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 | 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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Top 5 | London Running Routes

“Unexplored Paths Lead to Undiscovered Treasures”

‘Spring Marathon Season’ is upon us, which for many means ‘Panic Season’ is among us. Regardless of what anyone says, running in the Winter can bring the bleakest of times, battling with wind, rain and the unpredictable British climate. However, there’s also those crispy frosty mornings with the most beautiful sunsets that can suddenly seem to subside the drab feelings of those miserable days! So don’t let the weather be an excuse, mix up your training spots, explore some new London running routes and don’t stress about missing a training run now and again (we all do it).

1. THE UNEXPLORED PARK ROUTE


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WHERE: Richmond Park
DISTANCE: 11.6KM
NEAREST TUBE: East Putney or Barnes

2. THE CANAL ROUTE


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WHERE: East London Towpaths
DISTANCE: 10KM
NEAREST TUBE: Mile End or Limehouse

3. THE LUNCH BREAK ROUTE


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WHERE: Regents Park & Primrose Hill
DISTANCE: 5.4KM
NEAREST TUBE: Regents Park, Great Portland Street or Warren Street

4. THE TRAIL ROUTE


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WHERE: Hampstead Heath
DISTANCE: 5.8KM
NEAREST TUBE: Hampstead

5. THE ROYAL PARKS ROUTE


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WHERE: Hyde Park, St James Park, Green Park & Kensington Palace Gardens
DISTANCE: 10.5KM
NEAREST TUBE: Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, St James Park or Lancaster Gate

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Insight Into | Why I Won’t Remain Vegan

As you may be aware, I took the pledge of Veganism this January. Why? Well, why not was my response to most. I wanted to try something different, and see what all the fuss was about. However, I am now taking the pledge against Veganism. Why? For the following reasons:

1. Social Life 
Without a doubt the number one reasons for not sticking to Veganism is the sheer anti-social nature of it. Don’t get me wrong, there are an incredible number of restaurants popping up all over the place serving vegan menus, but do you really want to restrict yourself to 5% of a menu? Do you really want to have to check the menu of every restaurant suggested by friends and family to see if you can actually eat anything before making a commitment? Yes, 2018 is already revolutionary in its Veganism adoption, but for now, I am not willing to question a night out with friends at the thought of not being able to sit at the table and enjoy the meal with them.
2. Cows 
Quite honestly, I just miss cows milk. Ever since I can remember I would drink more than a couple of pints of milk a day, so I knew this was going to be one of the biggest challenges. On top of this, as a huge coffee fiend, no one will ever convince me that almond milk or oat milk comes close to the full-fat stuff in a flat white!
3. Placebo 
Telling myself I was going vegan simply made me want to eat everything that wasn’t. For the past few years I have reduced the amount of meat I have eaten (thanks to a traumatising chicken experience in China!), and this hasn’t bothered me in the slightest. That is until I told myself I couldn’t eat it because I was ‘vegan’. All I did was crave a beef burger and sirloin steak. Whilst just living my life without even thinking about it I was naturally making more health conscious decisions.
4. Cost 
Okay, so whilst many will argue that eating Vegan is not more expensive because you’re spending less on meat la di dah di dah, quite frankly this wasn’t the case for me. Due to buying minimal meat before, the alternatives I was buying were in fact more expensive. For example, coconut yoghurt – comes in at at least £3 a pot, compared to your 99p natural yoghurt – and to be honest, my Sainsbury’s natural yoghurt tasted a whole lot better!
5. Extra Supplements 
For anyone that has done their research, they’ll be aware that there are key vitamins and minerals missing from a vegan diet. Most prominently, vitamin B12. The thought of having to have B12 shots at the doctors, purely because I wasn’t allowing to nourish myself with them in their natural form was quite frankly ridiculous. You’ll spend more on that than a glass of milk so for me it just wasn’t worth it.

Going forward:
Whilst I won’t be continuing with veganism, I am certain that I will continue to eat less meat and most likely stick to a relatively vegetarian diet. My dairy intake will likely be reduced, and I will add more grains and pulses to my diet. No I don’t hate animals or want to damage the planet, so don’t hate me for not sticking to vegan, but I’m just simply not convinced its the lifestyle choice that is right for me. I have huge respect for those that can do it, and preach to continue to do so. But just be aware it’s not for everyone, and preaching like there’s no other choice is neither fair nor responsible. Let people make their own choices on the matter, and do what’s right for you as an individual not for those around you.
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