As with any large cosmopolitan city, London always has newly up-and-coming exciting areas piquing people’s interest. Over the past couple of years there’s been a real buzz around Peckham, with SE15 shaking off any Only Fools and Horses connections and attracting both families and the kind of artistic crowd that you’d have found skulking round Shoreditch a few years ago.

With this resurgence it wasn’t too surprising to hear that some new studios have been popping up in the area and at silly o’clock (that’s army time) on Monday morning I jumped on the train to Peckham Rye (god I love the Overground) to join Victor’s Lab for their very first class.

The studio is located in The Bussey Building, a huge warehouse space right opposite the station but tucked away behind the main street’s shops. Following the pink dots to a courtyard and up some stairs I found myself in the fresh new studio (I utterly LOVE the smell of fresh paint so this was a great environment for me to practice). The space is fantastic with huge warehouse windows and stripped wood floors. Plus they have bamboo eco yoga mats, which are really lovely to use, and a big communal area for cups of tea and a pre/post-class natter with fellow yogis.

Victor's Lab studio

Victor’s Lab studio

I learned about the studio from Paula Hines, who taught the inaugural class, and is such a calming and inspiring teacher. She writes a really thoughtful yoga blog called Notes from a Humble Yogini and also has a column in Om Yoga Magazine each month. As well as Paula, the centre has recruited some more of my favourite teachers including Laurent Roure and the handstand queen Charlie Morgan, and they’re offering newbies a free first class for the next couple of weeks. Get yourself to Peckham!

Simple pleasure of colour co-ordinated blocks and straps

Simple pleasure of colour co-ordinated blocks and straps