Do you love city trips, too? But they can be sooo exhaustive, right? That’s why I recommend that on every city trip you plan some time (a whole day if possible) just for yoga, recharging and relaxing. Running around in a foreign city and ticking off all the attractions is super tiring and saving some time for more uplifting activities can make all the difference. And that’s just what I did on my last weekend trip to London.
Here are my best tips for a relaxing and recharging day in busy London:
Breakfast at Farm Girl Café in Notting Hill
The café opens at 9am and I recommend to arrive early to grab a seat (they don’t take reservations). Before breakfast you can stroll up Portobello Road from Notting Hill Gate and if it’s a Saturday watch the famous Portobello market open up. The streets are still empty at this time and it’s the perfect time to enjoy Notting Hill without the masses who are going to clock the streets later.
At Farm Girl Café enjoy a yummy & healthy breakfast, for example avocado toast (optional with gluten free bread), granola with coconut yoghurt or berry pancakes. Add a hot chocolate made with raw cacao and date syrup and I’m sure you’ll be a happy yoga bunny by now.
Address: 59a Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB
Yoga at The Life Centre in Notting Hill
After breakfast, it’s time to explore Notting Hill some more and slowly make your way back to Notting Hill Gate for some yoga. The Life Centre is a well-established yoga studio with a super friendly team and great teachers, offering a wide choice of yoga classes daily. I joined a level 1-2 yoga class with Leone Roberts and it was the perfect mix of relaxing and invigorating. A drop-in class will cost you £17 and you should be a bit early to secure your spot. They also have a branch in Islington.
Disclaimer: I’ve been invited by The Life Centre for a free class, but all opinions are my own of course.
Address: 15 Edge Street, London W8 7PN
Visit Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park
From The Life Centre in Notting Hill it’s only a short hop over to the famous Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, one of the greatest city parks in the world. Kensington Gardens is home to Kensington Palace, the beautiful Italian Gardens and the Princess Diana Memorial playground. Depending on how fit you feel after your yoga class you can walk all the way through the Hyde Park to Marble Arch, or take the tube from Bayswater or Lancaster Gate up to Bond Street.
Lunch at Deliciously Ella
Deliciously Ella is one of my favorite food blogs. I’m always inspired by her easy & healthy recipes and have been following her for years. She also has a fab app which gives you amazing recipes right on your phone so you can access them anywhere. In her deli in Weighhouse Street you’ll find everything for a yummy and healthy lunch, for example lentil balls with tomato relish and garlic cashew cream, pea, radish, mint & spring onion quinoa with maple sweet potatoes or cauliflower and red lentil dhal. And don’t forget to leave some space for the yummy cakes and desserts! It’s the perfect place to relax for a bit after some serious retail therapy on Oxford Street.
Address: 18-20 Weighhouse Street, London W1K 5LU
Explore the Asian collections in The Victoria & Albert Museum
I love the V&A, it’s my favorite museum in London and there’s always something new to discover. Especially interesting for yogis is their extensive Asian collection that covers a period of more than 5000 years. Explore stunning Buddha and Hindu statues, traditional clothing from Japan and other Asian countries, beautiful ceramics and so much more…
In case you’re hungry again enjoy a wide selection of freshly prepared food and drink in the V&A café, the world’s oldest museum restaurant.
Address: Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL (South Kensington Tube station)
Hotels in London with yoga
COMO The Halkin
The luxurious COMO the Halkin hotel provides yoga mats in every room as well as private yoga sessions by appointment. The rooms and suites have been designed with an uncluttered elegance and provide a calm retreat from busy London.
Address: Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DJ
The Haymarket Hotel in London is offering FloatFit yoga classes in their pool each Saturday morning. Pushing yogis to their limit, the vinyasa classes promise to develop strength, balance and mindfulness on the specially engineered AquaBase on water. Click here to learn more.
Address: 1 Suffolk Place, London SW1Y 4HX
A cheaper option would be to look for an AirBnB room or a Bed & Breakfast in your preferred neighborhood and bring your own yoga mat.