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Monthly Favourites – August #28

WHAT YOU’VE MISSED ON SOPHIE’S SUITCASE THIS MONTH

3 days in Lisbon

MONTHLY FAVOURITES

Bustronome

At the end of August me and Theo headed in to London for a dining experience onboard Bustronome. A fairly new concept to London, this unique experience was so much fun and something I would highly recommend. We had such a fun evening on the Friday evening driving around London whilst being served an amazing six-course meal with wine through the wonderful guys at Bustronome London. We sat on top deck with the panoramic windows above offering amazing views of the city and beyond. The food was also amazing, and our waiter was a lovely guy from Hungary who chatted to us throughout the evening, about why he loves London so much and the history of the company. I really enjoyed the unique experience and I would definitely add it to your London bucket list ❤️ – – – > READ MORE

A girls weekend in Lisbon

After spending 3 days in Lisbon last month, I fell madly in with this cultural city. I’ve pulled together a guide to a Lisbon city break and I’ve done all the research for you including where to stay, where to eat, what to do and how to get there. Three days is the perfect length of time to fully discover Lisbon and within these three days you can visit all of the main areas of the city, and the main tourist attractions. You can also grab yourself a famous pasteis de Nata, visit the imposing São Jorge Castle, take in all the views from the famous Alfama district, walk around Barrio Alto and take photos against the city’s pastel-colored buildings, and there is even enough time to see the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge.

This huge blog post will provide you with a suggested three day itinerary of Lisbon, which could be used for a short city break or as part of an extended tour of Portugal. And if you’ve got longer than three days in Lisbon, outside the city there is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril. Check out my guide to days trips from Lisbon too. – – – > READ ALL MY LISBON POSTS

Stylish Travel with SmartBuyGlasses

A pair of sunglasses are my go-to item for any adventure, whether it’s to a sunny destination or a winter destination. You never know when you might need a pair of stylish sunglasses from SmartBuyGlasses. I was recently gifted a pair of sunglasses from these guys and immediately opted for one of my favourite brands: Ray Ban Sunglasses. I opted for one of their Ray Ban Round Metal frames, which I have worn every single day since I got them. They’re amazing quality and I can’t wait to get another pair for next summer!

Choosing my wedding stationary with Theo and we ordered our Save The Dates

If you didn’t know already – I GOT ENGAGED! You need to check this post out from January to read all about the proposal, but also keep an eye on more posts like this one called THE WEDDING DIARIES, if you are engaged or getting married soon. I will be documenting my entire journey throughout this mad process, from the engagement right up the honeymoon. One of my favourite things to do in life is organise, so wedding planning is one of my favourite activities at the moment. From excel spreadsheets, to venue visits, and from wedding dresses to choosing my stationery supplier, I am in my element. I have been so excited to start planning my colour schemes, fonts, stationary and decorations, and choosing my wedding stationary has been something I have been excited about since the beginning. Now that we have booked our venue, agreed on our guest list and established a basic theme, me and Theo have started the task of choosing our wedding stationary and we’ve opted to go with the wonderful team at Atelier Rosemood! – – – > READ MORE

Exploring West London

I love London, always have and always will. I regularly feel extremely lucky to have such an iconic and magnificent city on my doorstep. London is one of the most prestigious cities in the world and it certainly has a lot to offer tourists, but what about those of us who live close by, and want to explore without the crowds and chaos? London is home to historical sights, world-class shopping, top-notch sporting, and wild nightlife. I’ve done the tourist attractions multiple times, and when Theo and I decided to head to London last weekend we decided instead to head west and explore the region of South Kensington. Here is my guide to exploring South Kensington and how best to spend 2 days in London, if it’s your first time in the city or you’re back for more – – – > READ MORE

Dinner at Fox & Hounds 

Last month, on a sunny Friday evening, Theo and I headed to the newly renovated Fox & Hounds with our friends Harriet and Laurence. We invited our friends along to experience the pub, since launching their new luxurious transformation which includes a brand-new menu and total makeover. The pub is known it’s decadent dining options and great atmosphere. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was exciting and the decor was rich and decadent, with plush velvet sofas, moody lighting and a lovely garden, for late evening summer dining. 

Spa weekend at Ragdale Hall & Spa

If you’ve read my blog for longer than a month, you’ll know how much I love a spa day. I’ve been to a lot of spas over the years, as its one of my favourite ways to relax, destress and recover from flying around the world for work. I haven’t’ been to many spas this year, but last year I stayed at Rudding Park in July for my birthday, I then went for a spa day at Y Spa with my best friend before she jets off to South America. I also love to go on a spa day with my mum, and visiting the luxury, all-inclusive Ragdale Hall in Leicestershire is our favourite spa to visit. We’ve been together four times now, so it was about time we visited again. Set amongst the soothing peace of the Leicestershire countryside, the 93 bedroom Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa offers luxurious pampering with a huge range of facilities. – – – > READ MORE

 

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