We have picked our fitness-studios-cum-healthy-restos that make us want to buy and do everything!
Triyoga, Chelsea (and Primrose Hill)
Best for: Yoga bunnies and spiritual souls
USP: Their incredible range of yoga classes is unrivaled – plus their awesome café may be small but it packs a pretty awesome punch in the nutrition department.
Tell us more: Situated at the top of the King’s Road, Triyoga has become a Hip and Healthy favourite. It is clean, chic and light – everything you could ever want in a yoga studio. Plus the instructors are second to none. You can pay as you go or buy a block of classes. The changing rooms aren’t huge but they are lovely and cleaned regularly and the whole place smells of incense – heaven. The small, but none the less, brilliant café caters for all those dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free yogis out there (of which there are a lot). You can also pop in for a quick treatment. The acupuncture with Yuki comes highly recommended. www.triyoga.co.uk
Equinox, High Street Kensington
Best for: Serious fitness folk
USP: It’s huge and varied but not too big
Tell us more: Having been around for more than 20 years in the US, and a huge following (both celeb and civilian!) Equinox finally felt that it was time to bring their fitness enthusiasm to the UK. And, boy, are we glad that they did! With a multitude of classes to choose from this really is the studio for everyone. Yoga, martial arts, cardio clubs – you name it, they do it and they do it well. Employing only the best fitness experts and wellness practitioners. Post work-out, spend some time getting to know the spa, where you can indulge in anything from a caviar facial to a chocolate massage (yes, you heard that right) or enjoy a fresh juice or extremely healthy lunch in their café. And if that wasn’t enough – one could also do some serious credit card damage at the shop, which recently (and exclusively) has just stocked Lucas Hugh’s new range of fitness getup. http://www.equinox.com
Best for: movers and shakers
USP: All their very talented instructors are also qualified dancers
Tell us more: Brought to the UK by Niki Rein, personal trainer and founder of Barrecore, who, after seeing its success in the US, knew that it would do well in the UK too. And she was right. Since launching the first barre studio in London’s Chelsea, barre focussed workouts have sky-rocketed in popularity. Barrecore is at the forefront of this movement, and it’s new class BarreDance encourages women to dance their ways to a better body. You may feel a little silly at first as the instructor takes you through a routine to learn, but soon enough you realise that everyone else there is just as malco-ordinated as you are and nobody seems to care. It’s all about raising your heart rate and having fun. Although the studio doesn’t technically have a café as such it has a small area where you can buy that all important, fitness essential coconut water plus other drinks. It also offers a small range of health foods for the peckish punters leaving, of which you will be!
Bodyism at the Bulgari, Knightsbridge
Best For: the sytlish sybarite
USP: James Duigan’s Bodyism concept (that worked on Rosie Huntington-Whitely – need I say more)
Tell us more: The Bulgari took a bold step into the health and fitness world when they sign up James Duigan and his team of body experts. But it doesn’t stop there. The spa is one of the largest in London and is simply to die for with rooms simple but atmospheric. The pool is reminiscent of incredibly chic Roman baths that would have been fit for Ceaser – lavish but not ostentatious. But my favourite room of all is the cosy Yoga suite that fits 8 dedicated yogis and has a deliciously warm fire set behind glass. To make full use of the facilities book yourself onto one of their retreats (the next one is an Urban Yeotox Retreat led by Mercedes Ngoh from 20 to 22 September) where all the food served in the sophisticated iL restaurant is Ayurvedic inspired.
Slice, Parsons Green
Best For: Yummy Mummies
USP: Their drop-in scheme that works a bit like an oyster card so there is no obligation to sign on the dotted line. Plus their facilities for kids are brilliant. So mummies can work out happy in the knowledge that their little ones are delightfully occupied
Tell us more: Made up of three recently renovated studios, a personal training zone, healthy cafe and an amazing creche this little piece of wellbeing heaven in Parson’s Green is the perfect place for yummy mummies to fit in their workouts. Classes include, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, 80s Aerobics, adult ballet and Barre Workout so there is more than enough to choose from. They have also just recently introduced a volley ball style based workout devised by the Team GB Strength and Conditioning coach. Then once you have sweated out your stresses in the studio, retreat to the café to meet with friends and have a gossip over a healthy herbal tea or smoothie. You can also attend fun, healthy workshops there, upcoming events include a raw food workshop, Rocket Yoga and healthy deserts demonstrations. www.slicestudios.co.uk
Best for: Made in Chelsea fans and luxe-lovers
USP: Their high-end approach to fitness, healthy food and beauty treatments – everything feels uber-luxe and lovely. Plus their health, beauty and fitness experts are ah-mazing
Tell us more: From the street Lomax looks like a gorgeous, light, healthy café, but venture further and you’ll soon discover the workout space upstairs (which you rent by the hour with or without a PT) plus divine treatment rooms, which use REN skincare, so the emphasis is on the natural. This is the ideal place to meet friends for a quick post-workout smoothie and then while away the afternoon having a treatment and using their showers. Trust me – you are going to want to use the showers! http://www.lomaxpt.com