Small things have become treasures; flowers on the table, a pair of socks, a bar of luxurious soap. Here are some treats you can order online, all below £35:
Free Digital Magazines
Conde Nast are offering free digital downloads on all their May issues. British Vogue will be available from Friday 3 April with Conde Nast Traveller and Tatler due to drop on Thursday 2 April (keep an eye on their Instagram for the head’s up). You’ll need to download the app onto your iPad or tablet first – just type Conde Nast Traveller into the App Store for example, and once you’ve downloaded it all the previous digital issues are there for £3.99, with the new May issue available for free and packed with destinations to dream about. It’s also worth knowing that all digital issues of the FT’s supplement, How To Spend It are free via their app so it’s time to catch up on some of their features – we enjoyed Lou Stoppard on the art of the swimming pool.
Spring restaurant have opened an online shop and unsurprisingly it is full of the most heavenly treats. Find cut flowers and veg boxes from Fern Verrow biodynamic farm, eggs from Heckfield Place and baked goods that are made at Spring on the morning of delivery including this sticky, dense ginger cake for afternoon tea. Delivery takes place on Thursdays between 12-9pm and the zone is within a 12-mile radius of Spring, Somerset House. Ginger cake, £10 springrestaurant-shop.co.uk
We never expected to classify a puzzle as a treat but such are the times. Word is they’ve sold out online – we have found that you can still order them from Waterstones along with lots of other great games including Banangrams and Dobble. Delivery takes 4-6 days and is free for orders over £20. The World of Shakespeare puzzle, £14.99 at Waterstones
Oh how we’d like to sink into Bella Freud’s Friday night bath. Recreate it at home – her candles are currently in the sale along with cashmere trackies, cushions and jumpers that would all make life at home more luxurious. Candles £31 at bellafreud.com
Red poppy is going to make us smile as we wash our hands, again. Conran are offering free UK delivery and they have lots of beautiful Claus Porto soaps and hand creams too, as well as bubble baths, soaks and oils. Favorito soap, £28 at Conran
In previous years Smith and Munson tulips would have been brightening up many of the traders stands at New Covent Garden. Now that the flower market has closed the family company have adapted, and you can order directly from their Lincolnshire flower farm to your doorstep in recyclable tubes. The quality is very good and they come in so many varieties which is why they are beloved of florists – we like the fringed edges and the parrot tulips particularly. From £20, smithandmunson.com
Salmon from the most-renowned Scottish sustainable farms and oak smoked in London. Secret Smokehouse supplies top restaurants including Bibendum, Quo Vadis, Core by Clare Smyth etc. and you can order it to your doorstep needing to add only brown bread and butter, a crunch of pepper and a slice of lemon. 200g London Cure smoked salmon, £13 at Secret Smokehouse
You need to live south of the river to benefit from the new delivery service from Peckham’s popular pasta spot, Artusi. Order forms drop three times a week on their Instagram page – be quick and snap up favourites like their beef shin ragu and fluffy tiramisu.
We’ve enjoyed making tea and coffee breaks more of a ritual, instead of grabbing on the go. The very best tea for a treat is JING’s Jasmine Silver Needle – it is so light and calming. Order it loose along with one of their glass tea-iere tea infusers. These make loose-leaf tea drinking less of a faff and look pretty on a desk. A little goes a long way. Jasmin Silver Needle, £11 at jingtea.com
Our winter skin needs a good scrub. We were sold by the name, Riviera Postcard: it smells delicious and does the job too. Follow with the moisturising jelly. £11 at And Other Stories
Daunts are now offering free delivery to those living locally to their London bookshops. Choose from hundreds of titles online – they will also post to all UK addresses for free when you spend over £40. We’ve got our eye on Raven Smith’s Trivial Pursuits for some light relief. £10.99 at Daunts. Also high on our list is Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet, published this week.
Yes we have started talking to our toes. These Chatty Feet socks make it so easy. Pick your favourite character, there’s Meghan Ankle and Kate Middletoe, David Sock-Knee, Yayoi Toesama, Virginia Wool and more. With nowhere to go, socks are definitely the new shoes. Socks £8 at Chatty Feet