x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

M is all about all things British

From bold British designs to where to watch the Prince William and Kate's nuptials we're entirely British-inspired this week.

Union Jack chair from the quirky designer Andrew Martin?
Union Jack chair from the quirky designer Andrew Martin?

Say 'I do' to chocolate

Not content with just a traditional wedding cake, William and Kate appear to be indulging their sweet tooth with other delights including a McVitie's chocolate biscuit cake and the finest truffles by the UK chocolatier Prestat. Now you can also celebrate and tickle your ceremonial taste buds with these commemorative chocolates by ChoCo'a. Choose from eight flavours including vanilla caramel, mixed nuts, almond praline and rose.

Dh40 per box, ChoCo'a, Marina Plaza Tower, Muroor Road, 02 628 2411; Al Barsha, behind Mall of the Emirates, 04 340 9092

 

A fabric throne

No Royal Wedding would be complete without a seat fit for a king, and what could be more patriotic than this Union Jack chair from the quirky designer Andrew Martin? Opulent, playful and oh so chic, this denim chair will make a bold British statement in any room.

Andrew Martin, Dh8,400, DIFC, Gate Village 7, 04 323 1388

 

Knitted delight

Since most of us didn't get an invitation to Kate and William's nuptials, knitting our own little wedding is probably the closest we mere mortals will get to the real deal. Not only do these dolls put us in the mood, but they can also double up as a fun toy for your little ones. We have our needles at the ready to knit our own favourite piece of Royal Wedding paraphernalia.

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding illustrated book of patterns, Dh34, www.amazon.com

 

Where to watch the nuptials on Friday

Grab a bean bag and gather your friends for all the wedding highlights live on Barasti's giant outdoor LED screen. Sovereign celebrations start at 11am, with classic British food and beverages plus party games. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, 11am-3am, free entry, 21 and older. 04 318 1313, www.lemeridien-minaseyahi.com

Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club is hosting a Royal Wedding Garden Party, with 12 hours of entertainment including a live broadcast of the Royal Wedding, a buffet, a polo match and an evening of dancing. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, starting from noon. For more information on tickets, go to www.urbanevents.ae

Raffles' Azur restaurant and its enchanting botanical garden will be transformed for the celebrations. You can enjoy a traditional English street party with bunting, themed table coverings and the Royal Raffles Roast. Live carving stations will offer a sumptuous selection of roasts including salmon, Wellington and beef rib served with Yorkshire pudding, stuffing and a selection of traditional accompaniments. Raffles Dubai, starting from 11am, 04 324 8888, www.raffles.com

 

Mini madness

Anyone who grew up in London during the Sixties or Seventies or who is a cinema buff should remember the Mini Cooper craze. The beloved car has been featured in dozens of movies, including Bridget Jones's Diary, Austin Powers, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Avengers, The Bourne Identity and The Italian Job. In true Brit style, enjoy your favourite music on this funky MP3 and CD player. Features include a USB port and headphone socket in the boot, headlights that illuminate when the power is on and a big blast of retro hip. Groovy, baby!

Red Mini Cooper MP3 and CD player, Dh539, www.pasttimes.com

 

Fit for a princess

The wonderful thing about the Mr Men book series was that you could always find a character with a personality that matched your own: Mr Messy, Mr Grumpy, Little Miss Busy (there's plenty of those characters in the M office) and more. Now, thanks to Ms Middleton, you can add Little Miss Princess to your collection, as the princess-in-waiting has been immortalised. The new book, written by Adam Hargreaves - whose father, Roger, created the best-selling Mr Men series in 1971 - tells the story of Little Miss Princess, who meets and falls in love with a prince. Just like the story it's inspired by, there's a happy ending.

Little Miss Princess and the Very Special Wedding sticker book, Dh26, Magrudy's

 

A royal serving

The genuinely British feel of Emma Bridgewater's earthenware is amplified in this scalloped bowl designed to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Having guests over to watch it? Why not serve up heaps of biscuits and scones with a pot of tea on these kitsch plates? After the big day you can add them to your china cabinet to remember the warm glow of it all.

Dh295, Harvest Home, Jumeirah Centre, 04 342 0225