Susan Ward Davies

TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE DIRECTOR

Susan Ward Davies has been a travel writer for more than two decades, as Travel & Lifestyle Director of ELLE, elleuk.com and ELLE Wedding, editor of the Chinese Luxury London Guide for ELLE Collections, launch editor of The Travel Edit, as well as writing for The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Food & Travel, Time magazine, Wallpaper, Beach Tomato and Travel & Leisure.She has also worked as a wine columnist, an external examiner at The London College of Fashion, a dog-walker in Cannes, manager of a hiphop band, a gaucho in Argentina, a riding instructor in Wales, youth hostel manager in Greece, English teacher in Istanbul, and has generally waitressed, bartended and au-paired her way around the world.In the course of her travels she has learned to play polo on an Australian sheep farm, camped on Bhutanese mountaintops, white water-rafted in Zimbabwe and Utah and mountain-biked in Peru; and while she has slept in maharajahs' palaces, private islands and some of the world's most luxe hotels, she has also bedded down in Third World train corridors, on a Burmese monastery floor, shared a sand dune with camels in the Jordanian desert and braved a tarantula-infested, windowless shack in Guyana. So it's not all glamour.

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A Level Year 1 PsychologyI am currently at Camden School for Girls, but I am hoping to have a change in 6th form by attending a 6th form college. I came for the open day at City & Islington and was very impressed with the speech the Principal made- he made it sound like a very exciting place to study.  I loved hearing about  the psychology, film studies and Music Technology A level courses and I feel I could do very well in these, as they are all subjects I am really interested in.When I applied for secondary school, I was one of only 6 people ( out of about 500)  to win a music place at Camden School for Girls, and I have really enjoyed studying music there. I write, arrange  and produce my own songs, and have recorded some.   I have performed many times at school, and also at open mic sessions and at a street festival. I sometimes play the piano  and guitar to accompany my colleagues' performances. I also write poetry and  was chosen to represent the school in a spoken word contest Slambassadors, when I was 12.I also wrote a short children's book when I was 9, but it hasn't been published yet.I was  also asked to play the part of a troubled teenage girl  in a Youtube film series aimed at teaching teenagers how to deal with different life situations, this experience has made me very interested in the whole process of making films.I have been suffering with severe anxiety over the past two  years, which has resulted in poor school attendance,  but I am seeing a CBT counsellor and making a big effort to manage it. I work very hard to make up the work   I miss and my teachers say I am very capable of doing well in my GCSEs if I can overcome the anxiety. I have been diagnosed with ADD too. My predicted grades, at the moment, aren't very high, because of my anxiety,  but we haven't done our mocks yet and I hope to improve them then.I am half Cuban and love spending time with my family in Cuba, but I am aware that they have none of the opportunities  that we have in the UK, which makes me more  keen to do well and make the most of my life. I would love to  have a career in music and/or film, but because of my anxiety I am very interested in psychology and would love to study this to give me another career option, and to understand better how our minds work.I have done work experience at my old nursery school and primary school and at ELLE magazine.My anxiety has been a big struggle for me, so I really hope I won't be penalised because of my poor attendance, as it is something I can't help. I really enjoy learning and I am determined to overcome  the anxiety and do well.I feel that City & Islington could be a wonderful new start for me and I really hope I can earn a place there as I have alot to contribute.PERSONAL STATEMENTApplication reference: APP000761,APP000761,APP000761
A Level Year 1 Film
A Level Year 1 Music Technology
A Level Year 1 PsychologyI am currently at Camden School for Girls, but I am hoping to have a change in 6th form by attending a 6th form college. I came for the open day at City & Islington and was very impressed with the speech the Principal made- he made it sound like a very exciting place to study.  I loved hearing about  the psychology, film studies and Music Technology A level courses and I feel I could do very well in these, as they are all subjects I am really interested in.When I applied for secondary school, I was one of only 6 people ( out of about 500)  to win a music place at Camden School for Girls, and I have really enjoyed studying music there. I write, arrange  and produce my own songs, and have recorded some.   I have performed many times at school, and also at open mic sessions and at a street festival. I sometimes play the piano  and guitar to accompany my colleagues' performances. I also write poetry and  was chosen to represent the school in a spoken word contest Slambassadors, when I was 12.I also wrote a short children's book when I was 9, but it hasn't been published yet.I was  also asked to play the part of a troubled teenage girl  in a Youtube film series aimed at teaching teenagers how to deal with different life situations, this experience has made me very interested in the whole process of making films.I have been suffering with severe anxiety over the past two  years, which has resulted in poor school attendance,  but I am seeing a CBT counsellor and making a big effort to manage it. I work very hard to make up the work   I miss and my teachers say I am very capable of doing well in my GCSEs if I can overcome the anxiety. I have been diagnosed with ADD too. My predicted grades, at the moment, aren't very high, because of my anxiety,  but we haven't done our mocks yet and I hope to improve them then.I am half Cuban and love spending time with my family in Cuba, but I am aware that they have none of the opportunities  that we have in the UK, which makes me more  keen to do well and make the most of my life. I would love to  have a career in music and/or film, but because of my anxiety I am very interested in psychology and would love to study this to give me another career option, and to understand better how our minds work.I have done work experience at my old nursery school and primary school and at ELLE magazine.My anxiety has been a big struggle for me, so I really hope I won't be penalised because of my poor attendance, as it is something I can't help. I really enjoy learning and I am determined to overcome  the anxiety and do well.I feel that City & Islington could be a wonderful new start for me and I really hope I can earn a place there as I have alot to contribute.Vegan Christmas NIght Market, Camden, London
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Things To Do In London This Weekend: Dec 15-17
Ho-ho-hot festive happenings, incoming
Coral Room, Bloomsbury Hotel, London
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Things To Do In London This Weekend: Dec 8-10
Oh, go on then weekend. If you insist...
Mint Beards by Gilbert and George
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Things To Do In London This Weekend Dec 1-3
It's December. FINALLY. Let the partying commence
Manchester Xmas Market
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10 Of The Most Enchanting Christmas Markets You Can Visit On A Weekend Break In Europe
Got a few days of Holiday leave left? Then get yourself to one of these Instagrammable destinations
Paradise at Printworks, Surrey Quays, London
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Things To Do In London This Weekend: 24-26 Nov
Christmas. Has. Landed.
Morocco Medina pop up , The Queen of Hoxton rooftop , London
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Things To Do In London This Weekend: 17-19 Nov
Because you're better than staying home
Black Cat Cabaret,  Leicester Square's Christmas Market, London
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Things To Do In London This Weekend: Nov 10-12
Oh this weekend? We'll be eating cheese in an igloo, having saunas on the roof and listening to jazz EVERYWHERE. You?
Fireworks night, November 5th, London
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Things To Do In London This Weekend: 3-5 Nov
It's fireworks weekend in the capital. Banging!
Danse Macabre Halloween Party The Curtain, Shoreditch, London
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Things To Do In London This Weekend Oct 27 - 30 Halloween Special
It's All Hallows' Eve! Get ready for a HELL of a party…
Dark Side of the Spoon, Oslo, Hackney
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Things To Do In LondonThis Weekend: 20-22 Oct
Because going out is the new going out
Modern Panic art exhibition,  Apiary Studios, London
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Things To Do In London This Weekend:13-15 Oct
Come on then weekend, we're ready for you
London Cocktail Week, The Belvedere Estate Rooms Private Bar, Motel Studios,  London
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Things To Do In London This Weekend: 6-8 Oct
It's ALL going on in London this weekend. No exaggeration
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Five of the Best Romantic Escapes In The UK
Nothing gets you more brownie points than a surprise weekend away
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Five of the Best Day Spa Breaks in the UK
With dropping temperatures and howling winds to go with the holier-than-thou New Year's resolutions and back to work blues, some spa time...
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Things To Do In London This Weekend: 29 Sept-1 Oct
Sure, you could stay in. Orrrrr...
Courtesan dim sum lounge and speakeasy, Brixton,London
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Things To Do In London This Weekend: September 22-24
Because great stories never start 'So I stayed home…'
London Design Festival
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Things To Do In London This Weekend: Sept 15-17
Your weekend just got brilliant
OnBlackheath festival,  Blackheath, London
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Things To Do In London This Weekend: 8-10 September
Weekend: 1, Boredom: 0
Spiritland,  bar and  music venue,  Kings Cross, London
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Things To Do In London This Weekend: Sept 1 - 3
Because you're better than a box-set binge
SFTW 25-28 AugIt's bank HOLLER day! Here's where to party accordinglyTHE BIG ONE: Notting Hill CarnivalWe'll begin with the biggie: an event that really needs no introduction. What's that? You'd like one anyway? OK, how about: sound systems, dance troupes, rice n' peas, trumpeters, masquerade, street food, steel drums, feathers galore, DJs, curried goat, Red Stripe, samba dancing with strangers and one great. Big. Almighty. STREET PARADE? But really we could have done it in one word: CARNIVAL.Extra exciting this year is that the legendary RBMA (that's Red Bull Music Academy)  soundsystem is open to all for the first time. Check out dancehall star Spice, rapper Stefflon Don and Mixpak boss Dre Skull at Emslie Horniman's Pleasance Park.26-28 August; free
London W11
thenottinghillcarnival.comTHE BEATS AND BOWLING ONE: Island Records x Queens Skate Dine BowlWe love Carnival, really we do. But you know what it's missing? Ten-pin bowling and ice skating, obviously. Happily, here to rectify the situation is Queens Skate, Dine Bowl, who are holding a mighty two-day party, with Carnival vibes right up our (bowling) alley. Hosting a Mas-themed DJ takeover from super-cool label Island Records in the middle of the even-cooler (literally) ice rink, expect back-to-back sets from a specially built beach-shack booth. Your ticket price gets you unlimited skating, a game of bowling, an Island Records Beer and a MEATLiquor Burger: or, in short, F-U-N.27-28 Aug; £18.50
17 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 4QP
queens.londonTHE FESTIVAL: South West FourWe hereby posit the theory that, in a weekend when there there's no work to think about on Monday, you may feel the need to dance in a field. And dance hard. Well good news! Clapham's humdinger of an electro-fest is back to fill the Common with rumbling beats once more. Sunday tickets are still available, meaning you can strap in for sets from Deadmau5, Knife Party, Sub Focus, Martin Solveig and Example. We suggest you get involved.26-27 Aug; £62.50
Clapham Common, SW4 9DE
Southwestfour.comTHE MULITASKER: Number 90's Bank Holiday WeekenderHow to celebrate a bank holiday, by hip canalside Hackney venue Number 90. 1. Don't settle for just a party: have a Weekender, cramming in Rough Trade DJ sets, art installations, live painting, 'unicorn-disguised entertainers' AND a disco-house party where you can take home the DJ's vinyl as they're played. 2. Add liberal amounts of specialist cocktails and fizz (did someone say 'bottomless brunch'? We think they did), as well as gourmet burgers and Sunday roasts. 3. Have a piñata. Because you've got to have a piñata. And 4. Invite EVERYONE.25-28 Aug; free
Number 90, 90 Main Yard, Wallis Road, Hackney Wick, E9 5LN
number90bar.co.ukTHE FOODIE FEST: Field Day x DineramaMissed Field Day back in June? Worry not. Here's a chance to get a taste of its festie cool, along with a taste, more literally, of Dinerama's foodie cool, at this special bank holiday party. You're in for a full 12 hours of beats, eats and booze, with DJ sets from Simian Mobile Disco, Baio, Throwing Shade and Eclair Fifi, and food from all of Dinerama's star stalls - don't miss Thunderbird's fiery chippuffalo wings with a side of Laffa's crispy halloumi fries. Sink a tequila colada slushy (or two. Or five. It's bank holiday Sunday), then hit the floor to dance off your dinner. Win.27 Aug; £10 including a beer on entry
Dinerama, Shoreditch Yard, 19 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3EJ
streetfeast.com/visit-us/dinerama/THE ALL-DAYER: Secretsundaze Day & Night PartyOK, so Secretsundaze is neither secret nor on a Sunday. But set aside any worries about false advertising, folks, because this is set to be a party of the highest order. We're talking 18 hours (yes, EIGHTEEN hours) of grade-A, top class beats, courtesy of the SS team James Priestley and Giles Smith, along with support sets from Marcellus Pittman, Sadar Bahar and Bradley Zero. Bring comfy shoes and shape-throwing stamina - this one goes from 2pm-8am.26 Aug; from £14.50
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval; Bethnal Green; London E2 9DT
residentadvisor.net/events/981721AND TO RECOVER… Patty & Bun x Yard Sale PizzaThis is a public service announcement. In answer to our collective post-party dreams, a burger pizza has come into existence. That's right, we said BURGER PIZZA. In their infinite wisdom, the kings of the London's gourmet-burger scene, Patty & Bun, have done an ingredients swap with pizza supremos Yard Sale - and the results? A Holy Pepperoni burger, plus a pizza version of the P&B classic Smoky Robinson, both available at all Patty & Bun and Yard Sale venues. We'll have one of each, ta - bank holiday hangover, sorted.Until 19 Sept
Patty & Bun and Yard Sale Pizza, locations citywide
pattyandbun.co.uk; yardsalepizza.comSFTW 25-28 AugIt's bank HOLLER day! Here's where to party accordinglyTHE BIG ONE: Notting Hill CarnivalWe'll begin with the biggie: an event that really needs no introduction. What's that? You'd like one anyway? OK, how about: sound systems, dance troupes, rice n' peas, trumpeters, masquerade, street food, steel drums, feathers galore, DJs, curried goat, Red Stripe, samba dancing with strangers and one great. Big. Almighty. STREET PARADE? But really we could have done it in one word: CARNIVAL.Extra exciting this year is that the legendary RBMA (that's Red Bull Music Academy)  soundsystem is open to all for the first time. Check out dancehall star Spice, rapper Stefflon Don and Mixpak boss Dre Skull at Emslie Horniman's Pleasance Park.26-28 August; free
London W11
thenottinghillcarnival.comTHE BEATS AND BOWLING ONE: Island Records x Queens Skate Dine BowlWe love Carnival, really we do. But you know what it's missing? Ten-pin bowling and ice skating, obviously. Happily, here to rectify the situation is Queens Skate, Dine Bowl, who are holding a mighty two-day party, with Carnival vibes right up our (bowling) alley. Hosting a Mas-themed DJ takeover from super-cool label Island Records in the middle of the even-cooler (literally) ice rink, expect back-to-back sets from a specially built beach-shack booth. Your ticket price gets you unlimited skating, a game of bowling, an Island Records Beer and a MEATLiquor Burger: or, in short, F-U-N.27-28 Aug; £18.50
17 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 4QP
queens.londonTHE FESTIVAL: South West FourWe hereby posit the theory that, in a weekend when there there's no work to think about on Monday, you may feel the need to dance in a field. And dance hard. Well good news! Clapham's humdinger of an electro-fest is back to fill the Common with rumbling beats once more. Sunday tickets are still available, meaning you can strap in for sets from Deadmau5, Knife Party, Sub Focus, Martin Solveig and Example. We suggest you get involved.26-27 Aug; £62.50
Clapham Common, SW4 9DE
Southwestfour.comTHE MULITASKER: Number 90's Bank Holiday WeekenderHow to celebrate a bank holiday, by hip canalside Hackney venue Number 90. 1. Don't settle for just a party: have a Weekender, cramming in Rough Trade DJ sets, art installations, live painting, 'unicorn-disguised entertainers' AND a disco-house party where you can take home the DJ's vinyl as they're played. 2. Add liberal amounts of specialist cocktails and fizz (did someone say 'bottomless brunch'? We think they did), as well as gourmet burgers and Sunday roasts. 3. Have a piñata. Because you've got to have a piñata. And 4. Invite EVERYONE.25-28 Aug; free
Number 90, 90 Main Yard, Wallis Road, Hackney Wick, E9 5LN
number90bar.co.ukTHE FOODIE FEST: Field Day x DineramaMissed Field Day back in June? Worry not. Here's a chance to get a taste of its festie cool, along with a taste, more literally, of Dinerama's foodie cool, at this special bank holiday party. You're in for a full 12 hours of beats, eats and booze, with DJ sets from Simian Mobile Disco, Baio, Throwing Shade and Eclair Fifi, and food from all of Dinerama's star stalls - don't miss Thunderbird's fiery chippuffalo wings with a side of Laffa's crispy halloumi fries. Sink a tequila colada slushy (or two. Or five. It's bank holiday Sunday), then hit the floor to dance off your dinner. Win.27 Aug; £10 including a beer on entry
Dinerama, Shoreditch Yard, 19 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3EJ
streetfeast.com/visit-us/dinerama/THE ALL-DAYER: Secretsundaze Day & Night PartyOK, so Secretsundaze is neither secret nor on a Sunday. But set aside any worries about false advertising, folks, because this is set to be a party of the highest order. We're talking 18 hours (yes, EIGHTEEN hours) of grade-A, top class beats, courtesy of the SS team James Priestley and Giles Smith, along with support sets from Marcellus Pittman, Sadar Bahar and Bradley Zero. Bring comfy shoes and shape-throwing stamina - this one goes from 2pm-8am.26 Aug; from £14.50
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval; Bethnal Green; London E2 9DT
residentadvisor.net/events/981721AND TO RECOVER… Patty & Bun x Yard Sale PizzaThis is a public service announcement. In answer to our collective post-party dreams, a burger pizza has come into existence. That's right, we said BURGER PIZZA. In their infinite wisdom, the kings of the London's gourmet-burger scene, Patty & Bun, have done an ingredients swap with pizza supremos Yard Sale - and the results? A Holy Pepperoni burger, plus a pizza version of the P&B classic Smoky Robinson, both available at all Patty & Bun and Yard Sale venues. We'll have one of each, ta - bank holiday hangover, sorted.Until 19 Sept
Patty & Bun and Yard Sale Pizza, locations citywide
pattyandbun.co.uk; yardsalepizza.comNotting hill Caribbean carnival London
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Things To Do In London: Aug 25-28
It's bank HOLLER day! Here's where to party accordingly
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