There isn’t much that I don’t already love about Richmond-Upon-Thames. An expansive park with meandering deer and long-walks by the river down as far as Petersham, warming up with a cup of tea at Petersham Nurseries before heading back the way you came and window-shopping your way through a collection of stores that can leave you swooning.
Now there’s even more reason to love this little London enclave and that is bhuti: an eco wellbeing escape that offers hi-tec holistic natural treatments, alternative therapies, a members space, tea room/cafe as well as events and workshops. Let’s just say, it’s a little haven of calm and bliss.
Apparently bhuti is a Sanskrit word and there isn’t really a direct translation. They explain it by saying it’s that feeling when you feel most like… you. When the world feels like a bike that you are riding, not a bus that you’re chasing.
I for one like the sound of that – it’s difficult to feel like the better version of yourself when you hammering down the road after the number 65 after all.
Founded by yogi / hotelier / mum of two Sama Trinder, bhuti is dedicated to helping you connect with yourself. It’s a place where you can cut out the noise and the unnecessary and remind yourself to “do this more often”. I joined Sama for a yoga class and let me just say, I’m not a seasoned yoga enthusiast, but I gave it a go and there, in the dimly lit room, with the scent of lavender oil in the room, I spent an hour just being in the moment and giving myself room to breathe. It was wonderful. By the end I’d just about managed not to drift off to sleep under a cosy blanket with my beanbag eye mask in place – I could have enjoyed a whole hour of just that to be honest, but Sama had us stretching and breathing and energising our bodies. It felt good.
Afterwards I was treated to a bhuti ‘Supper Club’ experience, with a delicious three course menu of 100% organic, vegan, plant based, gluten and refined sugar free food that felt truly nourishing. As the daughter of an Italian chef I will admit that I like my steak, but each course out of the bhuti kitchen was packed with flavour and wellbeing in a way that had me thinking I could really get used to eating like this more often. The Roast Butternut Squash soup with spiced lentil and pumpkin seeds was warming and delicious and the Coconut & Cinnamon rice pudding with passion fruit and mixed berries would hold its own in any dinner party.
In case you’re worrying it’s all a bit TOO wholesome, you’ll be pleased to know that there is booze on offer but in the ‘better-for-you’ form of the much talked about “Skinny” Prosecco, which at 11%AV 7g Sugar is altogether healthier and having tasted it I can tell you, it gets the thumbs up from me.
So, how do you experience the bhuti that lies within (see what I did there)? Whether you’re local to Richmond or not, you can… There are a range of different membership package options (locals Fearne Cotton and Jesse Wood are both members so you’d be in good company), which mean unlimited (subject to the package you sign up to) access to yoga / pilates / meditation classes as well as events and workshops and the members area.
You can also ‘drop in’ without being a member to book a class, dine in the cafe or have a beauty treatment etc. The beauty of bhuti is that it is indeed flexible and open-door, so whether a member or not, you can enjoy. Those a little farther a field would probably want to plan a day trip, trust me, it’d be worth it and there are a number of different Spa Day packages available, so do consider as a relaxing retreat option outside of the bustle of London.
Go find, feed and focus on your inner bhuti: 50 Hill Rise, Richmond TW10 6UB