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  • Roux at Skindles Maidenhead Berkshire outside terrace by river with large parasols

    10 waterside hangouts

    Water, water everywhere and there’s more than a drop to drink (thank god!). Watch the world float by at Muddy’s fave waterside spots to eat and drink.

    • Pinkies poised? Let’s eat cake

      Rejoice, it's National Afternoon Tea Week - but where can you get your fix of diddy sandwiches and scones? I know, I know!

    • The best brunch in town

      The most lipsmackingly indulgent meal of the day and we have 47 of the best ones to tempt you with, from vegan to full English, flat white to green detox. Just add friends and a hangover.

    • The Dolphin Pub Newbury Berkshire red brick Victorian terrace pub with white framed windows

      The Dolphin, Newbury

      Shoreditch House meets Miami Beach, this fashion-led Newbury pub is cool, casual and your flexible foodie friend. Big pants on, let's dive in.

    • The 20 best beachside eats

      Make the most of the British summer at one of our Muddy-recommended coastal eateries. Napkin at the ready? Let's do this!

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  • London Wesminster bridge parliament Big Ben clock

    London calling!

    Love the idea of going into London but find it all just a leetle bit daunting? Make life easy on yourself with our Top 10 tips on how to have a cracking time in the city this Summer.

    • Isle Of Wight blue sky green fiields white historic building

      Muddy’s Insider Guide to the Isle of Wight

      This sunny little Island may be small in stature but it's packed to the brim with amazing things to check out. We've got the top tips on how to discover the real Isle of Wight.

    • 40 Quirky Stays for Summer

      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. Enjoy!

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  • Word up!

    Too busy to say it yourself? Lacking the vocab to express your feelings after a long day battling spreadsheets or sprogs? Let a classic slogan T do it for you.

    • In all your Finery

      Need a summer party frock? This under-the-radar label majors in cool dresses and jumpsuits. We've got £500 worth of Finery goodies up for grabs for 10 lucky Muddy readers - that's £5k worth of foxy fashion! (Sorry! This competition has closed.)

    • velcro climbing sandALs with neon orange straps

      J’adore/ J’abhor

      So, what's the hot topic currently creating emotional fracking by the office water cooler? This week - velcro sandals!

  • Queen Elizabeth I crown fur teimmed white coat pearls with eyes closed Christ Levine Artist

    Art’s rising rock stars

    Blank walls but your budget doesn’t stretch to an Emin or Hirst? Here’s 12 cool, collectable artists who won’t require you to sell a loved one (and may prove to be a good investment).

    • Reading Museum Silchester Gallery glass displays deer head stair case

      10 free things to do this summer

      It may be looking distinctly changeable outside and the summer funds might be running low but there is still plenty to squeeze out of summer in Berkshire and further afield.

    • Review: The 39 Steps, Theatre Royal Windsor

      Femme fatales will be clutching their pearls in this slim-line parody of the 1935 Hitchcock film, The 39 Steps. It's fast, funny and has a Downton Abbey film star.

    • Party like a pin up

      OMG! We can't wait. Retro Festival (Fri 9 – Sun 11 Aug) is like stepping into the final scene of Grease. Grab you skintight trousers and Letterman sweater, here's the best bits.

    • red and white striped popcorn containers

      Best kids’ movies this summer

      With the weather a bit unpredictable, it's a good week for a cinema trip. It'll keep 'em quiet for a couple of hours while you have a sneaky snooze, right?

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    • floral country cottage garden lawn summer house and floral beds

      Trim and bouff your garden

      Hey you, sparko on your sunlounger! Your summer garden needs a tidy up. Here's where to focus your green-fingered efforts (or get someone else in to do it!).

    • GARDEN House Hurst Berkshire mature garden lawn main brick house

      Property flirt’s baaaack

      Is there anything more fun than nosing around other people's houses, imagining yourself in situ and guessing the price? Er, nope! Let the snooping commence.

    • Woman jumping for joy by concrete wall

      The magic of ‘me time’

      Frazzled mothers rejoice! Come and hide out with us and let someone look after you for a change. Fitness, fashion, food, wine and unwind. Ahhhh, that's better.

    • Can’t get no sleep?

      You’re not the only one. If Faithless’s 'Insomnia' could’ve been written for you, read on, sleepy head.

  • woman weariing glasses and suit at desk with laptop juggling a baby

    Flexi-time – are you working it out?

    Flexible working is a buzzy phrase, but seriously – how many of us actually live the dream? Read on to find out how it could work for you.

    • Bears River and Rowing exhibition Henley gif

      Fancy a bear hug?

      A super-sweet exhibition 'Bears!' from Henley's River & Rowing museum definitely has the cuddle factor for the under 10s. Grab a teddy and go!

    • Huge T Rex animatronic dinosaur outside M&S and H&M The Lexicon Bracknell

      Dinosaurs – always a winner!

      Shopping with kids is a Jurassic pain in the bum. But we discovered that A 8m high T Rex and a hunt for her pre-historic pals was a roarsome hit for us all.

  • Dermot: It’s personal

    Love ogling O’Leary? He’s DJing at Ascot Races and Muddy’s got all the goss on his *coughs* tooooit trousers, love of cats and mojitos with Madonna. 

    • L'ortolan Michelin star chef Tom Clarke Reading Berkshire blackc white image in kitchen

      Food fit for a queen

      Sacre bleu! L'Ortolan's creative Head Chef Tom Clarke spills the beans on cooking for the Royal family, his love of French cuisine, famous diners and his food trend regrets.

    • Female flat racing jockey Hollie Doyle in riding hat and purple silk

      The toughest woman in sport

      She's lost teeth and blacked out, but nothing will stop jockey Hollie Doyle getting back in the saddle. Muddy talks to racing's pocket rocket in the run up Ladies Night at Windsor Racecourse.

    • Miley Cyrus on pink banana phone wearing pink crop top and telephone number in background

      Miley goes mental

      Hello, who's speaking please? This fruity promo for her new album be Miley Cyrus' naughtiest stunt yet. Creative juices flowing or cynical marketing ploy - you decide!

    • Muddy meets Shappi

      Comedian Shappi Khorsandi discusses new tour, her tips on how NOT to be funny and why you should do things that scare you (hell yeah!)

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