With the next step in our freedom not far away now, here at LCW we're embracing the official arrival of Spring and the promise of ever longer, brighter days. From a bike ride along the river to taking a picnic with your loved ones, discover our top picks for the next few weeks.
Growing Your Own #food, £20
What simpler pleasure is there than growing your own? Spring's drier days are an opportunity to get busy propagating, preparing your raised beds and sowing the last few seeds. If you need a helping hand getting started in the veg garden (or your window box), we recommend Hackney Herbal's two-hour online workshop, which provides an introduction to organic vegetable growing.
As the days warm up, get out on your bike and enjoy the change of the season. For those based in #london, we suggest a cycle down the river toKew Gardens, which is especially beautiful at this time of year, with bulbs giving way to some of the best cherry blossom west of #tokyo. While one can't cycle around the gardens, there are many places to lock up the bike while you explore the gardens. Up your cycling comfort with a bespoke leather saddle from #graftonsaddler, who create custom leather work from their studio based at Cockpit Arts. Each piece is designed, hand cut, dyed, punched and stitched in-house using traditionally dyed calfskin.
The Freedom Picnic, £50
With outdoor social gatherings - although somewhat limited - permitted from 29 March, it looks like the picnicking season might start a
little earlier this year. If, like us, you can't wait to see your friends and family, gather your support bubble for an al fresco celebration with Pique's Freedom hamper. Their seasonal menu focuses on picnic classics with a modern twist, and includes caramelised apple and thyme sausage rolls, herby aioli, and creamy za'atar hummus with crudités. Everything is handmade to order, so if you've been hankering after something special, #pique will add it for you.
Begg x co
Jura Palette, Lambswool Angora Throw,
There's no denying that balmy summer evenings are still a little way off yet, so Begg x Co's versatile picnic blanket is worth bringing along in case things turn chilly. Made from the highest quality Lambswool and Angora, which provide exceptional warmth without feeling too
heavy, it's ideal for taking on all your travels this year, as we are allowed to venture further afield.
Hunter Flask with Four Cups, £140
Ettinger's Hunter Flask is another way of warding off the chill with a tipple or two. We also particularly like Connolly's leather Cocktail
Case. In collaboration with Sebastian Conran, it takes outdoor socialising to another level. Maybe keep it for Glyndebourne.
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