May could well be my favourite month, when Spring has finally sprung and the days are so much longer. Not only is it my birthday month, but lots of friends seem to have one in May so there’s plenty of celebrating to be done. Putting this list of my luxury May moments together, I realise how lucky I am to have such great opportunities and fantastic friends and family to share them with.
I just had to visit the Hermes Wanderland exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. We managed to get there on the final day and were really impressed with the imaginative displays.
On a slightly less highbrow note, we had a blast at Book of Mormon, if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.
May was chock-a-block with wonderful events, if only the weather had played ball throughout! Mappin and Webb showcased their designer jewellery and watches in the august surroundings of Spencer House, overlooking Green Park.
Clerkenwell is one of my favourite parts of London and Champagne Jacquart held a fantastic event there to relaunch its Rosé Cube, coincidng with Clerkenwell Design Week. The backdrop was the stunning Norman Crypt of the Museum of the Order of St John.
From there it was off to the Hoxton Hotel for a Gin Mare tasting.
And finally I sampled the delicious Bloom Gin Cocktails at One Aldwych.
We fitted in a short break to the beautiful island of Jersey, staying at picturesque Longueville Manor, a Relais & Chateaux member. One of the highlights was visiting La Mare vineyard, and I’ve included more photos in our guide to Jersey.
I also enjoyed The Elite London show, where we got to sit in private jets and saw Spitfires flying right over our heads.
WINING AND DINING
This was one of my most foodie months, with visits to The Saint James’s Hotel and Club to taste the Michelin starred cuisine of William Drabble and an alternative and very tasty Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea at The Stafford Hotel, with Mr Luxe as my co-reviewer. More culinary delights in St James were to come at Sake No Hana and Tredwell’s.
FAVOURITE NEW OPENING
Nuno Mendes, of Chiltern Firehouse fame, has opened a casual Portugese restaurant in Spitalfields Market, Taberna do Mercado. You may have to queue but it will be worth it for the simple but flavoursome dishes and I’ll be posting a review soon.
COMING SOON IN JUNE
I’m pretty excited to be returning to Rome, having visited quite a few years ago – any travel tips welcome! We’re also heading to country house hotel Ashdown Park in Sussex for a breath of fresh air.
What have been your favourite moments in May? I’d love to hear about them.