London's Haymarket Hotel needs to be at the top of your must-stay-at list. The hotel pushes the boundaries, not only with its quirky décor, but with its exceptionally friendly and down-to-earth service and health-centric approach to food and fitness.

If you are one of the lucky ones and are heading off on an exquisite escape this summer, first of all, I wish I was you, and secondly, have you thought of what to pack? Here are my tips on the best beach bag essentials to pack.