Wind in the Willows

Join Mr Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger in GSC’s online Wind in the Willows

Chawton House virtual gardens

Chawton House virtual garden festival

Butterfly ID skills via Zoom

We’ve all got closer to nature over the past few weeks as we spend more time in our gardens and take time to appreciate what’s around us.

Surrey Hills

Surrey Hills advises you to stay away – for now!

Rock Choir fundraiser

Join Rock Choir’s 24-hour fundraiser for Mental Health Awareness Week

Wartime spirit

Celebrate VE Day at home – sing, dance and raise a glass to toast Second World War heroes

Citizens Advice debt help

Coronavirus: Get help if you can’t pay household bills

Hypnotherapy sleep tips

Resolve coronavirus-related sleep problems with the help of hypnotherapy

Save music venues campaign

#SAVEOURVENUES campaign launched to help grassroots music

Room for improvement

With the majority of us spending more time at home at the moment how about lavishing some love on your home and considering how you can improve it, Karen Neville looks at some ways to make the most of your home…

2.6 Challenge

Take the 2.6 Challenge and help boost the UK’s charities

April recipes: Close to nature

Qualified natural chef Jo Keyes shares some wholesome recipes devised in her Time To Nourish kitchen for body, mind & soul

Time to love your home

Advice for how you can freshen up your home especially if you’re looking to sell

Wildlife Trusts online

Enjoy the wonderful world of wildlife online

Co-parenting advice

Co-parenting during the Coronavirus lockdown

Turn on the TAP

A new app makes it easy to thank the unsung heroes in your community at a time when we’ve never needed them more

Barking to baking

Your dogs will be barking mad for these home bakes

Home schooling

Home schooling tips to help you learn as your child does

Worship Online

Churches in Newbury are reaching new congregations with online services helping us through these difficult times

Take your seat…

Enjoy the theatre from the comfort of your sofa courtesy of National Theatre at Home via YouTube

Gardening tips 2

Getting some fresh air in the current situation is so important. 

Gardening tips 1

Staying at home is not ideal but there’s lots to get on with in the garden.

Spring clean: De-clutter

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your digital life

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your house

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your kitchen

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Spring clean your bedroom

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Happy bunnies…

You’re never too old to enjoy an Easter egg hunt which is lucky for you as there are some cracking ones to enjoy!

David Gray matters

Liz Nicholls asks Clare Balding about life, sport and our beloved pets as she launches Dogcast With Clare Balding

Gorgeous gardens

What better way can there be to mark spring than to get out in the garden? Karen Neville gathers some inspiring gardens worth visiting.

Spring clean your bathroom

The Great British Spring Clean has been postponed so how about giving your home a spring clean instead?

Make your own garden for wildlife 

Make your own secret garden for wildlife 

Mum’s the word

Here are some present ideas ahead of Mothering Sunday on 22nd March

Garden Re-Leaf Day 2020

Plans are blooming for the ninth annual Garden Re-Leaf Day, which takes place on Friday, 13th March. 

World Book Day

Thursday is the annual worldwide celebration of books and reading that is World Book Day.

British Pie Week

Never has the saying ‘nice as pie’ been so apt – who doesn’t love a tasty pastry pie and what better time to indulge than in British Pie Week.

Food, friends and fun

Host a supper club on 7th March and raise funds for Eva’s Friends

Journey of discovery

Fi Harding tells us more about Chiltern Arts Festival 2020 which takes place at various venues between Friday 28th February and Saturday 7th March

March recipes: Not your average Joe!

Fitness star Joe Wicks –AKA The Body Coach – has teamed up with cancer charity Macmillan to share some veggie recipes for March

Drive time

Whatever your vintage or passion, March is a great month for motoring enthusiasts.

Talking Point: Clare Balding

Liz Nicholls asks Clare Balding about life, sport and our beloved pets as she launches Dogcast With Clare Balding

Golf: Hole lotta love

“Golf is a good walk spoiled” according to some but to others there’s nothing like the challenge of hitting that small round ball to the best of your ability, avoiding hazards and wayward shots along the course and eventually seeing it drop in the hole.

Tuck into Cornish Pasty Week

Yesterday marked the start of Real Bread Week and today it’s the turn of Cornish Pasty Week.

Real Bread Week

Did you know this week is Real Bread Week? It’s the annual celebration of additive-free loaves and the people who make them.

Movie magic

Anton DuBeke and Erin Boag will bring Dance those Magical Movies to Reading’s Hexagon this March

Love literature

Talented stars from Ascot, Crowthorne and Sandhurst will dazzle you this month at the 49th South East Berks Gang Show. Sandra Sidey tells us more…

Lost Letters

Through a series of more than 40 workshops and a touring exhibition, the newly-launched community heritage project, Lost Letters, will engage people across Surrey in the lost art of letter writing.

Show time

Talented stars from Ascot, Crowthorne and Sandhurst will dazzle you this month at the 49th South East Berks Gang Show. Sandra Sidey tells us more…

Random Acts of Kindness day

Make the world a better place with a random act of kindness 

Forging past the food fads

With so much misinformation out there here are Abi Barclay-Watt’s 25 nutritional truths – no fads!

Warmer winter

Tips on how to keep your home warm & safe in the colder months

Wear Red Day

Go with the Flow at Godalming art gallery’s new exhibition

National Apprenticeship Week

Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week and all its benefits

Talking Point: Russell Watson

Liz Nicholls chats to singer Russell Watson about his tour

Adult care: Winter 2020

We’ve put together some articles about planning for later life care as well as staying healthy & stimulated in our February guide.

February’s recipes: Rice & easy!

We’ve teamed up with Tilda to serve up some recipes to make the most of their new flavoured easy-cook sachets

You’re never too old…

Active minds and active bodies are on the curriculum at the University of the Third Age

Business School

Make money from your passion at Pop-Up Business School in Didcot

Snowdrop walk

Join snowdrop walk and support Child Bereavement UK 

2020 trends

The ways of getting in shape are constantly changing as this year’s trends suggest

New year, new job

Want a change of job and need some help writing that perfect CV? Judith Coslett has some great advice

Education guide: Winter 2020

Welcome to the first education extra of 2020, we had an impressive array of entries for our story writing competition and they all prove what a talented bunch you are!

Go green!

If we each make small changes to our lives we can collectively make a huge impact to protect our planet for future generations. Here are some positive ideas…

Talking point: Liz Bonnin

Liz Nicholls asks award-winning presenter and biologist Liz Bonnin about school, the live tour of the BBC’s Planet Earth II this spring and how we can all do our bit.

January’s recipes: Vive la revolution!

We share two exclusive recipes from Ollie Hunter’s brand new sustainable cookbook with two copies up for grabs

Great & good

This festive season, look no further than Windsor Great Park as the setting for your family time together.

A golden example of dining

Liz Nicholls reviews the newly opened Ivy Oxford Brasserie.

Above & beyond

Please join us in supporting the Children’s Air Ambulance whose life-saving helicopters are going green. Anna Phillips tells us more.

Spa & away

Michelle Miley takes some time out to indulge in an afternoon of relaxation and pampering at Donnington Valley near Newbury in Berkshire

A green Christmas

Local dad David Lamont, founder of Plastic Free Home, offers his tips on how we can enjoy a more planet-friendly season

Adult Care

Round & About Magazine is publishing its popular annual eight-page Adult Health & Social Care Supplement in February 2020.

Ghost: The Ultimate Tour Named Death

Steve Warner enjoys Ghost’s performance at SSE Arena Wembley on Friday

Oh yes it is…

Pantomimes are many children’s first experience of the theatre and what a way to start!

December’s recipes: Movers & shakers

We’ve teamed up with multisensory creators Sam Bompas and Harry Parr to serve up some cocktail fresh recipes from The Bompas & Parr Cocktail Book

Talking point: Brydon time

Television star, singer and father of five Rob Brydon, 54, talks about his life & career ahead of his new Songs & Stories tour

Wrappers delight

Guildford’s Carolyn Ledger explains more about Naturally Wrapt – the planet-friendly business she launched this year, in addition to her job as a SEN teacher

Make no bones about it…

Ella Reeves reviews Lovely Bones at Oxford Playhouse

November’s recipes: Tried & trusted

Leading chef Laura Mason shares some recipes

Talking point: Jack Savoretti

Liz Nicholls chats to musician & dad Jack Savoretti

SOFO exhibition

WW2 veterans portraits at Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum 

Wear it pink day

Wear it pink and support breast cancer research charities 

Plastic problem

Michaela Strachan chats to us about plastic…

First aid in schools

First aid to be part of curriculum in state schools next year

Mental health day

Don’t bottle things up on World Mental Health Day 

Autism hour

For autistic people every day …

Wisley in October

The wonder of Wisley 

Good Beer Guide

Cheers to CAMRA Good Beer Guide 

Thames Valley Tech Awards 2019

Read about the Thames Valley Tech Awards 2019

Bill’s Newbury

New look for Bill’s in Newbury with chance to win dinner for six 

Second chances

For 159 years, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has rescued and rehomed lost, abandoned, neglected and unwanted pets that, through no fault of their own, have found themselves in desperate need of a second chance.

Beeline to bliss

Petersham Nurseries – Richmond’s visionary garden center and lifestyle mecca – is one of West London’s greatest treasures and creative success stories.

Vino veritas

Jessica Elphinstone learns a thing or two about wine at Vagabond,  Fulham’s most underrated date spot

Raising spirits!

Fancy a drink? And a sing-along? Join Putney’s Pub Choir, brainchild of local pianist, vocalist and music tutor Carl Speck

October’s recipes: Italian job

Chef & restaurateur Gennaro Contaldo shares two delicious autumnal recipes from his new book Pasta Perfecto

Talking point: Country smile

Liz Nicholls asks broadcaster & dad John Craven, 79, about his life & career ahead of his appearance at Guildford Literary Festival

Plastic free home…

David Lamont shares his story about his mission to heal the planet

Alzheimer’s memory walk

Join a memory walk against dementia

A radical festival

Michelle Miley reviews Boomtown 2019

Heritage Open Days

Discover history, architecture and culture at Heritage Open Days

Pruning v chopping!

A light hearted look at the subject of pruning or as many people call it ‘chopping’ ‘hacking’ or ‘trimming’.

Spa & away

September is the perfect month to book in for some R&R. Here are a few great places to enjoy some pampering treatments and time out!

Talking point: Fry & mighty!

Actor, comedian & writer Stephen Fry, 62, tells us about his new show Mythos: A Trilogy – Gods. Heroes. Men which is on tour this month, including Oxford & London

Education guide: Autumn 2019

School days are the happiest days of your life, right? Check out our education guide and find out how you can make them really top class.

September’s recipes: Cakes & cups

Chef & TV star Sophie Grigson shares two recipes ahead of her food & photography courses starting next month…

Interiors: Decorex

Decorex International is back in London between 6th and 9th October…

‘No Reading, no Amazon’s!’

Liz Nicholls asks Matt Thomson, frontman of homegrown heroes The Amazons about local life and music ahead of their hotly anticipated performance at Reading Festival…

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle voted one of the nation’s favourite landmarks

Good things

Acclaimed author Vesna Main, who lives in Putney, tells us about her new novel Good Day? and the ideas that helped it come to fruition

Fox & Pheasant review

Jessica Elphinstone enjoys a taste of the Cotswolds in west London

Gardening: August

There’s still plenty to enjoy and get on with in the garden this month.

Clothes swap

Get a new wardrobe of clothes and help the environment

Kidd pro quo

Model, racing driver, TV presenter & pub landlady Jodie Kidd, 40, tells us about life, local treasures and her foodie favourites

August’s recipes: Sophie’s choice

Chef & TV star Sophie Grigson shares two recipes ahead of her food & photography courses starting next month…

Homegrown heroes

We raise a toast to the many local producers wowing the world with their food & drink offerings worth your attention

Raising a toast

We celebrate our homegrown food & drink heroes in this rich patch of London, starting with Jessica Elphinstone’s best summer picks…

Guitar Guinness World Record bid

A Guinness World Record attempt to hold the longest ever guitar lesson is taking place today at London City Island.

Talking Point: Will Young

Liz Nicholls speaks to local singer-songwriter Will Young

July’s recipes: Thrills & grills

We’ve teamed up with the team behind ZIGZAG to bring you the perfect recipes to rustle up on the grill this summer!

Eat Food Festival

Eat Food Festival in Henley until Saturday

Children’s Hospice Week

Show you care during Children’s Hospice Week 

Independent Bookshop Week

It’s Independent Bookshop Week – read all about it! 

June’s recipe: Fiery & fresh

Star chef Kay Plunkett-Hogge shares two recipes from her new book Baan: Recipes & Stories From My Thai Home

Talking Point: George Clarke

Liz Nicholls asks architect, dad and TV star George Clarke, 47 about life & loves ahead of hosting Blenheim Flower Show this month

Zip Now

Whizz over the city with Zip Now London this summer 

Who cares for the carers? 

Carers Week puts the focus on 6.5million in the UK helping family and friends 

Solent Hotel & Spa

Solent Hotel & Spa in Fareham, Hampshire, has the perfect spa break and dining packages to help you hit the “reset” button and offers a great base to explore the south coast

Gardening: June joys

June is one of the nicest months of the year. The days are long and the garden is now in full swing.

10 top hotels in Devon

Good Hotel Guide shares 10 of their top hotels in Devon with us…

Big lunch: The perfect ingredients

Add a handful of community spirit, a sprinkling of food and a big dose of fun to create The Big Lunch on 1st and 2nd June

How to spend a day in

Whether you’re a tourist or just curious about our capital, spending the day exploring London can be an amazing experience.

Dementia Action Week

Don’t be afraid to talk in Dementia Action Week

Gardening: Abundance of colour

Spring is coming to its glorious end, and summer is nearly upon us.

Fulham artists & potters exhibition

Spring art exhibition at Fulham Library 

Foster Care Fortnight

Every year thousands of new foster carers are needed to help young people to flourish in life. Perhaps you could be one of them?

Foster Care Fortnight

Foster carers are part of what’s called “the team around the child”. As we approach Foster Care Fortnight, between 13th and 26th May, we encourage you to consider it.

May’s recipe: Egg custard tart

Ahead of Alresford Watercress Festival on Sunday, 19th May, The Watercress Company has teamed up with chef Keri Astill Frew to share some recipes…

Christian Aid Week

Today marks the start of Christian Aid Week, the national week raising money for the worldwide work of Christian Aid.

Green Day’s American Idiot

Make sure you catch Green Day’s American Idiot at Reading’s Hexagon this week

Moonwalk London

Thousands of people will take part in the iconic MoonWalk London to improve the lives of those with cancer.

Marathon in May

Can you take on PACT’s Marathon in May challenge? 

Floral feast

The blooming marvellous Chelsea Flower Show is a true horticultural highlight

April flowers

I absolutely love this time of year. The countryside is awash with daffodils, tulips are starting to flower and glorious summer days in the garden really are just around the corner.

Green party: April recipes

Ahead of Alresford Watercress Festival on Sunday, 19th May, The Watercress Company has teamed up with chef Keri Astill Frew to share some recipes…

We Love Golf

The We Love Golf campaign is encouraging more women to take part in the game and enjoy the social side too

Wildlife survey

People’s Trust for Endangered Species needs your help to record Britain’s ‘big five’

Male cancer awareness week

The eleventh Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week, from 8th 14th April, encourages all men to check their “bits”

Oar-some day

Enjoy an oar-some day out at the University Boat Race

Chelsea Blues Festival

Under the Bridge: a great night of live music is on the bill at Chelsea Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival.

A mini marvel

A new exhibition at the V&A showcases the fashion revolution launched by Mary Quant.

Big pedal

Don’t be surprised if on your way to work or school this morning you see many more children than usual on their bikes, scooters or just walking. 

Get away!

Fancy a night away? Refresh yourself (and perhaps your plus one) with an overnight break right here in the UK, writes Liz Nicholls.

And they’re off…

The next couple of months are a great time to enjoy a day at the races

Pancake Day!

Our easy to make pancake recipe!

Spring clean

Everything in its place or life in chaos? Putney’s Victoria Nicholson tells Liz Nicholls how she discovered the joy of decluttering and helping others achieve the same…

Life of pie: March recipes

Ahead of British Pie Week, 2nd to 8th March, The Hairy Bikers share their pie recipes…

Bedded bliss

Liz Nicholls goes undercover to …

Talking Point: Julia Donaldson

Multi award-winning author Julia Donaldson tells us about seeing her work adapted for the stage as Zog goes on tour across the UK this month

RHS:Dig For Victory

Share photographs of Second World War vegetable plots with the RHS Dig for Victory campaign

Talking Point: Nigel Havers

Liz Nicholls chats to actor, dad, and all-round charming man Nigel Havers, 67, who is set to star in ART at Richmond Theatre.

Chinese Whispers: February recipes

Ahead of Chinese New Year on Tuesday, 5th February (the Year of the Pig), local star Ching He Huang shares her wisdom…

Rock solid: megaliths

Andy Burnham offers his guide to some of the best megalithic sites here in South East England which you can visit.

Adult care guide: Winter 2019

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Later life can be full of fun & mental stimulation. In February we focus on adult care and our moving interview with Sir Jackie Stewart as well as initiatives from silverswans

Q&A with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody

Snow Patrol’s frontman Gary Lightbody chats about his recent move to L.A. and what goes into their shows.

Underwater wonders

Journey deep into the ocean with Blue Planet II – Live in Concert – a feast for your eyes and ears…

Hungerford heroine: historical novelist Iris Lloyd

Iris Lloyd explains more about her “now or never” approach to writing, having written her first novel at the age of 70 and just published her latest.

Education guide: Winter 2019

School days are the happiest days of your life, right? Check out our education guide and find out how you can make them really top class.

Saving Sumatran orangutans

Lucy Radford of Abingdon charity Sumatran Orangutan Society explains more about the plight of and how to help this majestic endangered creature.

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

The winter edition of The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, the first of three in 2019, will welcome you to Battersea Park between 22nd and 27th January.

Dancing: Witness the fitness

Strictly star Ian Waite’s life was changed by the joy of dance and you can channel the same benefits thanks to FitSteps…

Cocklebarrow Races

Celebrities galore and a great day out!

Talking Point: Alice’s adventures

We chat to academic, writer and broadcaster Alice Roberts ahead of her tour Digging for Britain

Best of British: Political cartoons

Liz Nicholls reflects on a tumultuous year in world politics, thanks to Tim Benson and the talented cartoonists who have depicted 2018 in satirical pictures…

Local artist: Lizzie Butler

You can admire local artist Lizzie Butler’s sky-filled landscapes and more thanks to a mixed show at the Russell Gallery in Putney until Saturday, 26th January.

Vegan virtues: January recipes

Star chef Dipna Anand shares some Punjabi-inspired vegan recipes to warm the cockles as we enter a new year

Gardening: Veggie patch

Another year beginning and I can’t think of a better task than to sit in front of a roaring fire scanning the new seed catalogues! I am often asked what veg can I grow NOW?

Hal Cruttenden: Middle ground

One of Britain’s top comedians, Hal Cruttenden brings his stand-up show to Maidenhead’s Norden Farm this month.

Wishes in the Wind

Wishes in the Wind, A Christmas story by Chris Meredith

Show you care this Christmas

On Monday, St Christopher’s Fellowship launched its Christmas fundraising appeal. They’re raising £20,000 to help make sure children in care and young care leavers don’t feel lonely this Christmas.

Magic for Maggie’s

Maggie’s cancer charity invites everyone from the local community to enjoy its pop-up Christmas events here in Fulham.

Self-care: granny knows best

How do dadimas aka grandmothers self-care?

Story lines: Anton du Beke

Anton du Beke chats to Peter Anderson about writing his new novel One Enchanted Evening ahead of another UK-wide dance tour with Erin Boag in January.

Mr Tumble talks to us

Peter Anderson chats to children’s TV star Justin Fletcher MBE, 48, ahead of another star turn delighting families as we hit pantomime season.

Peace offerings: Christmas recipes

Here are some indulgent yet wholesome and uncomplicated recipe ideas to help keep us grounded throughout this mad month.

Wishful thinking: Richmond panto star

Amid a star-studded cast that also includes Robert Lindsay and Rachel Stanley, comedian Jon Clegg plays Smee in Aladdin, this year’s Richmond Theatre pantomime.

Craig Revel Horwood: Strictly panto star

Interview with Craig Revel Horwood, Strictly pantomime star.

No Tourists

The Prodigy brought their No Tourists tour to London’s Ally Pally on Wednesday night as part of their European live tour

Katie Melua Guildford & London shows

Katie Melua tells us about her latest tour, what she’s learnt in her 15-year career, and why her grandad is still her biggest fan.

Let’s get crafty!

Happy half term everyone! How’s …

Coast vs Country

We chat to Scottish and Oxford-based television presenter of Coast vs Country

Will Greenwood: nice try

With the autumn rugby internationals on the horizon, we chat to rugby legend and father Will Greenwood.

A print success story

Round & About Magazine expands in to its ninth county as the family business continues to fly the flag for print publishing

Squirrel Sisters: nutty and nice

We talk to Fulhamites Gracie and Sophie – aka Squirrel Sisters – about their mission to bring their vegan snack bar start-up to the masses

Winter aches & pains?

find effective natural relief for joint and muscle inflammation this winter

Thick & thin: hair loss tips

Jamie Stevens, hairdresser to the stars including Hugh Grant and Olly Murs, talks frankly about the sensitive topic of balding – and how to combat it

GINspiration

Gin is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, with a wealth of interesting spirits produced right here on our doorstep.

Lucky Neem Cocktail Recipe

Gin-lovers! Check out this Lucky Neem cocktail recipe courtesy of Kricket in White City, London

The Winter Prune

It is a challenge to identify the plants, know how they are pruned and then carry it out. Cathie has some advice for those brave enough to venture out!

Side by side: Fulham Good Neighbours

Chris Mikata-Pralat explains how Fulham Good Neighbours have been helping the community for over half a century – and how you can return the favour

Cosy cravings

In the heart of winter sometimes we crave informal, uncomplicated, wholesome food. These recipes will provide comfort and nourishment through the festive period.

Warming wonders

October to me is all about wholesome, nutritious, heart-warming, health-giving food.

Joanna Lumley: me time

Actress, activist and mum Joanna Lumley, 72, talks tigers, tickets and taking life in her stride as she embarks upon her solo UK tour It’s All About Me.

Eyes on the tiger

Liz Nicholls chats to Simon Clinton, founder of Save Wild Tigers

Skills school

Following in the footsteps of Thierry Henry, the next generation of football superstars enjoy summer fun with Arsenal FC

Rick Astley: Rick & Roll

Liz Nicholls chats to singer-songwriter and dad Rick Astley, 52, about making his new album and having the best of both worlds

Young minds

Kevin Leivers of The Naked Pharmacy explains how parents can help boost children’s mental health to cope with their learning journey at school

Michaelmas daisies

Fill your garden with these beautiful Michaelmas Daisies flowers, says Cathie’s Garden Army, and have beautiful blooms in Autumn

London calling

We asked Merlin Labron Johnson, star chef at London’s Portland and The Conduit, his kitchen titbits ahead of his appearance, with many more talents, at The Big Feastival

Out of the blue

Interiors fans can look forward to their next dose of luxe inspo thanks to Decorex International 2018, 16th to 19th September

Turning point

September signifies a change of the seasons, woodland walks and cosy evenings in. These following recipes should provide comfort & nourishment

On the urban rhino trail

The Tusk Rhino Trail is a London-wide art installation, created to raise awareness of the endangered African rhino.

Make believe

Susannah Steel traverses rooftops and rainforests with prize-winning author Katherine Rundell to explore children’s literature and her inspiration

Chock-a-block with LEGO

Take your children along to a enjoy a free “edutaining” workshop, between 3rd and 5th August, thanks to LEGO at the Natural History Museum

Grill-seekers!

Summer is here which means al fresco aplenty and Katie Kingsley has rustled up some delicious ideas to enjoy on the side!

Summer favourites from Paul Clerehugh

We chat to Paul Clerehugh, the star chef of The Crooked Billet and London Street Brasserie about his summer favourites…

Three best brunch spots

Serial brunch addict Jessica Elphinstone shares her insider knowledge on London’s hidden gems when it comes to foraging for more than just cereal

Fulham Market Hall marvel

Jessica Elphinstone heads down to Fulham Market Hall to check out what everyone’s talking about – and reviews the sights, sounds, smells and FOOD!

Hot stuff this summer!

Hot in the city! But with so many top tipples to choose from and foodie favourites, here are our top picks to refresh and treat yourself here in south-west London….

Summer favourites from Atul Kochhar

We asked Atul Kochhar the twice Michelin-starred chef, and owner of Benares in London, Sindhu in Marlow and many other restaurants, about his summer favourites

Alex James: feast of fun

Liz Nicholls chats to musician, cheese maker and dad Alex James, 49, ahead of The Big Feastival which takes place 24th-26th August, in the Cotswolds

Just my type

Chiswick artist Keira Rathbone owns 40 typewriters; but she doesn’t use them to put together modern art installations, she creates unique prints by using them the traditional way…

Behind the glitter

Ballroom newbie Megan Archer reveals just what’s needed to step up in this competitive world

Beauty & The Beach

Beauty and the beach …or wherever you happen to be over the summer. Here are our picks

Ebb & flow

Author Sofka Zinovieff explains more about her new novel inspired by the patch of south-west London where she grew up and which is being hailed as a summer must-read

High achievers

This month Wimbledon, next year the West End and the world… Dance Overture is London Studio Centre’s annual end-of-year production

Special forces

Explore how the army operates, and learn about the working lives of those who protect our lives, at the National Army Museum

How toxic is your world?

You’re in control: You can dramatically reduce the total toxic load you are under by making sensible lifestyle choices

Life in the dark

The Natural History Museum takes visitors from tree-tops to sea beds to celebrate biodiversity and the amazing power of nature, with it latest family-friendly display

Plots for Pollinators

Alan Titchmarsh is calling on all gardeners to unite to create a refuge for struggling butterflies, moths and other pollinators this summer. Join us in your garden – and online.

Hardy Hibiscus

It might come as a bit of a surprise that there is such a thing in this country! Not to be confused with those bright red ones often seen on holiday…

Spoilt for choice

We’re spoilt for choice with fantastic British seasonal produce and cooking light, speedy food is key to feeling good, inside and out! Recipes created by Katie Kingsley.

Live & Direct

Historian, broadcaster and TV presenter Dan Snow tells us more about his upcoming History Guy tour…

Class Act

Westerberg High is back in class this summer with new songs, new material and new classmates with Heathers the Musical

Fun Of The Fair

Fulham Good Neighbours is transforming Parsons Green ready for a super fun day on Saturday, 7th July, to support the work this charity does in helping our neighbourhood

On the line

Liz Nicholls chats to Dame Esther Rantzen, 78, patron of Silverline and Childline, about life, loneliness and love

Military music

Sarah Readings explains more about one of the lesser-known aspects of the Royal Air Force Music Service; the RAF Voluntary Band Association

Flying high with Alice Marshall

Peter Anderson chats to Alice Marshall, winner of the Brighton Fringe Best Comedy Award ahead of her shows this month.

Level best

Jonathan Lovett chats to Mark Chadwick of seminal band The Levellers ahead of their tour which takes in the Thames Valley this month

Stomach acid is crucial for health

You’re in control: If you suspect that you might have suboptimal levels of stomach acid, the following actions may well help

Heart to heart

Rufus Wainwright, musician, dad and all-round superstar, chats to Rachel Wakefield ahead of his UK & world tour

Good truck

Liz Nicholls chats to musician and dad Gaz Coombes, 42, whose acclaimed new album World’s Strongest Man is out now and appears at Truck festival in Steventon this month

The June Gap

June is a funny time of year in the garden when the spring bulbs have all finished but summer perennials are not yet out fully

Essence of Summer

Katie Kingsley serves up some quick and easy dishes which you can (hopefully) enjoy al fresco.

Home with Gareth Malone

We chat to Gareth Malone, whose favourite hobbies are singing – and would happily sing ‘Yesterday’ everyday – and unwinds by ice skating!

Is a vegan diet healthy?

You’re in control: Mark’s view on veganism

Rotten luck

Liz Nicholls chats to Johnny Rotten, AKA John Lydon, 62, ahead of The Public Image Is Rotten Summer Tour of Europe and Japan, marking Public Image Ltd’s 40th anniversary

Lilacs in May

At last spring is here; no more snow, dark evenings and frost… hopefully! And then there are the lilacs which are synonymous with this time of year

Watercress to Impress

If you are lacking inspiration then I hope these simple but effective recipes from Katie Kingsley will motivate you to acquaint it with your dining table. This mysterious vegetable is known to harbour powers beyond tantalising taste buds. Whether it be a cure for baldness, mental stimulant or aphrodisiac you are after, surely failing to make the most of it this season would be reckless!

Fortitude

Host of Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack, Angela Barnes is touring her show. Peter Anderson chats to her.

Have you tried a TFKC?

Malaysian, Portuguese and a sprinkling of London sophistication is what inspires the cusine created by husband and wife team Test Kitchen Food, writes Rachel Wakefield

Gluten-related disorders

You’re in control: Coeliac disease is not the only significant gluten-related disorder

Shared experience

Liz Nicholls chats to broadcaster and campaigner Jonathan Dimbleby, and his charity Dimbleby Cancer Care

Organic lawn care

April is an excellent time to turn our attention to the lawn, but organically?

Edible Eden

The garden looks abundant again! Katie Kingsley brings us these recipes that are all fresh, feel-good and perfect for entertaining over the Easter holiday.

Hardeep and meaningful

Peter Anderson catches up with Hardeep Singh Kohli ahead of his Alternative, Fact stand-up show which lands at Bordon’s Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre

Fighting Talk

Comedian Lucy Porter brings her smash-hit Edinburgh Fringe show Choose Your Battles to various venues near you this month. Peter Anderson catches up with her…

Barn beauty

This month, enjoy The Secret Garden at Cirencester’s newest community asset: the 200-seat Barn Theatre and professional producing house

Food is the most powerful medicine

You’re in control: Food is the most powerful medicine known to humankind

Mulch in March

Mulching is an important part of garden maintenance; there are many types and many good reasons to undertake this now

Home truths

Liz Nicholls chats to Barry “Baz” Warne of The Stranglers

Bright Ideas

As winter rolls into spring, hunger strikes as our animal instinct is to fuel up. Our stomachs hanker for warm and comforting, yet nourishing food. Recipes from Katie Kingsley.

Winter Fuel

As the chill of winter …

Irises in February?

Would it surprise you to learn irises can flower for most of the year and there’s one for almost every situation in your garden?

Paloma power

We chat to musician Paloma Faith, 36, whose new album The Architect (with the catchy single Crybaby) is out now and who will perform a UK tour next month…

Treating urinary tract infections (UTIs)

You’re in control: Mark Bennett on breaking the vicious cycle of urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Sinless Sensations

With all the good intentions …

Delightful Daphnes

At the garden centre, in January, look for Daphne, a scented alpine or shrub

Up swing

Liz Nicholls chats to ballroom dancer Anton du Beke, 51, who last year married and became dad to twins and has just released his swing album From The Top

Some problems with coeliac disease

You’re in control: Getting the right diagnosis

What Katie did next

Liz Nicholls chats to philanthropist, writer, TV presenter and former model Katie Piper

Comfort & Joy

December is crazy-busy for one …

The Christmas rose

At this time of the year I like to add a twist to the tradition of Christmas and the plants that have become synonymous with it

How to deal with uninvited gas

You’re in control: Treating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth

Digging deep

Peter Anderson chats to history buff and television star Sir Tony Robinson.

Hydrangea heaven

I have always loved hydrangeas but I fear they do have an antiquated reputation!

Garden composting

Most gardens have a compost heap – more often an eyesore than a thing of beauty

Leaky gut

You’re in control: Perhaps a ‘leaky gut’ is making you ill?

Feel the Byrne

Jonathan Lovett chats to comedian, actor, writer and dad of two Ed Byrne, 45, who has just embarked on his biggest ever tour to date, Spoiler Alert, following a sell-out success at this year’s Edinburgh Festival

Hearty Heaven

Katie Kingsley serves up some …

Warming Wizardry

As we don our slippers …

Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and energy production

You’re in control: Explaining more about chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and energy production

True Colours

Liz Nicholls chats to world-famous decorative painting expert and queen of chalk paint products, Annie Sloan, 69, who lives in Oxford.

Fruitful Pursuits

As August arrives, Katie Kingsley …

Full Floella

Liz Nicholls chats to Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE

Pruning raspberries

Cathie’s tips to ensure a bumper crop of fruit whatever the season

The gut and mental health

You’re in control: Mark explores the gut and mental health

Lost & Found

Liz Nicholls chats to actor and musician Martine McCutcheon

Sumptuous Summertime

As August arrives, Katie Kingsley …

Soul Food

Katie Kingsley serves up some thoroughly wholesome yet joyful goodies to make the most of your summer!

Jackson Live!

Liz Nicholls chats to singer, songwriter, guitarist and dad Tito Jackson

Flower Power

Liz Nicholls catches up with the nation’s favourite gardener Alan Titchmarsh who turns 67 this month and has written more than 50 books.

You bet

We catch up with singer-songwriter Olly Murs, about life and music after The X Factor

Happy as Larry

Liz Nicholls chats to actor, radio presenter, dad and star of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Larry Lamb

Formula 1

We chat to former motorsport engineer and Formula One team principal Ross Brawn OBE

Vine and dandy

Liz Nicholls talks to comedian Tim Vine

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