June 13th, 2005


Week 4: Weight Loss Challenge w/c June 13th

Thought I’d done really well this week – exercised 5 times, but I’ve basically stayed the same, now I’m 11,2 still and my weight hasn’t really shifted since I started this challenge. D*mn!
Then I really looked at the WLR website, and realised that most days I overshot my calories ! So, my goals this week are to:
  • Exercise 5 or 6 times

  • "Really" stick to calories

  • Drink less red wine

  • Drink more water

Can anyone loan me some motivation / good cheer please?

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Giraffe is a small cafe/restaurant in Hampstead which serves interesting cocktails and unusual world food. The atmosphere is enhanced by the world music and the wooden giraffes! It's good for Sunday Brunch, but gets busy.
Details: 46 Rosslyn Hill, NW3 1NH, Tel: 020 7435 0343.
Nearest Tube: Hampstead or Belsize Park
Close to: Hampstead Heath

Zamoyski is a Polish restaurant in Belsize Park which serves interesting food and has an amazing selection of vodka varieties. Popular, so book early!
Details: 85 Fleet Road, NW3 2QY, tel: 020 7794 4792.
Nearest Tube: Belsize Park

St Martins's-in-the-Fields is a central London church based in Trafalgar square. Their Crypt cafe is great place for food and drink, plus you can try your hand at brass rubbing, catch a lunchtime recital or evening concert and they also have a good book and gift shop.
Details: Trafalgar Square, WC2.
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross or Embankment.
Close to: National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery

Strand on the Green, Kew Bridge. For three good pubs, a walk by the river and to forget you're in London, go to Strand on the Green. This is a street by the Thames, close to Kew Gardens. Walk across Kew Bridge, away from Kew Gardens and go down the steps on the right. Straight ahead is the area called Strand on the Green. The path takes you down alongside the river, where you have a choice of pubs!
Details: Strand on The Green, type TW8 OHF into the Streetmap website.
Nearest Tube: Kew Gardens or Gunnersbury.
Close to: Kew Gardens

For 'real' British pubs, stay away from the chains and wine bars, and try these little gems!

The Old Coffee House, 49 Beak Street, Soho, W1F 9SF, 020 7437 2197.
Nearest Tube: Oxford Street

The Coal Hole, 91-92 Strand, London, WC2R 0DW, 020 7379 9883.
Nearest Tube: Embankment, Charing Cross or Covent Garden

The Stamford Arms, 62, Stamford St, London, SE1 9LX, 020 7928 6445.
Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Southwark
Also contains a Bookcrossing OBCZ! Release and catch your books here! Read more about the Stamford Arms & Bookcrossing.

Shopping & Culture
The 2 main shopping areas are Oxford Street (mix of shops, big department stores and some tacky souvenir shops) and Regent Street (beautiful buildings, more expensive shops!)

Carnaby Street is actually a network of streets which are located between Regent Street, Oxford Street & Great Marlborough Street. Shops, Bars, Music, nice smells from the Lush shop - perfect!
Also Liberty's is here (corner of Regent Street and Great Marlborough Street
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Piccadilly Circus
Close to: The Old Coffee House

Covent Garden has shops, food, markets, jugglers, street entertainment, the London Transport Museum, The Royal Opera House, theatres, bars, restaurants.... Just go and wander around!
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden, Leicester Square or Charing Cross
Close to: Charing Cross Road, The Strand, St Martins, National Portrait Gallery
Click here to get a fab 3D PDF map of the area!

The Southbank centre on the Embankment consists of: The National Film Theatre (which has an excellent NFT cafe, plus cinemas and bookshop), The Hayward Gallery & The Royal Festival Hall (good cafe, book and music shops, as well as free performances in the foyer area).
Details: Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Nearest Tube: Embankment (walk across bridge) or Waterloo
Close to: London Eye & IMAX

The London IMAX Cinema is great! 2D and 3D films on a huge screen.
Nearest Tube: Waterloo (exit 5)
Close to: London Eye

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre has a season from May to October and ticket prices start from £5.
Details: Bankside, SE1 9DT
Nearest Tube: Southwark
Close to: Tate Modern

Tate Modern is an extroadinary gallery across the Thames from St Paul's. Entrance is free and the gallery features works from the 20th Century onward.
Details: Bankside, SE1 9TG
Nearest Tube: Southwark (then follow signs)
Close to: The Globe & St Pauls' Cathedral

Tate Britain is also free and worth a look! It features British art up to the 20th Century
Details: Millbank, SW1P 4RG
Nearest Tube: Pimlico

The National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery are both free and are next door to each other. After your art fix, go to the Undercroft cafe in St Martin's in the Fields for refreshment!
Details: Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross
Close to: St Martin's-in-the-Fields

Somerset House is a thriving cultural centre for London - a place for enjoyment, refreshment, arts and learning. It hosts a popular outdoor skating rink in December.
Details: Victoria Embankment (also accessible from the Strand)
Nearest Tube: Temple, Charing Cross
Close to: The Coal Hole Pub

The Great Outdooors!
The London Eye is brilliant! Each "flight" takes about 30mins, and the views over London are fantastic. It's very popular, so pre-book tickets, and get there early for your time slot.
Nearest Tube: Waterlook (exit 6)
Close to: IMAX, South Bank

Rollerblading in Hyde Park is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon! You can hire skates from SnowandRock, nearest tube High St Kensington.
Nearest Tube: Hyde Park, High Street Kensington

Hampstead Heath is a beautiful part of London. Walk up Parliament Hill to get the best views of the city. After you've done the walking/sunbathing/frisbee thing, get some food and drink in Giraffe or just window shop in Belsize Park (just down the hill) and admire all the beautiful people!
Nearest Tube: Hampstead, Belsize Park
Close to: Giraffe Restaurant

Kew Gardens is an idyllic park in the west of London. Lots of greenhouses, seasonal exhibitions, woodland and lawns for picnics and fantastic jazz concerts in the summer.
Nearest Tube: Kew Gardens
Close to: Strand on the Green

The Transport for London website site gives information on tube routes, maps, ticket prices and London travel and tourism generally. You can also ring 020 7222 1234 for general travel information in London.
National Rail Enquiries has train times and routes, but ring them to double check on 08457 484950!

Timeout London has many links for travel, useful info, sightseeing and entertainment, as does This is London (Evening Standard site) and the official London tourist website.

For maps of London, try Streetmap, just type in the postcode or street name. For free (or very cheap!) things to do in the capital, search in FreeLondon.

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