Get your garden BBQ ready with these tried and tested luxury essentials. Summer’s arrived, so let long hammock naps and sausage sizzling commence. And to help you host the best BBQ this summer, we’ve rounded up all smartest, most luxurious gear out there. So here’s everything you need to get the garden party started and to keep it going all summer long.
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Wireless Speaker, £1,085 Is this not the best looking wireless speaker you’ve ever seen? This beautifully designed B&O speaker is crafted from a single sheet of aluminum, and can easily be moved from room to room. It boasts impressive sound tech, with 360-degree audio that travels evenly in all directions. This thing is loud. And the audio stays clean and crisp however high you go. Futuristic touch controls let you change the track or rewind in a tap and a swipe, working from any angle to stand at. You can stream music from practically any device (phones, NAS drives, laptops) over Bluetooth, AirPlay, DLNA and GoogleCast. There’s also the BoseSound app to queue up songs, use streaming services or add the speaker to your B&O multi-room setup (if you’re lucky enough to own more than one). It’s the perfect party starter for indoor soirees and with such powerful sound, it’s great for garden shindigs too, we’d just recommend keeping the speaker in the room nearest to your garden as it’s not waterproof. http://www.bang-olufsen.com
Champagne Stool Ice Bucket, £150 Add a touch of class to your garden décor with this champagne cork-shaped ice bucket. Not only will it keep your fizz perfectly chilled, it also doubles up as a stool if you’re running low on chairs for your guests. It can chill up to three bottles at a time and you can also use it indoors as a storage box. http://www.theletteroom.com
Weber iGrill 2, £99.99 Make the worry of undercooked chicken a thing of the past with this super fancy grill thermometer, suitable for all types of BBQ. This nifty gadget links to an app on your mobile and sends an alert when your food is ready to eat. The easy-to-use app lets you select your meat, the recipe and how you’d like it to be cooked. Which means less time hovering over the BBQ and more time having fun with your guests. http://www.weber.com
TABASCO & Urbanology BBQ Tool Wrap, £57 Hot sauce brand TABASCO have teamed up with London fashion designer Urbanology to create a stunning capsule collection of BBQ accessories.
These stylish products have been made from locally-sourced materials, with 10% of profits going to charity. We love the BBQ Tool Wrap with its 100% leather strap and handy design – so you can fire up the grill in true fashion. It’s even rainproof, just in case those British rain clouds decide to make an appearance. http://www.urbanologylondon.com
WAWA Folding Rocking Chair, from £298 Seat your guests in style with these eye-catching chairs from bespoke interior designer WAWA. Their unique designs won’t fade over time as the chairs are UV resistant, water repellent and you can wash the covers if you need to. Frames are crafted from sustainable beech and fold to just six inches flat. Not that you’ll want to keep it stored away, looking so good. http://www.foldingrockingchair.co.uk
Sage By Heston Blumenthal Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker, £350 Add the finishing touch to the perfect spread with some homemade ice cream. This must-have kitchen gadget puts in the elbow grease for you. It’s the first maker to automatically sense the hardness of your ice cream mixture, keeping it at optimum texture until you’re ready to tuck in. There are 12 settings, which include sorbet and frozen yoghurt too. And the best part? It plays a tune when it’s ready, just like the ice cream man. http://www.selfridges.com
SunnyLife Rose Gold Luxe Float Flamingo, £58 Spice up your summer party with a novelty pool float, in luxe rose gold. Although it’s not made from real gold it’ll still bring some extravagance to the proceedings. Go on, join the hordes of A-listers everywhere in jumping on your ginormous, animal-shaped pool float. http://www.selfridges.com
Norfolk Leisure Cocoon Bowl Fire Pit, £729 When the temperature drops in the evening, this contemporary fire pit will be your saving grace. Handily, it gives the appearance of a fire without the faff of one, as it’s powered by gas. So there’s no need to keep tending to the logs. It can also be left outside all year long as it’s designed to withstand low and high temperatures. It’s available in taupe, grey or black. http://www.tonggardencentre.co.uk
Meat from Lidgates of London, prices vary And finally, what BBQ would be complete without quality meat? Family-run butchers, Lidgates of London, supply their award-winning meat to homes all over the UK. But you can also pop into their famous store in Holland Park to experience their five generations of knowledge first-hand. Richard Branson is a huge fan of their produce, which has received countless Great Taste awards.
Some of our favourites to sizzle on your BBQ include the Wagyu burgers from England’s only producer of purebred Wagyu, plus, the Highgrove Burgers made from the grass-fed beef from HRH Prince of Wales’ Highgrove Estate. The family are very selective about the sourcing of their meat, choosing only the finest, organic farms. Lidgates has also achieved the Q Guild of Butchers stamp of approval, which recognises only the very best independent UK butchers. http://www.lidgates.com
Luxurious Magazine | July 2017