15-19 Penny Brookes St., Stratford
Geo-fleur specializes in houseplants—and while this is a great place to come for plants themselves (they've got a gorgeous selection of bonsais, cacti, and succulents), we also love coming here for accessories like copper-bottomed planters and macrame hangers. Their plant subscription, which mails a new plant and its associated trappings every month, makes a great gift for gardeners—or, alternatively, friends with black thumbs.
Trained in yoga, neuroscience, psychotherapy, and medical physiology, Heather is about as expert a yoga therapist as you can find. In fact, she founded The Minded Institute in London, which uses Mason's scientific research in neuroscience to teach yoga practitioners, doctors, nurses, therapist, clinicians, etc., how to integrate yoga therapy into their practice. When she's not steeped in research and running workshops for the Minded Institute, Heather does take on private clients and can help with anything from anxiety and mental health issues to back pain and chronic disease. She recommends a minimum of six sessions, which include a general consultation followed by weekly visits which involve a mix of yoga, mindfulness and general lifestyle management according to each client’s needs. Her practice focuses on providing some immediate relief to a variety of ailments, but is also aimed at creating what she calls neurological resilience, meaning that patients learn strategies to manage their ailments on their own, while re-training their brain at the same time.
Westfield, Stratford City
The whole accessible glasses concept is new to London and one of the local pioneers is none other than Amar Radia, one of the guys behind Dishoom, the uber-successful Indian chain. With those credentials, we're sure that like its sister brand, we'll see more Kites appear across the city. Its first shop is in Westfield in up-and-coming Stratford City, offering all the shapes and colors you'd want in steel and acetate. Much like Warby Parker in the U.S., the cool collaborations with young designers and artists abound as do the styles.