This heartwarming romcom is equal parts a love letter to IRL dating and to south London

With no fewer than 36 romcoms coming to various-sized screens this year, it’s safe to say the genre is having a renaissance. While the meet-cute in new film Rye Lane occurs in the toilet of a trendy gallery in Peckham in the early 2020s – as opposed to a road trip to New York in 1977 à la When Harry Met Sally – the banter between its charismatic leads helps fill the Nora Ephron-shaped hole many modern romcoms leave empty.

“In that toilet is fragile accountant Dom (Industry’s David Jonsson) who’s struggling to get over the break-up with his girlfriend of six years,” says Stylist’s entertainment director Helen Bownass. “His tears are overheard by aspiring costume maker Yas (Vivian Oparah), also newly single. The pair end up spending an impulsive and memorable day freewheeling around southeast London – a place that becomes just as vibrant a character in the story. You can probably guess what happens – which is much of the beauty of watching a romcom – but director Raine Allen-Miller’s debut manages to be fresh yet comfortingly familiar. It’s a vibrant love letter to the pain, and pleasure, of opening your heart again; to connecting with someone who fully sees you; and to the possibility that offline dating isn’t just a dream. The romcom is back – and I couldn’t be happier.” In cinemas now

Catch some extra Zs this World Sleep Day with these six buys – and head to The Stylist Restival hub to find out more about the importance of rest, and how to get it
silent night / £60
Wrapping you up like a big, warm hug, this clever weighted blanket is designed to relax the body and ease stress and anxiety
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hush / £59
Put down the random T-shirt and bottoms – we all know a fresh set of matching PJs will help you have a sound night’s sleep
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lily silk / £29.99
Say goodbye to bedhead, reduce frizz *and* protect your hair with this retro-style turban made from 100% mulberry silk
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neom / £50
When a candle’s called ‘Perfect Night’s Sleep’, we pay attention – with this lavender and jasmine scent promising just that
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ilapothecary / £31
Had a bad day? This rose geranium and tuberose room spray will help put it all behind you and create a peaceful yet uplifting space
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printworks / £31
For those who need total darkness to nod off, meet this velvet ski goggle-inspired eye mask, which promises ultimate comfort
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11 new under-£150 high street dresses that are giving us serious ‘shop now’ vibes
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The Friday Five: what to put on your radar, from foodie pop-ups to colourful eyewear
In the latest of our occasional series, discover five things that have piqued our interest this week  

Akila x Keith Haring
Who says glasses are boring? Indie LA eyewear brand Akila has collaborated with the Keith Haring Foundation to bring the iconic artist’s distinct style to a range of 12 colourful frames, launching Sunday 20 March. £140,

Friend Mapping
Prompting you to work together through a range of playful interactive challenges and questions, this new friendship-based immersive table-top game is here to shake up your next night in. £47,

Fortnum & Mason Eau de Nil Dark Chocolate Praline Eggs
There may currently be an egg shortage, but these hyper-realistic praline dark chocolates are already on our wishlist. Easter is only three weeks away after all… £29.95,

Thin Air
Taking over a vast 55,000 sq ft industrial space, this new exhibition brings together works by seven global contemporary artists and collectives, who use light, sound and experimental media to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Until 4 June; £20; The Beams, Factory Rd, London E16

Greek-inspired restaurant Esti has just started its six-month residency at Shoreditch cocktail bar TT Liquor – expect  fire-cooked dishes using seasonal British produce, including classic chicken and pork souvlakia, braised octopus and more. 17B Kingsland Rd, London E2

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