sorting produce at a food bank or planting trees in your local park. Whatever run you choose, it’s running for good; running for a reason. And that’s got to be motivation to get your trainers on!

We’re Celebrating…

HURRAH! One of our favourite beauty brands has finally arrived at one of our favourite beauty stores. Herbivore Botanicals – a company from Seattle that started out life cooking up soap in the kitchen and selling it on Etsy – is now available at Space NK. So many of the natural brand’s products are beauty editor must-haves, and then there’s the oh-so-Instagrammable packaging… Herbivore’s traditional soap bars are bestsellers to this day – and you’ll also want to try their Calm Bath Salts and Coco Rose Body Polish. Oh and don’t miss the Brightening Pineapple and Gemstone Mask. And the Lapis Balancing Facial Oil. Did we mention we’re a little obsessed?

We’re Cooking…

‘This is an extraordinary piece of food writing, pitch perfect in every way. I couldn’t love anyone who didn’t love this book.’ So says Domestic Goddess Ms Nigella Lawson about Diana Henry’s latest cookbook – and we couldn’t agree more.  We’ve never come across a Diana Henry book we’ve not enjoyed – and How To Eat A Peach is just perfection. Inspiring, clever and imaginative, this book transports the reader to wanderlust-inducing places, celebrates seasonality and will make you reconsider food and eating anew. Favourite dishes, special places – and how a menu can create memories, moments and unforgettable experiences. Glorious.

We’re Watching

Isle of Dogs, OF COURSE! An animated film, about dogs, directed by Wes Anderson? Yeah, and the cast’s got Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormand, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton and Liev Schreiber.  Pretty good. And the film? A delight, obviously!

We’re Staying At…

One of the most hotly-anticipated hotels of recent times – the NoMad in downtown Los Angeles. Originally built in 1923 to house the sumptuous Bank of Italy, the hotel has had a complete makeover – and it’ll knock your socks off. Ultra-luxurious and very, very cool, the five-star facilities include a rooftop pool and terrace, plus glamorous restaurant, lobby and bar. And the rooms? They’ll make you want to move in and/or redecorate your house! It’s all wonderfully old Hollywood style – half-close your eyes and you can just see Lana Turner whispering sweet nothings to Fred Astaire at the bar over cocktails…

We’re Listening To…

Swedish-born Seinabo Sey’s latest single celebrates her Gambian heritage. Smooth, effortless – it’s a track you’ll want to turn up AND pop on replay.

We’re Feasting On…

JAM. Yes, jam! Isn’t it time for a jam comeback? We think so. Lillie O’Brien’s London Borough of Jam was set up following five years she spent as a pastry chef at foodie hotspot St John Bread & Wine. Made in small batches with the aim of creating an “honest, unadulterated flavour that is fruit-driven, rather than sugar-driven,” the jams are a million miles away from boring preserves you might be used to. Blackberry & Bayleaf, Greengage & Fennel Pollen, Raspberry & Hibiscus – and let’s not forget Lemon & Vanilla Marmalade. Excellent on toast, scones, crackers, ice cream – pretty much EVERYTHING. Jammy!

We’re Wearing…

Luscious lingerie from The Pantry. Islington’s coolest fashion store – which now has its own concession within the hallowed walls of Liberty. The Pantry is all about fantastic fit and luscious lingerie you’ll want to wear every day – whether you’re a size A or a size K – from a fantastic edit of brands. We’re total suckers for the super sexy lace-accented designs of Dora Larsen, and there’s also swimwear, sportswear and nightwear – from a carefully-considered edit of established and emerging labels.

We’re Booking…

Our tickets for Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece – which is set to open at the British Museum at the end of this month. The show explores how Auguste Rodin became inspired by Greek sculpture after a visit to where else but – the British Museum, in 1881!  And of course it was none other than the controversial, spectacular Parthenon Marbles that inspired the French sculptor. On display in the exhibition you’ll find masterpieces such as The Kiss and The Thinker  – alongside those inspiring Ancient Greek pieces. Ancient meets modern? Pure brilliance.