Raise The Bar: How to turn your own garden into the most exclusive venue in town



Here’s to a summer of celebrating like never before. No need to make a reservation when the party’s on your doorstep.

Whether you’re going all out for a sophisticated soirée or keeping things low-key with drinks and a movie, be sure to make an event of it this summer from the comfort of your own home. No need to make a reservation when the party’s on your doorstep – discover Harrods’ guide to entertaining at home.

Whether it’s cocktails on the terrace or a family-friendly barbeque, make your garden the go-to hotspot for a summer of alfresco entertaining.

Home Screen: All the magic of the movies at your own backyard cinema

Even if you’re indifferent to the impending summer of sport, the inevitably endless supply of movie blockbusters and binge worthy shows is sure to amount to some serious screen time ­– so why not take it outside? Samsung’s first outdoor TV, The Terrace, allows you to do exactly that. Just add a pile of scatter cushions from Fornasetti, a cosy Oyuna throw blanket and – of course – plenty of popcorn.

There’s no need to book ahead when the bar’s in your backyard.

Why would you want to make small talk with strangers at a cocktail bar when you could just have your nearest and dearest over for Champagne and home-mixed Martinis? Stock up on glassware from the likes of Baccarat and Soho Home and give your guests the five-star treatment they deserve.


A Tempting Fete

It doesn’t take more than a few nostalgic family games, a Wigiwama Teepee (for the kids) and a healthy supply of Pimms (for you) to recreate all the fun of the fair in your own garden. Just don’t let any ‘friendly’ games of Backgammon get too out of hand…

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Beyond The Blanket

Banish any preconceptions of half-hearted sandwiches – picnicking is a fine art, and deserves to be treated as such. That means white chocolate-covered strawberries and Soho Home’s Champagne coupes should be at the top of your priority list (naturally), followed closely by cosy scatter cushions and cashmere throws; in other words, all the necessities for a breezy summer evening.