There’s no place like London in summer: the parks teem with life, the sunshine bounces off the city’s skyscrapers and ice cream vans merrily roll along the streets. It’s almost enough to make you forget that autumn is only a few weeks away.
But it is, and even if you’re heading off on a holiday abroad, the new school year will be here before you know it. Get ahead of the pack and put the children out now to avoid stress in the beginning.
However, we don’t wish the summer away, there is a lot to look forward to between now and scarf-digging-out time.
August is ripe for the taking, whether you’re at a festival, turning on backyard burgers or a day trip to the coast. And with temperatures still high, there’s still good reason to invest in things to keep you cool through the heat.
Even if you don’t plan to venture far from home, there’s plenty to keep you busy in this wonderful city we all call home. From lush pop-ups and eco-friendly mattresses to the much-anticipated Love Island charity auction, here’s your Shopping Shortlist, ready to lock and load for whatever’s on your August agenda.
There is no time to waste: act to it
Boots gives customers the advantage
It’s been 25 years of the Boots Advantage card and to celebrate the high street pharmacist and beautician is holding its biggest ever membership event. Expect mega offers for Advantage Card holders as well as rewards and prizes from now until the end of September.
From quadruple points (it’s never too early to start banking for Christmas), to 25 per cent off selected products and competitions to win 25,000 points, there’s never been more reason to shop online or in store.
See you at checkout!
Shop now, Boots
Robert Dyas blows out the 150th birthday candles with epic deals
Famous birthdays are always cause for great celebration, and this year high street Robert Dyas marks 150 years of serving customers. To mark the milestone, it will offer up to 150 deals every day for the next 150 days, from August 4 until the end of the year, December 31.
Lay-Z-Spa Helsinki AirJet Inflatable Hot Tub – Was: £799.99, Now: £499.93
Salter EK2818 3.2L Hot Air Fryer – Was: £99.99, Now: £49.99
Silentnight Mirapocket Geltex 1000 90cm Mattress – Was: £539.99, Now: £323.99
Monaco 6 Seater Rattan Dining Set – Was: £1499.99, Now: £499.93
Outback Meteor 4 Burner Hybrid Gas & Charcoal Grill – Red – Was: £549.99, Now: £299.93
Monaco 2 Seater Reclining Set with Footstool – Was: £469.99, Now: £199.93
Buy now, Robert Dyas
A cleaner, greener bed from Simba
If the state of the planet is enough to keep you up at night, bed-in-a-box brand Simba is here to make your dreams a little sweeter, not to mention more sustainable. The sleep expert has just launched its biggest and greenest innovation yet: the Simba Green Organic ‘Go’ mattress.
The low-impact mattress is made with half the carbon emissions of a traditional hybrid version, with six layers handcrafted from naturally biodegradable, renewable or recycled materials.
The new launch price has 40 per cent off the RRP with doubles from £1,289.40.
Buy Now £1289.40, Simba
Rowing Blazers celebrates Winnie the Pooh
NYC clothing brand Rowing Blazers has turned a classic children’s character into a fashion icon with its new collection. Featuring Winne the Pooh in honor of the 1926 book becoming public domain, the capsule collection is all about elevated leisure, complete with images from the classic AA Milne book. Needless to say, it’s totally adorbs. Prices from £50.
Buy Now £50.00, Rowing Blazers
Skims Swim helps you make a splash
Are your current swimwear options feeling a little tired? Take your poolside game to the next level thanks to Skims’ latest drop, made for more than spinning up the speedway. In addition to one pieces and bikinis, there are cover-ups and accessories (including swimming gloves!). In short, everything you need to amp up the drama on the beach and beyond.
Buy now, Skims
By Rotation appears in Belgravia
When it comes to sustainable fashion, the latest trend is happy rag rental: all the fun of the dress without the maintenance or huge wardrobe space, and for significantly less than if you had bought it outright. Was sold.
Following the roaring success of its Westfield and Cheshire Oaks pop-ups, fashion social network By Rotation is setting up temporary shop in Belgravia, an area that’s not short of a designer store or two.
From 4 August to 20 September, you can pick up outfits you have reserved online in store. In addition to sweet eye candy, the pop-up will host late-night shopping with complimentary drinks while you surf, beauty experiences and more.
Timings: Monday – Saturday, at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
Address: 75 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia SW1W 9PJ
Buy now, on rotation
Love Island: steal their style with eBay
The final may have come and gone, but the fashion trends that have flown out of this year’s villa will live on. Auction site eBay has launched the Love Island auction which features 60 items of clothing for fans to get their hands on. Think Tasha’s gorgeous Couture dress, Indiyah’s red House of CB dress and Dami’s matching red Dior shirt from their Spanish sightseeing date. Bidding starts at 99p and all profits will go to Oxfam. But you better be quick, the auctions end on August 5.
Buy now, eBay
KFC x HYPE launches fashion collection
If fried chicken is one of your guilty pleasures, you can now wear your heart on your sleeve thanks to a new collaboration between KFC and lifestyle brand HYPE. The 47-piece collection includes apparel such as hoodies and racing jackets as well as accessories such as the KFC Bucket Bag and a drinks bag specially designed to fit in with the Colonel’s menu favourites. Fans will be able to get their hands on the merchandise from August 4th from HYPE’s online store.
Buy now, HYPE.
Lick launches the mindful wallpaper and paint palette
Following the revelation that 60 per cent of people find that their mood is affected by their environment, paint and wallpaper brand Lick has launched a limited edition paint-it-yourself Mindful Wallpaper.
Paired with a soothing color palette curated by Tash Bradley, Lick’s director of interior design and color psychologist, the idea is to layer the paper and give it your unique finish with the colors.
As well as meaning no two wallpapers will look exactly the same, therapeutic paint will help you feel more grounded and give you a break from screen time – a win in anyone’s book.
Best of all, 100 percent of the profits will go to mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).
£75 per roll.
Buy Now £75.00, Lick
London gets Lusher
Coal Drops Yard will be a slightly more fragrant place this August, as the north London shopping precinct welcomes Lush’s first 24-hour vending machine.
There’s just one catch: it’ll only carry spray bottles of the brand’s Snow Fairy gifts and products, great news for anyone who can’t get enough of the items – or anyone looking to get a super head start on Christmas shopping. It is just four months to go, after all (sorry).
Shop now, Lush
Russell & Bromley opens new store on Regent Street
The West End just got a little better thanks to the new and refreshed Russell & Bromley store, which has reopened in its new home at 126 Regent Street.
Stacked with quality footwear for men and women, there’s never been a better time to get down there, whether you’re looking for holiday footwear or looking for a new buy for fall.
Buy now, Russell & Bromley