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

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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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Habit Hunter Hotspots | November Edition

1. Take a trip to Winterland

WHAT IS IT? Winterland will take the place of this summer’s Neverland, featuring everything from enchanted forests to cosy winter lodges, along with festive cocktails and a Thames-side Christmas beach. For foodies, Jimmy Garcia will be serving up the cheesiest of fonduesand raclette burgers from his pop-up lodge. And if you didn’t get a chance at nabbing one of Coppa Club’s Thameside igloos, there are three of them here overlooking the river. 
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WHERE: Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY
NEAREST TUBE: Wandsworth Town

2. Grab your tickets to Chambers of Flavour V3 

WHAT IS IT? Chambers of Flavour is a multi-dimensional dining concept brought to you by the crack team behind Gingerline. V3 marks the third flavourological chapter in the Chambers of Flavour story and promises to be a longer, more fantastical, multi-dimensional dining adventure.
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WHERE: Secret Location
NEAREST TUBE: Secret Location

3. Indulge your tastebuds at Tobacco Docks 

WHAT IS IT? Taste of London: The Festive Edition, the little sister to the summer festival, is the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season in style. Between 16 – 19 November 2017 East London’s stunning Tobacco Dock is transformed into a foodie wonderland brimming with London’s tastiest food, festive tipples, a fantastic chef line-up. 
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WHERE: Tobacco Docks, Wapping Ln, St Katharine’s & Wapping. E1W 2SF
NEAREST TUBE: Shadwell

4. Watch Sparks fly in Battersea Park 

WHAT IS IT? Award-winning pyrotechnicians are behind the illuminations set to fire up the Wandsworth skies. Tickets almost always sell out in advance, so get booking early to see bonfire-torching and an eye-popping 22-minute display, which this year will be set to tunes inspired by the rather abstract theme of ‘Power’.
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WHERE: Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road. SW11 4NJ
NEAREST TUBE: Battersea Park

5. Head to the flickering fire garden at Kew 

WHAT IS IT? This winter, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will transform into an enchanted winter wonderland as the much anticipated Christmas at Kew returns once again. After the staggering success of the last four years, Kew has once again teamed up with entertainment promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd to create a brand new illuminated trail around the Gardens with over 1 million twinkling lights.
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WHERE: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey. TW9 3AE
NEAREST TUBE: Richmond (overground)

6. Get into the Xmas spirit early at Winterville 

WHAT IS IT? Festive playground Winterville is back, swapping Victoria Park for Clapham Common and featuring more dancing, eating, laughing, drinking and skating than you can shake a snow globe at.
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WHERE: Windmill Drive, Clapham Common. SW4 9DE
NEAREST TUBE: Clapham Common or Clapham South

7. Don’t count the calories at Fattie’s Bakery 

WHAT IS IT? Looking for an indulgent salted caramel hot chocolate (uh… who isn’t?) look no further than Fattie’s. Not only is the thick, silky chocolate laden with the salty caramelly stuff, marshmallow is piped around the rim and toasted until golden brown. Either eat all the marshmallow first, eat a bit to make way for the chocolate or buy a cookie and mop up the marshmallowy goodness!
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WHERE: Fatties Bakery, 126 Druid St, Bermondsey. SE1 2HH
NEAREST TUBE: Bermondsey

8. Get inspired at Tribe Shake Shack 

WHAT IS IT? It’s a 2-week TRIBE community concept store on Charlotte Street in Shoreditch celebrating the launch of TRIBE Protein Shakes and the TRIBE community.
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WHERE: 45 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3
NEAREST TUBE: Shoreditch High St or Old St

9. Take in some Thai drinking food at the Smoking Goat

WHAT IS IT? Thai restaurant Smoking Goat has opened a second branch in Shoreditch, this time focusing on Thai drinking food. In a nutshell this is a restaurant that just screams fun. You’d have to be pretty determined not to have a good time. 
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WHERE: 64 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
NEAREST TUBE: Shoreditch High St or Old St 

10. Embrace truffle season at Sartoria

WHAT IS IT? Truffle season is here.. and there are few that do it better than Sartoria and their white truffle menu – it is honestly a thing of wonder! Hailing all things truffle, Francesco Mazzei and his team at Sartoria has created an entire menu dedicated to the white truffle.
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WHERE: 20 Savile Row, Piccadilly. W1S 3PR
NEAREST TUBE: Piccadilly Circus 

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Travel To | Stockholm

When I signed up to the Stockholm Half Marathon at the beginning of the summer, it seemed only right to make a girly weekend of it when it came around in September. So as a birthday surprise, I whisked off my best-friend and off we went to frolic the Scandinavian streets in search of the best spots in town. Anyone who knows me, knows my slight coffee addiction, so when I heard about the Swede’s concept of “Fika”, this was something I was going to seriously embrace.

Fika (Swedish pronunciation: [²fiːka]) is a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often accompanied with pastries.

COFFEE


1. Drop Coffee
2. Cafe Pascal
3. Snickarbacken 7

BRUNCH


1. Pom & Flora
2. Pascal
3. Oaxen Slip

DINNER


1. Meatballs for the People
2. Lilla Ego
3. Kott osk Fiskbaren

STAY


1. Haymarket Hotel
2. Ett Hem
3. Story Hotel

SHOP


Nordiska Kompaniet
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Grandpa
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H&M

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Habit Hunter Hotspots | August Edition

1. Brunch with the Conde Nast Travellers


WHAT IS IT? Head to the Hamptons with Conde Nast (well to Pergola.. but it’s kind of the same thing). Join them in West London for their exclusive Chef’s World Series brunch with sparkling wine, where they’ll kickstart the weekend with a menu from the team from Bad Egg, a top East London spot for bottomless brunch.

WHERE: Pergola on the Roof
NEAREST TUBE: White City

2. Soak up Sunfall


​​WHAT IS IT? A one-day festival from the guys behind ace London nightspots Phonox, The Nest and XOYO, plus equally ace Croatian festivals Dimensions and Outlook. There are two parts to Sunfall: a day of raving in Brockwell Park, followed by eight eclectic afterparties across south London with no extra tickets needed.

WHERE: Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd. SE24 0NG
NEAREST TUBE: Brixton

3. Get Cultural at Frieze


​​WHAT IS IT? Frieze London features more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries. Wander through a stunning outdoor exhibition featuring works by some of the world’s most famous sculptors with Frieze Sculpture 2017 in Regent’s Park’s English Gardens.

WHERE: Regents Park. NW1 4NR
NEAREST TUBE: Regents Park

4. Hit the Hamyard


​​WHAT IS IT? Drink some multi-coloured cocktails on the fourth floor Roof Terrace of the Ham Yard Hotel at their pop-up summer bar. The hotel will be running a series of ‘Summer Sessions’ throughout August including a Garden to Glass session filled with botanical drinks and a Rosé on the Roof night.

WHERE: Hamyard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard. W1D 7DT
NEAREST TUBE: Piccadilly Circus

5. Take on The Beast


​​WHAT IS IT? Relive every 90s game show fantasy you ever had at The Beast, the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course at Alexandra Palace. Jump, bash and clamber your way through 32 inflatable obstacles across a 272 bouncy metres.

WHERE: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way. N22 7AY
NEAREST TUBE: Alexandra Palace

6. Parade the Streets of Notting Hill


​​WHAT IS IT? A celebration of the capital’s Caribbean communities, their culture and traditions, which has been taking place since 1964, featuring two days of fantastic live music ranging from reggae to dub to salsa.

WHERE: Notting Hill
NEAREST TUBE: Notting Hill Gate or Ladbroke Grove

7. Hiit the Roof


​​WHAT IS IT? Aviary has teamed up with Digme fitness, for a pop-up summer series like no other. Each class lasts 50 minutes and will be followed by smoothies on the Aviary terrace. Why not add a well-deserved breakfast – from a specially created menu designed to provide the perfect refuel?

WHERE: Aviary, 22 – 25 Finsbury Square. EC2A 1DX
NEAREST TUBE: Moorgate

8. Head to the Docks for a Gin Festival


​WHAT IS IT? After a sell-out show in February, the Gin Festival returns to Tobacco Dock this summer. The UK’s largest gin event, the festival has over 100 gins to showcase and gives visitors the chance to sample exclusive and new gins from a variety of producers.

WHERE: Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Tower Hamlets. E1W 2SF
NEAREST TUBE: Shadwell

9. Take on a Tipple at Tonight Josephine


​WHAT IS IT? Join Josephine’s gang for cocktails in Waterloo. Josephine De Beauharnais was one of history’s most famous lovers. She started as a nobody but with sass, hustle and a little bit of luck, she became the Empress of the French.

WHERE: 111 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UL
NEAREST TUBE: Waterloo

10. Get Fancy with some Crab


​WHAT IS IT? A hot new spot has just hit Marylebone.. It’s open on Wigmore Street and is full of crabby delights served in burgers, on ice, with sauces, in salads… yep, it’s all claws.

WHERE: 92 Wigmore Street, W1U 3RD
NEAREST TUBE: Bond Street

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