Wellbeing guide to London
Sally Lovett's favourite London wellbeing hotspots
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In the name of researching, writing and compiling my book, The Wellbeing Guide to London, myself and book's photographer, Olivia Payne spent the summer of 2012 hanging out in London's healthiest and most holistic places. Here's my top five favourite healthy London haunts to unwind, nourish and revive.
The Wild Food Cafe, Covent Garden
Neal's Yard's raw-centric vegetarian and vegan cafe provides such delicious raw dinners and superfood smoothies, I asked them to host The Wellbeing Guide to London book launch party. Bedecked with fluttering Himalayan prayer flags and abuzz with passionately vegetarian staff working from the open-plan kitchen, Wild Food Cafe is the perfect spot to refuel and escape the chaos of Covent Garden.
Keeping the East London hipsters fitting into their skinny jeans since 2009, Frame is a dance, fitness, Pilates and holistic studio. Nestled under the arches of the East London railway line, Frame oozes signature Shoreditch style with exposed brickwork, rocking playlists and infectiously enthusiastic instructors filling the five studio spaces.
Castle Climbing Centre, Stoke Newington
North London's Castle Climbing Centre resides in a majestic building resembling a medieval castle. Spread over two floors, the centre houses over 450 routes, plenty of bouldering surfaces to play with and a 100ft tower (originally the castle’s boiler chimney) to abseil down. For those completely new to climbing, the £20 taster session is the perfect opportunity to be guided through your first climbing experience and if all goes well on the taster, there are further courses, masterclasses and climbing holidays for registered climbers.
Ayurveda Pura, Greenwich
An academy, spa and yoga studio all in one, Ayurveda Pura is founded on Ayurveda - the 5,000 year old Indian holistic health system of physical, mental and emotional health. Depending on their aims or ailments, clients can chose from an abundance of treatments to balance their dosha (body type) back to full health, be it with a bespoke massage, facial, herbal remedy, a diet and lifestyle consultation or a 9 day long detoxing ‘Panchakarma’ treatment. They make their fantastic own ayurvedic products in house too.
Evolve Wellness Centre, Kensington
Tucked in the corner of a cobbled mews a few minutes walk from South Kensington tube station, Evolve Wellness is a centre that nourishes the soul, strengthens the body and inspires the mind. Whilst yoga is a dominant fixture on Evolve’s timetable, it’s their emphasis on other holistic and self-developmental practices, talks and workshops, as well as their community spirit and ecological endeavours which ensures that Evolve is by no means just another yoga studio.
Not based in London? Not to worry. Whether you live in a bustling metropolis, or a the roaming countryside, here are some simple ways to weave some wellbeing into every day: