Best Outdoor Fitness Spots in London

Nike Trainers

It’s no secret that I enjoy a good workout (HASHTAG UNDERSTATMENT) and am always looking not only for fun and interesting ways to work out, but also great places to do so. As the summer approaches, I definitely tend to do a lot more of my workouts outdoors.

I was approached recently by American Express who are putting together a map of London’s top inspirational spaces. So often we walk around our own city in a daze – get stuck in the daily grind of our regular journeys (go to work, go home), we forget that there’s so much exciting stuff going on. So when we have a little holiday time to spare, sometimes it’s really worth sidelining a foreign getaway and just exploring some hidden gems in your own city. American Express asked for my most inspirational fitness spots in London to add to their map.

Check out my current best places to work out in lovely ol’ London town.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on May 27th, 2014 No Comments » Tags: , , ,

You Are Exactly Where You Need to Be


Life can often seem as though it’s moving too fast, or not fast enough. You probably have a list of things you want to do and have set yourself a timescale in which to achieve them. If at any point, you get off track or things don’t seem to be going according to plan, frustration sets in, or panic. You’ll ask yourself why it can’t be some other way. Why can’t it be easier? Why can’t this one thing work out, just this one time? I’ve been there more times than I care to mention. Then I read the following words somewhere: you are exactly where you need to be - and it changed the way I was living my life.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on May 19th, 2014 1 Comment » Tags: , , ,

Big Things Poppin’!


Big news, friends! BIG NEWS! I’ve got some big things poppin’! Man, where do I start? OK, let me take it back to when I started this blog, seven years ago. I was living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, managing a small accessories boutique. My attempts at gaining employment as a magazine writer, or really just any kind of writer, were going nowhere. I started this blog thinking, knowing, it’d change my life somehow. It’d get me out of the situation I was in and pave the way for greater things. I had no idea how that would happen, but I wholeheartedly believed it would. And heck, it may have taken seven years, but it has finally bloody happened!

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on May 1st, 2014 9 Comments » Tags: , ,

Bangs Meets Gok Wan


A few week’s ago, as part of Activia’s ‘Feel Good From Within’ campaign, I had the pleasure of meeting their spokesperson, the most lovely Gok Wan.

We had tea and cake and spent the afternoon chatting about what makes us feel good (I’m going on record now and saying pretty much all afternoons should go like that).

I’ve always thought Gok came across as a lovely bloke on TV and in person, he doesn’t disappoint at all. He’d done his research on each of the bloggers there and chatted to us like he really knew us. When we got down to the business of discussing feeling good, it was clear Gok really is passionate about helping people feel their best. It’s hard not to like a guy whose personal mission statement seems to be ‘spread the happy!’

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on May 1st, 2014 No Comments » Tags: , , ,

Get Your Learn On!

Central Saint Martins

I’m all about expanding the mind and broadening my horizons at the moment. I took a spin instructor course back in March and have since been instructing at BOOM Cycle, enjoying the bejesus out of it. I’m also studying to become a Pilates instructor, so I’m well and truly getting my fitness fix. But I need to fulfill my creative side too. So when Central St Martin’s contacted me to tell me about their Dual City summer study program, I thought it was definitely worth a mention on this here blog.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on April 30th, 2014 1 Comment » Tags: , ,

Bangs Meets Never Underdressed


A month or so ago, I was asked to be part of a photo shoot for Never Underdressed. They had set about the rather ambitious task of picking out the best dresses for the Spring/Summer season. Sounds easy enough, but this was no half-assed approach my friends. Oh no! They called in over 2000 dresses which, with the help of myself and an expert panel, was whittled down to 120.

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Posted in fashion by Bangs and a Bun on April 29th, 2014 No Comments » Tags: , ,

Advice for 21 Year Olds

Advice for 21 Year Olds

I was recently contacted by the author of a blog called At Twenty One. It collects advice from people about what they would tell their 21 year old self. There are some great nuggets on there from people of all walks of life. I was honoured to be asked. Pondering what I would tell myself at 21 definitely got my brain whirring, so I present to you my advice for 21 year olds who are in need of a little guidance.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on April 28th, 2014 1 Comment » Tags: ,

Lazy Sunday Reads

Boston Terrier

It’s Sunday! Treat yo’self by lazing around a little and catching up on some reading. Look! I’ve even put together a little list of good stuff I’ve read around the web this week to make it easy for you! Enjoy!

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on April 27th, 2014 1 Comment » Tags: , ,

WIN Tickets to the World’s First Ballet on Water With Taylors of Harrogate


It occurred to me that I haven’t given anything away on here for a while. Well, that’s about to change, amigos!

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on April 25th, 2014 8 Comments » Tags: , , ,

Getting Your Groove on With Activia

I’m kinda loving these Activia ‘Feel Good From Within’ video. There are lots of reasons why.

Firstly, dancing. I love a good boogie and as a fan of musicals, it’s pretty much my dream that people will spontaneously dance in the streets, so these videos seem like a pretty good start.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on April 24th, 2014 No Comments » Tags: , ,