Laura in London: Guasacaca, Fitssi & Flight Club
|Photo credit: Guasacaca London|
I can't quite believe February is almost over and my half marathon is looming on the horizon. I've been struggling to make time for my training recently, so I've resorted to scheduling in runs in my diary as if they were meetings, so I (theoretically at least) won't cancel on them. It worked a treat today and I got out for a 10.7km run which was really reassuring. On race day, I'll only have to do that distance... twice.
Anyway, my latest Laura in London post features some exciting places to eat, sweat and play in the capital. Have you tried any of them before? Let me know in the comments below!
Eat: Guasacaca London,Pump
I’ve never tried Venezuelan cuisine before so I’m not sure how this fares in comparison to other places. However, I can wholeheartedly say that the traditional black bean arepa I had here was the tastiest street food treat I’ve had in a while. The arepa is made from corn kneaded into a circular shape and stuffed with a variety of fillings – from black bean, avocado and cheese to chicken and shredded beef – not to mention fried plantain, which just complemented the black beans perfectly for me. I’m a sucker for fried slices of plantain; they’re like mini desserts, so sweet and flavoursome. The arepa was topped off with a light and refreshing avocado sauce known as Guasacaca, which contrasted perfectly with the chilli flavours inside. The market stall also offers cassava fries which looked delicious!
Where? At various pop-up locations across London, but permanently at Pump street food market in Shoreditch.
How much? Between £5-£10
Best for... Street food feasting
Photo Credit: Fitssi
If you haven’t heard of Fitssi, where have you been the last six months?! I’ve seen this fitness company grow and evolve as the CEO, Katie Booth advanced her mission to create a girl squad of women who love to work out whilst making friends at the same time. They have some great PT instructors on board and the workouts take place in awesome locations, including a beautiful studio beneath the Lorna Jane store in Covent Garden, which is where I went for my first class. Workouts are for five people and run for 45 minutes. They often include paired buddy workout moves, HIIT style exercises and a lot of laughter. I’ve seen people on social media become good friends at these classes, and it’s great to see a community of women lifting each other up rather than being in competition with one another.
Where? Various central London locations, including Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Westminster
How much? From £20 a session
Best for... Making new friends who love fitness as much as you do
Play: Flight Club
Introducing social darts. I went to the Shoreditch Flight Club for a friend’s birthday party last year and had such a fun time. You might think playing darts is an activity that should be kept for old men with beer bellies stuck in the 90s, but this place gives the sport an exciting, sociable twist by making darts an interactive group activity. It’s a great place to go with a big group of friends as you can split into teams or pairs and battle it out for the glory of the first place position – all whilst enjoying a few drinks! The bar is swanky, the interior decor is old-worldly with more wooden-cladding than you can imagine, and the booth-style darts boards make you feel like you’re the only ones in there.
Where? Shoreditch and Bloomsbury.
How much? £15 per hour off-peak; £25 per hour peak
Best for... A birthday bash with a difference