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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 in Woburn, Bedfordshire aces fine dining.

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Making plans? Find your perfect Pub, Inn, Hotel, Café, Restaurant or Bar across the Muddy counties.

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  • 40 Quirky Stays for Summer

    Fancy an escape that’s a leetle bit different? From yurts to lodges, shepherd’s huts to helicopters (not even joking!), the Muddy editors have pulled together the most charming, unusual escapes across 21 counties. Book in once you’ve taken your jaw off the floor.

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  • First time fashion

    Ready for an adventure? Us too! At Muddy we’ve committed to new experiences this summer (both cultural and clothes related, natch). Read on for inspo – and win a sizzling £400 hush wardrobe while you’re at it!

    • 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!

    • Summer essentials

      The brilliant new Saltee sunscreen is among our top picks to refresh your summer beauty routine. Summer, we're gunning for you.

    • Au naturel

      Natural beauty products used to be worthy but not that effective. Well, not any more! Meet your new favourite no-nasties brands.

  • The books you MUST read this summer

    Need a great page-turner for your summer holiday? Chek out Kerry Potter’s reviews of June’s best new books, including Eat, Pray, Love author, Elizabeth Gilbert’s breathtaking new novel.

    • Need a brilliant new read?

      A stunning debut novel, a futuristic thriller and an exquisite memoir are among books editor Kerry Potter's marvellous May picks.

    • 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!

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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.

    • Burn baby burn!

      Muddy HQ is even more fragrant than usual right now - thanks to the coolest new indie candle brand on the block.

    • 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.

    • Bedford Modern School

      Muddy says: The superb facilities and friendly, unpretentious atmosphere at this selective co-ed make a refreshing change from traditional old-school independents.

    • St Columba’s College, St Albans

      Muddy says: This Catholic boys' school puts equal stock in moral guidance as it does in academia, making for well-rounded young men, eager to reach their full potential and give something back to the wider community.

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