The eXcellence Group hosted a luxury network event of British excellence and wealth at McLaren London, 100 Knightsbridge last month.
The event brought together the very best British and International luxury brands, combined with the opportunity to invest in the latest successful innovative tech, media and luxury startups. The guests were a mix of ultra high net worth, angel investors, capital investment firms, family offices and successful entrepreneurs looking to invest in new technologies and future forming business ideas.
My ‘to do’ list tick-tocked through my mind. Emails, meetings, deadlines; presents to buy, friends to visit, appointments to sort. So much to do and so little time. How could I possibly relax and give in to the magic of the festive season with so much on my mind?
This pendulum of pressure was no match for Surrey’s Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa.
Here is a hotel that exudes warmth and welcome. Stepping inside was like that post-Sunday lunch, ‘let’s all cosy up by the fire’ feeling, and that’s exactly what we did first.
Roger Munns is a British, Emmy award-winning underwater cameraman, based in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Specialising in open ocean and coral reef natural history film-making, Roger was one of the principal cameramen on the BBC’s recent Blue Planet II series. He logged over 600hrs underwater while filming ten different stories for four episodes. Here he tells his story of filming the boiling sea for the BBC program Blue Planet II in his own words.
It is strange to compare a couple of points with two very different areas; Norfolk and France’s Alsace. Neither is really on the way to anywhere so it is peaceful and most roads are uncrowded, but both have a few touristic centres which have rather too many people visiting in the high season. I would add that both have
The magnet of the prospect of exciting food in a delightful hotel will draw us out of our crowded corner of the South East; a 200 miles’ round trip was well worth the agonies of the Dartford Crossing and the M25.
One of the great benefits of Lavenham is that it is not really on the way to anywhere for most people. This village has grown to be a small town but the centre still has the feeling of a village community. This is possibly because so many of the houses in the centre are of the same Tudor period as there are over 350 Listed buildings from the very grand Guildhall to former bothies. They must share the same endless problems of living in delightful but high maintenance houses. If Lavenham had been in the Home Counties, property developers would be salivating at the numerous sites that th
One customer will shortly be taking delivery of two unique McLarens, created to his individual specification by McLaren Special Operations (MSO). Called the MSO R Coupé and MSO R Spider, they are the latest in a lineage of McLarens produced as personal commissions, a service that sees the customer working closely with MSO to agree the direction, scope and specification of a project.
Norfolk was quite a surprise, whilst certain aspects took our minds back even as far as the 1950’s, there was a pleasant buzz about so many refreshing facets of life outside the Home Counties. People have time to be polite, the roads were generally uncongested; we found some real treasures. Some were unspoilt villages, wide open spaces of countryside seemingly largely unpressured by too much development. There are several very grand houses including two very different National Trust properties; Blickling Hall for its exterior – even better than the photographs - and the modern planting
On one of the hottest days this year, the scene was set for the prestigious Cartier Queen’s Cup Final at Guards Polo Club, pitting rivals RH Polo and La Indiana against each other in a thrilling match conclusion.