August has turned out to be one the best Summer months, weather-wise, that we’ve had in recent years in the UK. This month was tough for me on a personal level as my beloved Gran died. She lived to a ripe old age but it’s sad knowing that I’ll never see her again. Luxury, to me, is all about spending time with loved ones and I hope that you had plenty of occasions to do so in August. These are my luxury August adventures, a mix of happy and sad moments.
It’s surprising but I’d never got round to visiting the Imperial War Museum up to now. Paul and I went there recently and were impressed with the focus on individual soldiers and with the Peace Garden outside.
My friends have been a tower of strength this month, you know who you are. Two of my very good friends are going to live in Melbourne, hopefully we’ll get to visit them out there next year. It was a pleasure to catch up with Miriam for lunch at The Bingham, then with Angie and Mel who both have exciting travel plans for the coming months. The lovely Becky and Vanessa, the team behind the We Are Travel Girls Instagram account, recently arranged a fun meet up at The Goring Hotel. Finally, Yaya, Lloyd and I explored the new Mercato Metropolitano in South London and I liked it so much that I took Paul on a mystery trip there. If you visit, try the baccala (fried fish to you and I), it’s as good as in Rome.
I was lucky to experience an Olaplex treatment, together with a cut and colour at Nicky Clarke in Mayfair. Popular with celebrities, the treatment protects and conditions your hair when colouring.
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We had a fantastic stay at Ellenborough Park, a beautiful manor house in the heart of the Cotswolds. It can be a challenge when travelling with a family to choose a destination that suits everyone, so we rounded up recommendations for the best luxury family destinations – let me know if there are any that you would add to the list. We came across this motley Great British Bake Off crew at the annual scarecrow festival in the village of Bisterne in Devon – aren’t they brilliant!
Later in the month, we enjoyed a trip in the UK’s only hottug at The Runnymede Hotel – a truly unique experience and one of the most fun things that I’ve tried recently.
The saying goes, do something that scares you every day, and learning how to play polo definitely qualifies on my list ;-). So it was with excitement and some trepidation that I headed to the iconic Guards Polo Club near Windsor for a polo lesson, before the Land Rover Duke of Cornwall Trophy. I’ll be writing all about it in an upcoming post – thankfully, I had a very patient horse.
WINING AND DINING
Firstly, I toasted the great weather with some moreish tea enriched gin cocktails at the Urban Tea Rooms in Soho.
Seafood is lovely at any time of year but even more so in Summer. We enjoyed some of the best in London at Michelin starred Outlaw’s at The Capital. If you’re stuck for ideas as to where to eat outdoors in London, then hopefully you won’t be after reading our suggestions for the top 10 al fresco terraces. Italian food is possibly my favourite of all types of cuisine and we were delighted to learn how to cook like an Italian with charming sisters Claire and Charlotte at their Notting Hill cookery school. My most photogenic meal of the month was probably the one prepared by James Lowe for S.Pellegrino on the rooftop terrace of Harvey Nichols. Lastly, I enjoyed a delicious lunch at the stunning new private members club, restaurant and hotel, Devonshire Club, located in the heart of the city. As you can see, no expense has been spared on the stylish decor.
COMING SOON IN SEPTEMBER
I have several fun London staycations coming up including a hotel safari, plus a foodie trip to Berkshire, a very special dinner in Paris and our fifth wedding anniversary in Jersey. I’ve just Googled it and the fifth anniversary gift is wood, so hopefully I can come up with a non-cheesy memento for Paul ;-).
How was your month of August and what are you planning to do in September?