Step into the shade with a colourful Garden Parasol

We're sure there's no prettier way to protect yourself from harmful sun rays than with a colourful garden parasol from theEast London Parasol Company(of course slathering on the factor 30 at the same time is a given).

Not just a practical piece of outdoor kit, this collection will bring a flamboyant flavour or boho vibe to your garden, terrace or patio. Made by artisans in India and Bali, with beautiful handmade fabrics, the wooden parasols are finished with contrasting fringes and tassels, that are hand painted in colours from gold, primrose yellow and lime, through to greens, pinks and orange to sky blue.

Choose from tilting parasols, big parasols or wooden Bali parasols, with achoice of fabric covers that range from hand-block printed parrots, suzani patterns and lotus deigns, to chevrons and stripes, available in brightly coloured or neutral toned cotton.

Depending which type you go for, the stands are carved from sandstone from Rajasthan, cast lava from Bali or carved wood from Java - and there's the option of a stainless steel ground spike (from Chichester), if you'd like to be able to plunge your parasol into the grass or take it to the beach.

The parasols range from 2-3.5 metre diameter to suit different sized spaces and the larger sizes(3-3.5-metre diameter) can come with interchangeable covers, so can be switched according to the occasion. A heavier cover for lunch in the midday sun and a lighter one for reading, snoozing or enjoying a sun downer perhaps?

Oh and there's a selection of coordinating cushions, bolsters, tablecloths and napkins. Aperol spritz anyone?

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Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites

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