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London’s best affordable spa

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Are you looking for a SPA in London that doesn’t cost you a mortgage?

Well, I have the right address for you: the SPA London.

SPA London is a completely new concept that revolutionised the SPA market by offering luxury packages that are affordable and accessible to all. I heard about it, but I never had the chance to try myself until a few weeks ago when I went to the Ironmonger Row Baths branch, near Old Street. This charming 1931′s building was built as a public wash house and later upgraded to a Turkish Bath. It’s only one of the 6 SPA facilities that are available across London.

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The baths now include:

  • 2 saunas
  • 2 steam rooms
  • Hammam
  • Ice Fountain
  • Plunge pool
  • Monsoon Shower
  • Bucket Shower
  • Hot Rooms (Tepidarium, Caldarium, Lanconium)

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I spent more then one hour trying every room – you can read this as “I have done nothing else than relaxing” :) – and then I enjoyed  some time in the relax area, lying down on a super comfortable chaise longue, reading magazines while sipping an herbal tea.

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There are also a double treatment room and 3 treatment rooms, where you can indulge yourself with products from Elemis and La Sultane de Saba.

I pampered myself in the double treatment room with the signatures services: the Ironmonger Row Full Body Scrub and the Ironmonger Row massage and I can say that the entire experience has completely relaxed my mind, released my back and after that my skin was really smooth, I will definitely come back again and again. I’d like to mention that, as the name implies, you have to share the double treatment room and this might be an issue for someone. It wasn’t a problem for me or the other girl and I am sure you can discuss your needs with the beautician.

Now the best part, the price! The cost of the massage+ scrub is only £25+£10 and the the price for the 3 hour Thermal Spa Experience varies per location due to size and services available, the rate ranges from £9 for concessionary members through to £25 for a non member. It is really a SPA bargain!
They offer men only, women only and mixed sessions.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of SPA London, but hopefully you’ll trust this post is about an honestly enjoyable experience.
Photos are from Spa London’s website, you are not allowed to take pictures inside the Bath.

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Any plans for tonight? it’s Carnaby Style Night

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10604507_10152300734071709_4287196929480836161_oCarnaby Street is one of my favourite places in Central London, a spot well known for its fashion credentials and music heritage.

There is always a good vibe thanks to the shops and the many events, every time I walk there, there is something going on. :-)

And tonight is full of surprises too, it’s the Carnaby Style Night! Be ready for some music, prize draws, free drinks and much more.

Carnaby is offering you 20% off in the street coolest brands, concept stores and independents including Paul Smith Soho, Scotch & Soda, Size?, Drop Dead Co, Peckham Rye and 20% off on some of the best food and drink spots including Stax, Pizza Pilgrims, The Rum Kitchen and more.

All ticket holders can also enjoy a free Ringmaster cocktail from the Cirque le Soir ‘Vintage Circus’ pop-up bar in Kingly Court.
Style Scouts will be on the hunt for the best dressed shoppers on the night, who will be awarded with a goodie bag worth £100, so make sure you are looking your best! ;-)

Between the shopping and the dinner, you will find me at the trend talk with the GQ fashion team at their pop up shop at 15 Carnaby Street.

Register for your free ticket here and see you there!

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Il Summer Party di Murdock Murdock Summer Party

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Guest post by Sanja Damnjanovic.
La serata inizia con noi che ci perdiamo per Hackney e incontriamo una ragazza che lavora per il council e che dopo 45 minuti di chiacchiere e 260 anni di storia del posto – è partita dal 1754 – ci accompagna al Rochelle School & Club Row, dove si teneva il nostro Summer Party.
Una volta dentro ci troviamo di fronte una esposizione di barbe e baffi. L’immagine è decisamente appropriata, in quanto il è party dedicato alla nuova fragranza maschile di Murdock: Renshaw Cologne.
Il profumo, dedicato al più grande vincitore di Wimbledon, si ispira ai pomeriggi d’estate spesi sorseggiando Pimms sul prato dopo un paio di partite sul campo.
Decisamente una bella immagine che i ragazzi di Murdock hanno voluto ricreare per noi durante la serata tra bevute e giochi estivi. :-)

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Guest post by Sanja Damnjanovic.
The evening begins with us lost in Hackney. Luckily though, we meet a girl who works for the City Hall and after 45 minutes of talking and 260 years of history of the place – she started her account from 1754 - she finally takes us to the Rochelle School & Club Row, where the Summer Party was held.
Once inside, we find ourselves in front of many stylish beards and mustaches. The scenario was definitely appropriate, because the party was dedicated to the new Murdock men’s fragrance: Renshaw Cologne. The cologne is dedicated to the biggest Wimbledon winner and it is inspired by a summer’s afternoon sipping Pimms on the lawn after a few relaxed games on the court.
Definitely a nice atmosphere that the guys from Murdock created for us; an evening to enjoy between glorious food, summer games and party punches. :-)

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Brumus afternoon tea at the Haymarket Hotel

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Last Saturday, through the rain, an overcrowded tube ride and the thousands of people attending the Pride Parade, I managed to be on time for my afternoon tea. I had a table booked at Brumus, the Bar of the Haymarket Hotel, right in the heart of London’s theatre district.

Both the Hotel, which I had previously visited, and the Bar are stylish in a very distinctive way. Dozens of different fabrics have been used in the décor and paired with beautiful artworks. A perfect cosy place where to unwind and forget the clamour.

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Our booth was next to the window, with a special view on my favourite London theatre, Her Majesty’s, home of the musical Phantom of the Opera.

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We chose to have the Brumus Afternoon tea with a glass of Pommery champagne. I went for a white silver tip tea, while Giuliano opted for Sri Lankan Lemongrass. If you are a tea connoisseur you might think that the selection is slightly limited. The blends are original though: I am sure they’ll surprise you like the place itself.

The tea set-up, as you can see below, was gorgeous and I simply loved the china sets decorated with peacocks.

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The Savoury part included

  • Smoked haddock Scotch eggs
  • Leek and Taleggio quiche
  • Grilled asparagus, Parma ham
  • Potted shrimps on granary crispssalato

and the sweet was made up by

  • Lemon meringue pie
  • Chocolate trio torte
  • Latticed apricot tartlet
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We finished with a vanilla panna cotta with strawberries and Prosecco jelly.

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We really appreciated the atmosphere and the food, and were also impressed by the friendly, attentive staff who needed no prompting to refill our teapots or bring us a second round of food.

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Top treat: for me was the latticed apricot tartlet, for Giuliano the lemon meringue pie.
Address: Haymarket Hotel, 1 Suffolk Place, London SW1 www.firmdalehotels.com
Cost: Brumus Tea is £25.50 per person. With a glass of Pommery NV is £33.00 per person
The wow factor: the chairs have dachshunds, bulldogs and scotties stitched onto the backs, I really wanted to take one of those at home with me!

Disclaimer: we were guests of Firmdale Hotels, but hopefully you’ll trust this post is about an honestly enjoyable afternoon.

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Jamie Oliver’s Jiggy Jiggy greens rice – Le verdure Jiggy di Jamie

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English Version

I’d like to start this post with a question: which English chef has called this recipe “Jiggy Jiggy greens”?
Then I realised that there is only one man that can call the sausages “bad boys” and jump around the kitchen singing with a pan in his hands…. yes, he’s Jamie Oliver!

Did you know the term Jiggy? Did you remember the song from Will Smith?

This recipe comes from an episode of Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals and it’s really easy to make and good to eat!

Happy Jiggy Jiggy!

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Ingredients for 4

2 Courgettes
2 Bok choy
a small bunch of broccolini (tenderstem broccoli)
1 tsp crushed garlic
½ tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp teriyaki sauce
1 chilli

 

Method

1. Blitz chilli and garlic in food processor.

2. Heat sesame oil in pan, add chilli and garlic.

3. Roughly chop pak choy, courgettes and broccolini.  Add to food processor and chop until just on fine side of chunky. Don’t mush it. If you don’t have a processor, then finely slice the vegetables.

4. Add greens to the Le Creuset pan and move around for a couple of minutes before seasoning with the teriyaki sauce.

5. Remove from heat and serve with Jasmine Rice that you’ll have prepared in advance.

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Versione Italiana

Volevo iniziare questo post con una domanda, qual è lo chef inglese che ha chiamato questa ricetta: Jiggy Jiggy greens“?
Poi ho capito che c’è un solo uomo che può chiamare le salsicce cattivi ragazzi” e saltare intorno alla cucina cantando con una padella in mano …. sì esatto, non può essere che Jamie Oliver!

Conoscevate il termine Jiggy? Magari come me lo ricordavate grazie alla canzone anni ’90 del principe di Bel Air, Will Smith - vedi sopra. :-) .
Questa ricetta è stata realizzata durante un episodio di “15 Minute Meals” di Jamie ed è veramente facile da fare e ottima da gustare!

Happy Jiggy Jiggy!

Ingredienti per 4 persone

3 Zucchine
Un mazzetto di broccolini (Tenderstem broccoli)
2 bok choy (Cavolo cinese)
Un cucchiaino di aglio schiacciato
½ cucchiaino di olio di sesamo
Un cucchiaio di salsa teriyaki
Un peperoncino

 

Realizzazione


1. Tritare il peperoncino e l’aglio nel robot da cucina.

2. Scaldare l’olio di sesamo nella padella Le Creuset, aggiungere il peperoncino e aglio.

3. Tritare nel  robot le zucchine, il bok choy e i broccolini. Fare attenzione a non ridurli in poltiglia. Se non si dispone di un processore, affettare finemente le verdure.

4. Aggiungere le verdura nella padella e girarle per un paio di minuti prima di aggiungere la salsa teriyaki.

5. Togliere dal fuoco e servire con il riso thai o Jasmine – varietà di riso coltivata in coltivato in Thailandia. I suoi chicchi lunghi e affusolati, ricchi di elementi nutritivi, sprigionano durante la cottura un piacevolissimo aroma.

 

Post in collaborazione con Le Creuset.

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