You can tell it’s summer, because every other fitness class this month is taking place on a rooftop, not that we’re complaining. Here are June’s best fitness events – and loads of them are free.
Train with Perri Shakes-Drayton
7 June, 19:00, £13.50, £24 for two
The Good Ship Benefit, Victoria Embankment
Held in association with Sibberi tree water, this HIIT workout with Olympian Perri Shakes-Drayton is on a boat. Course it is. The Good Ship Benefit (yep, as in Benefit cosmetics) looks out over the Houses of Parliament and London Eye. After the intense circuit session there’s free maple and bamboo water and snacks from TRIBE.
Speedo Dive In
Until October, nationwide
Want to get your front crawl up to scratch this summer? Speedo has10,000 free adult swim sessions on offer with qualified instructors teaching you the tips and tricks you need to master front crawl. Sessions are available nationwide, London pools include London Fields Lido, Mile End, Ironmonger Row, Crystal Palace, Pancras leisure centre, Oasis, Clapham and more.
Odlo London Summer Run Club
Wednesdays until 17 August, 19:00
Snow + Rock Covent Garden
Hosted by the Running Bug and sportswear brand Odlo, these summer runs are led by top-notch running coaches. There are 5k or 8k options, beginners and intermediate groups and everyone who goes along gets a 20% discount code for Odlo kit. Yay.
lululemon Richmond Trail Workshop Series
Wednesday 8, 15 and 22 June, 18:30-20:30
This month the lululemon store in Richmond is hosting three weeks of trail running workshops. The sessions are led by a different industry expert each week and look at all aspects of trail running from strength to injury prevention. Each workshop consists of a talk and guided run and there’s plenty of time to get your questions in. The experts are:
- 8 June – athlete Max Willcocks and Pro Feet
- 15 June – strength and conditioning coach and runner Chevy Rough from Chasing Lights Collective
- 22 June – Kim Saha Physio and Pilates
World Naked Bike Ride
11 June, 14:30
Yay, it’s that time of year again where people cycle around central London with their janglies out. This annual ride is a protest against culture and oil dependency, and a way to demonstrate how vulnerable cyclists are on the road. Apparently it’s also a lot of fun but we haven’t tried it ourselves. There are six starting points in London – including Hyde Park, Clapham Junction and King’s Cross – that merge along the route, but be warned, you’re not allowed to get your kit off till you hit central London! Brightonites, there’s a World Naked Bike Ride heading your way on Sunday 12 June. Oh and you don’t have to go totally naked if you don’t want to, bikinis and body paint are fine.
Fat Buddha Yoga at John Lewis Roof Garden
Every Thursday throughout the summer, 07:30-08:30, £10
John Lewis Oxford Street
John Lewis roof garden has been jazzed up for the summer with flowers, fresh herbs, pop-up restaurants and early morning yoga. It looks pretty darn lovely up there and we can vouch that Jess from FBY is a brilliant teacher, well worth the early wake up call.
Equinox and Mondrian London present Barre Burn
11 June, 10:00, £35
Question: If your training session doesn’t have amazing views of London, does it even count as a workout? The latest class to take place in a cool location is this body-sculpting barre workout in the Rumpus Room at the very swish Mondrian hotel. After an hour of strengthening and lengthening there’s a free continental brunch and juice.
Yogahaven Karma on the Common – Summer Yoga Party
18 June, from 13.15
We went along to this last year and it’s great. Basically it’s a mass free yoga class held outdoors on the common. The instructors use loud speakers, the yoga is fun and playful, people hang out after and chat and have picnics. There’s also a raffle with all funds going to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. See you there!
Good Yoga Life
20-26 June, from £8
Old Street Station
The latest pop-up to hit Old Street station, Good Yoga Life is offering seven 45-minute yoga classes a day with well-known instructors including Adam Husler, Cat Meffan and Marcus Veda. There are also yoga supper clubs, workshops, a series of q&as and talks, and yoga kit and healthy snacks for sale.
Wake & Shake Morning Rave
20 June, 07:00-10:00, £18.64
Christ Church Spitalfields
Throughout the summer, Lipton Ice Tea are putting on a series of Monday morning events designed to extend your weekend. This morning rave, produced by the people behind Morning Gloryville, is held in an 18th century church (kind of seems a bit wrong) and alongside dancing and DJs, there’s yoga, massages, healthy treats and live performers.
Equinox Summer Sunrise Yoga at Ham Yard Hotel
Every Wednesday from 22 June-27 July, 07:00, £20
This one-hour Vinyasa class is held in the rooftop garden of the Ham Yard hotel with views across Soho. Taught by instructors from the rather swanky Equinox gym in Kensington, it’s a pretty nice way to start the day. The price also includes mineral water and a cold-press juice from PRESS.
Never Stop London Mini Explorations Talk
23 June, 18:30-20:30
The North Face store, Regent’s Streets
Want to know how you can have an adventure without quitting your job and trekking across the Antarctic – although that does sound pretty amazing? This inspirational night features a number of adventurers sharing their tales of exploration and passing on tips for planning your own mini-adventures. Speakers to be confirmed but Never Stop London events are always good.
Santander Cycles Spin Up Classes
28-29 June The Shard
This summer Santander Cycles (yeah, we mean Boris bikes) have teamed up with indoor cycling studio BOOM to bring some pretty awesome free classes to the capital. The first is a sunrise spin – on mounted Santander bikes – at the top of the Shard. Later events will include sunset views from Tower Bridge and spinning at The Roof Gardens. Places are allocated on a ballot system, register your interest here and BOOM will be in touch to let you know when booking opens.
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