Lunch at Ayurveda Pura, London

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Only in London will you find an Ayurveda centre that really does have it all; clinic, health and beauty spa, meditation and yoga rooms, a training academy, Ayurvedic shop and a cafe.

Ayurveda Pura, located along the renown river thames in the quiet borough of Greenwich, is a short tube ride from central London.

The name Pura translates to a Hindu temple, generally built in accordance to rules, style, guidance and rituals found in Balinese architecture. Ayurveda Pura is set up in accordance to Vedic architecture to help maximise the healing capacity of those who visit.

It’s founder, Dr. Deepa Apte is a fully qualified Indian medical doctor (Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery, India), Yoga teacher, qualified Ayurvedic practitioner, teacher and world-wide lecturer. She was generous enough to show me around Ayurveda Pura during my recent stay in London.

While I didn’t get time to experience the clinical and spa side of things, I did get to experience a delicious Ayurvedic inspired lunch. The food at Ayurveda Pura is all cooked by locally sourced Jain chefs. This type of cuisine is completely vegetarian and cooked with complete purity.

The Ayurvedic shop in-store and online was a highlight for me with a great range of award-winning herbal teas, herbal suppliments, holistic essentials, body massage oils, beauty and skincare products as well as Ayurvedic equipment. I look forward to using them in my practice soon, especially the rose water that I love so much.

The Chyawanprash (Indian Gooseberry Jam), comprised of over 30 natural ingredients from fruits, herbs and spices, including Amla (Indian Gooseberry) and one of the most potent sources of Vitamin C is best seller at Ayurveda Pura and for good reason. In fact, it is the only one in the world to have won the prestigious Great Taste Award of the UK.

So whether it’s treatment, lunch or shopping that you’re after in London, this Pura would be on my list.