• Where to go

    Although the human nose can detect over a trillion different odours, you'd rather not go through them all to find the dream scent. 

    But in a world increasingly filled with new scents from fresh perfumers, it can take time landing on the right smell. Step forward Brummells of London, who aim to curate the best of the best in fragrance, bath and body products.

    Created by former banker Mark Arnell, Brummells launched seven years ago as an online business, but recently opened a small but perfectly formed shop in the oak tree filled Ham Yard village in Soho. Surrounding the golden pineapple centrepiece is a tight edit of old favourites including Czech & Speake, Geo. F. Trumper and Penhaligon's, alongside new finds… There's Eight & Bob, the scent created by Albert Fouquet in 1937 for JFK after a chance meeting on the French Riviera. A brand called Ex Idolo who make just one scent crafted around a 33 year old Oud. Or Agonist, a Swedish perfume house where scents include the exciting, spicy The Infidels, are delivered in Swedish hand-blown flacons.

    Owner Arnell looks upon his shop's unisex wares as 'finds' rather than products. This is a great spot in which to sniff, squirt and dab your way to discovering your own favourite find.  

    Brummells of London, 7 Denman Place, London W1D 7DT

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  • What to buy

    Like a modern Girl's Guide, I Should Have Said by Daisy de Villeneuve is filled with jaw-dropping comments made by unsuitable paramours or anti-sisterhood friends, and the witty comebacks Daisy wishes she'd said.

    For the last three years, London-born illustrator, designer and writer Daisy de Villeneuve has been in Paris, bravely collating and plucking the mordant and sometimes painful tales, symptomatic of dating disasters and bitchy-girl minefields. This week saw the culmination of her hard work at the launch of I Should Have Said at John Sandoe in Chelsea; Daisy's talent and soul laid bare via her trademark drawings - scratchy felt-tip pen on French schoolbook paper.

    Whether for cautionary tales, as a witty guide to future situations or simply for the pleasure of Daisy's drawings and skewed humour, I Should Have Said is the book to give your girlfriends right now.

    I Should Have Said by Daisy de Villeneuve, £7.99 published by Hardie Grant.


  • What to know

    Delhi, India: noisy, exciting, chaos - but when it gets too much, just head for the hills.

    The Aravalli hills, to be precise, where the new ITC Grand Bharat Hotel recently opened last December. Built in the very Indian style of the grand dynasty palaces of 300 years ago, the hotel is all suites, five of which are presidential villas. 

    Just an hour (on a good day) from Delhi, the property is surrounded by fresh air, trees and pretty planting. There's plenty to do, including play the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, rock climbing, bird watching, mountain biking, taking picnics or spending mind-body time in the elaborate spa. 

    And gold star on the eco front too; 50% of Grand Bharat Hotel's energy demand is met by renewable energy. And even better, ITC has its own wind farms.