Summer Weekend Wardrobe with Hannah Jean of Find My Style

After our last fabulous evening with local stylist Hannah Jean in May, a new theme emerged for our next evening at Bermondsey Fayre with Hannah…

Have you ever wondered how to create your perfect Weekend Summer Wardrobe?

Many of the women on the night said they felt confident in dressing for work but found it harder to create the look they want for themselves that would suit them not just fashion at the weekend so Hannah has created an evening to create your perfect summer weekend wardrobe…

On this evening you will discover how to reflect your style essence through how you dress and receive a mini-style session and expert advice for the summer season. Bring three pictures that you love and lots of enthusiasm!

See poster attached for more info and email me to book your place. These evenings guarantee lots of fun and your wardrobe will never look the same again!

Yoga, Retreats and Sunshine

Bermondsey Fayre teacher Liz Dillon has just been teaching Yoga in Dahab, Egypt.  Here are a couple of photos Yoga in the desert and by the sea and some reflections on the benefits and joys of teaching and being a part of a yoga retreat.

“It was such a wonderful experience with a fabulous group of students and the most beautiful setting.  I was hoping to bring back some sunshine to all of you but as yet it is still in transit!  Yoga retreats are a great opportunity for teacher as well as the students.  It isn’t often as a teacher we get the experience to work with the same bodies for 4/5 hours a day over 6 days.  It is the opportunity to introduce deeper awareness in the practise and also offer a more complete practise with the increased amount of time.   As teacher and students we can literally stretch ourselves further and the sunshine obviously helps in opening up our bodies and hearts.  Participants can choose to take part in as much or as little as they like and as always classes are very much tailored to who is in the class.

Over the week we practised meditations as well as the physical asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques).  We also had the time to practise more restorative yoga techniques promoting deeper and deeper relaxation and had some fun with partner work in various postures.  Students were of varying backgrounds and experiences, some with less experience of Hatha yoga and some at the level of teaching.  As always it really is the role of the teacher to make sure that all levels are catered for and everyone feels they are able to explore the postures at their own personal level.  It is particularly important that students who are new to the practise leave feeling confident and empowered in their practise.  Some days we took time to work on postures that students chose to look at further and other days we worked through creative sequences leading to peak poses.  We also had time to explore self practise and the blocks to practising at home.

Amidst the yoga there was plenty of relaxing in the sun, snorkelling in the red sea, sleeping in the desert under the stars and meeting a wonderful group of people to share our adventures with and life experiences. 

One student coming on a yoga retreat for the first time fed back that she felt “We should all give the gift of a yoga retreat to ourselves at least once a each year” and compared it to the concept of how “we give and give until our jug is half empty and the retreat allows us to fill up our jug of personal reserves” to reenergise and come back home with more space in mind and body.

I definitely came back feeling inspired by the journey with the students both on and off the mat and blessed by the wonderful warm welcomes of all the Egyptian people we met.  My own personal yoga practise also feels like it has grown and my body feels stronger from practising each day in the heat and sunshine.

I will be running this retreat again next March in Dahab and before then I am running a retreat in Turkey with Nick Hughes – It’s is my third time returning to Cirali Beach in Turkey – a most beautiful place where we will practise yoga amidst the lush green trees, close to the sea and meditate under the stars.  It is a wonderful time to visit Turkey as the sea has warmed up from the summer and is at the most beautiful temperature to spend hours in under the sparkling sun.  We even went for a night swim under the stars which was beautiful last October. If you would like any more info about this retreat do email me or

“I thoroughly recommend practising yoga for a week in the sunshine as a gift for your body, mind and spirit” 


Body Shape and Personal Style

Thank you Hannah Jean from Find My Style for facilitating such a wonderful evening at Bermondsey Fayre.  Tonight we had one of Hannah’s Find My Style evenings – focusing on Body Shape.  We all learned so much about body shape and all that follows in terms of clothes, fabrics, weaves, patterns, shapes, necklines, curves, angles…..

So much to learn and it felt like an empowering field of knowledge being shared! I’m not sure why we don’t learn these things early on in life but I’m sure it’s never too late and much of what we learned we may also be following instinctively.

I learned that my body shape is square square – so defined angular shoulders and pretty straight down all the way! It was great fun we all drew body maps on the wall of each other and found that there were many circles and squares amidst our shapes to be celebrated equally with different clothes! One friend needs to avoid v necks whilst for another it is perfect for their shape.  For some of us peg trousers are perfect for our shape whilst for another a wonderfully waisted skirt would suit their frame in Marilyn Monroe style chic.

There was a sense of everyone being absolutely beautiful and perfect in their own uniqueness.  It seems that to learn more about body shape and style allows us all to enjoy and experiment more with the clothes we wear and the identities we may like to explore.

Hannah’s next workshop will be on Wednesday 15th May – and we are thinking to possibly look at personality in our dress style and creating a capsule wardrobe for summer.

More info to follow – to receive regular updates to join our mailing list –

Love Liz and thanks to Hannah Jean,

Find Your Style for Spring with Hannah Jean

FIND MY STYLE PARTY with HANNAH JEAN February 27th 6.30 – 8.30pm

Want to make the most of your wardrobe? The average UK woman spends
nearly £13,000 on clothes she will never wear in a lifetime. Having
good style doesn’t need to involve buying the latest and greatest!

Ever wondered about your body shape and which clothes suit you best?
We would love to tell you more, so come along for an evening with local stylist Hannah Jean.

You will discover top tips on style, receive a mini-styling sessions and expert advice for the spring season.Bring 3 pictures that inspire you and lots of enthusiasm!

Come and join us for an evening of fun where you will discover which clothes suit you best

Hannah Jean is like a female version of Gok. Not only do they live
virtually next-door to each other in Bermondsey, but they also do the
same job. As a trained image consultant Hannah works with people from
every walk of life – from school kids to barristers – in order to
make them feel good about what they wear and how they represent
themselves visually.

“Hannah gives great, practical advice and is well informed on style,
body shape, colour techniques and presentation. Hannah has helped me
with some valuable image and body confidence tips and techniques and I
admire her own personal style. Highly recommended!”

“Thank you! It was such a lovely evening – I really enjoyed it. Yes, I
do see the way I dress as an expression of myself and I think how we
dress should be a gift to the world.”

Free Taster Yoga Classes in Half Term

We are really excited to tell you that not only are we offering a couple of free taster yoga classes in half term but we are also going to be celebrating welcoming a wonderful yoga teacher Clare Wener to our team! Clare is a wonderful yoga teacher just back from 6 months in India and South East Asia practising yoga and training with wonderful teachers.  Her blog is The Diary of a Yogi – which shows some of her wonderful experiences on her yoga travels.

Clare will be introducing Yin Style yoga on Sunday mornings.  This will begin with a FREE taster class on SUNDAY 17th FEBRUARY at 10.30am – booking is essential. 

We will also be offering a free taster class on Thursday 21st February with myself, Liz Dillon. This will be a Hatha Yoga class with influences from Scaravelli as well as Iyengar. 

These classes will book up fast so do email me as soon as possible to book your place.

Do also check out my March Yoga Retreat in Dahab with Yoga on a Shoestring for a last minute dash for the sun in the most beautiful place where the sea meets the desert and the stars shine bright.  We will be practising yoga in this stunning location and enjoying the relaxation and warmth with our stretching. Click Here Yoga in Dahab  

Looking forward to seeing you on the yoga mat very soon









Are your new year resolutions waning? Are you still intending to try out yoga in 2013?

Yoga Classes at Bermondsey Fayre – 

This is the perfect time to kick start those new year’s resolutions as we have a few spaces that have come available in this half term’s classes.  And we’re offering FREE Yoga taster classes in half term – see below.

This term – We have a space in the Tuesday classes at 6pm and 7.30pm and Saturday mornings at 9.30am.  Do email me for more info if you would like to try out a class this term which finishes on Thursday – February 14th.  For the full list of our class schedule do go to yoga schedule

We are also offering FREE TASTER CLASSES in February half term – 

Sunday 17th February at 9.30am and Thursday 21st February at 7pm.  These classes will be free tasters – on a strictly first come basis so do email asap if you’d like to try out a FREE yoga class and get that health kick started! Email me





Holiday Opening Times and Yoga Classes January 2013

Wishing you all a wonderful festive time!

Bermondsey Fayre is closed from December 25th until January 3rd 2013.

YOGA CLASSES at Bermondsey Fayre have the unique potential to offer yoga in an intimate setting – maximum 7 students whilst being very much accessible in central London,  near London Bridge and Borough in SE1.  

Our classes begin back on Saturday 5th January 2013.

The classes will run in 6 week half terms.  Classes are £10 a class for termly bookings and they do need to be booked in advance and paid for at the beginning of the term.  This is so that we can continue to provide small classes at affordable prices.

New to our classes – then do drop in and come to a one off trial class before booking for the term.  

Drop in – And for those of you who can only do drop in classes – these will still be possible where there is space and will be £12 per class.

Class Dates for the half term will be as follows:

Saturdays 9.30am 5th Jan – 9 Feb
Mondays 10am 7th Jan – 11th Feb
Mondays 12.30pm
Tuesdays 6pm and 7.30pm 8th Jan – 12th Feb
Thursday’s 7pm 10th Jan – 14th Feb

If one week you can’t make your class we will offer you a class at a different time if there is space.

Please do email me for bookings or more information,

Love, Liz Dillon


NEW YOGA CLASSES in Bermondsey Fayre, SE1, near to London Bridge and Borough

We are really excited to offer you two new yoga classes in our increasing Yoga Schedule. The new classes are daytime classes –

Monday mornings – 10am and Monday lunchtime class at 12.30 for all of you who work locally! As always classes are £10 each and can be booked by email –

Bermondsey Fayre Yoga classes are ideal as they are kept small to allow for personal tuition and the location is on the wonderful Bermondsey Street in an intimate setting. Bermondsey Fayre Yoga is also close to the Shard, London Bridge, Maltby Street Market and has a strong community feel as well as being a great place to practise yoga in SE1.

We look forward to welcoming you to our classes – Liz Dillon, Claire Donaldson, Deborah Richmond and Anna Towler.


Can Smells Improve Your Health? Zena Tuitt –

Can Smells Improve Your Health? Zena Tuitt

Take time to read this wonderful article by Zena Tuitt – inspired by her visit to Bermondsey Fayre

This week a colleague commented on my handcream. She loved the smell.  I watched as the smell brought a smile to her face and shifted her mood.  On Wednesday when I was feeling tired, I bought some incenses to lift my mood and help me relax.  I was walking pastBermondsey Fayre and smelt a beautiful aromatic smell that drew me into the shop. The gentleman behind the counter was burning ‘Om’ The Mother’s India Fragrances.  As soon as I smelt it I felt better.  The packaging is also beautiful and serendipitiously the smells I picked up were boxed in the colour of the pH logo? Fancy that?

Bermondsey Fayre on Bermondsey Street. One of pH favourite places to do Yoga and buy gifts in London. They have lovely staff and presents to wear, smell and see.

I am currently deepening my Afrikan Yoga practice and as part of my daily development, Pablo Imani has recommended seven essential oils – one for each day to optimise my health whether it is to stimulate the nervous system, purify the blood, cleanse the glands, aid digestion or relieve nasal congestion.


Do smells have a positive or non positive effect on your moods?

I know they definitely do on mine.  I won’t get too graphic but there are some smells that bring me joy and others that stir a shade of the anger emotion(if you have ever been on a packed tube or train during rush hour or merrily gone to the bathroom at work to be confronted by a smell that appears to have come from an alien source  – you’ll get my drift)





As well as eating well, keeping fit have you ever consider the effect of smells on your well-being?

Kate Fox, a social anthropologist from the Social Issues Research Centre has written a report called, The Smell Report: An Overview of Facts and Findings.  It makes a great nose twitching read.

She states:

The human nose is in fact the main organ of taste as well as smell. The so-called taste-buds on our tongues can only distinguish four qualities – sweet, sour, bitter and salt -all other ‘tastes’ are detected by the olfactory receptors high up in our nasal passages

Which proves the point that you only have to know what ‘s&*t smells like to know when something tastes like it!

The report is a fascinating read and also sheds some light on how emotions are connected to scents.  The report states:

The perception of smell consists not only of the sensation of the odours themselves but of the experiences and emotions associated with these sensations. Smells can evoke strong emotional reactions. In surveys on reactions to odours, responses show that many of our olfactory likes and dislikes are based purely on emotional associations. The association of fragrance and emotion is not an invention of poets or perfume-makers. Our olfactory receptors are directly connected to the limbic system, the most ancient and primitive part of the brain, which is thought to be the seat of emotion. Smell sensations are relayed to the cortex, where ‘cognitive’ recognition occurs, only after the deepest parts of our brains have been stimulated. Thus, by the time we correctly name a particular scent as, for example, ‘vanilla’ , the scent has already activated the limbic system, triggering more deep-seated emotional  responses.

Using Essential Oils in Aromatherapy to boost moods

If you need a mood boost, you can try shaking a couple drops of an essential oil onto a tissue and then inhaling the uplifting aroma. You can also use an aromatherapy diffuser to scent an entire room with your selected oil, or add a few drops of essential oil to your bath or massage oil.

Essential oils are so concentrated and potent, that even small amounts can be dangerous if used improperly. Never take essential oils internally, unless under the guidance of a health professional. Some essential oils (including lavender) can cause harmful drug interactions, so consult your doctor if you’re currently using any medication.

In the words of my new favourite incense makers ‘The Mother’s India Fragrances’…

Fragrances play an important role in our lives. We know that colours and music can influence the way we feel. Fragrances can do that too, but many of us are not aware of this. Some fragrances can make you feel calm, relaxed or contemplative, others can boost creativity or inspire activity. You can find out how different fragrances affect you and how you can use fragrances to support you in your daily activities.

To find out more about aromatic incenses or aromatherapy go to:




Bermondsey Street Festival 2012

THANK YOU to everyone who came down to support us at the Bermondsey Street Festival.

We began the day with our regular yoga class and all of the students in head stands for the first time! An energising start to a wonderful day – preparing us all for the task of 108 sun salutations outside – in our Flash Mob Yoga.  It was a blast – lots of support from all and so many enthusiastic yogis! What a team – WELL DONE to you all and such spirit and laughter.

This was then followed by the wonderful Emporium of Tiny Voices – the dance piece that brought the items in the shop alive with recordings – with Jemma Bicknell and Lydia Fraser-Ward.  We hope to show this again in near future as was such a wonderful performance piece with the characters of the objects.

This was followed by our designers making their mark in the fashion show to cheers by our lovely Yoga Students and Teachers.


AND Big thank you to you all too

love LIz and Bermondsey Fayre crew x