Whether you’re a hardened fitness fanatic or just hoping for a family bike ride, London’s green spaces and hidden trails can be great places to exercise away from the hustle and bustle. We’ve picked out a few of our favourite spots in the city for getting active.
Navigating the capital’s crowded streets can be a challenge for joggers, but the Regent’s Canal path offers a great alternative. This nine mile, traffic-free route starts at Limehouse Basin, and heads up past Camden Lock and Regent’s Park before ending in Little Venice.
If you’re more at home on two wheels, the the Wandle Trail follows the River Wandle from Croydon up to the Thames at Wandsworth. Again, it’s traffic-free, so ideal for kids (and saves you navigating south London’s labyrinthine network of cycle paths).
Hampstead Heath is an oasis of tranquility in the middle of the city, it’s easy to forget that you’re just a 30-minute hop from Covent Garden. There are three pools – one each for male and female bathers, and a mixed pool.
Yoga in the Shard
London isn’t famed for its weather, but it is well known for its skyline. Escape the rain with a Yoga class at the top of The Shard, the UK’s tallest building. On pleasant days, you can always drop into an outdoor class in Regent’s Park.
Holland Park outdoor gym
For more al fresco exercise, take a trip down to Holland Park and try out some of the free-to-use outdoor exercise equipment. Reward yourself for your hard work afterwards with a trip to the park’s famous Dutch Garden.