And breathe: the best wellness events London has to offer
From cult spinning classes to cat cafes, we round up the London wellness events to nourish your mind, body and soul.
Learn your way to self-love with Sweaty Betty
Heartcore x No. 1 Carnaby Street
Wellness Wednesdays might be over, but there's still a chance to become a Sweaty Betty. Heartcore has paired up with London's favourite athleisurewear brand and taken over the studio at No. 1 Carnaby Street. Pilates classes are held multiple times a day, so you can get back in touch with your body and mind whenever it best suits you. Stop in at Farm Girl to power up with a smoothie bowl after your workout.
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Sweaty Betty Live
The London wellness event of the year is back. An informative day of talks, workshops and shopping in the heart of Shoreditch. Learn about the hype surrounding fermented foods, or how to beat burnout. Try something new with workshops introducing box-fit, HIIT, yoga or dance. Get your hair and nails done at the beauty bar before tucking into nutritious street food from sponsors including Detox Kitchen and Teapigs. Sweaty Betty Live is set to be a celebration of healthy living, body-positivity and self-love.
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Cuddle up with London's cutest cats and dogs
Although scientific research can't pinpoint the reason why, it is clear that pets are good for our mental wellbeing. It is thought that cuddling and stroking pets induces the production of oxytocin, 'the love hormone' that stimulates feelings of relaxation and trust. For feline fans, we recommend Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, London's original cat cafe. Enjoy a wonderland-themed afternoon tea whilst playing with one of the resident rescue cats. For dog lovers, meanwhile, Smith and Whistle offers a specially formulated dog menu: 'Dogtails'. Offers include the Poochie Colada and Quarter Hounder, London's first burger made entirely with canine diets in mind. If you're after a more informal experience, Paws for Coffee is situated conveniently at the edge of Bushy Park. A separate menu for dogs means you'll both be satisfied after a long walk in the woods.
Combine cycling with candles for a high energy workout targeting both body and mind
North America's cult spinning class, SoulCycle, has rolled into London. In this instructor-led class, you will lose yourself in the beat of the music, clearing your mind and sweating out your worries.
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Reconnect with the natural world: Forage London
Most of us have periods where we feel uprooted, disconnected or a little lost. If you find yourself slipping into one of these states, don’t panic; instead, look for tools or activities to help you re-ground yourself. Forage London is an organisation offering foraging events in parks across London throughout the year. Once you’ve spent some time combing through Mother Nature’s tasty treats – picking and basket-ing what you fancy – you can take your foraged goods home and cook them up in a hearty, soul-nourishing feast. We can't think of a better way to get back down-to-earth.
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Diversify your exercise routine with Frame
Frame was founded on the belief that getting fit should not be a chore. That's why there are instructor-led classes up to 50 times a day offering a variety of wellness and exercise sessions, from meditation and trampolining, to floor routines focused on toning your ass and abs. Alongside the regular timetable, Frame is offering a variety of one-off workshops, catering to all fitness levels. Whether you want to be able to slide into the splits with ease, or jump on the yoga bandwagon, there is sure to be a workshop for you.
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Find wellness for free: Kingston’s Riverside Retreat
In a bid to bust stress, Kingston is offering a summer programme packed with free wellness-orientated activities, taking place throughout the town. From Riverside Pilates Flow to cookery workshops at Chakra, via Sweaty Betty yoga and tea-brewing masterclasses, there’s a lot to choose from. Our top tip: check out the varied line-up at John Lewis, which not only offers yoga, meditation and mental health awareness sessions as part of the initiative, but lunchtime rosé tasting sessions, too. Cheers to that.
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Transport yourself to a far-away land: London’s immersive fitness studios
A spate of new, immersive fitness studios are popping up across London, whisking you away from banality with the sights and sounds of far-flung destinations, and a promise to boost mind as well as body. At Fly LDN, you can take part in a Vinyasa yoga classes with overlooking mountain vistas, courtesy of the 30-foot cinematic screen and accompanying soundtrack. Then there's the studio's CHILL yoga – yin stretching to a backdrop of burning candles – which will have you sleeping like a baby. Meanwhile First Light Studio combines spin classes with cutting-edge sunlight simulation technology to mimic the sun’s natural rays, along with beautifully created backdrops of inspiring scenes from locations like Dubai, Africa, Ibiza, and Rio. There’s also Sweat and Sound, offering invitation-only, multi-sensory exercise classes in pop-up locations around the city.
Manage your anger: axe throwing
Forget mindfulness and meditation: sometimes the best (and only) way to purge built-up stress is by throwing an axe as hard as you possibly can at a wall. Whistlepunks' on-hand experts will guide you through the axe throwing process to ensure you learn the proper techniques, hit the target, and achieve a degree of tranquility you never imagined possible.
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Box your way to mental wellness
This 2 hour workshop held by Katra Bryson at 12 Rounds Boxing Gym will introduce you to the mental and physical benefits of boxing. As engaging for the mind as for the body, boxing is a wholistic form of exercise. Don't worry about turning up alone; Katra is experienced in pairing up suitable partners, and the class will end with group discussion and meditation. 50% of profits will be donated to the mental health organisation Brain Buddies.
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Stargaze at Culpeper
Feeling starry eyed? Enjoy a glorious meal courtesy of the Culpeper Kitchen before checking out the cosmos through a top-notch telescope on their rooftop greenhouse. Astronomy expert Seb Jay will take you on a celestial tour that promises to be out of this world. Astronomy events are help at least once a month in these quarters, but they sell out quick – so remember to gaze online for availability and book ahead.
For those yogis out there, on the 2nd September, vinyasa flow yoga is being offered on the rooftop. Enjoy sunset views of London as you stretch your muscles and relax your mind.
Find out more about Culpeper here
Switch off: PopPods and meditation pods
Londoners, prepare to power nap: Pop & Rest offer the chance to get you 40 winks inside their dreamy doors in Monument. Book one of their nap pods for up to two hours of rest and relaxation – your boss doesn't need to know. Or, if you’re looking for a more mindful way to switch off, Inhere studio’s meditation pods – which relaunched last autumn – come equipped with comfy seating, headphones and the option to tune in to a guided meditation via an audio player.
Click here to read more about Pop & Rest, and here to find out more about Inhere studio's meditation pods