The sun has got his polyrattan

The sun has got his polyrattan

After the glorious weather this weekend, I've picked up the pace searching for a gorgeous outdoor dining set. There are loads of great mid-range furniture sets available online.

I'm particularly taken with all the synthetic wicker materials which have become popular over the past few years. Plastic outdoor furniture makes me think of shiny white tables and chairs at children's birthday parties, my memory of which is complete with dodgy paper tablecloths, cocktail sausages with cheddar cheese and pineapple cubes.

These days plastic furniture means chic matt black polyrattan, sleek glasstop tables, sturdy armchairs with weatherproof cream cushions to collapse on for cocktails and poolside chilling.

This set's from Littlewoods, so comes with the very reasonable Littlewoods price tag. Now I just need the pool...