Sometimes we give books a break. And when we do? From immersive literary experiences to Oscar-winning performances and architecture, gin and the sexiest silk PJ’s, here’s what we’ve been enjoying of late…

We’re Buying Into…​

The Wolseley. From Kate Moss and Emma Watson to the late, great AA Gill, The Wolseley is one of the Grande Dames of London restaurants, frequented by the city’s beau monde for everything from business breakfasts to late night cocktails. And we’re every bit as enamoured of their elegant gift collection as we are of their expertly-mixed martinis. While not all may be able to stretch to the Decadence at the Wolseley Hamper or silver-plated teapots, the Salted Caramel Florentines, chic scented candles or tins of gourmet tea and coffee are much more accessible. The handsome black, white and gold packaging pays homage to the cafe’s iconic interiors – one part European art deco, one Piccadilly decadence.

Getting Gorgeous Locks…

Thanks to And Other Stories. H&M’s more luxurious counterpart has expanded from fashion and beauty to stationery – and a divine new haircare range is its latest launch. Created in partnership with Los Angeles uber-stylist Kylee Heath, the collection is inspired by LA life: from beachy days to glamorous nights out. Designed to suit all hair types, the range comprises Restore, Fullness and Universal and each has a delicious scent linked to an LA neighbourhood. And that sleek packaging’s definitely going to look HOT in your bathroom, right?

Bored of Gin…

Yes, peak gin was a while ago – but try That Boutique-y Gin Company‘s gins, and you may just find yourself falling for Mother’s Ruin once more! Travelling the world to find the very best distilleries, the company offers a selection of interesting gins from across the globe. How about gin with fresh rose petals? Or one from the Rhubarb Triangle? Something more exotic? Try the Yuzu gin or the Spit-Roasted Pineapple version. There’s also a Neroli gin, a Bog-flavoured one and even a Hot Sauce gin…

Lounging About In…

Morgan Lane. And no, despite the name – she’s not an amateur sleuth. She’s a New Yorker who makes some seriously sexy jimjams. Best of all, these multitaskers work twice as hard – whether you’re abed or wandering about your lounge checking if there’s anything interesting in the fridge drinking delicious cocktails and looking smoking. Slinky robes, lace-accented jumpsuits, seersucker pyjamas and silk charmeuse shorts – we almost wonder why anyone would bother to go to the trouble of getting dressed!

Scenting Our Home…

We LOVE a scented candle. So lovely yet so unnecessary. And Wolf Bone’s Nasty Woman candle is extra lovely in that with every purchase, 50% of the price is donated to Planned Parenthood. Because, as they say “women matter”. The Nasty Woman candle includes notes of rose, pineapple sage, basil mint and cinnamon, for a fresh yet sexy, sensual scent. Plus they’re made with soy wax too, and include a little box of matches. And supporting Planned Parenthood at this price? A bargain.

Watching…

The Wife​​. Glenn Close’s performance is already getting raved about in terms of Oscar wins – and the movie’s storyline is a perfect combination of books, feminism and our post #MeToo times. “Perhaps it’s Close’s career-best – unnervingly subtle, unreadably calm, simmering with self-control,” writes The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw, “It is a smart, supremely watchable and entertaining film.”

Staying At…

Cambridge’s hippest new hotel. We get it – Cambridge isn’t exactly the most zeitgeisty spot on the planet, but just wait a second. Re-opened after a four-year, megabucks renovation, The University Arms‘ has been reimagined inside and out by design names you might not know but probably should. There’s also a library curated by Heywood Hill, plus a soundtrack of Alan Bennett reading The Wind in the Willows in the bathrooms. Rooms and suites are tastefully designed – it’s classic with a twist, plus more books – with a copy of Wind in the Willows and Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales proffered in every room. The cocktail menu is suitably Cambridge-inspired – try the Bloomsbury Boozer (Botanist gin, elderflower cordial, lemon, raspberries, raspberry foam) for a deliciously literary sip.  Splashing the cash? Choose the Hawking Suite – don’t worry, no need to have read A Brief History of Time…

Shopping At…

Sezane! Regardless of boring Brexit, one of our favourite French exports has finally made it across the channel to the UK, with a recently-opened Westbourne Grove flagship. Arranged over two floors, the store features the Gallic label’s staple chic pieces, from wear-forever leather handbags to silk shirts, pretty dresses and all manner of stylish shoes. Alongside the fashion and accessories, you’ll find a concise edit of oh-so-Instagrammable books and other delights.

Obsessed With Architecture…

From The Shard to the Centre Pompidou, Renzo Piano is the architect to have created some of the world’s most visionary, pioneering structures. The Art of Making Buildings at London’s Royal Academy, takes an in-depth look at Piano’s career: ‘marvel in rarely seen drawings, models, photography, signature full-scale maquettes and a new film by Thomas Riedelsheimer that show how inspiring architecture is made. At the heart of the exhibition is an imagined ‘Island’, a specially designed sculptural installation which brings together nearly 100 of Piano’s projects.’

Dining With…

Long John Silver! Get ready for an immersive dining experience thanks to The Literary Hour – inspired by Treasure Island. Bringing to life Robert Louise Stevenson’s classic novel, the experience invites guests to enjoy four exotic courses based on Treasure Island as you set sail on what they describe as a ‘riotous knees-up’. Expect salted, smoked and picked delights, employing nautical preserving techniques: ‘adventurous dinner, Long John Silver’s tastiest dishes and the finest grog’ are on the menu. With sell-out experiences, the Literary House has previously brought The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Cider With Rosie to life, so you know you’re in good hands. Who’s ready to walk the plank?