At Evolve, the new wellness centre in South Kensington, partners Corinne and Adrian have created a space reflecting their own lives and values. As avid practitioners of yoga, meditation, holistic treatments and sustainable living they have created Evolve to encompass and house all these passions.
Their launch last Wednesday drew an impressive crowd despite the torrential downpour. Toddling up the wet cobblestoned mews I was almost cursing my decision to venture out. The beautiful bar set up precisely inside the door with wine, champagne, and lovely juices tempered those feelings but it was the “we are a no-shoe spa” greeting that was the true antidote to the cold and blustery weather. I immediately felt that I had stepped in to a warm and receptive atmosphere – and boy was I grateful that my pedicure was fresh!
After losing the heels, cloak and signing up for one of the many free therapy tasters on offer I collected my lovely +1 (soaked due to fearless cycling) and padded down the corridor to one of several large rooms for the owners’ welcome.
Corinne Blum and Adrian Kowal spoke easily and personably to the gathered crowd. Their story of building the centre, the journey that work entailed, and their aim in bringing practices, therapies and sustainable living all under one roof was succinct and entertaining. A clear commitment to sustainability differentiates this centre as does their aim to build a real and active community within these walls. The centre is focused on development beyond body and mind to building a deepening awareness of our impact on the world, the environment and others. They plan to hold regular seminars and workshops with key speakers to demystify lifestyle topics which have become buzzwords and are difficult to grasp. As Adrian put it the centre will have “real experts to talk about current issues in a down to earth and practical way… helping us to make small changes with a big impact”.
My candlelit osteopathy treatment by two therapists was thorough and soothing. I truly was in very skilled and capable hands.
In another of the centres large spaces my partner in crime relaxed to a fantastic concert of live tabla music with Sirish Kuma while enjoying fantastic raw food and more bubbly.
As we geared up to face the rain our hosts gave us some generous swag in a fantastic Onya shopper – of which I’ve made great use – and included Ombar, Pulsin Maple&Peanut, Pulp and Beet-It treats. We also received free yoga passes, therapy offers, fantastic magazines and Nude Skincare treats amongst our haul.
Stillness and calm reflect throughout the all white interior in the large and the intimate private therapy rooms. Evolve is a spacious and airy centre offering serenity in the midst of a hectic London hub.
10 Kendrick Mews
London, UK, 3W7 3HG
0207 581 4090