Posted on January 30 2022
As restrictions begin to ease in the UK, new studios popping up and a slow return to working out out, we wanted to encourage you to visit some of the local businesses in our area of South West London. We have personal experience of all of the below businesses and places to visit, so think of this as your handy guide to enjoying everything out there again.
Holy + Co in St Margaret’s (our home town!)
A gorgeous space created by Creative Small Business champion Holly Tucker MBE (she founded notonthehighstreet from her kitchen table) and it’s a treasure trove for all things quality coffee and gifts. A hybrid of a work/shop it’s a real community hub that we often do our meetings at, and we love it more each time we go!
Visit them here >
HOLLY & CO
149 ST MARGARETS ROAD
WEEKDAYS: 8AM – 5PM
SATURDAY: 9AM – 5PM
SUNDAY: 9AM – 4PM
Press Room Coffee (Twickenham)
Not far from Twickenham train station you will find a botanical haven of sorts that is always well stocked with the most incredible pastries and (we think) the best coffee in town! You know it’s good when the queue is permanently at the door!
Support this brilliant small business on your next trip to Twickenham, a great coffee shop nestled in the heart of the town that you’ll want to come back to again and again.
Visit them here >
THE PRESS ROOM
29 London Road,
Mon to Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm
Saturday 9.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday 9.00am - 4.00pm
The Yoga Bar - Richmond and Twickenham
The award winning studio in the Heart of Twickenham has expanded it’s family out to Richmond as of January this year, offering yoga, barre and pilates over each day of the week with the option to stream every class from home (but in the spirit of this blog, let’s go visit!). The sense of an urban sanctuary is exactly how it feels at both locations, with each having it’s own unique charm. Teaching studio staff alike, the goal is to create a community and be a haven for those local and from afar.
Visit https://theyogabar.co.uk/ to find out about each studio and to sign up!
Don’t just take our word for it, we asked wonderful local Teacher Amy what her thoughts were on venturing back to studios and she had this to say:
‘It’s undoubtable that an online practice is convenient, accessible and offers privacy. Without getting in to a debate about which is better, (huge positives for both), I would encourage people when they feel safe, to attend in person classes. In person classes are lower in numbers across the board, and studios and independent classes are struggling to stay afloat. If you place value on an in-person practice, make the effort if it’s a possibility for you. If not, the studios and teachers may not be there when you decide to return.
There is something so special about a collective moving with intention in the same space; And whilst I think online is here to stay, let’s also support the places and people that facilitate that in-person connection.’
We are blessed to be in such a leafy part of South West London, with parks in Richmond, Hampton and Wimbledon never too far away. There is so much space to breathe, unwind and soak in the atmosphere that we often take for granted. London in the Winter sun is truly beautiful, remember your SPF and take your workout outside - a brisk walk, a run or swim (if you’re brave!).
Local runner and yogi Helen Barrett lets us know her favourite places to visit and get her workouts done.
‘Wow what a couple of years we have had. I think what has kept me sane has been able to run outside, enjoy nature and keep fit. My favourite runs are Richmond and Bushy Park, Teddington Lock loop, plus my new found Virginia Water. Yoga is my other love and it has been fabulous being able to stream my favourite yoga classes, but there is nothing like going to the studio. The Yoga Bar in Twickenham (and newly opened Richmond) have fabulous teachers and classes, with a real community feel. I have met some lovely people through the studio, and often have a coffee and catch up afterwards. I think we have all had tricky times and its great to be able to let it go in a class and support each other, oh yes, and a good excuse to wear some nice activewear.’