Oh you Crazy Bear!

Last week I headed to one of the infamous ‘Crazy Bear’ venues for mid-week dinner. The Crazy Bear group, originally founded in 1993, is a collection of outstanding hotels and restaurants, acclaimed for its Thai cuisine and dramatic decor.

Myself and a few friends headed to their restaurant in Fitzrovia. Most convenient for us as its positioned between Goodge Street and  Tottenham Court Road, and easily accessible after a day of working in the city.

The establishment is lavish, sophisticated, and the perfect setting for a night of epic celebrations.


Of the 4 of us, 2 had just had birthdays, I was celebrating my recent promotion in my business and the last was a bittersweet farewell to my friend Michaela who is moving to Oz next month. So cause for a special occasion I would say!

From the outside you wouldn’t know what this place was. There is no sign on the building; just a plain black canopy across the top. How very mysterious.

The look of confusion at my GPRS instigated a friendly woman at reception to shout,

‘Are you looking for the crazy bear?’

A place so elite that it doesn’t need it’s name on the door perhaps? Or based on an assumption that people who come to dine here should know exactly where it is?

Either way, if you head here, keep an eye out for the Spaghetti House next door, thatll be much easier for you to find.

I waited in the bar downstairs, cocktail in hand for everyone to arrive. The ambiance is very mellow but the decor is edgy yet classy. Red and white leathers and a copper bar.

bar

Upstairs, where you dine there’s a slightly warmer vibe. Subtle mood lighting and dark oak interior that creates a very relaxed and romantic atmosphere.

dine

Thanks to bookatable we got a sweet little deal: 12 courses and a glass of champagne for just £38. Winning.

There are lots of deals for the Crazy Bear Group on groupon too, if you’re anything like me and like to fine dine at a set price.

Often on these multiple course menus, in these more ‘upper class’ restaurants you tend to expect very little food. So the thought of 12 courses didn’t scare me; as i imagined 12 plates of different ‘courses’ that consisted of a singular piece of meat or palm of veg. This was not the case.

There are two simple options for you to choose from, vegetarian or classic.

There is such a variation over the 12 courses. There has to be something you like. The lobster pad Thai was my most favorite and those caramelized courgettes. Wow. If all vegetables tasted like that, no one would ever struggle to eat well!

 

Each course was rich in taste and cooked to perfection. And well worth the cost of the deal! Just be aware that the cocktails are not included. At £12 per pop on average, they can soon sky rocket your bill.

Overall great food, great company and somewhere i’d definitely recommend. The Fitzrovia venue has won The London Lifestyle Awards Best Restaurant, The Evening Standard’s Best Bar of the year, Theme Magazine’s Best Designed and Best Operated Bar, and The Times’ runner up for Best Bar in Southern England. So its fair to say its well sought after.

My next trip to the Crazy Bear will have to be in Beaconsfield, to one of their famous pool parties! See you there.

LwL x

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HIITin’ up Another Space

So last night I attended my first HIIT session at Another Space.
Since its launch party a few months back; where I was treated to a very intense spin session and a lovely array of healthy bites and super smoothies, I vowed to return quite frequently.

I’m sorry to say this hasn’t quite been the case. I confess that the fact that Covent Garden isn’t conveniently ‘on the way home’ for me has caused some lack of motivation. I’ve been doing a mix of home workouts and outside classes since returning from travelling but it appears I had started to form a bit of lazyitus.

Nonetheless I got that Friday feeling and decided to stop with the excuses and take on a well needed challenge of pushing myself to my limits. 15 days until I head to Cannes and Barcelona and counting I’ll have you know.

About The Space

Another space is simple, clean and minimalistic and has a calm vibe from the moment you walk in the door. They’ve sussed out just what one needs to find clarity and peace of mind before embarking on an intense training session.

There’s top notch equipment, exercise specific studios and changing rooms equipped with essentials that every girl dreams of. The only thing you need to bring here is yourself and a hairbrush. The rest is provided! 


The HIIT Session 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with HIIT, it involves intervals of high-intensity exercise followed by low intensity or complete rest. (To be honest in this particular session I would struggle to identify which one was supposed to be the low instensity part!)

Our lovely instructor, Jamie, is a Muay Thai professional. Yes Muay Thai, the combat sport that combines the use of 8 different parts of your body!

This brought flashbacks of my travels in Thailand. These fights were not something I particularly enjoyed watching, let alone doing. It was at this moment that it hit me that this wasn’t going to be your everyday HIIT session.

The hour was compiled of 3 ‘challenges’

Each challenge consisted of 2 different types of workout – Floor work and on the punch bags.

For those who struggle with maths, that’s 6 gruelling 8-10 minute routines with only 15 second rests in between. Fun right?

Throughout my 3 different floor sessions I endured push ups, burpees, jump squats, high knee kicks and mountain climbers. Think insanity, but with 8kg sandbags as weights instead of your own body weight.

During the section on the bags there were a mixture of jabs , punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes. All Muay Thai style for a true core work out.

Luckily enough the workout playlist was on point which made it somewhat more bearable as I’m a big fan of musical motivation.

Was it hard? Most definitely. Probably one of the hardest HIIT classes I’ve ever been to. Probably also the best to date too and one that I would definitely recommend! 

There were 2 or 3 points near the end where I felt like sitting down and having a rest but Mohammed Ali told me not to.

“When you feel like you’ve got nothing left to give, and you give that little bit more, that’s when the magic happens.”

True Say Mo.

Before
After

By the end of the class I have to say that stepping out of the room and into the light was probably not my finest hour, but if sweat is fat crying then I caused an emotional breakdown. 
Was it worth it? Of course it was. I feel energised, refreshed and like I can conquer the world. Even though Im currently walking sideways up or down the stairs. No pain no gain right?

Happy Saturday everyone!

LwL X 

 

 
  

The Montagu @ Oxford Circus 

For our one year anniversary last week Liam and I headed to The Montagu in Oxford Circus.

The lavish food is sourced from independent British farms and local award-winning suppliers. This means that while eating their beautifully presented and great tasting food, you can also feel very satisfied that you’ve helped many of our countries businesses. Winning!


As you walk through the revolving doors of this plush hotel, you are faced with a clean and modern, spacious setting and just to the left resides their impressive 4* restaurant.

Mood lighting to perfection, crystal chandeliers and a romantic ambience set the scene. Not to forget the live music – a pianist playing beautiful renditions of popular chart songs.

We went all in; as we were celebrating and all, with a 3 course meal and lots of wine.

Starter: Pea & Ham hock soup


Mains: Roast chicken with swede sauce & veg

Dessert: caramel ganache & popcorn ice cream

Quite possibly the best dessert I have ever had! (And that’s a big statement). I absolutely love caramel and the biscuit and popcorn ice cream complimented it perfectly.. I was so excited I almost forgot to take a picture!

All of our food tasted as good as it looked and the white wine went down a treat.


The real highlight for me was a front-row seat to observe the exhilarating, fast-paced life of a chef in the open plan kitchen!

The Montagu has menus for breakfast, lunch, traditional afternoon tea, dinner and weekend brunch. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone for a special occasion as its relatively priced for what you get and makes for a really enjoyable evening.


I’m pretty sure I’ll be taking up the weekend brunch offer soon too so watch this space!

LwL X

 

Oh you Greedy Cow!

Isn’t it tough when you’re in a big group and everyone wants a different cuisine? I hate that. You can never decide where to go! 

But fear not my fellow food junkies, I’m going to tell you about one of my favourite restaurants, so that you never have to worry again! (I’m nice like that).

Have you ever seen Mile End tube station on the central line? Pop outside and head opposite for the creative foodie genius that is Greedy Cow. 

It’s a restaurant home to a delightful and experimental array of tasty treats. Here you will find nearly 10 different cuisines in one restaurant to play with, all for a reasonable price. 
They have everything from Mexican to Japanese; and all strategically placed inside a big gourmet burger!
There’s Wagyu beef and chicken options, and for the adventurous souls in the blogosphere, there’s an ‘exotic burgers’ section too. You can indulge on a wild boar or smack your lips around the meat of a camel. 
Not a fan of burgers? Theres a salad and mains section too, covering your typical Ceasar’s, classic steaks and there’s even a corn fed chicken dish. 

In the unlikely event that you still have room for dessert, do yourself a favour and grab yourself a banoffee pie. Possibly one of the best I’ve ever tasted! 
The food is delicious and the staff are wonderful, which is why this small place is so popular. If you head there on a weekend, it’s likely you’ll be waiting a while for a table. Don’t worry though it’ll be worth it. 

LwL x 

The best at Bottomless Brunchin’

For one of my many birthday celebrations, myself and a big group of lovely ladies headed to One Canada Square in Canary Wharf for a bottomless brunch.

Now I have been to many a brunches. The idea of being able to fit as much drink as you can into two hours is very appealing to me haha.

I’ve been to One Canada Square twice now and it’s definitely top of my list overall.

Here’s 5 reasons why I love it..

1. Your glass is never empty 

Believe it or not, although many brunches deem themselves ‘bottomless’, this isn’t always the case. Some places will only serve you your drink while your eating (like at the South Place hotel).


At OCS you can have a Bloody Mary, mimosa, wine or prosecco and as soon as the glass is half full your waiter comes round and tops you up.

2. The food is amazing!

There’s a great selection of food over 3 courses and a 2 or 3 course option.

I had a leek and sweet potato rosti to start and a haddock fish cake in a beautiful spinach sauce for mains.

Ok i confess i also had a sticky toffee pudding to finish (covers eyes in shame).

Continue reading “The best at Bottomless Brunchin’”

Spring Trends 2016

 

So the run of the fashion weeks finally came to a close last week, finishing in none other than Europes favourite romantic country. Paris may not have brought the sunshine but it definitely brought the style.

Here are three key trends in early 2016 that are sure to put a ‘spring’ in your step.

Stripes



Off the shoulder 

  

 

Ruffles and frills 
 

Some designers even incorporated all trends into one look! Continue reading “Spring Trends 2016”

Eat your own Art

When you’re 4 years old, eating paint is a no – go. It’s something that your mum tells you off about, and warns you that it’s dangerous and could probably kill you. So what if I told you there is a chance for you to decorate your food as much as you like? No risk of dying and no telling off from mum..

Christabel’s Cocktail bar have brought us a new supper club concept – an edible paint fest.

Eat Your Art

This pop-up brings something different to the dinner table. Diners have the opportunity to paint their own dinner. A chance to create a masterpiece, injecting colour and flavour into your very own three course meal (while snapping lots of pics of your canvas to post on Instagram before you eat it!) Continue reading “Eat your own Art”