• What to know

    If you're heading abroad but don't want to find yourself as dish of the day for hungry mosquitoes, you need Don't Bite Me by Diva. It's not a spray, unguent or pill… it's a waterproof patch that you stick somewhere discreet and let the active B1 and Aloe Vera penetrate the skin and be absorbed into the blood stream, whilst somehow, mysteriously making human flesh way less scrumptious to those pesky buzzing vampires.

    Whilst there's a trend for tutti frutti coloured nails, sometimes a simple nude colour looks fresh and pretty on tanned hands. Try Christian Dior's pale pink Diorling… it's properly darling.

    Thick foundation is not so good when it's scorchio. Which is why Bobbi Brown's lightweight Tinted Moisturizing Balm is ace. It's SPF 25, deeply moisturizing for sun-parched skin and gives just enough coverage for bright days when the piercing light can be so terribly unforgiving.

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  • What to see

    Planned to coincide with his 80th birthday, a retospective exhibition at the Royal Academy entitled Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out opened yesterday.

    The show in the Burlington Gardens part of the Academy looks to examine the social, political and cultural influences and their connection to Rogers' work.

    As one of the world's most renowned architects, much is known about his work. But this show delves deeper; the man, his life, his Italian family, the impact of post-war Britain, his education at the Architectural Association and Yale - and then to his high profile projects including Lloyd's of London, the Bordeaux Law Courts and of course, Le Centre Pompidou in Paris.

    And cleverly, to aid parents with school holiday/restless children, there are plenty of associated events including careers talks from members of Rogers' practice on what it takes to become an architect, family activities that include designing and building models, and Rogers himself in conversation with BBC journalist Razia Iqbal on the architect's enduring belief in the possibilities of architecture and cities to surprise and inspire.


  • What to do

    Phew. Summer's arrived. And there's a general scurry to find pastures green and icy water for cooling swims and airing wintry British limbs.

    One pretty spot is Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, a converted Georgian house an hour outside London with an all singing spa, that has an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor vitality pool and a little channel to swim between the two. There's a stack of enticing body and facial therapies using Sodashi - an Australian chemical-free brand combining a powerful combo of biochemistry, aromatherapy and Ayurvedic principles. Or there's the old favourite, marine-based Espa. Chase your treatment with a vitamin-packed power juice shot and a salad lunch at Café Sante (where fluffy white robes are enthusiastically encouraged).

    And if you find all that sunbathing a bit of a bore, there's a lot of country pursuit to get stuck into; a family game of croquet (no cheating, please), falconry, tennis, golf, riding, clay pigeon shooting, fishing or a lazy cruise on a canal boat. There's also a whole tailor-made 'Kids for All Seasons' set-up, including collecting fresh eggs and learning about the hotel's honey bees (the honey is used in spa treaments, to make ice cream and of course to spread over lashings of hot buttered toast).

    No one's left out. Even the family pooch is welcomed with open paws by the hotel's handsome black lab, Oliver, who'll happily share his silver salver of water. With this bonanza of summery fun, it's highly likely that a single spa day at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire won't be quite enough…


    Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire offered all Vanity Fair A-List members the chance to win a 'Sodashi Day Retreat', including a Sodashi Signature massage, a two course light lunch at Café Sante, use of all Spa facilities for the day. Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List.