On the road to conscious wellness this January, we are in golden love with Zoë Lind van’t Hof, founder of WUNDER WORKSHOP.
Zoe learned about health and nutrition from her late mother, who had been in the health food industry for over 40 years. This knowledge and motivation has led her to start up her own business. Having travelled with her mother to Sri Lanka to experience and learn more about Ayurveda, Zoe learned about turmeric and its benefits. The following year she went back to Sri Lanka to establish a partnership with the suppliers of our most crucial ingredient, Turmeric, and begin her journey to starting WUNDER WORKSHOP.
Inspired by Ayurveda – the Science of Life, whose principles are based upon a preventive approach to health – WW uses functional ingredients to maximiSe life‘s potential, enabling you to live better, work harder and to be stronger (for longer!). Other than daily consumption of turmeric in lattes to face masks, what else does Zoe do on an ideal day in London?
Zoe takes Citizen Femme through her healthy London (with an occasional cheat day).
When is the best time of year to visit London and why?
It really depends what you are after. Spring is gorgeous for strolling down the Magnolia blossom lined streets of West London, soaking up the first sunrays and enjoying afternoon tea on a terrace. During the summer it can get hot and humid, which is lovely for evening picnics in the park and dips in Hampstead Heath’s ladies’ pond.
Autumn is my personal favourite, everything looks golden, trees filled with amber red brown leaves and beautiful sunshine making it the perfect season to stroll through London’s fabulous parks such as Hyde or Richmond park.
What’s your ideal 48 hours in London?
I would start by going for a meditation session at ReMind Studio (https://remindstudio.com/), then strolling through Hyde Park towards brunch at Granger & Co. (https://grangerandco.com/notting-hill) in Notting Hill. After exploring the beautiful houses in Notting Hill, I would go to the Wallace Collection (https://www.wallacecollection.org/) in Marylebone to be surrounded by beautiful Old Masters that make you travel back in time. In Marylebone I would check out Content Beauty (https://www.contentbeautywellbeing.com/), for the best collection of natural skincare products and sustainable fashion. With a quick stop at High Mood Food café for some delicious fermented snacks and drinks or one at plenty of fabulous places around this area, such as Deliciously Ella’s deli, Sourced Market and Glow Bar – there’s plenty of places to stop into for healthy pick-me ups.
Make your way to Neal’s Yard (www.nealsyardremedies.com) in Covent Garden to discover all the small boutiques and stop in for an afternoon tea or Turmeric latte at Petersham Nurseries (https://petershamnurseries.com/). Followed by a sunset stroll through Hampstead Heath to the Spaniard, one of the oldest pubs in London, for dinner.
On the second day I would have brunch in one of the lovely cafes near Columbia Road and Broadway Market, and explore the independent boutiques. Followed by a cultural day in the Tate on South Bank. I would end the day with a Gong Bath at one of the many amazing places like 42 Acres in Shoreditch (https://www.42acresshoreditch.com/) , ReMind Studio or wherever Leo Cosendai is popping up (https://www.leocosendai.com/events/).
Which is your favourite neighbourhood and why?
Golborne Road at the top of Notting Hill, it has an eclectic mix of lovely local shops and cafes and on the weekend it has the best flea market.
First thing I do when I wake up is…
Jivamukti yoga at Sangye or hiking in the English country side.
My essential workout clothes?
Go As U. R ethical and sustainable yoga wear (https://www.goasur.com/collections/on-the-go-wear)
Favourite hotel and why?
Babington House, a beautiful manor house set in the most perfect English country side. I love how cosy the rooms and the communal areas are and you really feel at home and looked after. It’s very luxurious but laid-back at the same time which I love as you are never made to feel uncomfortable.
My favourite local spot is…
Favourite spots to go out in London?
Electric Soho House, The Cow in Notting Hill, Colombia Road area.
For a healthy brunch I go to…
Redemption in Notting Hill
But when I need my guilty pleasure I go to…
Ida, a gorgeous hidden gem serving fresh Italian food. I love pasta and pizza! (http://www.idarestaurant.co.uk/)
The one place only locals know about is…
Maltby Street Market
Do you have a ritual?
Yes many, but my weekly favourite is Sunday mornings when I leave my phone at home and stroll around by myself and go to a local café to read a book whilst sipping on Matcha tea and in the evening I go for an infra-red sauna.
Best bit of advise you’ve ever been given is…
To fully live in the now and not worry about tomorrow. It sounds very simple, but it felt like I had to reset my whole thinking process to stop focusing and worrying about things that lie in the future and especially not stress or be nervous about anything that might lie ahead of you.
Jordan and Mexico.
Essential item to pack?
Turmeric CBD Oil for lowering inflammation and conquering jetlag.
Australia to visit my God Mother and dad.
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