A new wave of interest in wellbeing has swept through the UK in recent years, and this is reflected in some of the top destinations now available for everything from getting fit to practising mindfulness throughout England’s capital. While staying in the city, here are 5 of the best wellbeing hotspots to try for yourself…
The Life Centre
With studios in both Islington and Notting Hill, this is one of London’s first and foremost yoga centres, offering a wide range of classes, training and treatments for all skill levels. As a major London pick for those interested in enhancing their mental and spiritual wellbeing, this is the place to go if you want to surround yourself with world class experts and thought leaders in the field. First opening over twenty years ago, the Life Centre is also a great place to experience high quality training with none of the pretentious vibe you might find at some of the newer yoga venues in the city.
The Aviary at the Montcalm Royal London House
Relaxing and unwinding doesn’t have to be relegated merely to mindfulness practices and dedicated wellbeing activities. Taking a trip to the Aviary London is a fantastic way to instantly feel better by enjoying a few drinks with loved ones and seeing the incredible London skyline from above. A stylish, slick rooftop bar with lots of cool appeal, this is a great way to boost your well-being without the need to even leave your base in the city.
The School of Life
This Bloomsbury location is dedicated to an ongoing calendar of events which help visitors to naturally improve their own wellbeing and self-knowledge. With classes in everything from finding the right job, to managing relationships with ease and maintaining calm and focus, the School of Life is all about emotional intelligence – which has made it popular with wellness-seeking visitors staying at Montcalm hotels. A quick check at the online calendar will keep you up to date with what’s happening during your stay.
Located in Battersea Park, this stunning Buddhist Pagoda is a great place for practising mindfulness techniques. It’s one of the best parts of an already stunning public park, with great views of the Thames and beyond. There are many areas in London where you can almost forget you’re in a busy city but this is a major favourite with wellbeing enthusiasts throughout London, and with good reason.
There’s nothing quite like getting away from it all for improving your wellness levels, and as one of the city’s foremost spots for escaping the metropolis, the Kyoto Gardens are an oasis of serenity. Part of the sprawling Holland Park, the Gardens were built in 1991 as a gift from the Chamber of Commerce in Kyoto.
Nearby, you can enjoy a relaxed game of cricket or netball, or simply indulge in a walk around the beautiful local area. The gardens are popular with locals as an authentic and tranquil space, but are lesser known to visitors, helping to give them an exclusive feel and keeping the crowds at bay.