Our Luxury August Adventures – Happy and Sad Moments

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.

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One of my favourite August adventures was 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.


Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win two nights at The Chatwal New York, an Art Deco landmark. One lucky winner will enjoy the central Manhattan location and stylish interiors, but hurry as the competition ends soon!

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!

great_british_bake_off_scarecrowsLater 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. Thankfully, I had a very patient horse.


Firstly, I toasted the great weather with some moreish tea enriched gin cocktails at the Urban Tea Rooms in Soho.

T.E.A._cocktailSeafood 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.

devonshire_club_liverpool_stCOMING 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.
What August adventures did you get up to and what are you planning to do in September?

  • Lovely to see you this month hon and sorry about your sad times.

  • So sorry about your Gran, Suze 🙁 sending big hugs! Losing a grandparent is so tough.

    You’ve had some really lovely August moments though! I love the Imperial War Museum – it’s my favourite museum in London, and learning how to play polo sounds like lots of fun!

    C x | Lux Life

    • Thanks Catherine, that’s kind of you. I can see why you like the IWM, it’s amazing that I never got round to it until now

  • You’ve had such a busy month – I love reading about the interesting things you get up to!
    I’m sorry to hear about your gran – it’s so tough to lose a beloved family member x.

    • It is tough but I take comfort in the fact that she lived a really long life. Love your Brixton Beach post, I’ve been meaning to go to the food market so will combine it with this!

  • I’m sorry to hear about your Gran Suze. It sounds like you had a wonderful month nonetheless. I really like the Olaplex treatment. I got it for the first time a couple of months ago and it made my hair feel so good!

    • I’m enjoying the Olaplex treatment too, it’s making a difference to my hair. Have a lovely month ahead, Eden

  • So jealous! You get to go to all the cool places

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  • I am sorry to hear of your loss. That colors everything. You look like you have soaked up the summer and enjoyed so many things.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • That’s very thoughtful of you, Amy Ann. Hope your pregnancy is going well, you are looking radiant

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. It’s so hard to lose a beloved family member, but I’m glad that you were surrounded by loved ones throughout the summer. I can’t wait to see what you get up to in September!


    • Thank you Courtney, I really appreciate your kind words and always enjoy reading what you’ve been up to

  • Suze, I know how it feels to lose a much beloved Gran and Grandad, so sorry to hear about it and my thoughts are with you and your family. Can’t wait to catch up soon and lots to update you on. Lots of love to you and the hubby! xx

    • That’s very kind, thanks Laurie and it would be good to catch up with you soon – I want to compare notes on our Pullman trip!

  • Sorry to hear about your grandmother; the loss of loved ones is something that one never gets fully over unlike many other things in life that can be overcome 🙁 Stay strong!

    • Thanks Anouk, my Gran is the one who gave me strength and I’ll definitely carry on that way for her sake. Have a great weekend

  • Paola

    I’m so sorry about your loss…
    I wish you all the best for the new month!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  • So sorry about your gran. I love your definition of luxury, as spending time with loved ones. So true.

  • So sorry to hear about your loss. Those who leave us are always there, even if we don’t see them. I hope you find peace soon.

    • That’s a very nice thought and I do think there’s something true in that, thank you

  • Ellie Adams

    So sorry to hear about your Gran Suze, my thought are with you and your family! I hope September is a little easier for you, you’re so right in that luxury is spending time with loved ones. I love this!


  • Suze, so sorry to hear about your dear Gran. It doesn’t matter how old they are when they pass, the grief is always there. But I’m glad to see that you overall had a lovely August – the hot tug looks so much fun!
    Glad to know that you’ve got an exciting September ahead XX

    • Thank you Jean, that’s very thoughtful. By the way, I’m loving your articles for WTM, very interesting

  • Really enjoyed our lunch at the Bingham – this month was so beautiful, always enjoy reading your monthly round ups! Completely agree with you – spending time with loved ones is the biggest luxury we have!

    • It was such a pleasure to meet up at the Bingham and Lurra, I always enjoy our catch ups

  • Suze, I’m so sorry to hear about your lose. I lost my paternal grandfather a few years ago, but like your nan he lived a long full life (he was a real colourful character – he makes me look like a retiring wallflower) so there was some comfort in that. You’d have loved him, and he you – he also loved the finer things in life and wasn’t afraid to be unconventional. x

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  • So, so sorry to hear about your grandma, lady. 🙁 Sending you good thoughts + vibes!

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  • Lucy

    I’m sorry to hear about your gran always sad no matter what age. You look like you have had a wonderful month the hot tug looks superb and learning polo very jealous Lucy x

    • The polo was brilliant if terrifying and the hot tug was great fun. How is your little boy, he’ll be walking soon won’t he?

  • Coco Cami

    Brilliant post as always, so sorry to hear about your Grandmother however. Thank you for sharing, so many lovely photographs and great places!

    Camille xo


    • Thanks very much Camille, I hope you had a wonderful month of August and let’s hope for an Indian Summer

  • Suze, sorry to hear about your loss.. it’s never easy! Can totally relate to time with loved ones as luxury. I love your writing & blog.. It sounds like September has much colour & excitement in it. Happy September. :)x


    • That’s really kind of you, Zahra, I always enjoy reading yours too. Have a wonderful September

  • Having a cut and colour by Nicky Clarke must have been such a great experience! Another fabulous month, Suze! Though, of course I’m very sorry to hear about your nan; my thoughts are with you x

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • It was a strange mixed month of good and bad, but it certainly makes me appreciate friends and family

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your Gran x

  • I agree it’s such a luxury to spend time with loved ones . Live life to the full is one of my mottos and I’m sure your gran is looking down on you now with pride at all the amazing things you’re doing and really living life in the most fantastic way! Can’t wait to read about your Polo experience…I would love to try something like that but I’m petrified of horses.

    • I hadn’t been on a horse in years so I was pretty apprehensive but it was good fun. Have a lovely weekend, Maggie and looking forward to catching up soon

  • Sorry to hear about your Nan, Suze. It looks like you explored lots of lovely places this month- the Cotswalds sounds super lovely

    Rachel xx

    • That’s very kind, Rachel, hope your new role is going well and have a great weekend

  • Firstly, I’m so sorry to hear about your nan Suze, I know how hard that must have been. It sounds like August has certainly had high points and you must be excited about your up and coming 5th year anniversary too 🙂

    Looking forward to more of your up and coming posts and hope your September is a happy one.

    Laura xo

  • melbtravel

    It was a great to catch up with the other week too. I had such an amazing day. Looking forward to our next adventure 🙂 http://www.melbtravel.com/

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your Gran, Suze. Sending lots of love, xx.