SoulCycle + Ethos
Take your Saturday workout stateside at the studio that made spin famous. And then eat all the healthy food you want at Ethos.
START: SoulCycle 3-4 Great Marlborough St, Soho, W1F 7HH, London.
FINISH: Ethos, 48 Eastcastle St, Fitzrovia, W1W 8DX, London.
TUBE: Oxford Circus.
THE WORKOUT: Saturday 14.30pm SoulCycle with Abbey. The infamous SoulCycle has finally landed hot off the plane from NY and it would be rude not to try it out and see what all the hype’s about. The studio can be found just off Oxford Street, and as soon as you enter expect to be hit by a blast of welcoming smiles. The changing rooms are a bit of a squeeze but the studio is roomy which is what matters most! Before class starts there are a few members of staff walking around to make sure everyone is happy with the bike set-up (something we feel a lot of studio’s really miss). Then it’s time to take on SoulCycle’s 45 minute high-intensity candle lit rave-like class. According to the website, you move, you ride, and you push towards the finish line - together. But there is something in this community spirit ethos. It’s easy to get lost into the music, the dark and the rhythm of the ride. Although the class doesn’t focus on the distance or the power output of your bike, you’ll find you get a good sweat and work hard nonetheless.
THE FOOD: Lunch at Ethos is delicious. If you’re a fan of Ottolenghi then you’ll love this place. It’s a strictly meat-free, healthy all-buffet restaurant, where you pay by weight of the food on your plate (so it can get expensive if you don’t watch out). However, the quality of the dishes make this place worth a visit. Hot and cold food are arranged on separate podiums so you can mix and match to your taste. Sweet, squidgy Japanese miso aubergines are addictively good. The signature dish is aloo scotch egg with spicy ketchup which doesn’t taste bad but not the stand out dish for us. All the cold salads are delicious – think roasted cauliflower in a creamy tahini dressing, crispy caramelised butternut squash with feta and spinach salad and a giant couscous pesto and pumpkin seed salad which is easy to devour. Tomato and avocado salad and spring greens are fresh and simple. There are also dips; fresh baba ganoush and hummus, which both taste rich and smooth and can be mopped up by fresh pita bread. Depending on what you opt for lunchtime here is a healthy affair. However, there are plenty of heavier options that you might want to be aware of like quorn lasagne, fritters, fries and macaroni cheese. These all taste good but they aren’t the healthiest options (if you care about this today). For dessert you can satisfy a sweet tooth with a vegan-friendly treat. Our pick is organic raw chocolate bounty fingers which are melt in the mouth. Wash it down with a homemade superfood smoothie and choose between detox green, energise red and defence yellow as remedy to however you feel.
THE PRICE: SoulCycle: drop-in class £24, first-timers £16. Ethos: Food by weight, average between £10-20. Dessert: Organic raw chocolate bounty fingers £3.5. Smoothies £4.90.
BEST FOR: A late start to Saturday, when you want to sweat out all of Friday’s excess and get soulful with your workout.
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