These are a few of our Features Editor’s favourite things.

From a tear-jerking movie to a tantalising novel, from the prettiest necklace to the perkiest umbrella, from a soothing serum to a spicy olive – these are the things on Becky’s wishlist for late summer.

For The Garden: Flora Soames’s Stripey Loggia Umbrella

In an ideal world, I’d have a serried rank of these umbrellas in every colour beside my swimming pool. In the absence of an ideal world or a swimming pool, I’d happily take just one for the garden. Buy one here.

Check Out: London Wonderground At Earl’s Court

With its live shows, vintage rides, street food vendors and relaxed vibe, London Wonderground is the sort of outdoor event I’ve been waiting for since Covid struck. Book it here.

Dress Up: Emma Milne-Watson Beaded Necklace

The super cool stylist Emma Milne Watson took to making jewellery to pass the time in lockdown. Her pretty necklaces are fast becoming cult items; I want one before they do. Buy one here.

Read: A Touch Of Mistletoe By Barbara Comyns

Daunt Books Publishing has just reissued this out-of-print coming-of-age tale. It’s been sitting, with its enchanting cover, on my bedside table for a while now – and I can’t wait to dive in. Buy it here.

Sleepover: Cas Gasi, Ibiza

If a hotel had been on the cards this summer, I would head straight to Cas Gasi, arguably the best boutique hotel on the island of Ibiza. Charming, rural, simple and with a focus on sustainability, it is pretty much the dream. Book it here.

On My Face: Tata Harper Resurfacing Serum

This little bottle of magic makes me feel as though I am giving my aging skin – which has been neglected in recent heatwaves and hectic days – the best chance it has got. Buy it here.

Watch: The Father

Directed by Florian Zeller – whose elegant touch is always a joy – and starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, this is the one film that makes me want to go to the cinema again. Find out more here.

Eat: Perello Gordal Spicy Olives

I love these olives to death, partly for their sensational taste and partly for their stunning tin. Buy them here.

For The House: Soma Lampshade By Hill And May

There are so many great lampshades on the market now, handmade by the most pleasing of artisans, but this one gets my current vote. Buy one here.

Waft About In: Toast Seed Check Cotton Shirt Dress

Every year, I try to improve my how-to-stay-cool-in-the-summer-in-the-city wardrobe and every year I seem to fail. This dress, hanging fresh in my cupboard as I write, is 2021’s attempt. Buy it here.

By Becky Ladenburg
September 2021

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Becky Ladenburg

Features Editor

As the GWG's features editor, Becky has her discerning finger on the cultural pulse. She's also our go-to expert on the property market.