WELLNESS CHAMPION 2018
DEBBIE MOORE OBE
Debbie Moore began her career as a model and in 1978 created the infamous Pineapple Dance Studio in Covent Garden. She was also, inspirationally, the first woman to list her company on the London Stock Exchange. She has inspired the world with her dance studio concept and pioneered “athleisure” as we know it today with her fashion brand, most recently collaborating with Finery. She has published several books inspiring us to eat better and offering business advice to women. She received her OBE in the 2010 New Year Honours.
BEST WELLNESS JOURNALIST 2018
Amy Abrahams is a freelance journalist and editor with over ten years’ experience working for national magazines, both online and in print, writing for: The Sunday Times Style, The Pool, Glamour, Red, Women’s Health, Brides and Conde Nast Traveller. In her own words; “A healthier life is about so much more than just eating well and exercise – it’s about (among other things) good mental health, kindness, brilliant books, long walks, travel, great films and red lipstick, so don’t be alarmed if I write about things other than just squats and sprints.” As well as a thriving career in journalism, she has spoken on panels about body image and wellbeing including Fitfluence and Be You Talks. What stood out to the judges is that she writes about health and fitness with a fantastically honest and healthy attitude.
BEST BOUTIQUE STUDIO 2018
Xtend Barre offers a ballet based, full body workout designed for everyone, they offer a variety of programmes that strengthen, lengthen and chisel your body to deliver fast, real results. From high intensity interval training to Pilates classes, clients enjoy mixing up their workout routines to achieve their goals. This is a place that truly challenges each individual within the class. Our judges recognised that everyone left happier when then arrived, having experienced the buzz of the class and the friendliness of the teachers.
BEST HEALTH GETAWAY 2018
Lime Wood has a unique setting in the New Forest National Park boasting laid back luxury at it’s best, in the perfect secluded hideaway. At the Herb House Spa you can do yoga on the roof in a herb garden and take in forest views from the sauna. The food served in the spa is a celebration of flavours and a feast for the eye, it’s truly seasonal gastronomy and it is well balanced by Angela Hartnett’s restaurant in the hotel. Lime Wood is the ultimate countryside getaway, perfect for weekend breaks, a dash from the city, or a complete escape from it all.
BEST URBAN DAY SPA 2018
AKASHA (CAFE ROYAL)
Hidden underneath the busy streets of London lies pure tranquillity and luxury. AKASHA boasts an atmospheric pool, Hammam, sauna and jacuzzi – as well as some of the best spa treatments in London – forming an oasis in the heart of the city. It is enhanced further by mood lighting, restorative sounds, uplifting aromas and treatments that marry innovative western practices with ancient eastern traditions. The Watsu pool for tailored hydro-treatments and guided meditation particularly impressed the judges.
BEST WELLNESS BOOK 2018
THE FOUR PILLAR PLAN
Dr. Rangan Chaterjee is a medical doctor with over 16 years of experience. His approach to health is simple and refreshing: improve your nutrition, movement, sleep and relaxation time. His book is easy to read and understand and has guides and tips throughout to really get you excited about changing your life for the better. The message in this book impressed the judges because it was balanced, realistic and incredibly well backed up. There are no quick fixes or gimmicks here, the message is simple: to be well you must live well. “Every part of our body affects pretty much every other part.” The book takes a full view of your health and well-being, one that considers every aspect of daily life.
BEST WELLNESS EATERY 2018
THE GOOD LIFE EATERY
The Good Life Eatery offers a menu full of delicious and healthy meals. They source ingredients as locally as possible, serving up fresh, hearty and imaginative dishes. Their aim is to encourage everyone to “eat better, healthier and happier.” The judges were particularly impressed with the friendly, community feel and the no WI-FI policy that encourages diners to eat mindfully and enjoy conversation.
BEST FINE DINING 2018
Sexy Fish is a shining example of somewhere that serves naturally healthy food in an unpretentious way. Offering Japanese-inspired sushi, sashimi, seafood, fish and meat cooked on a Robata grill and designed by Martin Brudnizki, decorated with art by Damien Hirst, Frank Gehry and Michael Roberts, the look and feel is mid-century glamour and opulence. What stood out to the judges was that whilst this is not specifically a “wellness restaurant” the menu is packed full of nourishing and healthy dishes.
BEST BLOG 2018
THE FOOD MEDIC
Dr. Hazel Wallace is a published author and a practicing doctor with a special interest in nutrition, she is also a personal trainer. Her blog is a great place for accessible advice and inspiration on nutrition and healthy recipes, fitness, mindfulness and lifestyle. In her own words; “I like to think of myself as one of the first of a new generation of doctors. I want to work with other doctors and encourage them to think outside the pill box when it comes to managing lifestyle related diseases.” Continuing from the popularity of her blog, she has released a best selling book. The Judges were really impressed with the quality and depth of the content which is rooted in fact rather than fad.
BEST NEWCOMER 2018
Pixie is a nutritionist, award winning food blogger, writer and speaker. Known for her no-nonsense attitude towards nutrition myths, she focuses purely on scientific fact whilst encouraging her reader to be more sceptical of the conflicting messages they read in magazines and online. Pixie is an advocate for a balanced lifestyle without restriction and her message is simple; “Food should make you happy and healthy, otherwise what’s the point!” Her first book “The Wellness Rebel” will be published in Spring.
BEST WELLNESS JOURNALIST 2016
Ian is one of the most recognised nutritionists and writers in the UK. He’s contributed to an impressive list of publications including: The Daily Telegraph, The Mail On Sunday, Attitude Magazine and The Spectator. His work also extends to the screen and radio such as the BBC and Channel 4. Ian swapped a career in investment for nutrition after being diagnosed with coeliac disease. He studied at The Institute for Optimum Nutrition, after graduating, he founded one of London’s most prestigious nutritional consultancies and a best selling healthy food range, Ian has reached out to thousands of people through consultations, workshops, best-selling books and has recently consulted on projects with Innocent Drinks and Roots and Bulbs.
BEST NEW BOUTIQUE STUDIO 2016
Jason de Savary launched Core Collective in 2015 with the view to make fitness simple, effective and flexible. The popular “pay as you go” method allows easy access to their stellar line up of unique classes including Velocity – their trademark high intensity interval training, Resistance – a body-burning TRX class and Power Yoga – yoga with an energising twist. The in-house cafe particularly held the attention of the judges with the range of fresh dishes and the nourishing smoothie and juice menu to reboot and restore the body, post workout.
BEST ESTABLISHED BOUTIQUE STUDIO 2016
The combination of gym, consultancy and medical wellness centre makes SP&Co a truly unique location. Since its launch in 2001, SP&Co continues to provide meticulous care and dedicated encouragement from a panel of hand-selected experts. Each client receives a bespoke programme tailored to their goals from the devoted team creating the ultimate wellness experience. In line with their first class service, their facilities are equally impressive, with private changing rooms, laundry service and a state of the art gym all in total privacy. SP&Co undoubtedly have taken personal training to the next level.
BEST NEW GETAWAY 2016
Nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside, Soho Farmhouse offers an idyllic getaway. The farmhouse estate lies on 100 acres of land boasting an impressive range of facilities, from outdoor activities to relaxing spas and restaurants – this country retreat has it all. The judges particularly enjoyed the deli packed full of local produce and The Cowshed Spa. The Farmhouse adds another string to Soho House’s brand, first founded back in 1995, it continues to grow in size attracting over 50,000 members to date.
BEST ESTABLISHED DAY SPA 2016
Once a country manor, Coworth Park now operates as one of ten hotels in the Dorchester Collection. Set in the picturesque surroundings of Ascot, it offers English Heritage at it’s best. With three impeccable restaurants to choose from and an equestrian centre for guests to enjoy, Coworth Park provides unquestionable luxury. However, it’s the breath-taking spa which sets it apart from the rest, built into the landscape it offers spectacular facilities and an extensive list of treatments which when reviewed was faultless. Only top quality brands are used in treatments to ensure the best spa experience.
BEST NEW EATERY 2016
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The Hemsley sisters launched their cafe – Hemsley + Hemsley – in the new Selfridges Body Studio earlier this year. The cafe is undeniably a healthy foodie’s dream serving recipes from their The Art of Eating Well book. Dishes are very nutritious and the ingredients are all seasonally sourced. The judges were particularly impressed with the flexibility of the menu. The brand was founded by Jasmine and Melissa in 2010 to offer wellness guidance and to spread the word about gut health. Their food philosophy has rapidly grown in popularity, they went on to publish the best seller, The Art of Eating Well and on the back of its success, published their second book Good + Simple.
BEST ESTABLISHED EATERY 2016
Ottolenghi’s vision began in 2002 when he launched his first eatery in Notting Hill, he has been a major influencer on the healthy food scene ever since. Best known for his creative, bold Middle Eastern flavours, his delis are a go-to for any food lover and NOPI certainly does not disappoint. Based in Soho since 2011, it offers customers an ever-changing seasonal menu with the inclusion of Ottolenghi’s signature dishes. Most notable, was NOPI’s polished and formal décor spread across two floors, a different style taken on compared to his other delis. NOPI definitely ticked all the judges’ boxes; service, food and ambiance.
BEST FINE DINING RESTAURANT 2016
Coya is a unique destination where the contemporary culture of London meets traditional Peruvian cuisine. Its one of a kind culinary blend has successfully taken Londoners by storm serving Latin American sharing plates, chargrilled dishes and ceviche. The venue is elegant and sleek with a Peruvian twist giving customers a vibrant experience. The judges were very impressed with the healthy, nutritious menu despite not categorizing itself as a “wellness” restaurant.
BEST NEW FINE DINING RESTAURANT 2016
Set in one of London’s cultural and iconic hotspots, Somerset House opened its doors in 2014 for Spring, a restaurant that set out to make a culinary difference. Lead by Skye Gyngell, the chefs showcase their passion and dedication to food by crafting sensational dishes. Their cooking reflects their celebration of food by hand selecting the best seasonal ingredients on a daily basis and crafting enchanting plates. The venue itself has an air of regality with majestic furnishing and grand mirrors completing the sensory Spring experience. The judges were impressed with the passionate staff and the faultless execution from the kitchen.
BEST WELLNESS BLOG 2016
Madeleine ran a private nutritional health coaching practice after studying nutritional health at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She wanted to provide a resource for people who couldn’t attend private consultations and so set up a blog to show as many people as possible how to cook delicious and nutritious food. Her blog rapidly built into a brand but still retains its approachability and authenticity. Her philosophy that healthy eating should be a way of life and not just a fad and her holistic approach to health and wellness really stood out to the judges.
BEST WELLNESS NEWCOMER 2016
Amy Hopkinson has made a huge impact on the wellness scene as one of the most fitness-obsessed journalists in the world of media. She started her career in fashion-marketing and with rapid career progression became Online Editor of the UK’s leading and globally renowned health and wellness title – Women’s Health. She’s a true fitness fanatic and is dedicated to the world of wellness. The judges were impressed by her intense passion for the industry and feel she is the one to watch.
WELLNESS CHAMPION 2016
Parkrun, now a global phenomenon, launched in 2004 when 13 amateur runners met for a 5k run in Bushy Park. It has expanded to 978 locations worldwide, with over 1.5 million runners who have run a total distance of 73,000,000km run (and counting). Paul has truly re-shaped the way we see running and fitness, bringing people together of all abilities and backgrounds, creating community on a local and global scale. Paul is a true champion of wellness. What really stood out to the judges is that he hasn’t charged anyone a penny along the way.