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JAPAN HOUSE'S RARE CRAFTS

From enigmatic kokeshi dolls to talismanic hawks, Japan House takes a deep dive into Japan's most fascinating handicrafts and their wider cultural meaning…

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Wine time

Little beats a perfectly chilled glass or two of wine to enjoy during our lazy, hazy evenings this summer. Here are some of our top tipples to savour.

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We head east as one of our Chelsea faves gets a ennobled new outpost…

Dalston's new Duchess

SENSORY ART FROM THE SHAG ROOMS

Fancy a shag? Get your mind out of the gutter… We're talking about the brilliant tufted artworks and rugs by artist Amelia Collis, AKA The Shag Rooms. Emblazoned with nudes, whether reclining or dancing in celebratory fashion, these works show a cheeky update of traditional crafting techniques. But, sensual as they seem, these seek to celebrate diverse bodies without overtly sexualising them. The aim is to reflect real women and beauty in the artwork, and you can even commission a piece inspired by your own body – after all, The Shag Rooms' MO is to let people see themselves as works of art. So, how badly do you want a shag right now? @theshagrooms

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HAM, WH 

Hām, West Hampstead’s neighbourhood restaurant, well-loved for championing produce from small British farms and artisan suppliers, is delighted to reopen its doors in time for summer. Offering a dinner menu Thursday-Sunday and a brunch menu from Friday-Sunday available for collection, the menu created by Head Chef, Matt Osborne will reflect the very best from independent farmers, fishermen and cheesemakers. The menu will change every two weeks, some sample dishes include: starters such as Burrata and Buttermilk fried chicken, with satay sauce and lime coleslaw, mouth-watering Masterstock braised beef featherblade. www.hamwesthampstead.com

Going upriver in Gambia

Into West Africa's heart of darkness, searching for

the legendary Ninki Nanka Dragon

The pearl of

the Gulf

Exploring the winding souks, sailing to ocean sandbars and podiums first - place at the Bahrain international circuit

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Sophie Walbeoffe

Brings families of elephants, zebras, birds, and their lush surrounding landscape, to shimmering life

The world's most beautiful grand tourer

ABSOLUTE MAGIC 

The new Magico M9 is a four-way, six-driver floor standing system that features the world’s first loudspeaker enclosure to combine inner and outer skins of carbon fiber with a revolutionary aluminum honeycomb core. Included with the M9 is a state-of-the-art analog outboard active crossover, the MXO. Designed in-house, this carefully crafted unit handles bass/midbass frequency separation. The UK RRP is officially ‘price on application’ from ultra premium retailer Absolute Sounds but is expected to be close to a million pounds per pair! Each speaker stands over two metres tall and weighs 454kg.

www.absolutesounds.com

A&K

Luxury travel company A&K have for A&K have for the first time curated a selection of trips across the British Isles with the added bonus of fully flexible booking. This carefully curated suite includes exclusive access and top guides. The range of itineraries include following the homes and castles of the Royal family, a private island tour of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland for those wishing to explore the ‘real’ Scotland, and the ultimate itineraries for golf lovers in Scotland and Ireland or a mix of both. The itineraries are supported by a whole host of incredible luxury experiences that A&K consultants can include in a tailor-made holiday. 

www.abercrombiekent.com

ART DECO DRINKS IN W14

Ricco Lounge & Club is an elegant Art Deco-style space serving classic cocktails and wines that compliment delicious Middle Eastern dining, which doubles up as a venue to showcase live bands and DJs. It will be open to the public at least four days a week until late to welcome discerning Londoners looking for an exciting night out in an intimate setting. It’s also open to hire for private functions, and the well-crafted drinks and culinary delights – coupled with expertly warm and efficient service – should certainly prove a hit with punters.

www.riccoloungeandclub.com

New Edition

Revisiting old-favourite hotel The London Edition

to see what's new

COLNAGHI LONDON

Colnaghi London are delighted to

welcome back visitors to view their High& Low exhibition as well as for an in depth review of Jacob De Backer’s allegorical series of Mannerist paintings. Selected artists will also be on display, ahead of a major new exhibition due to be announced for London Art Week in July. Adhering to

Government guidelines, they will be open by appointment only from 11am - 5pm Tuesday to Thursday. If these times do not work for potential visitors, they will gladly make alternative arrangements. The High and Low explores the golden age of painting in the Low Countries and can be viewed virtually ahead of your visit

www.colnaghi.com