London’s Mayfair conjures up images of five-star hotels and white tablecloth dining, but with fitness studios and smoothie bars popping up on every street corner, there’s plenty to offer on the wellness front, too. Culture Trip’s guide will help you navigate the streets of Mayfair expertly, whether you’re on the hunt for a wholesome vegan brunch or a pilates studio.
If you spend your days slumped over a desk, your body will thank you for paying a visit to Ten in Hanover Square, which offers classic reformer pilates taught by some of the city’s most reputable instructors. Classes are separated into levels and limited to just 10 people per class, guaranteeing a hands-on experience and real results.
Credited with keeping the likes of Tom Ford and Naomi Campbell in shape, Matt Roberts is among the UK’s leading personal trainers. His Mayfair studio, moments from Green Park tube station, offers one-on-one sessions as well as run clubs, yoga, pilates and meditation. The recently opened café serves up cold-pressed juices and protein-rich snacks.
London’s first barre-centric studio, Barrecore, offers a ballet-inspired workout that’s easy on the joints but leaves no muscle unworked. The Barrecore method is renowned for sculpting long, lean physiques; prepare to ‘pulse’ until everything shakes, a sure-fire sign your efforts will be rewarded.
A stone’s throw from Marble Arch, Virgin Active’s Mayfair outpost is part of the group’s luxe collection and has high-tech equipment and facilities that can’t fail to impress. Work up a sweat on the gym floor, try an anti-gravity yoga class or hit up the pool. Just be sure to save time for the sauna and steam rooms.
Ella Mills’s café is a must-visit for wellness enthusiasts. Despite being just around the corner from bustling Oxford Street, the space is bright and calm, and the all-day menu of plant-based goodness is a real winner. Feast on peanut butter-loaded sourdough bagels for breakfast, Ottolenghi-style salads for lunch and vegan fudge brownies to beat the 3pm slump.
Helping London fall back in love with carbs, Gail’s bakeries serves up some of the best artisan breads, coffee and brunches in the city. Expect freshly baked sourdough, rye and spelt loaves; buttery croissants; vegan chocolate muffins; and a range of soups, salads and sandwiches with variations on lighter and heartier themes.
A family business that started out in Thessaloniki using ingredients from small artisan Greek producers, ERGON has migrated to the West End. Open from early till late, ERGON has got breakfast and dinner dishes covered, from Greek yoghurt bowls to hot mezze dishes. Stock up on olive oil, unusual honeys and sumptuous kalamata olives while you’re here.
It doesn’t get more varied than Tibits, the cult London buffet that serves up over 40 vegetarian and vegan dishes with which to fill your plate. What’s on offer varies, but you can expect everything from home-made bircher muesli and freshly pressed juices for breakfast to vegan shakshuka and Swiss Alpine macaroni on the all-day menu.
Known for its cleansing green juices, energy-lifting smoothies and cold-busting booster shots, Crussh is a healthy-eating hotspot. All drinks are made to order, and there’s a wide variety of soups, salads and sandwiches, all of which can be eaten in or taken away if you fancy a picnic in nearby Green Park.
Tucked away on the first floor of Lululemon’s flagship store on Regent Street, the Neat Café is a relaxed and airy space. Neat is known for its delicious protein powders, so expect a smoothie-packed menu featuring vanilla, chocolate and coffee shakes, as well as B.fresh juices, waters and juice shots. With plenty of seating and free Wi-Fi and charging stations, this wellness-focussed spot is the perfect urban escape.
Already a 24-strong group in Paris, this health-conscious chain brings high-quality vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free fare to Mayfair. Menus change with the seasons, but the made-to-order juice menu is a particular highlight. Try the immune-bolstering Berry Boost, brimming with açai, raspberry, banana and apple, or the hangover-quashing Superhulk, packed with kale, banana, orange and chia seeds.
Bodyism’s outpost in Fenwick is a wellness enthusiast’s dream. The brand’s signature powders form the basis of the smoothie menu; you can’t go wrong with the best-selling Beauty Food, a complexion-enhancing blend of collagen, greens, spinach, coconut water, cucumber, lime and mint. Courgetti salads, almond-butter toasties and superfood balls are also on offer for lunch.
In a blissfully quiet spot in Mayfair lies the House of ELEMIS, the ultimate destination for those in need of a pick-me-up. From full-body overhauls with hot-stone massage and scrubs to high-tech facials, there’s something for everyone. The Speed Spa on the ground floor offers lightning-fast manicures and brow shapes, while The Penthouse on the top floor is a private oasis offering couples’ treatments.
The first Aman Spa to be built outside the renowned Aman resorts, this subterranean sanctuary offers top-of-the-range Asian-inspired treatments. The likes of Indian chakra-balancing massages, Himalayan crystal-salt scrubs and red-clay body wraps will restore body and mind.
An oasis of calm on the 10th floor of the Four Seasons Park Lane, this luxe spa has stunning views of Hyde Park and the capital’s skyline. Highlights include treatments from Hungarian brand Omorovicza and CACI non-surgical facelifts, while all rooms have private relaxation pods for a rejuvenating post-treatment experience.
Just a short walk from Berkeley Square, Nails and Brows is the ideal spot for lunchtime or pre-party preening. With one floor dedicated to manicures and pedicures and the other to brows, waxing and facials, this one-stop shop has all your beauty needs covered, and all treatments use cruelty-free British brands.