My Luxury July Adventures & Win Luc Belaire Bubbly


Isn’t it wonderful to finally see some sunshine! One of my favourite things to do in Summer is to have a picnic. Bubbly is an essential ingredient, so I’ve teamed up with Luc Belaire, the well-known French sparkling wine brand, to give you the opportunity to win Luc Belaire bubbly and one-off designer picnic blankets. Read on to find out how to enter.

CULTURE VULTURE

Another must-visit in Summer is Masterpiece London, the arts, antiques and design fair held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. We chatted with Lord Linley and admired the bespoke Girih Treasure Chest inspired by his visit to Doha. Like many of his company’s pieces, it has a series of hidden drawers to be found. There were also some striking objects on display at the Lalique stand. Of course, no visit to Masterpiece would be complete without a photo of one of the Chelsea Pensioners.

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I had a blast at the Henley Royal Regatta with Chinawhite and later in the month, at the Gin Mare Mediterranean Rooftop pop up in Knightsbridge with Ayushi. With music by Jacob, resident DJ at Pacha Ibiza, sunnies by Flamingo and gin cocktails, it was a night to remember! We tucked into a Mediterranean menu created by Mark Hix, savouring a classic Bloody Mare.

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Wimbledon is another British Summer institution, and I checked out the action at Strawberries and Screen at Duke of York Square.

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There’s one of the best views in London at the rooftop bar at The Trafalgar Hotel. We admired it at the Vista Garden Party, hosted by Chase. It was part of their Above & Beyond event series for their British Airways Visa Credit Card. They had invited some lovely cardmembers from the United States. Food was by Stevie Parle, of The Dock Kitchen and newly opened neighbourhood restaurant Sardine. Did you know that there’s a caviar producer in the UK? I certainly didn’t, so it was fascinating to meet the owner of Exmoor Caviar. I’m not usually a fan but this was delicious.

I also went to an outdoor screening of Dirty Dancing but didn’t take photos, I was busy singing along!

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I was lucky to experience a facial with the original skincare expert, Linda Meredith, who shared her top tips for perfect skin.  It was also a treat to try out an Olaplex hair treatment at Nicky Clarke in Mayfair, and my review is coming soon. Earlier in the month, I shared my guide to buying vintage designer goods as well as tips on how to choose the ideal wedding gift.

Do you hate ironing? The brilliantly named I Hate Ironing invited us to trial their luxury on demand dry cleaning and laundry service this month. We found it really easy to use, from online booking to collection at home, to return delivery. I can see why it’s been named one of Britain’s best delivery services by GQ magazine. We chose some quite bulky items like sheets and a duvet, so collection was very handy. The returned, clean items were delivered back to us beautifully ironed, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the service – such a time saver!

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Whilst computers are well and good, there’s something very special about a classic pen. Luxury gift hub, Pen Heaven, has one of the best selections out there, including fountain pens, calligraphy sets and more. They specialize in hard to find brands like Otto Hutt, as well as Graf von Faber, Castell, Yard-O-Led and more. They also sell some gorgeous leather goods, such as photo albums and diaries. I love my new Parker Jotter gold ballpoint pen, world map leather-bound journal and Laurige luggage label that they kindly sent, all beautifully gift-wrapped. Most items can be engraved and Pen Heaven offer the fastest online pen engraving service thanks to their in-house laser engraving technology, dispatching on the day that you order.

pen-heaven-reviewTRAVEL TALES

Have you ever flown somewhere just for the day? It feels a bit decadent, but that’s what I did when I explored Dublin in a day recently. Having said that, there’s plenty to keep you busy in Dublin for a whole weekend.

Closer to home, I went for a tour of the new Deluxe Riviera Rooms designed by Maison Christian Lacroix at The Mandeville Hotel in Marylebone. The entire Fifth Floor has been transformed, with each room telling a different story from the French Riviera. The black and white room was my favourite, but they’re all very unique. We then headed for drinks in the Art Deco inspired Reform Social & Grill bar on the ground floor.

mandeville-christian-lacroixThis month I also shared some of my favourite European hidden gems for Pearlshare, a nifty new app, as well as mini-guides to Hamburg, Paris, London, Rome and Seville on their app.

We met up with friends recently at Knole House. It’s Kent’s last medieval deer park and there are lots of them! We had a surprise when one came up rather close, moving our food out of harm’s way as feeding them is not allowed.

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One of our travel highlights this month was to the Isle of Wight for Panerai British Classic Week 2016. We enjoyed dinner at Osbourne House and the Royal Yacht Squadron as well as fantastic sailing action.

WINING AND DINING

Christmas may seem like a very long way off but I actually attended two Christmas in July events this month, firstly Berry Christmas at Berry Bros & Rudd’s iconic store in St James. They’re Britain’s oldest family-owned wine and spirit merchant with two Royal Warrants, and know a thing or two about celebrating! Their gift hampers and King’s Ginger gift sets certainly looked tempting.

bbr-st-james-xmasThe Waitrose Christmas Press Show was held at One Embankment, a huge space that showcased the many tempting treats that will soon be in store.waitrose-christmas-in-julyWe had some of the best steak and tuna in London at Macellaio on Exmouth Market. It would definitely be a contender for my top 10 London dining experiences. Later in the month, I headed to the inaugural London Afternoon Tea Awards with Miriam. Held at Grosvenor House Hotel, it’s soon to be followed by Afternoon Tea Week, from 8-14 August. The main awards were to Claridges’s for best traditional tea, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park for best contemporary tea, the Sanderson for best themed tea and Grosvenor House for its family friendly tea.

london-afternoon-tea-awardsI’ve been to a few very cool casual eateries this month, Sardine, Dickie Fitz and the turkey specialists Strut & Cluck – all well worth a visit. If you’re looking to get in shape for Summer, UNI is a great healthy option.

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I’ve long been a fan of S.Pellegrino, so when they invited me to experience James Lowe’s cuisine at the Harvey Nichols rooftop bar, who was I to resist! James has rapidly made a name for himself at his Shoreditch restaurant, Lyle’s. As you can see, the presentation is stunning.

james-lowe-s.pellegrino-dinnerCOMING SOON IN AUGUST

I’m excited to be heading on a unique break in Surrey and to a manor house in Gloucestershire.

WIN LUC BELAIRE BUBBLY & PICNIC BLANKETS

And now for the competition! Luc Belaire are a luxurious French sparkling wine brand, established in 1898. Their 6th generation winemakers oversee the production of every bottle of Belaire. Their Rosé, comes from the heart of Provence and their Brut is made in Burgundy from 100% French Chardonnay. I love the sleek design of the bottles, and the taste is even better. We enjoyed their sparkling rosé on a recent picnic. Made from Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault grapes, it’s a beautiful pinkish red colour with a well-balanced fruity bouquet. We have 3 bottles of rosé and 3 bottles of Brut to give away to one lucky winner, as well as a unique picnic blanket designed by famous artist Jon Burgerman. Inspired by Belaire’s iconic black bottle, the blankets aren’t for sale and would look beautiful as a throw too. The runner-up will receive a blanket and one bottle of sparkling wine, whilst a third lucky winner will receive a bottle of sparkling wine. Follow the steps below to win Luc Belaire bubbly and tell me, what are your favourite Summer activities?
Best of luck and stay tuned for another exciting competition coming soon – one for all you travel lovers!

win-luc-belaire-sparkling-wineThe competition is open to residents of the UK and Ireland and there is no cash alternative.

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  • My favourite summer activities are travelling to Italy, hiring a boat and exploring swimming spots only accessible by boat. I also like to have a picnic in one of London’s gorgeous parks when the sun is shining!

    • Sounds like some wonderful activities, Kirsty, especially exploring places only accessible by boat

  • I’m so glad you like UNI it’s one out favourite locals!

  • julie kenny

    I love picnics – with strawberries and champagne …thanks for the chance to win x

  • Strawberries and Screen looks like such a fab way to have watched Wimbledon, and Christmas with Waitrose in July? Perfect! Another fabulously luxurious month Suze 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • We so deserved a little bit of sunshine after all this rain! Your July looks fantastic and I especially loved reading about your trip to Dublin!

    • Yes we certainly did! I’m glad that you enjoyed reading about Dublin, there’s so much to see there

  • Am a huge lover f good wine and seeing how amazing and presentable that bottle of Luc Bellaire looks makes me salivate. I also love the delicacies on the post. Your outfits all look amazing!!
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    • That’s very kind, Meron! There were some delicious delicacies, I have to admit. Hope you had a great August

  • Janet Humphrey

    Love cycling events, have been to Tour De France and enjoyed watching the Ride 100 events

  • Liz Martinez

    Spending time with my children – the Hawk Conservancy Trust is one of our favourite places to spend a summer’s day watching the birds

  • Shiny shiny! July looked like a gorgeous month for you. I’m personally so excited for August, it’s my birth month and I’ve got a trip to NYC and Orlando in a couple of weeks! x

    Also, PINCH PUNCH FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH

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  • Angela Treadway

    Taking my kids to the park and we love having picnics! X

  • Penelope Senior

    Enjoying day trips to historic houses and gardens, sipping drinks in a pub garden or relaxing by the sea

  • Annaloa Hilmarsdottir

    We love Picnics in the park – especially when there is a concert.

  • Oooh I don’t know much about the tea at the Mandarin Oriental – will have to look that one up as sounds intriguing!

  • Paola

    Such a cool idea to have picnic in the park!!!
    Great pics as usual!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  • Kevin_Honey

    Drinking Pimms in the back garden

  • Amanda

    Picnics and white wine spritzers enjoyed in the sunshine

  • That deer is so cute! And I went to Masterpiece London a few years ago and absolutely loved walking around the exhibits!

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    • We had fun at Masterpiece too, the bars are really stylish and the artwork is something else!

  • Kathy D

    Sitting under a shady tree reading whilst the kids run around getting ready for a large picnic

  • Lucy Lucciano

    I love sitting in my garden and enjoying a glass of wine or going for a picnic and stroll around the park

  • michelle smith

    going swimming

  • Annabel Greaves

    I love picnics with the family x

  • Jenna H

    River swimming on a baking hot day, with the dog!

  • Andrew Petrie

    I love fishing on the banks of the Tees River.

  • Tamalyn Roberts

    i love romantic picnics by the lake, walks in the mountains and bbq’s in the garden

  • Hannah Ingham

    Simple days out with a picnic, usually to a National Trust property!

  • Hayley F

    Having family get togethers and picnics x

  • Susan Smith

    Going to the coast and enjoying swimming and walking

  • I need that picnic blanket/throw you’re sitting on, Suze!!! I like how distracted I got by it haha! Obsessed.

  • Rachel Craig

    I like to get outdoors into the sunshine. Maybe go to the park, have a picnic etc.

  • Crumbs, Suze, what a month!

  • Such great, fun events you’ve attended, girlie! All the food looks absolutely amazing and I’m sure it was all just as good as it looks! Oh, and how cute is that deer? I’ve never seen one get so close to a person before, they are so precious! Thanks so much for sharing, lovely, and I hope you have a great start to both your week and new month!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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    • The deer were amazing, I’d never seen one so close up either. Have a lovely month ahead, Jalisa

  • Nina Motylinski-Davies

    I don’t think summer is complete without a trip to the beach, smelling the salty air, paddling in gorgeous waters and soaking up that sunshine!

  • I wish my life had been half as eventful as yours! I love the photo with the deer. I have never got as close to one as this. Have a nice week.

  • laura stewart

    we love going swimming x

  • Hayley Atkins

    Eating our own homegrown tomatoes,etc,picked fresh from our garden.

  • MANDY DOHERTY

    Spending time outdoors with my grandsons

  • Andrea

    A walk on the beach.

  • Maria P

    having family picnics

  • Christmas in July sounds like fun, I have been longing for cooler weather. Looks like you had a wonderful month, love all your photos.

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    • Thanks very much, Eden – we’ve got the cooler weather here now and I want the warm weather back!

  • Holly

    Brie and freshly baked bread – with a glass of wine to wash it down! Perfect summers picnic!

  • Pete Cleasby

    going for days out in the countryside to places I`ve not been to before

  • The Gin Mare event was such fabulous fun – definitely an evening to remember, thanks again for taking me with you! I’m popping UNI Belgravia on my list as I need a dose of healthy to balance out all my summer indulgences… xx

  • Wow – talk about having a busy month!!! I love a good outdoor film screening so I bet watching dirty dancing was fun. I do actually hate ironing so I think I need to try that out. I can’t believe brands are showcasing their Christmas gifts and ideas already!

    • Dirty Dancing was brilliant, I have another outdoor screening coming up soon, a surprise for Mr Luxe

  • MissLilly

    that was quite a busy month indeed!!! Have they really started to plan Christmas? that’s quite in advance!

  • richardeldredhawes

    Relaxing in the sunshine with a group of friends and family with a glass of Pimms

  • Tracy G

    I love spending time at my holiday home by the sea

  • A Graham

    Going to the beach – depending on the weather!

  • Ray Dodds

    Watching cricket while supping good ale

  • Alfredo Ciano

    My Favourite Summer Activity ? Relax of the Mind…The Post is Very Complete : Art , Food , Nature , You…

    • I could do with some relaxation of the mind – hasn’t happened so far! Glad you enjoyed the post

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        Have a Magic August !!!

  • It looks like you had such a busy and gun July and I hope your August will be way better 🙂 Time flies by so one day you’ll check the calendar and it will be Christmas! Picnic by the beach is definitely one of the things I love doing in summer, I wish the weather wasn’t go gloomy for it…

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  • Cocktails on a beach bar!!
    Lovely photos!
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  • Carly Belsey

    We love to go to the beach, which is 2 minutes away, and spend the day in the sea, only coming out to eat 🙂

  • I love visiting the beach in the summer 🙂

  • Natalie Osborne Thomason

    Being out doors with granddaughter Alice playing and enjoying the sun

  • Anthony Webster

    Going on holiday and staying in 5 star hotels.

  • Ellie Adams

    What an amazing month you’ve had Suze. My favourite summer activities are family bbq’s, picnics, travelling all over the world, a glass of rose on the beach (and so much more)

    Elle
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    xx

  • Ruth Harwood

    we love to go swimming in the sea xx

  • dragonfly63

    Travelling to far flung places and enjoying good food, good wine, good weather and good company.

  • Julie Ward

    Going for BBQs at my sons and playing in the sandpit and paddling pool with grandchildren

  • Corinne Peat

    We love going to the beach.

  • Tricia Cowell

    I love taking my Grandsons to the beach buliding sandcastles and eating fish & chips

  • Helen Stratton

    Exploring woods and forests.

  • Stevie

    We like to visit the local riverside and fields with the dog and bread for the ducks.

  • Rebecca Austin

    we love going to the seaside, spending most of the day out

  • Alica

    Lounging in the garden with my family 🙂

  • Michelle O’neill

    Swimming x

  • Clare Munden

    Long walks on the beach

  • Liz Healy

    Turning off all alarm clocks

  • Claire Woods

    bike rides in the country.

  • Kimberley Ryan

    love having family around and entertaining in the garden, going for walks and bike riding

  • Ellie

    In summer, I love outdoor cinemas, festivals and lazy picnics in the park

  • Charlotte Pike

    Evenings in the pub garden or at a friend’s garden

  • Amanda Richardson

    Sunny evenings in the garden with family and friends and a bottle or two of chilled wine!

  • Helen A

    Love lazy summer evenings in the garden with friends and family

  • maureen.mallea97@gmail.com

    Relaxing in the garden (after hours of Gardening)

  • Sharon Arnott

    Getting to the coast as often as possible

  • GCforever

    Having friends over for a meal or a barbecue and making the most of the warm, light evenings.

  • Sheri Darby

    Long sunny walks

  • Rachel Butterworth

    Long walks with my dog, trios to the beach and lazing in the garden with a good book.

  • Rebecca Nisbet

    picnics and water fights!!

  • Leanne joy

    I also look forward to Christmas in July this year I made eggnog, chilled mulled wine, got all the xmas decorations out and organised a Christmas pub quiz complete with secret Santa ☺️

  • Emily CD

    I love going for picnics in the park. EJ Dunn

  • Patricia Avery

    Long walks or cycle rides through our beautiful countryside culminating in a well – earned picnic. Today its an 8 mile cycle ride along the prom on the Lincolnshire coast 🙂

  • Krystyna Joyce

    Picnics, BBQs with friends and wandering through beautiful gardens and stately homes in full bloom.

  • Jackie Kelly

    I love paddling in the sea, relaxing on the beach, gardening and walking in the countryside 🙂

  • Rebecca Howells

    Going for walks in the countryside and having picnics.

  • Jayne Townson

    Gardening, BBQs, long walks, bike rides and picnics.

  • Gemma Hendry

    relaxing in garden with my fiance n 5 month old daughter

  • Lyla

    Going to the beach

  • Christine Caple

    Love having days out with the family

  • haxell

    My favourite summer activities are bodyboarding, walking on the beach, relaxing in the garden and walks in the park.

    Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

  • JudeVFR400

    To picnic by the river. I just love the sound. Fizz would be rather lovely too.

  • Laura Harrison

    Spending days on the beach with my family xxx

  • Rosemary Sheehan

    Walking along the beach eating dinky doughnuts

  • Victoria Prince

    picnics in the park 🙂

  • Tim

    Spending summer days at the beach with the family

  • kim neville

    Fun family days out to farms, parks, beach, theme parks and BBQs

  • Kat Glynn

    Love goig on our summer holiday, and spending time in the sunshine 🙂

  • Robert Price

    Walking to country pubs

  • AgentAllan

    Going for long picnic rides either on the horse or on the bikes.

  • Debra Johnson

    I love catching up with friends over a light lunch & a few drinks.

  • Keith Hunt

    A long summer cruise in Cunards QM11 queen grill .

  • Tania Atfield

    Going to the beach with my kids

  • Hayley Colburn

    BBQ’s Beer gardens, feeding the ducks and waterparks 😀

  • laura

    Taking my kiddies somewhere lovely for the day, picnic feed the ducks swing park then fish and chips before we go home. Perfect day

  • Jo Heath

    Visiting new places, holidays and days out. Summer walks, swims, exploring new things. This year picnic ing under the Eiffel Tower on a beautiful day has got to be up there in my top memories! This set would be great for picnic in the Lake District! X

  • Kirsty Woods

    A day at the beach with my family

  • emma hussain

    Love to spend time outside with family

  • Joanne Casey

    I love time with my family,….BBQs, the beach and lovely walks with the dog

  • Lucy Chester

    Going on holiday to the beach with my boys

  • Nancy Bradford

    BBQs with the family and camping (when I can talk any of the others into it 🙂 ).

  • Oksana Fitzgerald

    I love going to the seaside with my family

  • David Crabb

    our favourite summer activities involve spending quality time as a family and having as much fun as possible!

  • Lee Hardy

    Swimming in the sea

  • Jane H Shaw

    I love my garden in the summertime I spend most of my day working in it.

  • Sandy Ralph

    i love to spend time with family and friends, especially at the beach which is so close to us in the summer

  • Jacqueline Roberts

    I like to watch and play tennis in the summer. The links in your rafflecopter for twitter didn’t work for me so I assumed you meant for me to follow you and Luc Belaire on twiiter which I did.

  • Terrie-Ann Wright

    Going on holiday has to be my favourite thing to do in the summer. For us we work hard all year to have that holiday each year.

  • Angela Macdonald

    I love to spend as much time as I can in the garden and explore new countries/places I have not been to before.

  • tracey anderson

    Love Summer for an abundance of things but i do love my garden and growing my own fruit and vegetables i am growing chillies this year which is something never have i grown before and pleased to say they are coming on lovely X x

  • Karl Borowy

    BBQs

  • Martina Alban

    we love going sailing with my boys and hubby

  • Donna

    I love making the most of the great outdoors when the weather is good. Spending time with family and good friends, eating and drinking, playing outdoor games, long walks in the park or along the seafront. Of course these are all the more enjoyable with a glass of something bubbly!

  • Natasha R-M

    Eating our own home-grown courgettes, runner beans and tomatoes.

  • Paula Barker

    Being able to stay in the garden in the evenings chatting with friends.

  • Ruth Wollerton

    I love running and having picnics in the fresh air with my family.

  • Natalie Crossan

    Luckily I live at the seaside so I spend a lot of time there in summer x