June 12, 2017 Polly Hadden-Paton

June Newsletter

Lola’s Apothecary

Fancy a luxurious treat this weekend? We’ve fallen in love with Lola’s Apothecary, handmade natural beauty wonders from North Devon. 

At the heart of Lola’s Apothecary is a vision of beauty and grace. They believe a holistic lifestyle can be enhanced by moments of sensory indulgence. They are inspired to create couture beauty products that marry fine fragrance with effective natural skincare – to bring the sophistication and decadence of luxury cosmetics back into the realm of natural beauty.

Their naturally fragrant things are free from synthetic fragrance, mineral oils, sulphates, parabens and other undesirable chemicals. Most of their products do not contain any preservatives at all; they only use natural preservatives and antioxidants where necessary.

Lola’s Apothecary believe wellness springs from a well of self love, and living kindly includes being kind to yourself. Here is a little message from the founders:-

“To love yourself is a life-long romance, an incessant work in progress that deepens with routine self care. We hope that our fragrant things will inspire you to fall in love with yourself by establishing touch with your skin. Our dream is that our lovingly handmade products will become a blissful part of your daily self care ritual, that they not only bless you with gorgeous skin, but also provide you with a momentary retreat from the vivid dance of life.”

If you’d like to treat yourself, or someone else use code POLLY for 20% off their range, valid until 15th July.




Now, have you heard of CLAW?! CLAW is a casual restaurant brand specialising in sustainable British seafood. They started life back in 2015 when Fabian Clark discovered that, as a country, Britain exported approximately 80% of its crab to the rest of Europe and even Asia.

CLAW believe that crab and other British seafood is undervalued and want more people to realise that it is fresh, healthy, high in protein and most importantly – delicious!

Taking out the middle men. CLAW deal directly with fishermen to ensure that they receive the best produce. Their crab and lobster comes from Favis in Salcombe and their trout comes from the chalk streams in Hampshire.

Over the last two years, they’ve done markets throughout London, festivals across the UK and pop-ups at various restaurants and bars. But their permanent takeaway spot is now in Finsbury Avenue Square, EC2M and we would highly recommend a visit!



The Louisa Drake Method

Louisa very kindly invited myself, YNAV and YNANT to come and enjoy one of her training sessions recently at The Detox Kitchen so we could try out the LDM (the Louisa Drake Method) – and it was….. FANTASTIC! After a lot of moaning and groaning from us all, each declaring how unfit we were and that we were actually allergic to sweat, she managed to keep us all going through a full 45 minute session!
It was so varied, we used lots of different pieces of equipment, which kept all of us interested for the duration! YNAV has a bad back, so Louisa adjusted certain exercises so she could still take part in everything.

I would highly recommend a session, and for more information, please check out the below!




Louisa Drake is a fitness expert and founder & creator of The Louisa Drake Method, a unique fitness-fusion approach to working out. The Method was created by drawing upon her illustrious industry experience and background as a professional dancer and choreographer, to provide creative and varied sessions that generate lasting results. Having worked in the industry for over a decade, highlights include training some of Hollywood’s leading ladies, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham as part of Tracy Anderson’s elite team in LA and NYC, it was time for Louisa to launch her own method in London. With her enviable career history and qualifications in Pilates, Barre, Strala yoga and dance – in 2015 Louisa fused her experience and skills to create the “The Louisa Drake Method”. In two short years, it has taken London by storm now teaching LDM sessions at Shoreditch House, Studio by Detox Kitchen and at Adidas LDN, with sell-out classes and celebrity fans. Balance Magazine named LDM “One of the top fitness trends of 2017” and Women’s Health and Women’s Fitness magazine both are fans of The Louisa Drake Method.

Class description:

LDM currently offer weekly session’s of the renown Shape Changer by LDM aka Signature workout around London’s hot spots. Access the Method at Studio by the Detox Kitchen, Fitzrovia, at Shoreditch House and at Method Movement in Chelsea.

Shape Changer by LDM

The Louisa Drake Method (LDM) brings you Shape Changer, which generates a longer, leaner and strengthened body. A LDM session takes its participants through the most transformative elements of existing fitness disciplines, delivering seamless and choreographed transitions between resistance, conditioning, cardio and stretch. Expect a 60 minute total-body workout which will transform your body, boost your metabolism, burn fat and lean out your physique. You will discover muscles that you have never worked before, your skin will glow and stress levels will drop. LDM promises to leave you energised and wanting to come back for more! Suitable for all levels.

Private Training by LDM

Our elite team of LDM trainers give you the opportunity to access LDM in your own home or workspace by delivering the Louisa Drake Method one-to-one private training sessions. We will help you reach your fitness, health and lifestyle goals by taking you through a bespoke programme designed to challenge and change you in the most effective and balanced methods. We specialise in transforming your body shape, strengthening after injury or injury prevention, correct postural and biomechanics issues and pre and post natal training.

LDM Corporates 

The LDM team offer a range of corporate fitness across London. It’s an opportunity for companies all of shapes and sizes to transform their work place through health and fitness. LDM has everything your company needs for a healthier, fitter, happier more productive team.

To find out more about her method visit Louisa’s website www.louisadrake.com



I was walking across a pedestrian bridge last week, where out of nowhere, 2 guys on a moped came from behind me and attempted to snatch my phone out of my hand as I was walking. I was so shocked, but luckily managed to keep hold of it and they drove off. 

I know some other people who haven’t been so lucky, so I just wanted to give a word of warning. Please try not to walk around London with your phone out, texting etc, as you are a really easy target. The number of phone snatches around town is going up and up, and it is such a shocking experience! 

If this does happen to you, please report it to the police.

Stay Safe!

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