Travel To | Canggu, Bali

Canggu (the ‘Gu) is often referred to in sentences featuring the following words ‘surfers, alternative, edgy vibe, cool’ – serious questions were arising as to whether I was ‘cool’ enough to fit in. However, upon arriving at Lila Boutik all fears of being out of place were left behind – this place oozed serenity (albeit a tad ‘bouji’ & an Instagram haven).

If you’re looking to get away from the chaotic streets of Seminyak, but don’t want to leave the beach club vibe behind, this is the place for you. From cute cafes, to poolside bars like no other – the ‘Gu has got you sorted.

COFFEE


1. Crate Cafe
2. Monsieur Spoon
3. Milk & Madu

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BRUNCH


1. Nude
2. Cafe Vida
3. The Slow
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DINNER


1. Peekaboo
2. Gypsy
3. Watercress

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STAY


1. Lila Boutik – for instagram spots galore
2. The Slow – for a slice of Melbourne lux in Canggu
3. Frii Hotel – for affordable beachside location

Airbnb is a great place to look in Canggu, if you’re looking to get away from the hotel vibe and want more luxury, there’s tonnes of beautiful places with ‘super host’ status.

Looking for somewhere more reasonable in Bali?  (without sacrificing style)

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DO


1. Step into beach club heaven at La Brisa 
2. Watch the sunset at The Lawn, Canggu
3. Spend a day at Finns Beach Club
4. Get pampered at Therapy Canggu 
5. Spend a Wednesday eve at Old Mans 
6. Ride some waves with In Da Surf

The Habit Hunter x

Travel To | New York

“When I First Moved to New York I Bought Vogue Instead Of Dinner, I Just Felt It Fed Me More”
Carrie Bradshaw

I’ve been lucky enough to make a few trips to New York, with the most recent being for the New York Marathon, and there’s just something about the buzz of the city that makes me fall in love with it a little bit more each time I visit. The feeling of being a little doll surrounded by huge skyscrapers, the hustle and bustle on every corner, and the unequivocally chic hangouts dotted throughout the city. It’s unsurprising that the holiday blues kick in before even getting to the departures lounge to go home. Needless to say – It’s never a case of ‘Goodbye’ when New York is involved, but always ‘I’ll See You Later’.

STAY


1. The Ludlow Hotel
2. 11 Howard
3. The Refinery Hotel

EAT


Brunch

1. The Butchers Daughter
2. Bubby’s
3. Two Hands
4. Jack’s Wife Frieda
5. Egg Shop

Coffee

1. Culture Espresso
2. El Rey
3. The Ludlow Coffee Supply
4. Everyman Espresso
5. Happy Bones

Lunch

1. By Chloe
2. Umami Burger
3. Broadway Bites (Food Market)
4. Chelsea Market
5. Sweetgreen

Dinner

1. The Spotted Pig
2. The Little Owl
3. Tiny’s
4. ABC Cocina
5. Le Coucou

DO


1. Chelsea Market
2. The Highline
3. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
4. A Broadway Show
5. Sunrise on Brooklyn Bridge
6. Central Park Strolls

SHOP


1. ABC Carpet & Home – a concept store where you can wander through their interiors, homewares and gifts for hours and hours through the sheer awe of their visual merchandising
2. LF Stores – It’s luck of the draw in this small women’s clothing store, but they have a mix of seriously discounted designer clothing and shoes. If you’ve got the patience to search through, it’s worth it!
3. Pottery Barn – Beautiful home interiors store
4. Chelsea Market

The Habit Hunter x

Habit Hunter Hotspots | July Edition

1. Head Court-side at Wimbledon


WHAT IS IT? Providing you’re willing to stand in the queue for a couple of hours (okay maybe more), it’ll be well worth the tickets to see some of the best action the tennis world has to offer! From sipping on champagne, to indulging in strawberries and cream you’ll be sorry if you don’t make it. If you don’t fancy hitting the queue you can also pay for grounds admission and watch from Murray Mound (if you’re scottish).. or Henman Hill (if you’re not).

WHERE: The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Road, Wimbledon, SW19 5AE
NEAREST TUBE: Wimbledon Park

2. Soak Up the Summer Series at Somerset House


​​WHAT IS IT? A world-class line-up of music artists in the stunning surroundings of one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Come rain or shine this is always a great event to chill with friends, enjoy some good music in a great location. There’s still tickets left so go go go!

WHERE: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
NEAREST TUBE: Temple

3. Take in a Tipple at Juniper Manor


​​WHAT IS IT? If you’ve not got your tickets already for the full experience I’m afraid the time is up for that, but fear not! You can still head to the bar at Juniper Manor and enjoy the Gin Experience from there. Whilst you might not get to have the full-fledged 4 course meal, the Gingerline are bound to impress with their extravagant bar setting and it’ll be well worth a visit.

WHERE: Secret Location
NEAREST TUBE: Somewhere on the Gingerline (London Overground) Check website for full details!

4. Get Dayzed over Brunch


​​WHAT IS IT? Two of the hottest restaurants in London have teamed up, Duck and Waffle and SUSHISAMBA, to bring the best brunch party in town on Saturday 29th July. An all day party, with views across the city, impeccable food, unbelievable DJs and unreal cocktails! It’s a winner. Who wouldn’t want to indulge in brunch and spend the rest of the day partying in the sky?

WHERE: Heron Tower 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
NEAREST TUBE: Liverpool Street

5. Take a Zip Across the City


​​WHAT IS IT? Catch never-before seen views of the London’s iconic skyline including Big Ben! Zip World’s newest ride will be opening over the Southbank on 6th July. It’s 100ft tall, 700ft long, takes just over 30 seconds, and it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.

WHERE: Archbishop’s Park, Southbank, Lambeth Palace Road. SE1 7JY
NEAREST TUBE: Lambeth North or Waterloo

6. Dip into the New Nobu


​​WHAT IS IT? he angular exterior to the landscaped terraced garden to the luxurious 143 bedrooms, featuring walk-in rain showers and gold sinks, Nobu’s east-meets-west design is at the heart of the hotel. Nobu have opened hotels across the globe, but this is their first European one, right in the heart of Shoreditch. And, of course, that means Shoreditch is getting a Nobu restaurant too.

WHERE: 10-50 Willow St, London EC2A 4BH
NEAREST TUBE: Old Street

7. Get Sweaty with Lululemon


​​WHAT IS IT? Release everything and step into a powerful day of mind altering, body-stoking sweat, endorphins, knowledge and connection. Mindfully designed by lululemon London, featuring a lively crew of local sweatxperts in yoga, boxing, pilates, spin, barre, bootcamp, dance, rowing and crossfit, we’ll be fired up to see you sweating your whatever off.

WHERE: Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF
NEAREST TUBE:  Wapping or Shadwell

8. Double Dip your Magnum


​​WHAT IS IT? If you haven’t managed to get to the Magnum pop-ups for the last couple of years – have you been living under a rock? But seriously.. if you’ve not made it already, this is the year to go, because they’re DOING THE DOUBLE! Yes, you can make your own custom magnum, with a cheeky double dip! Custom toppings, two layers of chocolate, a real indulgent treat, what are you waiting for? They’ve also gone all designer on us, and teamed up with Moschino for some extra chic.

WHERE: 21-23 Earlham St, WC2H 9LL
NEAREST TUBE:  Covent Garden

9. Parade Your Pride


​​WHAT IS IT? The Pride rainbow is back spreading its love and open arms across the city for July. With the main parade taking place 8th July at Trafalgar Square it doesn’t stop there. Restaurants throughout the city will be serving up Pride specials, there will be talks throughout the city and Pride-focussed events happening all over the shop. Get involved and spread some joy!

WHERE: Throughout London
NEAREST TUBE:  Check website

10. Slip & Slide at Ally Pally


​​WHAT IS IT? Other than the longest waterslide in London (as if that’s not enough of a reason in itself to head there), it’s an eclectic summer festival with variety of events. From outdoor cinemas, Florence & the Machine and the Libertines performing to the Red Bull Soapbox race, there’s something for everyone! It’s an epic venue, and perfect for a day to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

WHERE: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
NEAREST TUBE: Wood Green

The Habit Hunter x

Insight Into | The Habit Hunter

Welcome to The Habit Hunter

Inspired through planning for a European inter-railing trip back in 2013, my passion for travel, sourcing great places to eat and exploring the less generic side of a city escape became clear. Following this trip, I have been fortunate enough to continue ticking off the travel bucket list, through spending a summer working in Shanghai and Hong Kong, studying abroad for a year in Barcelona and taking girly weekends away amidst it all. It was only recently when I realised the 30-odd thousand photos on my phone from these adventures were being wasted, and my family and friends encouraged me to start documenting it a little bit more publicly. This led me to The Habit Hunter — something I vow for 2017 (and hopefully the future) will remain at the forefront of my travelling, lifestyle and fitness experiences, and (fingers crossed) be of interest to others. 

Coupled with entering my first 10km shortly after returning from the European trip my passion for running was spurred on too. Originally undertaken as an extra measure to keep fit for the hockey season, but soon became clear this was a hobby that wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon. 10km led to a half-marathon, which followed with entering my first marathon in Paris in April 2016. Having recently got back from completing my second marathon in New York, and having spent a weekend running the 100km trail of the West Highland Way in Scotland I realised I had just about accumulated enough experience to be able to document this aspect of my life too. 

I’m hoping through The Habit Hunter, there will be something for everyone, whether this be ideas for city breaks abroad, things to do and explore with a London lifestyle-twist, or an insight into my fitness goals, and plan to complete the World Marathon Majors by 2018 — all whilst holding down a full-time job in London. I’m totally new to this, I’m neither an experienced writer nor blogger just a 22 year old with a desire to explore the world and keep fit whilst doing so. Any thoughts on the site are always welcomed and encouraged so please do get in touch, and more importantly enjoy! 

Love Always, 

The Habit Hunter x