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Freelance journalist with a passion for theatre, the arts, food and books.
Published May 26th 2021
From Father's Day gifts to new books out now
From gift ideas for Father's Day to treats to pamper yourself this summer, here's our guide to some of the hottest new items for your shopping wish list and tickets for days out.

Days Out - Tickets for outdoor Luna Cinema at palace locations

The Luna Cinema returns to screen films outdoors at two stunning settings in London. It will be at Hampton Court Palace from July ‪22 to 25‬ and Kensington Palace from August ‪12 to 15‬.

There's a line-up of classic and feel-good films to brighten your summer evenings under the stars plus a click and collect service to enjoy food and a full bar.

LUNA cinema at palaces Hampton Court and Kensington palace
Enjoy a right royal drama at the palaces


Among the screenings are rom-com classic Pretty Woman, Academy Award-winning Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, 1980's favourite Top Gun and The Greatest Showman Sing A Long session.

Find out more at the Royal Palaces website here.


Books - Vintage Shops London guide

Love vintage? Then you will adore this new book highlighting some of London's best independent stores and antique markets.

Take a visual journey through London's most inspiring and creative vintage shops with this beautifully presented new book that has stunning photographs from beginning to end.

Vintage shops London, books, gifts
A new guide on the must visit vintage stores across London


Featuring more than 50 vintage shops, markets and stalls across London, it makes it even easier to find them as they are organised by geographical area.

Vintage Shops London is from Michelle Mason, who is the stylist and founder of vintage shop Mason & Painter in London's Columbia Road. She's also a designer that has worked for clients including The British Library, National Gallery and Sir John Sloane's Museum shop.

Mason highlights the must-see vintage shops along with those that feature cafes in this essential guide for anyone who is planning to explore the capital's vintage shopping scene.

Within the covers are the background and details of stores including Hunky Dory in Brick Lane, Grays Antiques in Mayfair and Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney to wile away the hours.

Vintage shops London, books, gifts
Enchanting shops feature in the book


Vintage Shops London by Michelle Mason is published by Pimpernel Press and costs 12.99.


Food and Drink - Rum from Shakespeare's homeland

What better way to sit back with a book than with a toddy from the home of England's most celebrated literary hero.

Shakespeare Distillery, based in William Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, has launched its first British White Rum to accompany its range of gins.

Jester rum, Shakespeare's distillery
Cheer up your life with Jester Rum


Continuing with names inspired by the Tudor period, this latest rum offering is named Jester and a nod to a famous statue that stands near The Bard's birthplace.

It's also apt as almost all of Shakespeare's jesters were fond drinkers, and known to be bold, memorable, and popular characters - the ideal traits for this new British-made spirit.

As an independent artisan spirit producer, Shakespeare Distillery has successfully been distilling gin for the last five years but is branching out into rum with this inviting, distinctive double distilled rum made in small handcrafted batches. It is mildly sweet with a hint of citrus that makes for a refreshing drink.

Jester Rum by Shakespeare Distillery costs from 17.50 to 34 for full-size bottles at the Distillery website here.


Books and Stationery - A Cornucopia of Fruit and Vegetables

Capturing the art of fruit and vegetables through 18th Century eyes, this book is a beautifully presented journey through botanical graphics taken from a historic guide to plants.

A cornucopia of fruit and vegetables, bodleian library, new books
Beautiful artwork to admire in the new book


Using the first volume of documents by Bavarian apothecary Johann Wilhelm Weinmann as its source, this book of images features a fascinating introduction on Edible Art.

Produced by Bodleian Library Publishing in Oxford, A Cornucopia of Fruit and Vegetables by Caroline Ball is priced at 15.

There is also stunning, refined stationery from The Bodleian Library to match of a notebook set featuring three edible art designs on A5 rules notebooks with stitched spines.

Botanical art notebooks, stationery from. The bodleian library
Divine stationery from the Bodleian Library


Apples, chillies and lemons have never looked so delightful as you jot down your ideas.

The botanical art notebook set costs 10.99.


Food and Drink Gifts - Reserved membership for wine lovers

Gusbourne Estate has launched its Reserved Membership so wine lovers can immerse themselves in English wine. It gives them the chance to join in with tastings as well as meet the craftmanship behind the wine.

A gift with a difference with English sparkling wines
A gift with a difference with English sparkling wines


This exclusive cellar-to-door club called Gusbourne Reserved allows reserved members to become the first in the world to try the finest selection of still and sparkling wines from the Gusbourne library, as well as limited-edition creations that can't be tasted, or bought, anywhere else.

Every bottle of Gusbourne wine is crafted with hand-picked grapes of the highest quality, under the watchful eye of Head Winemaker, Charlie Holland.

Grown in the heart of the Kent countryside, the wine is pressed in whole bunches to yield only the finest juice, resulting in a depth and flavour that cannot be replicated. Find out more at the Gusbourne website.


Days Out - Paddington Exhibition

Pack your marmalade sandwiches and head to the British Library for the latest adventure with Paddington Bear.

The exhibition Paddington - The Story of a Bear will run from July 9 to October 31 at the British Library in London with children under 11 allowed to enter for free.

Paddington exhibition, British Library
Pack your marmalade sandwiches for the Paddington exhibition


It will explore how Paddington has become one of the world's most loved bears since his first appearance on the pages of A Bear Called Paddington in 1958.

Follow Paddington's trail of marmalade splats to explore his tales of muddles and mishaps, from his arrival in London to home life with the Brown family but be careful to avoid Paddington's toppling pots of paint.


Food and Drink Gifts - Marmalade Lovers Gift Box

If Paddington has got you licking your lips for marmalade then Rosebud Preserves' latest offering is for you. The Marmalade Lovers Gift Box costs 13.95 and is out in time for Father's Day.

It contains the company's award-winning Seville Orange Marmalade and its Seville Orange Marmalade Gin Liqueur.

Marmalade liqueur, Rosebud Preserves, gift guide
Unique, new Marmalade Liqueur


The Seville Orange Marmalade Distilled Gin Liqueur is also available to buy separately at 29.95 for a 35cl bottle from the Rosebud Preserves website here.

Rosebud Preserves in Yorkshire has worked with craft batch distillery Spirit of Masham to capture the spirit of its Seville Orange Marmalade in this uniquely distilled Gin Liqueur. It is made in a traditional copper still to create a deep, dark and warming blend of bitter orange, molassed sugar and botanically rich hand crafted gin.


Beauty: Skin Republic Foot Peel

Give your feet a Spring clean with a foot peel that removes dead skin after seven days.

Skin Republic's Foot Peel mask is made using 15 plant extracts including Ginkgo Biloba, Green Tea and Vitamin E to leave feet moisturised and smooth.

Foot peel skin republic,
Revive your tootsies with a foot peel


While Alpha Hydroxy Acids work at removing the dead skin from feet after seven days to get a handle on unsightly rough skin

The Foot Peel, made in Korea, is worn for between 90 and 120 minutes as the ingredients work their magic. The peel costs 9.99 from Super drug. Find out more at the Superdrug website here.
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