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Insider Wellbeing Guide to London with Lottie Murphy

Ex-ballerina Lottie Murphy, became pilates go-to girl and lifestyle influencer using her own platform to advocate a more balanced approach to life. While fitness, healthy eating and growing a successful business are high on her agenda, but so are days off. Her philosophy is centred on balance, positivity and keeping it simple. From a green juice in the morning to a glass of red wine in the evening.

She speaks about healthy recipes, videos Pilates workouts to follow, her favourite activewear, lifestyle tips and honest personal posts too.

We got the lowdown from the fitness-entrepreneur on equilibrium, her current favourite workouts and the importance of following your gut

Lottie takes Citizen Femme through her healthy and balanced London. 

Inside London

When is the best time of year to visit London and why?

London really is great all your round. I’ve been lucky to travel a lot with my work over the last few years and still believe London is the best city in the world. Last Summer however was the dream with the endless sunshine; spending weekend after weekend having picnics in the beautiful parks London has to offer, going for long walks and being able to eat alfresco. London is a very happy place when the sun is shining. We really appreciate it!

What’s your ideal 48 hours in London?

I’d go for a lovely run around a park near me then take a reformer Pilates class; go for brunch with friends at one of the Caravan restaurants (it does the best brunch) and then have a stroll around a market and pick up some fresh fruit and veg; pottering into cute little boutique shops. I’d go to the National Portrait Gallery and then see if the Orchestra was rehearsing in the church next to Trafalgar Square. I’d get some Fika (Swedish for coffee and cake break) at the Swedish cafe Bageriet in Covent Garden. I’d go to the Theatre in the evening and end the night having an espresso martini and listening to live music at a piano bar in soho.

Which is your favourite neighbourhood and why?

I love Soho and Shoreditch but home is South East London, it’s definitely the next East London with some amazing foodie spots but is also so green and feels calmer and more like you are escaping the hustle and bustle of town.

What’s the best way to get around?

If I can walk I will.

My essential workout clothes?

I couldn’t choose, there’s so many great ones; but I’ve had my eye on a few pieces from A Day at the moment which is a sustainable activewear brand, it’s beautiful and they have a shop in Covent Garden on Monmouth Street at the moment.

Favourite hotel and why?

I actually haven’t stay in many hotels in London as I live there but the one I have stayed at and would 100% recommend is The Hoxton. It feels like a little home away from home. The rooms are so cute and have everything you need, then you can head down to the lobby to get a coffee, do some work or have food. I love the vibe there.

Favourite workout?

Pilates of course but I usually do Pilates at home as it’s difficult to get to a class. I also love F45 and Psycle to get a sweat on and yoga at Triyoga to feel zen.

Favourite restaurants – budget and blow out?

Budget: Head to Vegan Nights for the best vegan street food, based in Brick Lane on the first Thursday of every month.

Blow Out (depending on how much you eat but we literally order the whole menu it’s so good): My Neighbour The Dumpling in Clapton

For a healthy brunch I go to… 

Caravan or 26 Grains.

But when I need my guilty pleasure I go to… 

Sticks ‘n’ Sushi for a blow out meal with platters of sushi and their array of little desserts. I love the one in Covent Garden the best.

Travel bucketlist?

Barbados but I’m going at the end of this year for my parents wedding anniversary. I’d love to go back to New Zealand and Australia one day, we lived there as a family when I was little and Rome! I still haven’t been to Rome!

Essential item to pack?

A balmy cleanser than can also be all purpose product like the Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Balm or BySarah Cleansing Balm. And a muslin cloth.

Where next?

I haven’t got anything in the diary until Spring time when I’ll be heading to Sardinia for my first retreat of the year but I do have a girly weekend in Bath in February. I love Bath!


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