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London reopens on ‘manic Monday’ as lockdown restrictions ease

Bookings at alfresco spaces such as roof terraces and gardens were said to be “off the scale” despite the day starting with snow showers


London restaurants the celebs have booked for April 12

Clueless as to where you’ll be celebrating your liberation on 12 April? Follow these London leaders to the outside spaces they’ve sorely missed, says Joanna Taylor

ES Best Home

7 of the best picnic baskets

With the hot days and long evenings of summer come some great alfresco get-togethers. We’ve rounded up the best wicker baskets for carrying those picnic essentials

Food + Drink

Hygge and Champagne: how to host a dinner party in winter

With a three course dinner paired with champagne cooked for you in your own home, Nuria Stylianou discovers there's no better way to stay in during the colder months

London Life

Hire a chef to cook your dinner party for the price of eating out

Forget Domino’s and dodgy chinese takeaways, impress your guests with restaurant-quality food