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The Friends reunion is finally here, and it (thankfully) doesn't disappoint

When it was announced that the Friends cast was getting back together for a one-off TV special, you may have felt a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Rumours of a reunion had swirled for so long that it seemed entirely possible the real thing could fall flat. But having watched the long-awaited episode before it arrived on UK TV today, we promise it lives up to the hype.

"Despite being a Friends super-fan, I'm also a huge cynic, so I was fully braced for Friends: The Reunion to be disappointing," says Stylist Loves' deputy editor Moya Crockett. "But it's a delight – the televisual equivalent of sipping hot chocolate while wrapped in a warm fluffy blanket. Seeing Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer return to the Friends set is genuinely poignant, and I loved watching them reminisce about filming (it's also fascinating to hear from the show's creators, producers and guest stars). Yes, with a two-hour run time, it could do with an edit, and yes, the OTT celebrity cameos add very little to proceedings. But there's sincere warmth, laugh-out-loud humour and undeniable chemistry, too – all the ingredients that made Friends so magical in the first place." Watch now on Sky and streaming service NOW


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Whether for green list holidays or afternoons in the park, a straw bag is the ultimate summer all-rounder
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Go forest bathing at Somerset House this summer

The courtyard at Somerset House has seen some things. It's served as a training site for WW2 soldiers and a civil service car park; hosted rock concerts, London Fashion Week catwalks and the iconic ice rink; and been filled with everything from 'pollution pods' to 10,000 clay flowers. In July, it will reinvent itself once more as a super-stylish funfair – but before then, it's being transformed into a forest.

That's right, a forest. From next week, you'll be able to walk through a wood of 400 real trees in the courtyard as part of the upcoming London Design Biennale. Es Devlin (the Biennale's artistic director, who designed the London Olympic Closing Ceremony in 2012 and has made stage sculptures for the likes of Beyoncé, Adele and Kanye West) was inspired by forests in literature, the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and the fact that trees were banned from the courtyard when Somerset House was conceived in 1776. Once you've explored the pop-up forest, head inside to peruse the rest of the Biennale, featuring exhibits by representatives of 29 countries, cities and territories across six continents. Urban forest bathing and global culture: what's not to love? 1-27 June; £22.50; Strand, London WC2R


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