Culture Trip’s Guide to Wellness in the City

Michael Driver / © Culture Trip
Michael Driver / © Culture Trip
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Wellness Editor19 September 2018

Life in the City of London may be fast-paced, but thanks to a plethora of juice bars and yoga studios popping up on every street corner, getting your health fix has never been so easy. From raw eateries to the best places for reflexology, here is Culture Trip’s guide to wellness in the City.

Workout

Third Space City

Gym
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Third Space City | © Third Space

New York-inspired and industrial, Third Space’s fourth London outpost is gym luxury at its finest. Boasting the latest in fitness tech – think altitude chambers, a 20-metre chlorine-free pool, hot yoga studios and a dedicated combat space – even the most die-hard cardio junkie will be impressed.

Another_Space Bank

Fitness Studio
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Another_Space | © Another_Space

Offering a curated line-up of HIIT, yoga and cycle classes, this subterranean studio strikes the perfect fitness balance. Boasting some of the capital’s leading trainers, expect a high-intensity atmosphere. Keep an eye out for post-work run clubs and back-to-back weekend Mash Ups.

1Rebel

Fitness Studio
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1Rebel | © 1Rebel

1Rebel’s luxe City studio is loved by Londoners, especially on a Friday night when prosecco is free (and flowing) after every session. The classes are inspiring, with top playlists and even the occasional live MC to get you through the 45-minute boxing (Rumble) and treadmill-based (Reshape) classes.

Kobox City

Fitness Studio
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Kobox City | © Kobox

A favourite among Victoria’s Secret models, Kobox has developed a cult following. With sessions split between heavy bag boxing and floor-based circuits, sessions are designed to boost fitness levels and improve fighting technique in the process. If Barry’s Bootcamp did boxing, this would be it.

Eat

The Good Yard

Cafe, Healthy, $$$
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The Good Yard | © The Good Yard

Proof that healthy eating needn’t be boring, this city secret serves up a decent brunch as well as generously-sized salad boxes and wraps for lunch. Caffeine fiends will love the Allpress blends while the Smoothie Bowl menu will please Instagram fans.

Beany Green, Broadgate Circle

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Healthy, Salad Bar
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Interior of Beany Green
Interior of Beany Green | © Mariell Lind Hansen

An inner-city oasis with an upbeat Aussie vibe, Beany Green serves bountiful brunches, Ottolenghi-style salads and endless snacking potential in between. Be sure to order a side of the organic charcoal sourdough but save room for the banana bread sandwich, loaded with mascarpone and fresh berries.

Nusa Kitchen

Cafe, Asian, Healthy, $$$
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Nusa Kitchen | © Nusa Kitchen

By creating food that’s both healthy and comforting, Nusa has become a lunchtime hot spot in the capital. The menu changes weekly but their bestselling soups are a mainstay. The breakfast menu is eclectic and inventive, spanning Bombay scrambled eggs and Asian spiced toasties.

Malibu Kitchen

Hotel Restaurant, Healthy, $$$
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Malibu Kitchen | © The Ned

Bringing Californian food to the City – think superfood salads, flatbreads and countless avocado-based dishes – Malibu Kitchen is perfect for a light lunch or dinner. Skipping pudding may be the LA way but miss out on the sugar-free raw chocolate cake at your peril.

Ekte Nordic Kitchen

Restaurant, Danish, Swedish, $$$
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Ekte | © Ekte

Nestled in the Bloomberg Arcade, this Nordic all-day eatery serves up hygge-friendly brunches, Scandinavian pastries and rye-based sandwiches. Stay for dinner and be spoilt for choice with a range of Danish-inspired dishes, ranging from cured fish to meats.

Juice and smoothies

Press

Juice Bar, Cafe, Healthy, $$$
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Press London | © Press London

Known for its bespoke juice cleanses, Press prides itself on its results-focused blends. Try the detoxifying Mint Choc Charcoal Shake or keep it simple with an immune-boosting Turmeric shot. Also on the menu are gut-friendly soups and guilt-free breakfast options including avocado toast and protein porridge.

Protein Haus

Cafe, Healthy, $$$
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Protein Haus
Protein Haus | © Protein Haus

On-the-go fitness food made easy. Serving Paleo-friendly overnight oats, protein-rich salad boxes and vegan brownies alongside an award-winning line-up of sugar-free protein shakes, this healthy hotspot is a must-visit.

Simple Health Kitchen, Watling Street

Restaurant, Cafe, Healthy, Salad Bar
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Simple Health Kitchen | © Simple Health Kitchen

Set up by a former rugby player, this St Paul’s spot champions fresh, nutrient-dense options for the time-poor City worker. Open from early till late, Simple Health Kitchen offer made-to-order smoothies and hangover-busting green juices.

Rest and recharge

Pure Sports Medicine

Health Spa
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Pure Sports Medicine
Pure Sports Medicine | © Pure Sports Medicine

The industry leader in sports medicine, Pure’s multidisciplinary approach makes it the number one destination for nutrition and fitness expertise. Whether you’ve signed up for your first triathlon or are a keen cyclist, a roster of specialists will set you on your path to optimum health.

Light Centre Monument

Fitness Studio, Health Spa
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Light Centre Monument
Light Centre Monument | © Light Centre Monument

A one-stop-shop for all things natural and holistic, the Light Centre is the definition of a wellness hub. It hosts over 180 yoga and Pilates classes a week, as well as a range of more than 40 therapies, workshops, health screenings and drop-in meditation sessions.

Ten Health & Fitness

Fitness Studio, Health Spa
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Ten Health & Fitness
Ten Health & Fitness | © Ten Health & Fitness

Advocating a pre-hab approach to fitness and exercise, Ten is the go-to destination for physio and sports massage. Keen runners should seek out the Body MOT, a comprehensive session that’ll get to the root of niggles and improve performance.

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