Style Note: The Isabella Oliver Cape

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Yesterday was one of those cold and breezy days in London when you really need something warm and snug to wrap up in. And what better way to wrap up than in a cape. It's the perfect alternative to a winter coat. I received this beautiful one as a Christmas Gift from one of my favourite labels Isabella Oliver.

Isabella Oliver Cape

London Fashion Week Diary: BODYAMR

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The BODYAMR show was one that I was particularly looking forward to, and it was well worth the wait. The signature draping that I love still played a huge role in the collection as an abundance of luxe fabrics and beaded embellishment.


Giveaway: Win Tickets to the 2010 Vitality Show!

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The lovely team at Vitality are treating three lucky readers to a pair of free tickets! Running from 18th-21st March in London’s Earls Court 2, Vitality is the UK’s largest health, beauty, fitness and wellbeing event for women.

WIN Vitality tickets

Beauty Buzz: Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare

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I recently changed my beauty regime to include the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, the Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Skin Repair Moisturiser. It's been just six days, and already I've seen a noticeable difference in the clarity of my complexion and the texture of my skin.

Liz Earle Skincare

Happy New Year guys and gals, I hope you all saw in 2010 stylishly! However, if like me you've overindulged on the mince pies this Christmas, here's a healthy way to kick-start 2010. I bring you my hot list of free gym passes across London.

Yes, I'm sure you'll agree that it's essential to try out the facilities at any gym before committing to a membership, and with most health club chains jumping on the 'try before you buy' bandwagon, it's good news for us. Here are some hot offers, from places in town, potentially giving you a week's worth of free gym access - not bad at all!

Editor's Choice
Get a FREE 3 day trial for you and a friend at The Bankside Health Club

With a large air conditioned gym, state of the art cardio equipment and a dedicated spin studio, the Bankside Health Club is a convenient option for south Londoners. It's the newest and biggest health club in SE1, bringing the 'bigger is better' gym culture of America to the UK. Choose from over 50 studio classes per week and get physical in the fully equipped boxing ring.

If you're smitten with the facilities, the average membership costs around £50 per month and there's no joining fee. To claim your pass, email

The Bankside Health Club
Unit 11a
Blue Fin Building
110 Southwark Street
London SE1 0SU

Tel: 020 7921 9343

Get a 1 day FREE pass plus two weeks membership from £14.00

Harpers Fitness is a chain of 70 centres in the UK, and the health clubs have recently undergone a 2.6 million facility makeover to feature the latest gym equipment, fitness classes and personal training. There are branches in Lewisham, Wileseden and Harrow, all offering you the chance to test out the new look facilities.

These health clubs are community based, so you'll find the surroundings fit for families and individuals alike; great if you don't mind the pitter patter of tiny feet by the poolside, or if you have children in tow yourself.

Visit the website to claim your FREE pass and for more information on getting a two week membership from £14.00. This is ideal for getting you on the fitness track whilst waiting for pay day. Not bad, considering you could pay that for attending a few cardio classes in one week alone. For your nearest branch visit the website:

FREE Power Plate Session - various venues

Power plate sessions promise to offer a non-sweaty alternative to a productive workout. It has been claimed that 10 minutes on a Power-Plate achieves the same results as 60 minutes of conventional cardio training. It's the machine that gives the body's muscles a high-speed workout by using vibrations to stimulate them to contract and relax. Try it for yourself with a free session available across a number of health clubs throughout London, here are my top choices:

Movers and Shapers
7 Branches in London including Stanmore and West Hampstead
A 30 minute workout and personal training.
Book via Wahanda

Powertone Studios
4 Studios in London, including Chelsea and Mayfair
A 25 minute workout and personal training.
Book via Wahanda

Powerflex Studios
Located in Victoria, London
A 25 minute workout and personal training.
Book via Wahanda

FREE Introductory Pilates Session at Kinesis Studios

Pilates is still a big favourite when it comes to low impact classes, personally I'm a big fan so see what all the fuss is about with a complimentary pilates session worth £35 at one of the top studios in London.

Kinesis Studios is based in Notting Hill, and run by a team of highly trained teachers. Sessions are usually a group class of up to 4 clients with one instructor on pilates apparatus. Whether you're just starting out or a pilates fanatic, everyone is instructed to work according to a program individually designed to address personal goals and needs. Book your free session via Wahanda

Unit A Royalty Studios
105-109 Lancaster Road
London W11 1QF
Tel: 020 7229 2100

2 Response to "What's On: Get the Fitness Bug with Free Gym Passes"

  1. Tiffany Said,

    Thankfully I have a gym in the building i live in.

    Happy New Year.


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