I can’t tell you all how excited I am to kick of my new series of conversations, London ETC, with the one and only Elizabeth Kerr! I met Elizabeth earlier this year at a FitMiBody event where she had provided some delicious post-workout snacks. After that we kept in touch with each other and last week I went to her first Supper Club! With London ETC she talks about the bits of London she loves, her favourite training spaces, and her passion for good quality, sustainable food.
What is your favourite space to train in and why? This can be an outdoor or indoor space – or both!
Outdoor – my favourite running route is the stretch of canal between Angel Basin and Victoria Park. Indoor – At the moment I’m enjoying training at FitMiBody, it’s a great gym in Old Street, the trainers are very knowledgeable, the music is always on point and they work you HARD!
Do you have a particular area of London or a route which always gets you out of the door whether to run or walk?
I try to cycle or walk to most places. Away from the main roads, there is so much to look at. I spend most of my time in North and East London but love to explore the beautiful houses around West too.
Food is obviously very important to you – especially promoting sustainable eating and reducing food poverty. Can you tell me a little more about where you passion for this came from?
Since I was very little my mum has always had an allotment. We were never very helpful with the digging or weeding but we were always on hand to reap the fruits of her labour! There’s something magical about growing your own food. It’s not always convenient to shop locally or sustainably but I feel so much better for taking a little time out to buy ingredients from a traditional green grocer or market stall. The produce is always fresher, cheaper and there’s much more variety. I started volunteering for FoodCycle about a year ago. The coexistence of surplus food and food poverty is ludicrous and FC are doing an excellent job in providing nutritional meals for vulnerable people in a sociable environment.
Your first Supper Club happened last week and I loved it! Could you tell us a little bit more about how this evolved from being just an idea?
Thank you! I was really excited for it. The FoodCycle model is great and I thought it would be interesting to try it out in a supper club version where we could raise some money for them. I asked a few friends if they’d be interested, got in touch with a local venue and it went from there.
Which one restaurant or café (or any food place) would you recommend to someone visiting London for the first time and why?
I couldn’t possibly just recommend one place! Granger & Co., Morito, Honey & Co., The Modern Pantry, Caravan, Sunday. All of these restaurants/cafes have inventive menus and always serve top quality food.
Can you tell me a little about what motivates you to train that little bit harder and sweat that little bit more?
I like how exercise makes me feel, both mentally and physically – I always feel stronger and more confident. It also plays on my mind how lucky I am to be able to exercise regularly. Not everyone can and I think it’s important to appreciate that.
As hectic as London is, I think it is one of the best places to take a breath and relax. Do you have a hidden gem, a secret hidey-hole, or a space which you absolutely love where you can relax and recover?
I love all the parks in London. Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill are particularly beautiful. Holland Park is pretty special as there are peacocks roaming around!
In a world that’s becoming more and more health conscious, what does the word ‘healthy’ mean to you?
Healthy to me is abstract. People try to define it, try to create a set of rules around it but I think this is too restrictive. It’s not a one-size fits all concept and it’s not an end goal. To be healthy is to be mindful and respectful of ourselves in all parts of life, so that we are able to live sustainably.
With London ETC I want the ETC part to go beyond this city. Is there anywhere else (and this can be anywhere in the world) where you love to be? What is it about this place that makes you smile when you think of it?
Two places because as is probably apparent…I can never choose one.
Wales – my boyfriend’s parents live on a farm with lots of animals and green fields. There’s just something amazing about strolling into the garden to dig up your dinner. I love walks with the doggies and coming back for a cup of tea with a slice of cake.
Secondly, Ibiza. To some this may sound like the complete opposite to the first but Ibiza has it’s own special magic. There is something for everyone on this tiny little island. It feels very free, the island is beautiful, it’s always sunny and there’s a myriad of delicious restaurants.
Elizabeth, I loved having you as the first person in my LondonETC series and thanks so much for answering my questions! This is going to be a weekly series and I can’t wait to share with you who I have lined up for next week!
All images are courtesy of Elizabeth Kerr