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May at a glance

THE power of a good book has never been more keenly felt than right now. Luckily, London is blessed with myriad independent bookshops-each distinctive. Literary institution boasts an indulgent ‘A Year in). Finally found the time for a deep clean? Stock up on eco-friendly and Vegan Society-registered cleaning and laundry products, from (). Save some of the TLC for yourself: stocks beautifully scented soaps, room fragrances and candles ( ). Garden centres and nurseries have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic and many have been forced to close. Exceptions include ();you’ll find inspiration courtesy of Arthur Parkinson on page 13. If you’re short on suitable outdoor space, () carries a rather enviable selection of houseplants. We are also all spending more time in the kitchen, which means we are paying more attention to what we’re actually eating. Buy from a local butcher, such as (), for quality UK-reared, grass-fed, free-range and fully traceable meat. Fresh-food subscription boxes aren’t only for fruit and vegetables. With (), you can build your own box from its range of ethical meat and artisan dairy products, pantry and everyday essentials; canine companions are catered for, too. Pipers works with 25 small-scale farming families using regenerative farming techniques. However you choose to spend this time, do it in (comfy) style. (,) sells boyfriend-inspired shirts, for women. They’re designed in London and made from 100% organic materials. For cosy cashmere sets, look no further than (); find casual trousers and Liberty print pyjamas for men at ().

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