Top 10 | Pancakes in London

Frying pans at the ready. Pancake Day 2018 falls on Tuesday February 13, meaning that its time to go flipping mad. Whilst some may be more into perfecting their toss at a Shrove Tuesday pancake race, whether it be sprinting towards the finish line or just spectating. Most of you will prefer the DIY approach, or have someone make them for you. Here’s my roundup of the top 10 spots for pancake day in London – have fun, but just don’t get too battered in the process.

1. Where the pancakes are


THE HABIT HUNTER’S DISH RECOMMENDATION: Banana praline marshmallow – two pancakes, banana, hazelnut-sunflower- cocoa-nib praline, basil marshmallow choice of chocolate or sea salted caramel.

WHERE: Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0NQ
NEAREST TUBE: London Bridge

2. Riding House Cafe


THE HABIT HUNTER’S DISH RECOMMENDATION: Buttermilk pancakes with berries, vanilla clotted cream, maple syrup.

WHERE: 43–51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PQ
NEAREST TUBE: Oxford Circus

3. Granger & Co, Chelsea


THE HABIT HUNTER’S DISH RECOMMENDATION: Ricotta hotcakes, banana and honeycomb butter

WHERE: 237 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP
NEAREST TUBE: Sloane Square

4. My Old Dutch


THE HABIT HUNTER’S DISH RECOMMENDATION: The Forever Nutella

WHERE: 131-132 High Holborn, Holborn. London, WC1V 6PS
NEAREST TUBE: Holborn

5. Jackson & Rye


THE HABIT HUNTER’S DISH RECOMMENDATION: Buttermilk pancakes with caramelised and maple syrup cream

WHERE: 56 Wardour Street, London. W1D 4JG
NEAREST TUBE: Tottenham Court Road

6. Tom’s Kitchen


THE HABIT HUNTER’S DISH RECOMMENDATION: Seasonal berry pancake with maple syrup.

WHERE: 27 Cale St, Chelsea, London SW3 3QP
NEAREST TUBE: Sloane Square

7. Milk Cafe


THE HABIT HUNTER’S DISH RECOMMENDATION: Buckwheat pancakes, blood orange, orange Chantilly, toasted milk, blood orange caramel.

WHERE: 18-20 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG
NEAREST TUBE: Balham

8. Story Coffee


THE HABIT HUNTER’S DISH RECOMMENDATION: Quinoa Pancakes (GF) with roasted apple, wild flowers honey, whipped ricotta and toasted coconut.

WHERE: 115 St John’s Hill, London SW11 1SZ
NEAREST TUBE: Clapham Junction

9. The Delaunay


THE HABIT HUNTER’S DISH RECOMMENDATION: Pancakes with blueberries & creme fraiche.

WHERE: 55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB
NEAREST TUBE: Covent Garden

10. The Book Club


THE HABIT HUNTER’S DISH RECOMMENDATION: Pancakes with caramel sauce & banana.

WHERE: 100–106 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4RH
NEAREST TUBE: Old St or Shoreditch High St

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Habit Hunter Hotspots| February Edition

1. Immerse yourself in your dreams


WHAT IS IT? An immersive experience from the guys at DotDot. They promise to awaken all your human senses. They are the place where hyperreality and virtual reality meet – a live, multi-sensory experience with immersive technologies.
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WHERE: 2 Pear Tree Street (off Goswell Road), London EC1V 3SB
NEAREST TUBE: Farringdon

2.Head to Vegan Life Live


WHAT IS IT? Showcasing a wealth of information for both newbie vegans and veterans alike, Vegan Life Live will shine a spotlight on the current trends. They will bring you the very best of all things vegan, including clothing, cosmetics, household products and the most delicious food and drink for the cruelty-conscious consumer.
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WHERE: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY
NEAREST TUBE: Muswell Hill or Wood Green

3. Go to brunch with the mean girls


WHAT IS IT? After selling out in NYC within hours, the MEAN GIRLS-themed brunch party is hitting London – and it is ever-so fetch! The brunch ensures a day filled with “rainbows and smiles” with MEAN GIRLS themed games, cocktails and brunch food, whilst the famous, cult classic plays in the background.

WHERE: Floripa, 91-92 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HZ
NEAREST TUBE: Old Street

4. Get under the skin of Ferrari


WHAT IS IT? Ferrari: Under the Skin is a major exhibition at The Design Museum, examining the fascinating history of one of motoring’s most iconic brands. The show, created in collaboration with Ferrari, celebrates 70 years of precision design, from the launch of the very first Ferrari car in 1947 to the latest car in production.
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WHERE: 224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG
NEAREST TUBE: High Street Kensington

5. Head to hard yard


WHAT IS IT? Pop Brixon has teamed up with The Hard Yard to offer full body, prison-style workouts designed and led by ex-offenders. They’ll get you pumped, sweating and sculpted with no equipment, just bodyweight resistance and hard graft, afterall, their trainers started out in prison cells, with little space or equipment). Grab a mate, sweat it out and refuel afterwards at Pop’s many food outlets.
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WHERE: 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ
NEAREST TUBE: Brixton

6. Support Billy & Jack at their 24hr supperclub


WHAT IS IT? When Billy Wright and Jack Layer met on MasterChef, a foodie bromance blossomed. This weekend, the foodie duo is set to host a 24-hour supperclub to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Taking place at Plum + Spilt Milk in Kings Cross, Billy and Jack will cook for 24 hours straight, prepping nine consecutive supper club sittings spanning brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night feasting, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
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WHERE: Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4TB
NEAREST TUBE: Kings Cross

7. Get inspired at About Tomorrow


WHAT IS IT? About Tomorrow 2018 at Work.Life is a special festival of female empowerment;  is about supporting the next generation of female entrepreneurs in the UK, with 10 awe-inspiring events throughout February and March 2018. The business-focused series has a bit of a twist – the events only profile and feature female-owned businesses and female entrepreneurs, to help inspire other women to chase their dreams.
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WHERE: Work.Life offices around London
NEAREST TUBE: Check the site

8. Go zen at The London Edition


WHAT IS IT? Sound Sebastien was born through Jasmine Hemsley and Toni Dicks’ mutual love for the ancient practice of sound and its ability to calm and curate good vibrations for the ultimate in relaxation. During each session, guests are invited to reset and renew through a sound-induced meditative state. All relaxation needs are catered for; from Tempur foam pillows and essential oils to cosy blankets and silk lavender filled eye cushions.
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WHERE: 10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NP
NEAREST TUBE: Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road

9. Have a pita party


WHAT IS IT? This carb party follows a month-long menu of perfect little pitas created by guest chefs. Try mini versions of all four thought up by culinary whizz kids from Smokestak, Breddos Tacos and Honey & Co, plus chef Oded Oren. Berber & Q will finish things off with a desert edition too.
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WHERE: 46 Exmouth Market, London. EC1R 4QE
NEAREST TUBE: Angel

10. Stay on trend at Fashion Week


WHAT IS IT? Staged in London Fashion Week venue: The Store Studios, 180 Strand – this is the only event that gives you unparalleled access to the industry to experience the best of British and international fashion including a showcase of designer and trend catwalks shows, designer shopping and industry talks.
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WHERE: The Store Studios, 180 Strand, WC2R
NEAREST TUBE: Covent Garden or Waterloo

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Top 5 | Fitness Classes in London 2018

As seems to be the norm now in London, new gyms, fitness classes and training trends are cropping up left, right and centre – even as a complete fiend I’m struggling to keep up! However, I’m doing my best, and have pulled together my round-up of classes that I think are worth trying out this year (no doubt in 6 months time I’ll want to re-write this whole post all over again. But in the mean time.. here goes, my top fitness classes in London for 2018:

If you’re looking to try something for free… my previous post might be more your scene. Or if you’re still playing catch-up on 2017, head over here.

1. KXU


​​RECOMMENDED CLASS: HiiT & Run
WHAT IS IT: An adrenaline-inducing class incorporating interval training, speed and treadmill inclines, all to a killer playlist and low lights.

INTRODUCTORY PRICE: 1 class is £24, however they do offer discount packages.

WHERE: 241 Pavilion Road, London. SW1X 0BR
NEAREST TUBE: Sloane Square

2. F45


​​RECOMMENDED CLASS: Athletica
WHAT IS IT: Get leaner, faster and more agile in a 45 minute cardio session that will have you sweating and gasping for air. Meanwhile, your now Zen-like mind will be wondering how the time went so quickly. It’s team- based, intense and a great way to rid yourself of 820 calories.

INTRODUCTORY PRICE: £39 for 2 weeks unlimited classes

WHERE: All over London
NEAREST TUBE: Check here

3. BXR


​​RECOMMENDED CLASS: Versaclimber – Climb to the beat
WHAT IS IT: This session provides an introduction to the VersaClimber & its ability to provide a total-body cardio workout. A fun-paced environment incorporating a mixture of muscle isolations & intervals with the range of movements required to provide each climber with the correct form & needed for a successful start to their climbing journey.

INTRODUCTORY PRICE: £20 for non-members

WHERE: 24 Paddington St, Marylebone, London W1U 5QX
NEAREST TUBE: Baker Street

4. Run Junkie


​​WHAT IS IT: The first indoor running studio to utilise the Skill Mill – a curved treadmill with no buttons to press, powered only by you. They have taken the simplicity and effectiveness of running outside and made it into a fun, invigorating and inspiring workout.

WHERE: Currently holding a pop-up at Lululemon in Marylebone – Get a spot before its gone!
NEAREST TUBE: Baker Street

5. One 10


​​RECOMMENDED CLASS: Nirvana
WHAT IS IT: Nirvana is a full-body session where you ride to the driving beats in a club-like atmosphere. This is 45 minutes of complete escapism, surrounded by fellow fitness fanatics who want to have as much fun as you do. Your MOVES profile tracks every second so you can see the calories you burn, giving you all the motivation you need. Find your rhythm with Nirvana.

INTRODUCTORY PRICE: £20 for 2 Classes

WHERE: 16 Baker Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 3BL.
NEAREST TUBE: Baker Street

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Top 10 | On-the-go Running Snacks

Since completing my first ultra-run back in May at the Dukeries 40 Ultra, and whilst training for the Race to the Stones 100km a key focus has been figuring out which foods I can enjoy whilst on-the-go. Considering for both of these races I am required to carry the food myself, I was keen to ensure nothing was too heavy so they all tend to be snack size (i.e. mars bar size or smaller). I had a big reality check at the Dukeries Ultra having ill-prepared. With a complete and utter sweet tooth I packed an abundance of sweet treats, but hitting mile 30 all I was dreaming about was a packet of ready salted hula hoops – lesson learnt.. you need to prepare for every craving.

Over and above this, I am slowly learning that the key is to eat when you’re not hungry and drink when you’re not thirsty, sticking with the classic ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ motto that is very often drummed into me! But seriously – whilst I know more than most how difficult it can be to take fuel on board whilst running, and not feeling a big appetite, it’s the key to keep you ticking over and ensure you get to the finish line in one piece! There’s a mix below, whilst for an ultra gels and jelly sweets just aren’t going to cut it, indulging in a protein bar for a 5km might be a tad extravagant! So I’ve tried to help out and suggest when I think they could be best, but ultimately your body will tell you what it needs!

1. Coconut Almond Butter Filled Clif Bar


​​RECOMMENDED FOR: Half-Marathon to Ultra-Marathon
WHERE TO BUY: Protein Pick & Mix

2. Tribe Cacao Orange Energy Bar


​RECOMMENDED FOR: Half-Marathon to Ultra-Marathon
WHERE TO BUY: Tribe

3. Clif Blok Shot Energy Chews


​​RECOMMENDED FOR: 5km – Ultra-Marathon (not going to cut it for more than a quick energy boost during an ultra)
WHERE TO BUY: Wiggle

4. Torq Rhubarb & Custard Energy Gel


​​RECOMMENDED FOR: 10km – Marathon
WHERE TO BUY: Wiggle

5. Pip & Nut Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs


​​RECOMMENDED FOR: Half-Marathon – Ultra-Marathon
WHERE TO BUY: Pip & Nut or Ocado

6. Good Health Filled Salted Pretzels


​​RECOMMENDED FOR: Marathon – Ultra-Marathon
WHERE TO BUY: iHerb

7. Optimum Nutrition Watermelon Amino Energy Drink


​​RECOMMENDED FOR: 10km – Ultra-Marathon
WHERE TO BUY: Optimum Nutrition

8. Ape Crunchy Coconut Bites


​​RECOMMENDED FOR: Marathon – Ultra-Marathon
WHERE TO BUY: Planet Organic

9. Tribe Infinity Choc Salt


​​RECOMMENDED FOR: Marathon – Ultra-Marathon
WHERE TO BUY: Tribe

10. Clearspring Seaveg Crispies


​​RECOMMENDED FOR: 10km – Ultra-Marathon
WHERE TO BUY: Planet Organic

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Top 10 | Healthy Brunch Spots in London

“Brunch is Always a Good Idea”

So why not check out my top spots in the capital to dine on the healthiest breakfast & brunch options in town:

1. The Modern Pantry


​​RECOMMENDED DISH: Garam masala roasted banana, cocoa, date & pecan cereal, toasted almonds & cashews, coconut yoghurt & passionfruit

WHERE: St John’s Square, Clerkenwell. London
NEAREST TUBE: Farringdon

2. Flotsam & Jetsam


​RECOMMENDED DISH: Coco-Mango Bircher

WHERE: 4 Bellevue Parade, Wandsworth
NEAREST TUBE: Wandsworth Common, Tooting Bec, Balham or Clapham South

3. Caravan


​​RECOMMENDED DISH: Red quinoa and organic oat porridge, stewed pear and blackberries.

WHERE: Granary Square, Kings Cross
NEAREST TUBE: Kings Cross

4. Dishoom 


​​RECOMMENDED DISH: Bombay Omelette

WHERE: 12 Upper St Martins Lane, Covent Garden
NEAREST TUBE: Covent Garden

5. Farmgirl


​​RECOMMENDED DISH: Buckwheat Berry Pancakes

WHERE: Portobello Road, Notting Hill
NEAREST TUBE: Notting Hill Gate

6. 26 Grains


​​RECOMMENDED DISH: Banana & Cacao

WHERE: Neals Yard, Covent Garden
NEAREST TUBE: Covent Garden or Holborn

7. Granger & Co


​​RECOMMENDED DISH: The Fresh Aussie

WHERE: Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill
NEAREST TUBE: Notting Hill Gate

8. Baker & Spice


​​RECOMMENDED DISH: Homemade Granola with Yoghurt & Fresh Fruit Compote

WHERE: 47 Denyer Street, Chelsea
NEAREST TUBE: Sloane Square

9. Daylesford Organic


​​RECOMMENDED DISH: Super Greens Eggs Benedict

WHERE: 31 Sloane Square, Chelsea
NEAREST TUBE: Sloane Square

10. Andina


​​RECOMMENDED DISH: Granola & Lúcuma

WHERE: Redchurch Street, Shoreditch
NEAREST TUBE: Shoreditch High Street

Looking for South West London brunch spots?

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