The saying goes if you live north of the river you'll rarely venture southwards, and vice versa, but on this particular Sunday it was well worth the journey. Level Six was my destination. The sun shone and I had a spring in my step. It's 6:45 am…
The Peckham Levels space originated a fair few years ago when a car park turned into the rooftop bar and gallery space, Franks. Over the years, the cars moved out and businesses in. You can now spend a whole day here! Eateries, bars, yoga, massage, flowers, pictures, plus much more. It's a new-age mall.
Level Six has two yoga studios with views that will ruffle even your most peaceful warrior. You are above London here, the bustle cannot find you. I was welcomed by smiles and a tablet for signing-in. Lockers to the right and a definite wow-factor bathroom (don't forget your towel). Their natural and light-enhancing decor is a refreshing touch from the colour-blocking of other Levels' businesses. It's a comfortable space.
The class is dynamic vinyasa and taught by Anna Nowak, who's dancer background helps to emphasise rhythm and breath, allowing stagnant energy to flow. It is clear that she feels grateful to give her time to those who share theirs with her. She is bursting with genuine contagious energy!
Quality overrides quantity at Level Six and not only in the studios… Chef Woody resides in the kitchen and is an experimenting guru, who specialises in fermentation; if it isn’t alive, he isn’t interested. I had eggs, avo, sourdough, purple sprouting broccoli, sprouting rice and beans, a red pepper rosti and spring greens, served with a black coffee and an almond smoothie of joy, The Zinc Drink. This blew my mind – rooibos, cashew milk, activated nut butter, banana, cinnamon, maca, maple and sesame seeds. Ace.
If you are a fan of the grassroots vibe, with pure quality and goodness in mind, this is your spot.
PS/ ever wonder what the hype around Kombucha and Sauerkraut is? Catch one of Woody's workshops to find out more!