Healthy London – The New Revolution
July 8, 2015
Healthy London – The New Revolution
by Emma Inkester

[ED. NOTE: To celebrate the opening of Barry’s newest location and London’s 2nd Barry’s, London East, we asked our London correspondent to give us the low-down on the current state of healthy establishments in town and offer a guide to locals and visitors detailing some of the healthiest hot spots.] London has always had a smattering of vegetarian restaurants, healthy eateries and organic cafes, but I didn’t think we would ever have compared it to the likes of L.A., New York or Miami in their passion for superfoods, cold pressed juice and chia seeds. But now that’s all changing, and in the last year or so there has been a real boom in the number of healthy eating establishments springing Read More

Spotlight on Alex Castro
July 14, 2014
Spotlight on Alex Castro

by Emma Inkester You’re just running on the treadmill, minding your own business, garage beats in the background, when some Mediterranean-looking guy with a really loud microphone runs up behind you and shouts “GIVE ME SPEED – IF YOU CAN WALK OFF THAT TREADMILL YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN ME EVERYTHING!” It’s probably Alex Castro. He’s been a Barry’s trainer in London since October, he’s just started a new regular Wednesday early morning slot, and the word on the street is people can’t get enough of his motivational style and innovative results-oriented classes. Alex first started at Barry’s as a client, having followed the journey of the franchise over from America, and explains that this London institution has completely altered not Read More

Barry’s – Your Antidote to London Life
May 9, 2014
Barry’s – Your Antidote to London Life

by Emma Inkester “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”, according to poet Samuel Johnson. You know what, I think London must have been a bit different in 1777 when he said that, because I think I speak for many harried city workers when I say that sometimes our illustrious capital is just one big nightmare. The traffic, the tube strikes, the rain, the insane working hours… and then of course you better still have the energy to go to a colleague’s leaving party and two friends of friends’ birthday parties at the weekend. The constant rushing saps the energy of even the most ardent city dweller once in a while. Then of course there’s Read More

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Grosvenor House Apartments – Luxury in London
April 17, 2013
Grosvenor House Apartments – Luxury in London

by Gordon MacGeachy, Global Black Book I’ve known Astrid Bray for quite a few years, and I have followed her from London to Cape Town and back to London. Every time she moves somewhere, she gets my attention, as I know she wouldn’t be there unless the property was great to begin with, and there wasn’t something she could do to help make it even better. When she told me that she had accepted the position as General Manager of the newly opened Grosvenor House Apartments last summer, I was thrilled. Not only for her, but also for London..!                           In a city full of world-class places to Read More

Barry’s Bootcamp Beat – Anya’s November Playlist
November 8, 2012
Barry’s Bootcamp Beat – Anya’s November Playlist

Barry’s Bootcamp is coming to London in January, but London trainer Anya Lahiri (already training at Barry’s Bootcamp in LA) gives us a preview of what to expect with her block-rocking November playlist. Anya was scouted by top London model agency Select at the age of 15. She graced many magazine covers and shot for magazines such as Marie Claire, Portuguese Vogue and Italian Vogue. While modelling Anya joined the popular London band, ‘Precious’ which went on to represent Great Britain at the renowned Eurovision song contest. ‘Precious’ was hugely popular and secured a number of hits all across Europe. Anya booked her first acting audition for the Fox TV series ‘Keen Eddie’ alongside Sienna Miller and Mark Valley which Read More

Travels – Corinthia Hotel, London
October 31, 2012
Travels – Corinthia Hotel, London

Glitzy, Glamourous & Absolutely Fabulous… Corinthia London   When it opened in Whitehall near Charing Cross station as the Metropole in 1885 this belle époque building was one of London’s original grand hotels. Then it was requisitioned by theMinistry of Defence for most of the 20th Century, until it was purchased and transformed into the Corinthia, opening last year as one of London’s newest and most glamourous hotels. The style is a modern version of Victorian grandeur and it’s totally over the top. After you’ve been welcomed by the 1,001 Baccarat crystal chandelier in the pillared lobby, you’ll be lost in a sea of marble, parquet floors and splashes of lime green among a color scheme of various tones of Read More