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Kyoto Garden is a great place to retreat from the noise of the city
Kyoto Garden is a great place to retreat from the noise of the city | © BBA Travel / Alamy Stock Photo
London / See & Do / 30 Jan 2019
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How To Relax and Recharge in London

London has it all – it’s a hedonist’s dream. But it’s also frenetic, noisy and, occasionally, exhausting. Fortunately, when it all gets too much, there are a few special places to relax, unwind and eat healthily. Culture Trip has teamed up with Pullman London St Pancras Hotel – whose 24-hour fitness suit and Pullman Running Club makes it an ideal option for health-obsessed travellers – to explore the capital’s world-leading wellness scene.

Parliament Hill Lido

Swimming Pool
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Parliament Hill Lido is on Hampstead Heath in the north of the city
Parliament Hill Lido is on Hampstead Heath in the north of the city | © Matthew Chattle / Alamy Stock Photo
Outdoor swimming in London might not sound hugely relaxing, especially in the famously wet British weather, but a dip in the Parliament Hill Lido on Hampstead Heath is bound to reinvigorate you. When the sun’s shining, this is where the city’s most well-to-do residents come to cool off, and in winter it’s equally popular for bracing swims. Warm up again with a brisk hike to the heath’s highest point, where benches with views of the city skyline invite reflective moments.
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Re:Mind

Yoga Studio
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Re:Mind offers meditation classes, reiki healing sessions and tea ceremonies
Re:Mind offers meditation classes, reiki healing sessions and tea ceremonies | © George Rudy / Shutterstock
“Find your calm” is the tagline at Re:Mind. This shop and studio, set in food and fashion hub Eccleston Yards, is a soothing space – think natural light woods and plenty of pot plants – from the moment you walk through the door. There are drop-in meditation classes, reiki healing sessions and even tea ceremonies. Re:Mind is a great place to restore your energy in the middle of this bustling city.
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11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon:
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Glow Bar

Coffee Shop, Smoothie Bar, Healthy
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London’s Glow Bar branch has a café, shop and saunas
London’s Glow Bar branch has a café, shop and saunas | Courtesy of Glow Bar
Glow Bar, a go-to wellness brand for the Duchess of Sussex, opened on Regent Street in summer 2018. The company’s founder, chef Sasha Sabapathy, was inspired to launch the company after leading a stressful, anxiety-inducing lifestyle in New York City. London’s branch has a pink café serving smoothies, healthy bowls and coffees; infrared saunas to help improve your skin, mood and sleep patterns; and a shop with a variety of skincare products and adaptogenic supplements. There’s also an on-site cognitive hypnotherapist.
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Mon:
8:30 am - 8:00 pm
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8:30 am - 8:00 pm
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8:30 am - 8:00 pm
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8:30 am - 8:00 pm
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8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Barbican Conservatory

Botanical Garden, Park
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There are over 2,000 species of plant at the Barbican Conservatory
There are over 2,000 species of plant at the Barbican Conservatory | © Sophie Leguil / Shutterstock
The exterior of this 1980s Brutalist building doesn’t look immediately calming, but step inside the Barbican Conservatory, the second largest in London, and you’ll be immediately transported to a tranquil, almost tropical place. Over 2,000 species of plant make this a peaceful paradise. Book in for afternoon tea, which is available on certain Sundays, for an extra-special treat.
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Redemption Bar, Shoreditch

Bar, Restaurant, Healthy, $$$
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Everything on Redemption Bar’s menu is vegan
Everything on Redemption Bar’s menu is vegan | © Magdalena Bujak / Alamy Stock Photo
Eating out in London needn’t be an unhealthy affair. Redemption Bar is a breath of fresh air – and vegetables. Its all-vegan menu, which is also free from wheat and refined sugar, features healthy takes on bolognese, burgers and pasta, as well as a host of colourful salads. Plus, you won’t be tempted to overindulge on the drinks: there’s not a cocktail, pint of beer or glass of wine in sight; there are, however, some fantastic mocktails.
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Pasha Spa

Spa
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There are a number of Turkish baths in London
There are a number of Turkish baths in London | © christmas / Alamy Stock Photo
With a large population of Turks, it’s no surprise that London has a number of hammams (traditional Turkish baths). Head south of the river to Pasha Spa for an afternoon of Middle Eastern pampering. The spa’s 90-minute hammam packages include a herbal steam session, full-body scrubs and a soap massage or body mask, plus Turkish delight and tea to finish. Pasha’s large, white-marble hammam room is big enough to fit four, so it’s a great place to unwind with friends.
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

KXU

Fitness Studio, Spa
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If yoga is your bag, KXU is the place to go. This multifaceted fitness venue has various drop-in classes to make you sweat, including a fast-paced vinyasa flow session backed by upbeat music. There’s a medi-spa offering classic treatments, as well as an infrared sauna and a cryotherapy chamber, which is chilled to a cool -85C (-121F) and can help with recovery after a hardcore workout. The café serves all manner of healthy, protein-packed post-workout plates and smoothies.
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9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon:
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Kyoto Garden

Park
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Koi swim in the pond of Holland Park's Kyoto Garden
Koi swim in the pond of Holland Park's Kyoto Garden | © Rolf Richardson / Alamy Stock Photo
Traditional and tranquil Japanese landscaping makes the Kyoto Garden in West London’s Holland Park a relaxing place to spend an afternoon. A large, rocky pond, with koi flitting about its waters and a bridge across its middle, sits in the garden’s centre surrounded by colourful flowers, shrubs and trees. A small waterfall provides a calming soundtrack, stone lanterns are dotted around and, in autumn, the trees create a fiery display as they turn shades of red, orange and yellow.
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Looking for the perfect place to stay on your visit?

Pullman London St Pancras Hotel

Hotel
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Pullman Running club at Pullman London St Pancras Hotel
Pullman Running club at Pullman London St Pancras Hotel | Courtesy of Pullman Hotel
It’s important to stay somewhere that helps you unwind and recharge, too. Pullman London St Pancras Hotel has a premium 24/7 gym and sauna with panoramic views of St Pancras station. Guests and non-guests alike can join Pullman Running Club – the hotel’s athlete-inspired running club – which passes a number of iconic London landmarks including Regent’s Park on its route.
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