Posts Tagged ‘london’

On London Fatigue & Self Care

Thursday, May 12th, 2016


I love London. I really do. I sometimes still wander around in complete awe that I actually live here. But much as I love it, my GAWD, is it exhausting. I feel incredibly lucky that I can escape up to Leeds every now and then to chill with my family and decompress. Sometimes I’m good at recognising the signs that I need to do that and sometimes, not so much. Either way, my few days up North last weekend were a welcome respite for my soul.


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Nick Knight : #mysecretcity

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Trellick Tower

So remember last week, I told you I was part of a project with American Express to find some hidden gems in London ’cause most of us walk around our cities on ‘urban autopilot’? And then American Express took all these places recommended by some pretty hip bloggers (myself included) and made an awesome map so you can check these places out for yourself? Yeah, well here comes the third and final piece of the puzzle. To bring all this to life, American Express brought on badass photographer extraordinaire, Nick Knight, to snap shots off all the recommended places. Over the course of the day, he captured images of hidden inspiration he sees in the places he passes every day. These were then shared in real time on Twitter via @AmexUK and the #mysecretcity hashtag.


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Are You on Urban Autopilot?

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Hyde Park London

One great thing about having a dog and recently moving to be closer to work, is that I walk more. I walk a lot. I’m now on my feet an average of 6-8 miles a day (according to my fancy fitness tracker, the Misfit Shine). I am seeing more of the beauty that is London and it’s been quite the eye opener. It’s really made me realise how much I wasn’t paying attention to before. It turns out, I’m not alone. According to research recently done by American Express, tons of us are operating on ‘urban autopilot’


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Best Outdoor Fitness Spots in London

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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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We Love the 90s Film Fest

Thursday, July 4th, 2013


I was born in the early 80s, so came of age as a teen in the 90s. I love the 90s. The music, the vibes, the culture, the films (I would say the fashion, but that was a shady area). So anyhoo, a friend of mine is putting on a We Love the 90s Film Festival. Imagine my excitement! Then imagine how gutted I was when I found out I would be away on holiday when it’s on. Too bad so sad for me, but that doesn’t mean that you guys can’t go and have yourselves a grand ol’ time!

Running from July 25 – 28th they will be showing the 90s classics Poetic Justice, Clueless, White Men Can’t Jump and House Party. CLASSICS! Not only that, but some of London’s most creative cultural architects picked the movies and will be introducing the films and breaking down what they mean to them. (I was asked to be a presenter too. Just so you know, my film of choice would’ve been Goodfellas) Watching these en masse at an outdoor cinema in Ladbroke Grove? Dudes, I’m gutted I’ll be on holiday.

Word on the street is there’s gonna be a pretty sick after party on the Saturday too, packed with 90s jamz.

To book your tickets, head on over to the We Love the 90s Film Fest website.

And tweet them to find out about the after party.

Have fun y’all! *wipes tears*

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St Martin’s Lane Hotel x Gymbox

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

St Martin's Lane Hotel

Last weekend, I was invited to St Martin’s Lane Hotel in Covent Garden for a little overnight staycation, followed by a personal training session at Gymbox. It’s not often I have an excuse to stay in a hotel five or six miles from my house, so I thought, what the heck, count me in! Living in London’s East End, I try to avoid the madness that is central London and as lovely as Covent Garden is, the tourist factor and sheer number of people can make it a stressful zone to go into. But my night at St Martin’s Lane made me want to take regular staycations there. And by ‘regular staycations’, I of course mean, ‘move in’.


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Bangs Does Bikram

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

I’m on the record as being generally ‘meh’ about Yoga. Pilates, love it. Yoga? Meh. I tried it a couple of times and it just didn’t take. It was too slow, not challenging enough, the instructors were uninspiring – for whatever reason, I didn’t find the right fit. I plowed on with various other exercise, did lots of Pilates and plenty of stretching at home. But every time I mentioned my blase attitude towards Yoga, Yoga fanatics would tell me Bikram would turn it all around for me. I was skeptical. All that slow movement and breathing coupled with an intensely hot room you say? Not exactly appealing. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a go.


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Leeds Digital Fashion Week

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Fashion Weeks are loved by many and loathed by some. Let the naysayers yap on about how frivolous and irrelevant it all is, but there’s no denying the influence these shows have on the way we shape our personal style, whether we like to admit it or not. But if you’re someone with an interest in fashion, Fashion Weeks can almost be alienating – how do shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York speak to your experience if you don’t live in any of those cities? Well, the good folks at creative agency Hebe Media in Leeds are putting regional fashion at the forefront this week with the first ever Leeds Digital Fashion Week.


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Wolford Social Event

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Last night at the Wolford store in Westfield London, I hosted a party for bloggers to launch the brand’s Autumn/Winter collection. I have loved Wolford for a long time and wear it at every available opportunity. A couple of years ago, I struck up a relationship with their PR and together we have worked on ways to get them more involved in social media. Last night’s event was the result of that – Wolford’s first foray into blogger relations on this scale. I loved being a part of it and being able to speak to other bloggers about my passion for the brand and what they’re doing. It was a really great night. Check out some pics below.


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Dining Out: Mango Tree

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Last night, I was invited to dinner at Mango Tree in Belgravia. I’m not one to turn down a good meal, so off I went. This is the second time I’ve been and on both occasions, I’ve been bowled over by the service. The staff are just delightful – impeccably polite and on top of their jobs; your glass is never empty, when you’ve finished eating, the plates are cleared within minutes. I’d say in all honesty, the food isn’t mind blowing, but we had a good feed. We had fish cakes, prawn spring rolls, chicken satay, lobster, stir fried sweet chilli chicken and of course, a chocolate brownie to finish it all off.

Take a look at some foodie pics!


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