My Luxury June Adventures – Win 1 of 5 Café London Guides


Even if the weather hasn’t played ball recently, June was still pretty special. I was lucky to have some amazing luxury June adventures, travelling to Hampshire, Hamburg, Windsor and enjoying a brilliant staycation in London. Here’s hoping for some proper sunshine in July! One thing that London has in abundance are great cafés, and you could win 1 of 5 copies of Café London to help you choose the very best ones – read on to be in with a chance of winning one.

CULTURE VULTURE

I was excited to attend the new Tate Modern preview. I used to be a member here and it’s fascinating to see how the building has evolved over the years. On the whole, I was impressed with the design of The Switch House, the new wing, although some sections feel a little empty for now – no doubt they’ll be filled up quickly with works from the vast art collection. It’s nice to see a whole room dedicated to Louise Bourgeois, the late great sculptor. Make sure to check out the viewing platform on level 10.

new-tate-modern-reviewI also popped into the opening of the Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels – definitely worth a visit if you’re in Hyde Park. I’m also planning on visiting the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, there’s always an interesting mix of artworks! Today I’m heading to Masterpiece London, it’s always a great selection of art, design and antiques.

SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

One of the highlights of the Summer season is polo and for a relaxed take on it, you can’t beat Polo in the Park at the Hurlingham Club. I was invited by La Martina, the famous polo lifestyle company. They had the most popular stand with an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, enabling visitors to experience a polo match up close. Of course, I did the obligatory stomping the divots at half time!

la-martina-polo-hurlingham-clubSTYLE FILE

Wedding season is in full swing so I rounded up some tips on setting up your gift registry which will hopefully prove helpful to brides or friends of the bride. This month, I tried out an exceptional aesthetic treatment, CoolSculpting, at Lazeo Clinic in Notting Hill. It’s the only FDA approved procedure for stubborn fat that remains after you’ve achieved your ideal weight. I should be seeing the results within a few weeks so will be sharing details with you.

We also popped into the launch of Lalique’s new men’s fragrance, L’Insoumis. Taking place in what could well be the nicest roof terrace in London at Ham Yard Hotel, it was a lovely evening of cocktails and canapés. Both Paul and I love the bottle’s Art Deco design, based on a fern motif used on Lalique’s Tourbillons vase in 1926. The scent is an aromatic fougere, combining basil, bergamot and rum with lavender, moss, vetiver, black pepper, sage and patchouli.

l'insoumis-laliqueTRAVEL TALES

We had a truly inspiring visit to The Greyhound on the Test in Hampshire – the interior designer has overcome horrendous adversity and created a welcoming retreat for guests with his partner, the owner of the inn. Later in the month I returned to Hamburg, an elegant city with some fantastic cultural and sporting attractions.

hamburg-historic-centerI had a really relaxing stay at The Landmark London in Marylebone and a tour of 4 Accor hotels finishing at the charming Windsor MGallery.

landmark-london-reviewI’ve also come up with a luxury guide to Westminster over on Trivago’s Room5 blog, and my London and Rome hidden gems for Pearlshare, a nifty new app.

Finally, it was a pleasure to be named one of Market Inspector’s Top 50 Travel Blogs 2016.

WINING AND DINING

This month was a feast for the senses and a challenge for my waistline with a delicious North Indian meal at Thali, a champagne supperclub with Laurent-Perrier at 12 Hay Hill private members’ club and the UK & Ireland final of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 competition. I enjoyed South African cuisine and wine at High Timber with Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve.

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I had some amazing dining experiences at Pied à Terre, the Dorchester Grill with Laurent-Perrier and the Royal Garden Hotel, sampling their Bobby Moore menu. I also had great fun at Duck and Waffle…I just had to go for their signature dish!

duck-and-waffle-reviewYesterday I checked out the cuisine and Bombay Sapphire cocktails at the Terrace of the Jumeirah Lowndes and popped round the corner for a Bacardi Summer Terrace cocktail at the iconic Rib Room in the Jumeirah Carlton Tower.

jumeirah-knightsbridge-reviewBeing a chocoholic, I loved these new Choconut delicacies. They’re the only UK brand to use 100% Valhrona chocolate and their flavours are so innovative – check out their black forest, lemon meringue or gin and tonic flavours! Their head chocolatier, Xavier Parcerisa, used to be Head Pastry Chef at The Goring Hotel. Their delicious chocolates are available at the boutique store at 161 Great Portland Street, together with the best fair-trade coffee and a huge selection of nuts and baked goods. Halal and kosher products are available and there’s a bespoke counter where you can create your very own chocolate, prepared in under 15 minutes.

choconut-reviewCOMING SOON IN JULY

I headed to Henley Regatta, then to Dublin for a whistle-stop afternoon tea and later to the Isle of Wight – a really charming place that’s a pleasure to return to.

WIN ONE OF FIVE CAFE LONDON GUIDES

Looking for the best cafés in London? Café London sorts the wheat from the chaff or should I say the flat white from the instant blend ;-). With more than 100 recommendations, you’re sure to find some great spots for brunch or afternoon tea. The giveaway is open to UK residents only. Just follow the steps and tell me what is your favourite London café?

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  • Love the picture of you in front of the rose covered cottage. Looking forward to read about Hamburg and your trip to the Isle of Wight! ♡

    • That’s very kind, Miriam – it was such a picturesque place! Have a great weekend

  • What a fabulous monthly round-up Suze and thanks so much for including me in your June adventures 🙂 ! Can’t wait to catch up and hear your thoughts on the Rib Room and Landmark x

  • I can see that June for you was full of adventures in very beautiful places! Thanks for the giveaway too xx

  • Fantastic roundup! So many great adventures! The cocktails sound delicious and the choconut looks heavenly

    http://leftbankgirl.blogspot.com

  • Your life never ceases to amaze you! Some of this architecture looks incredible

    Rachel xxx

    The Daily Luxe

  • The polo looks like a great day out, gutted I missed it this year. Have a great day! Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • I’m missing Ascot and Wimbledon this year but I’m off to Henley tomorrow – can’t wait!

  • I can imagine what a wonderful time you had at the polo, and gosh those Choconut treats look delicious!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • I’m so jealous that you ate at Duck & Waffle! I ate lunch there once on a business trip and not only was the food amazing, but the view of the Thames is gorgeous too!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

    • Funnily enough we didn’t see the Thames from the side that we were sitting on but the views were phenomenal

  • So many cool events, lady! Love some summer polo- I’ve never been, but I want to see this live someday!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Hope that you get the chance, Ashley – it’s a lot of fun, just like in Pretty Woman 😉

  • Tracey Peach

    I’ve never been to London so I don’t know any cafe’s but hope to visit soon so this book would be a great help 🙂

  • That’s a great shot of your Duck and Waffle!

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Congrats! I have yet to visit Duck and Waffle but it’s on my list! Awesome giveaway too… my fingers are crossed 🙂

  • Ellie Adams

    The Landmark london looks so gorgeous, what a little haven in our capital. Love Duck and waffle too, such a classic with stunning views!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

  • Katherine L

    Prufrock is one of my favourite cafes in London .. although I don’t know that many so would love this book 🙂

    • Thanks for the recommendation, Katherine – I’ve been there once and really liked it too

  • another full of adventure filled month, I hope your July will be as good as June! How good those choconuts look!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Googling Choconut as we speak 🙂

  • Wow, it looks like you had quite the month, Suze! Everything looked so fun, beautiful, and indeed luxurious! Can’t wait to see all the adventures you share with us this month, cheers to a wonderful and eventful July!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • I’m looking forward to seeing what you get up to as well, Jalisa! Have a lovely weekend

  • WOW!! I love the post!
    Dora http://www.BangsBang.com

  • Oh wow, looks like you had a great time in June with lots of lovely events!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • You’ve had such a busy month! I can’t believe that I didn’t go anywhere in June but no complaining as I’m going to Paris this weekend. Have a good one. xo

    • I’ve got nothing planned for August yet, sometimes it’s nice to chill out! Have an amazing time in Paris, Anouk

      • Thanks Suze! Yes, chilling is nice as well, you’re right 🙂

  • Juliette

    Riding House Cafe in Great Titchfield

  • chrisbishop55

    I once won a brunch for two at the Kipferl cafe in Camden Passage (quite a long time ago!) but it was really good and one of these days on my infrequent visits to London……. I will return!

  • Paula Readings

    We liked the Rainforest Cafe

  • PAH

    A lovely sunny day outside Andronicas😄

    • Ooh I had to Google this as I hadn’t heard of it – but I see it’s very close to Jones Family Project which we love, so will definitely try it out

  • laura stewart

    ive never been

  • Frank Thomae

    Great photos. So, how do you keep skinny? 😉

    Frank (bbqboy)

  • lyndsey80

    i have never been to any london cafes as i would not know where to go but would love to go and try some of them

  • Chris S

    I love to go to Mud in Tooting. It’s only a small independent Cafe but their coffee is amazing and they do a fantastic brunch.

    • I’ll let my friends who live in Tooting know – there are some great cafes there

  • Boutique Travel Blog

    Has to be the Attendant, a quirky little cafe in a former Victorian gents. Their salted, caramel brownies are superb1

  • Rebecca Howells

    I only really know the chain cafe stores – would like to try some little local ones

  • Rachel Butterworth

    Andronicas.

  • GCforever

    I’m a frequent visitor but never have time to search out independents. Would love to know where to find them.

  • Donna Large

    havent been to any but would like to

  • Hannah Ingham

    A visit London rarely but I loved crumbs and doilies when I visited earlier this year!

  • Amy

    Never been to any but would love to try!

  • Corinne Peat

    I’ve not been to any yet but I’m off to London next month so will be sure to try some!

  • Keith Hunt

    Never been to a posh cafe on land as I spend most of my free holiday time in Cunards Queen Grills.

  • fifitheflirt

    FAT HARRYS CAFE Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, Great little café for an all day breakfast. Near to the travel Lodge there, great food and lovely staff. xx

  • Michelle Ptak

    Mike’s Cafe, Notting Hill … can’t beat their great breakfasts

  • Adrian Bold

    We loved the Rainforest Cafe.

  • Alison King

    Duck and Waffle as well as The Wolsey are my absolute favourites! But Hash in Dalston and Dishoom for breakfast are also brilliant! Xx

  • Sarah S

    The Breakfast Club! Love the bacon and avocado sarnies

  • MICHELLE Stewart

    I cant pass Harrrods without going into the Chocolate Bar

  • Jayne Kelsall

    I love Look Mum No Hands! . really quirky place but does great food .x

  • Kathryn Casbolt

    The new desert bar at the Hotel Café Royal – irresistible!

  • Natalie Crossan

    Found a parisian cafe near Harrods – can’t remember the name – it was lovely