Running straight through the centre of Putney’s busy residential and high street sprawl, the Upper Richmond Road is a hub of activity. The road is dotted with a great selection of pubs, yoga studios, a pottery café, a Thai supermarket and a variety of colourful restaurants offering Indian, Japanese, Thai and Italian food. There are plenty of independent shops too, and countless cafés. All in all, this long and bustling road has plenty of local gems to tempt any visitor.
Take the kids to Pitter Potter, a quaint and cosy pottery studio and cafe where budding artists can paint their own pottery. Parties for kids, hens and locals can also be arranged.
Book tickets to a show at Putney Arts Theatre, a lively community theatre housed in a former church. A firm local favourite with a drama programme that could rival any West End theatre, Putney Arts offers impressive Shakespeare productions and much more, performed on its intimate stage.
Tuck into prawn tempura at Hare and Tortoise. A local secret, this Putney Japanese sits opposite Sainsbury’s and is always busy. The owner works the sushi bar himself.
Artisan is Putney’s hipster heaven. On the corner of Ravenna Road, its coffee and cakes are appropriately punchy. This quirky cafe with floor to ceiling windows is always buzzing with locals.
Whether you’re a beginner or a long-time yogi, The House of Yoga in Putney offers a variety of enriching yoga classes that promise to increase flexibility and boost focus. Its unlimited 30-day trial is the best way to discover the yogi in you.
If you’re trying to find that special brand of coconut milk or chilly pickle, there is nothing better than a specialist shop. Talad Thai Supermarket sells authentic Asian food with a cracking range of curry pastes. Its char sui buns from its hot food takeaway is a real must try.
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