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The word ‘parasol’ conjures up images of high society in Jane Austen novels, “taking a turn” about their grounds, twirling the dainty umbrella.
But the truth is, though that’s a romantic vision, parasols have got a whole lot more practical.
Though is bad news if you fancied yourself promenading around the park during your daily exercise but brilliant news if you’re the more practical type and are just after a way to work in comfort out in the sunshine.
As long as your WiFi stretches (and if it doesn’t, we recommend investing in one of these extenders), there’s nothing nicer than setting up shop on your balcony or in your garden, pouring yourself an iced coffee and setting to work without the impending heatwave beating down on your back.
It’s one of the work from home perks that we certainly intend to make the most of while we can and to help you do so in safety and comfort too, we’ve rounded up six top-rated parasols.
6 top-rated garden parasols to buy now
John Lewis & Partners 2.7m Striped Parasol | £69 from John Lewis
This large John Lewis parasol, with an adjustable tilt, is ideal for a 4 to 6-seater dining set, providing plenty of shade to keep you cool and protected wherever you choose to sit.
Large Garden Parasol with Metal Frame | £37.99 from Robert Dyas
This stylish and robust umbrella features a convenient crank handle so that you can adjust the position whenever you need to, and you’ll also find it easy to assemble and store away during winter.
2.5m Overhanging Garden Parasol | £65 from Argos
This classic black parasol is free-standing so ideal if you don’t have a table with a parasol hole or like to just work from a chair.
VonHaus 2.7M Steel Powder Coated Parasol | £49.99 from Amazon
This brightly coloured parasol will bring a pop of colour to your outdoor area and optimum shade coverage and protection from the sun with a tilting feature.
Jati Rectangular Garden Parasol | £99.99 from Amazon
Created from FSC eucalyptus hardwood for added durability and a unique acorn-inspired wooden finial, a previous shopper said this parasol was, “well made, looks smart and has a nice thick cord on it with sturdy nylon wheels to facilitate movement”.
2.7m Large Garden Parasol with Metal Frame | £37.99 from Robert Dyas
This parasol will blend in easily with the greenery of your garden and features a built-in handle mechanism for easy opening and is covered with a tough, weather-resistant polyester so it will last year-round.