It’s with Wimbledon in full flow that I pen this month’s missive. To me, the tennis tournament looks more like a garden party each year. It’s the ultimate summer event and couldn’t be more British if it tried: Pimm’s, barbecue food, summer fruit and lackadaisically applied sun cream. It’s exactly this garden party vibe we’ve tried to channel for our summer double issue. There’s a feature on picnic food (p42) that will have friends and family begging you to throw down the rug, tips and tricks for creating barbecue masterpieces (p54) and ideas for how to use the season’s abundant blackberries as the hedgerows spring into life (p60).
In terms of travel, we’re taking you to blue-on-white Santorini, for a look at the produce grown on this harsh volcanic land. Farmers devote a lifetime to doing things ‘the old way’, with their magnum opus what ends up on your plate and in your glass (p30). Then it’s north up the Adriatic to Zagreb for a look at the city that wears tradition on its sleeve, with just the faintest nod to modernity (p66). If your best memories have been formed with a glass in hand, check out our wine holidays feature (p90). They’re a fantastic way to get to grips with a region’s terroir and understand its specialities. We’ve also got Europe’s top hotels with private beaches (p94) and a piece on active breaks to spend in the world’s mountains (p78) that will keep you fit as you explore. Mark Sansom Editor