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I'm Katrina, editor of Muddy Herts & Beds, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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  • 6 of the best luxury afternoon teas

    Gather your girls, block out the diary and pass the bubbly and cucumber sandwiches – it’s the Muddy guide to the best luxury afternoon teas.

    • Shall I be mum?

      The Centurion Club in St Albans has extended its afternoon teas by popular demand - but is it worth the fuss? Pass the elasticated pants, I'm finding out!

    • A cocktail, and make it snappy!

      Dry January is over, and to celebrate, we've collated the best bars across the Muddy counties in which to whet your whistle with your favourite tipple. Ibuprofen at the ready? Then we'll begin!

    • Lussmanns, Tring

      Tring’s modern brasserie is bringing sophisticated meat-free dining to the table. Muddy Herts’ resident veggie gives it her verdict…

    • Muddy Eats: Paris House, Woburn

      Elegance, class, sophistication...no, we're not talking about ourselves! The Michelin recommended Paris House across the border in Woburn, Bedfordshire aces fine dining.

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  • The dreamiest new hotels to book now

    In need of an indulgent weekend away? Er, ALWAYS. Here’s our pick of the best brand new – and downright desirable – hotels to book pronto. Breakfast in bed and late check-outs all round!

    • Day at the beach anyone?

      Fancy feeling the sand between your toes and the waves lapping at your feet? You don't have to jump on a plane just yet. Here's out pick of the top UK beaches for a sunny day trip.

    • Is your neighbourhood one of the best in Britain?

      A new survey of the UK's loveliest places to live sees Berkhamsted and Bedford amongst the top spots. Hooray! What a good excuse for us to go snooping around and find out what all the fuss is about...

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  • New season fashion – a bluffer’s guide

    Spring is coming but what to wear? Here are the key six trends that’ll give your wardrobe an easy-peasy update.

    • Say my name

      Fashion gets personal with the trend for emblazoning your name across your T shirt, handbag or phone case. Think school uniform name tags but cooler!

    • Hey sexy pants!

      New season, new reason to look foxy! We've hunted down the sexiest, slinkiest new lingerie around. Bridget Jones enormo-pants, be gone!

  • Well, hello you!

    How has Keanu Reeves not aged in 30 years?! The laconic Hollywood star is back in a fashion campaign that’s got social media a-swooning. Shall we examine the evidence?

    • April’s best new books

      Quick, spring-clean your bedside table or Kindle to make room for Muddy books editor's Kerry Potter's awesome April picks.

    • Need a new book?

      You're in the right place - Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter has picked this month's seven sexiest reads. And you can win the lot!

    • 20 music festivals in Herts, Beds and beyond to book now!

      'Tis the season for drinking too much cider and getting sunburnt in a field under the guise of being a live music fan. Here's our pick of the best summer fests, both local and further afield. See you down the front!

    • Your unmissable 2019 culture planner

      Want to make the most of 2019? Muddy's culture vulture Kerry Potter has curated the best new TV, music, theatre, film, books and art of the year. Get yer diary out!

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    • Need a speedy supper?

      I declare salad season officially open! This hearty chicken one is easy-peasy to make but packed with flavour.

    • Groovy garden accessories

      Finally we can start planning barbecues and al fresco gatherings, so here's the coolest cooking and homeware kit you need to jazz up your garden.

    • Run for the hills!

      Actually don't just yet - let me tell about these brilliantly inspiring running books first.

    • Are you sober curious?

      Whether you're doing Dry January or merely cutting down, we're all re-examining our relationship with alcohol right now. Could "sober curious" be for you?

  • Sexy stationary

    Stationery is one of my specialist subjects. And – whoop! – it’s National Stationery Week. Check out this sexy lot.

    • Who do you think you are?

      Do you ever get the feeling that you're going to be found out, that people will realise you're a bit of a fraud? Life coach Jessica Wall on how to deal with Imposter Syndrome.

    • How to be a workplace warrior

      With a third of our lives taken up by work, figuring out how to enjoy the ride has never been more important. Here's how to do it.

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