Let’s cut through all the noise. Here’s the best new buys, releases, collaborations and limited edition launches to hit the shops this week, from the latest technology and gadgets, to the interiors inspiration and craftsmanship you need in your living room. Clicking ‘add to basket’ never felt so easy.
Luxury picnic hampers from The Arch hotel
Nothing says British summer time quite like a picnic in the park. And this summer, The Arch, a stone’s throw from Hyde Park, is here to help you up your al fresco game. The hotel has created a luxury picnic hamper inspired by its restaurant’s best of British menu, ready to take away when and where you like. It includes a chilled bottle of sparkling wine, a selection of sandwiches, Jersey Royal potato salad with apple and mustard dressing, raspberry and pistachio trifle, Battenburg cake and homemade muffins. Good weather is, unfortunately, not included.
£100 for two people, The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD, thearchlondon.com
Cleer Flow headphones
Sometimes you’ve just got to escape from the all the noise and distractions the world throws at you. These noise-cancelling headphones from Cleer will allow you to disappear into your favourite album or podcast while you’re out and about. They have high-res sound quality, swipe controls and an auto-pause function for a first-class listening experience. Alternatively, use them to drown out the bustle of your open plan office, and get actually some work done.
Personalised whisky from The Whisky Exchange
You can’t go wrong giving a nice bottle of Scotch as a birthday, wedding or anniversary present. But now The Whiskey Exchange has gone one better, with its new whisky bottle personalisation service. First, choose between an Islay Single Malt 10 Year Old, Speyside Single Malt 12 Year Old, Speyside Single Malt 12 Year Old or a Highland Single Malt 18 Year Old. Then select from nine different label designs, plus the message you want printed on the bottle. Finally, add your name and a significant date, if you like. So simple – but sure to impress.
From £69.95, thewhiskyexchange.com
Neff smart home appliances
A voice-activated home is no longer the stuff of sci-films. Neff, the home appliance expert, has added new smart appliances to its kitchen portfolio, meaning users will be able to manage their oven, hob, fridge, dishwasher and coffee machine via the Home Connect app. The gadgets also work with programmes like Alexa and If This Then That (IFTT) to enable voice control, something that’s particularly useful when you’re multitasking in the kitchen.
Prices on request, neff-home.com
Devialet Phantom Reactor speaker
I should preface this by saying your neighbours probably won’t be best pleased with this new acquisition. The new ultra-compact Phantom Reactor speaker from Devialet is as loud as a nightclub DJ set, and is capable of a maximum volume of 98 decibels, the equivalent of a motorcycle. Remarkably, though, it’s also small enough to hold in one hand, and took three years and 11 new patents to create. Better get those party invites out now – and don’t forget to invite the neighbours.
From £990, devialet.com