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There is nothing more joyous than curling up on a squishy sofa, or an outdoor sun lounger, sipping on a cup of tea (or glass of wine) and letting yourself become enveloped in the pages of a good magazine.
Good journalism can make us feel more connected, more informed and more content, it can transport us to world’s we might never have heard of and give us insight into topics from experts we would never be able to get an audience with.
In short, a good magazine is akin to a good book, it wraps us up in a heady mixture of the worlds and words of others and those of our own.
And the UK has some of the best magazine offerings, from the sage, well-respected advice of Good Housekeeping - packed with recipes - to The Critic, Britain’s newest monthly current affairs magazine for politics, art and literature.
Netflix is great, Amazon Prime full of delights and all those books on our bedside table are lovely too (if we could ever get round to reading them), but a magazine can be read to suit our mood: whether you flick through and dip in where you fancy or read through each page meticulously.
There are now better subscription deals than ever to be had, so if you were thinking of treating yourself... now is the time.
10 of the best magazine subscriptions to sign up to now
Good Housekeeping: 6 issues | Was £29, Now £15
One of the most well-known magazines in the UK, Good Housekeeping’s esteemed advice on all things home is respected by experts and brands all over the world.
From mouth-watering recipes to cleaning hacks, celebrity interviews and wearable fashion that reflects style and comfort rather than trends, Good Housekeeping will have your home - and your recipe repertoire - in tip-top shape.
National Geographic Traveller Magazine: 3 issues | Was £14.85, Now £3
Filled with off the beaten track suggestions for trips to far-flung places across the globe, National Geographic’s Traveller Magazine is sure to keep you going with inspiration for your next trip, escapism from your living room and the opportunity to learn about cultures and people the world over.
Whether you want to scuba dive off the Great Barrier Reef or climb mountains in Tuscany (or even lie on the beach in the Caribbean), there’s plenty for every traveller and taste in every issue.
Vogue UK: 12 issues | Was £35.88, Now £12
Each month the iconic fashion magazine gives expert insight into new fashion and beauty trends that is complied on pages of aesthetically pleasing editorial shoots.
The publication is also home to the most talked about A-list celebrity interviews, from Rihanna to The Duchess of Sussex, it’s easy to see why it’s Britain’s number one fashion magazine.
Country Living: 6 issues | Was £29, Now £15
Escape to the gorgeous British countryside with a wealth of ideas for your home and garden, irresistible recipes using seasonal produce, traditional craft ideas and tips on outdoor living.
Platinum: Yearly subscription | Was £54, Now £35.85
Platinum magazine is a brand new women’s lifestyle magazine hitting the shelves for confident, bold and fun-loving women over 55.
Indulge in a bit of escapism with their travel section, brush up on confidence-boosting tips from experts and get ready to be pushed out of your comfort zone, try new tastes and wear new styles.
The Critic Magazine: 3 issues | Was £17.85, Now £3
The Critic is Britain's new highbrow monthly current affairs magazine for politics, art and literature. Dedicated to rigorous content, first rate writing and unafraid to ask the questions others won't.
Red Magazine: 6 issues | Was £29, Now £15
For twenty years Red has been bringing positive, uplifting and inspirational features on health, wellbeing, relationships, fashion and beauty to women all over the UK.
From witty columnists to deep dives into (what feels like) our souls, this is an investment in feeling good about yourself.
GQ Magazine: Yearly subscription | Was £43.89, Now £12
Regularly voted the best men’s magazine in the UK, GQ includes regular interviews with the most authoritative figures from the world of business, together with updates on the most sought after up-and-coming designers.
You'll get a sophisticated insight into everything from current affairs to politics, the latest movies to top consumer gadgets from the people in the know.
House Beautiful: 6 issues | Was £29, Now £15
From practical decorating and colour scheming tips, to those special details that make all the difference, House Beautiful brings you inspiration and advice to help you live beautifully.
And, let’s face it, giving that we’ve all become budding interior designers since lockdown began, there’s never been a better time to subscribe.
Saga Magazine: Yearly subscription | Was £48, Now £12
The bestselling magazine in the UK for over-50s, offers readers everything from light entertainment and amusing articles to expert advice and guidance on money, insurance and pensions.
Enjoy features on health advice and insights, travel suggestions and reviews, gardening guides and technology tips.
Plus, in-depth interviews with stars of the stage and screen, from Dame Helen Mirren and Debbie Harry to Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall.