My mid-afternoon/ post-run/ mid-ride snack du jour is a Nak'd bar - healthy, gluten/ wheat/ dairy-free products made in Britain with raw fruits and nuts. Nakd wants to replace over-processed foods with nourishing whole foods and this is a good place to start - choose from the fruit salad nibbles, cashew cookie, toffee treats, berry delight or, my favourite, cocoa orange which is 40% dates, 40% cashews, 14% raisins and 5% cocoa with a dash of natural orange flavouring. That's it. They're vegan, cold-pressed, never baked, with no added sugars or syrups, 1 of your 5 a day and delicious. What's not to like?
I have stacks of jewellery, but almost every day I wear the same pieces of sterling silver or white gold bracelets, rings, earrings and occasionally layered necklaces. Sometimes I'll mix other colours or mixed metals, but I feel rather naked if I don't have these everyday pieces on. Most are gifts or vintage market purchases and the latest was given to me by British high street jeweller H.Samuel - a pretty chain bracelet embossed with an ornate Victorian pattern on each link.
Aqua is one of my favourite London addresses. It's been one of my go-to places for after-work drinks and dinner (either sushi at Aqua Kyoto or tapas at Aqua Nuevo) in W1 for years, so when we were in Asia I had to visit the original Aqua in Hong Kong. We went for drinks at sunset on the traditional Chinese junk boat Aqua Luna which sails across the harbour before going for dinner at Aqua Tokyo.
Two weeks ago I headed to the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank for an evening fusing dance, Afro-Brazilian culture and live music. Baila Brazil by the acclaimed dance company Balé de Rua is 90 minutes of percussion, street dance, samba, capoeira and breakdancing performed by 14 dancer/percussionists, a singer and a band.