Healthy body, healthy mind

Mind Body

Here in Carnaby you can give both a boost. Get ready to fuel yourself right and fit in some relaxation time. We’re about to give you the low down on some good haunts. Let’s go!

Whole Foods Market 

A few minutes walk away in Piccadilly Circus (Glasshouse Street to be precise) you can find the fantastic Whole Foods Market.

One of the key ingredients to health is excellent food and you can certainly pick that up here! We won’t even try to list all the beautiful foods you can buy here – you’ll just have to trust us that there’s lots of organic loveliness to be found.

WFM have a great website full of lots of information and recipes, we really recommend you go and have a nose!

Cowshed

There’s more to a healthy body and mind than some good food and that, friends, is where Cowshed comes in.

Cowshed is a spa and beauty brand with a spa and shop in Foubert’s Place, just off Carnaby Street.

Relax with a Head Massage, Salt Scrub and Massage, Skin Perfecting Facial or Back Cleanse to name but a few. Whilst you’re stopping by you can take a look at their fantastic range of products including Spearmint Exoliating Sea Salt Scrub, Moody Cow Balancing Room Diffuser or Knackered Cow Relaxing Travel Candles.

Sanook Spa 

The Sanook Spa can be find in the Courthouse Hotel on Great Marlborough Street (mere seconds from Carnaby Street).

We know, we know. Another spa. But this one has a glass treatment room. Yes, that’s right. The treatment room is not only made of glass but also situated right above a beautiful pool. It truly adds another dimension to the experience.

The range of treatments is a little more varied and include Hot Stone, Swedish and Deep Tissue Massages, Soothing Salt Full Body Exfoliation and Radiance Facials.

Walk in Backrub 

You don’t even have to book massages here. Just walk right on in! In fact, you can find them near us in Kingly Court on the second floor. Once you’re all relaxed feel free to pop by for a drink!

In the Walk In Backrub shops (there’s a few around London) you can get an effective massage condensed into just 10 or 20 minutes (although longer sessions are available). Perfect if you’re having a stressful day and need to relieve a little bit of tension. Despite the name you can also grab a good Footrub too!

Get fit in Carnaby

Health blog

Just how important is being fit? The answer is very, but if that doesn’t convince you then let us explain in a little more detail:

Keeping fit has a selection of health benefits that are important both now and as you age. Regular exercise increases bone strength and density, helps you to control your weight, improves your balance, increases flexibility, makes you feel happier, increases the performance of your lungs and heart, helps to prevent (or control) diabetes and boosts self esteem.

As you get older these factors become all the more important. Wouldn’t you like to still be mobile and healthy at 75, or even 85?

Now we’ve got your attention we’d like to recommend some local spots to visit on your fitness journey!

Triyoga

Triyoga runs over 100 classes per week which include hot yoga, pregnancy yoga and pilates. There really is a class for everybody. You can try 2 weeks of unlimited yoga for just £20.

Triyoga also offers treatments such as acupuncture, energy healing and holistic massage. Whether you’re feeling spiritual or just seeking some calm ‘you time’ in a peaceful environment we’d definitely recommend stopping by Triyoga.

Bonus? Triyoga is situated right near us in Kingly Court, on the 2nd floor.

Fitness First 

On Kingly Street you’ll find Fitness First, a fantastic gym that has a lot to offer. Inside Fitness First you’ll find the gym, cardio theatre, sauna, lounge area and sunbeds.

One of the great things about Fitness First is that they also offer a ‘Multi Club’ option meaning that you can pay a little extra per month and have access to a selection of different Fitness First gyms. This is especially useful for people who would like to be able workout both near work and near home.

You can book a trial session here:

H2 Soho

Situated mere moments away from Carnaby Street in Dufours Place is H2 Soho. If you’re into running or cycling (or think you might be interested!) this is the place for you. You can even park your bike outside in the secure bike racks.

The club hosts H2 Ride which is London’s first Spinning only Studio! Spinning is one of the highest calorie burning exercises out there, so it’s well worth a try!

You can choose to pay by class if you want to give it a go and see for yourself.

Sweaty Betty

Now, if you’re going to go workout you’re going to need something to wear! Sweaty Betty is a fabulous girls-only (sorry boys) fitness clothing brand. There’s everything you need for running, yoga and more.

You really can’t beat Sweaty Betty for cute sports bras, pretty tops and colourful swimmers.

So, what are you waiting for?

 

 

 

Carnaby Shopping Party

With 20% off and free tickets to the shopping extravaganza you’d be crazy to miss out.

Carnaby

The one and only Carnaby Shopping Party is on from 5pm – 9pm on Thursday 28th May. You can register for your free ticket on the Carnaby website and follow @CarnabyLondon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for fun updates.

The 20% off is valid on over 100 independent shops, bars and restaurants. Garzia’s editor-at-large Angela Buttolph will be in Kingly Court talking about summer trends – the talks will be streamed on Google+ meaning you can watch from the comfort of your own home!

Stores getting involved include SuperTrash, the new TOMS, Oi Polloi, The Kooples, Lazy Oaf, Benefit and more.

You can join in the conversation online using the tags #Carnaby #ShoppingParty – we look forward to reading your experiences!

And don’t forget to drop by and see us for a well deserved drink or bite to eat after all that shopping.

10 things you probably didn’t know about Fizz

Fizz

There are approximately 49 million bubbles in a standard sized bottle of champagne, a little less than 1/5 the amount of stars in the Milky Way.

Champagne was an accident: the bubbles in the first bottle of champagne were the result of a mistake by the winemaker that meant the wine fermented in the bottle.

The only people to rival France’s love for champagne are the Nigerians. Even though 63% of Nigerians live on less than $1 a day, the rise in oil barons means the country’s consumption of champagne is second only to France.

Champagne used to be known as “Vin du Diable” (Wine of the Devil) since the bubbles would often make bottles explode, sending shards of shrapnel across the room.

In France, there are three times as many Champagne growers as McDonald’s.

In the James Bond movies, 007 drinks Champagne more than any other beverage (nearly 40 glasses and counting).

Marilyn Monroe took a bath in 350 bottles of Champagne. We’re not sure why.

The classic Champagne coupe was adapted from a wax mould made from Marie Antoinette’s breast.

There are more than 6 bars of pressure in a bottle of Champagne; more than triple the pressure in a car tyre.

There are currently 1 billion bottles of champagne in storage. With an average of seven glasses per bottle, there’s enough for everyone on the planet to have a glass.

Cheers!

Our new love affair with coffee

Coffee Blog

Go back ten years and the typical Saturday afternoon invite from a friend would have been “let’s go to the pub” rather than today’s usual summoning of “let’s try this new coffee shop.”

So how do we explain a nation of lager and tea drinkers surrendering to the milky seduction of the latte?

2013 saw a 15% rise in the opening of independent coffee shops in the UK, with London leading the way. By comparison, the Campaign for Real Ale says British pubs are closing at the rate of 31 a week. It seems the way in which coffee is being consumed has changed; now that people consider coffee shops as a social venue (even a workplace) they are in direct competition with pubs. The combination of ever-elevating alcohol prices and The Rise of The Health Junkie has rendered going out for coffee an affordable and healthy alternative. Couple that with background music, free Wi-Fi and Friends-esque conversation on slumpy sofas and you’ve got the same gratification of a pub visit.

Luckily, you can kill two birds with one stone here by wrapping your hands round a warm coffee, sipping on a cold craft beer or treating yourself to both!

£1,500 raised for Centrepoint

Centrepoint

We’re chuffed to donate £1500 to our local charity, Centrepoint – following the success of our Christmas Gold Coins initiative.

If you aren’t familiar with their amazing work, here’s a snapshot….

Centrepoint are a charity who, each year, help over 8000 young people off the streets, giving them opportunities otherwise beyond their reach. This comes in many forms – from shelter for the night, to helping with basic education, to starting them on the job ladder. Centrepoint provide fantastic volunteer schemes, one of which is mentoring – with nearly 100 mentors pairing with a young person to help them over a year.

We’d really encourage you to get involved, either by donating or volunteering or just spreading the word. centrepoint.org.uk

Thanks to your support, we can help others.

 

Ways in which our donation of £1,500 might be used:

Provide one-to-one mentoring support for three young people for six months

  • Centrepoint young people often have few, if any, positive role models. Mentors give essential one-to-one, long-term support making young people much more likely to get back into education, get a job and find a home of their own.

Allow 10 young people to access our Workwise programme

  • Centrepoint’s WorkWise programme gives young people employability skills, the chance to gain work experience and supports them into a job so that they can support themselves and move on successfully leaving homelessness behind.

Provide over 40 hours of one-to-one counselling with a psychotherapist

  • Due to their traumatic life experiences, Centrepoint young people are much more likely to have a mental health problem than their peers – 33% have a mental health problem and 1 in 5 have attempted to take their own life. Our specialist therapists help young people to tackle these issues and turn their lives around.

(Our) short history of Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street is one of the most famous places in London – it’s become an attraction in itself to both Londoners and tourists. But Carnaby isn’t just about the great shops – the street represents a momentously exciting time in London’s history – the Swinging Sixties. But what was it before, and what has happened to it since? We thought we’d pull together a brief history of one of the most iconic streets in London (that we just so happen to be attached to!):

Pre-60s: there wasn’t much going on in Carnaby Street before the 60s – it was the cheaper side of Soho, with a few restaurants and workshops. It’s believed that Carnaby Street is so named because of Karnaby House which was built in 1683. The street itself was probably laid out around 1685.

Its iconic status started thanks to the arrival of John Stephen, a clothing entrepreneur. Stephen started a clothing shop in the cheaper area of Carnaby Street – avoiding the more expensive rent of Jermyn Street – aimed at the younger, more flamboyant audience, who didn’t want to dress like their mothers and fathers, and couldn’t quite afford the suits, either.

By popular demand he opened up several more shops on the street, and before he knew it, Stephen lit a trend – and soon Carnaby Street was buzzing with boutique shops – selling cheap and fashionable clothes that embodied an era.

10 quirky gifts around Carnaby

There’s nowhere in the world quite like Carnaby at Christmas time. Famous for its diversity of independent shops as much as its big brands, Carnaby is the perfect destination for shoppers looking for a unique present.

With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve rounded up ten of the most quirky gifts to be found in our neck of the woods:

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Irregular Choice never disappoint with their weird and wonderful shoe designs. These festive beauties are no different, find them here.

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Know someone who’s addicted to coffee? This jumper by Brandy Melville might be just the ticket.

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This pink cupcake bib is truly scrumptious. Buy it in pink or blue from Carry Me Home in Kingly Court.

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Kittens and jingle bells, what’s not to love? Keep someone’s tootsies warm this festive season with these adorable socks from Monki.

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Johnny Cupcakes Leopard Crossbones Watch

We love this quirky watch from Johnny Cupcakes.

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Selfridges Meri Meri Jolly Party Props

These festive party props from Selfridges are guaranteed to get everyone giggling this Christmas.

7. El Ganso Bow Tie

Make a little chappy happy with this cute bow tie from El Ganso.

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Why not treat someone special with our quirky twist on Afternoon Tea – Crafternoon Tea. Prices start from £12 – see the full menu here.

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Dahlia Auckland Gold Star Bag

Know someone who likes a bit of sparkle? Take a look at this clutch bag from Dahlia.

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Sick of London souvenir shops selling nothing but tacky tat? We Built This City is a pop up in Carnaby that gives an alternative. Find unique and wonderful gifts that celebrate British creativity.

Carnaby Christmas Party

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Carnaby Street is famous for its fun and elaborate Christmas directions. Last year was all about the robin with hundreds of beautiful robins suspended in mid-air – any guesses at this year’s theme?

Be the first to find out at the Carnaby Christmas Party on Thursday 13th November from 5-9pm. The event kicks off with over 100 fashion brands, restaurants and bars offering 20% discount to ticket holders, free drinks, goodie bags, giveaways, trend talks and more.

Register for your free tickets and watch the film above.

The roof returns to Kingly Court!

Kingly Court

The return of the roof in Kingly Court is a sure sign that Winter is just around the corner.

This impressive structure provides much needed refuge from the elements through the chilly Winter months.  As well as being practical, the roof creates a  cosy and relaxing environment that makes it perfect for enjoying a mould wine and mince pie after your Christmas shopping this year!

Photo by Andrea Sartorati/Flickr/CC BY 2.0