Insider guide to London: Aquila Rose

Aquila by the Lea River, Tottenham Marshes, picture by Jessy Boon
Aquila by the Lea River, Tottenham Marshes, picture by Jessy Boon

You’d never guess that Aquila was a Yoga teacher at first glance – in Aztec-print leggings, cut off jeans, red lipstick, and cropped bleached blonde hair she looks like an east London artist. You might guess that she’s in a band though, and a very experimental audio-sensory band at that. Aquila began her career as a singer with radical choir group Gaggle, a rather impressive start. She now fronts her own music project, A History. But she’s also one of London’s more energetic Yoga teachers, swears by green juices and raw foods and emits positive vibes all over the place. If you want to know how the cool kids stay healthy in the big smoke or find yourself in east London in need of a big stretch, Aquila’s your woman.

Aquila in Springfield park, photo by Jessy Boon Cowler
Aquila in Springfield park, photo by Jessy Boon Cowler
Corsica Studios
Corsica Studios

My favourite place to go dancing is Corsica Studios. It’s dark, dirty, you can get easily lost and it’s the perfect pilgrimage for some serious dance till lunch time activity. Some of my favourite nights ever in London and had the most surreal conversations out in the smoking yard with people from the Cuban club next door.

The Blue Legume
The Blue Legume

My favourite place for breakfast is The Blue Legume in Stoke Newington. Perfect coffee, and you can sit outside and watch the sunday strollers and hangover faces. They even cater for the veggie and vegans. Love their pancakes.

The best place to buy food is Ridely road market. I’m obsessed with my morning green juices and come here after teaching a yoga class to pick up the best fresh fruit and veg. It’s a perfect real London market with veg, fish, meat and cheap leggings.

My secret place is the Lea River. I love this place and take a run here most days. It snakes through Tottenham, Clapton and Hackney taking you down to the Olympic site. There’s swans, canal boats and canoes and the Walthamstow Marshes. Perfect on a sunny day and in the misty mornings.

Aquila's Yoga pose in Springfield Park, north London, picture by Jessy Boon Cowler
Aquila’s Yoga pose in Springfield Park, north London, picture by Jessy Boon Cowler

The place more people should know about: Stretch Yoga Centre, Broadway Market. The yoga centre I teach a few classes at. It’s a quiet, calm space off the busy stretch of the Regents Canal and London Fields. You can chill out with some hip-opening class or get sweaty in more of the robust Dynamic sessions. Even though I teach there I still go when I’m not working for my yoga hit.

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