Had too much chocolate this Easter? Burn off the calories in London

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With the Easter holidays now behind us, it’s time to start paying the price for all those chocolate eggs, although fortunately, London offers some very enjoyable ways to get into shape, so working off the Easter calories in the capital shouldn’t feel like too much of a chore.

For example, you could head to one of the city’s many picturesque parks, which are as popular among joggers and cyclists as they are among picnic lovers and sunbathers. Hyde Park – which just happens to be right on the doorstep of the Montcalm Hotel – is perhaps the most famous of all, and is a delightful place for a spot of exercise, with all sorts of charming sites to enjoy as you walk or run through its grounds.

Among the most beautiful features to be found in Hyde Park is the Serpentine Lake, while Kensington Palace Gardens are always breathtaking at this time of year as well.

Elsewhere, Regent’s Park is another fantastic place for a jog, and if you fancy a real challenge then you could even try running up Primrose Hill, with stunning views across the London skyline awaiting you as a reward when you reach the top.

Of course, jogging isn’t the only exercise that can be enjoyed in London, with the newly-reopened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park being home to the Olympic Aquatics Centre, as well as the Copper Box, which contains a world-class gym. If you’d rather go swimming outdoors, meanwhile, then the Swimming Baths at Hampstead Heath may be more your cup of tea.

Alternatively, you could take out a Boris Bike and cycle through the streets of the capital, burning off the calories while taking in some of the city’s most famous sites. These make an excellent change from getting around by bus or tube, and take all the pain out of getting into shape.