Whether it’s fitness classes on a rooftop beach or yoga in the Shangri-La, there’s a June fitness event suitable for whatever the weather throws at us. Oh and it’s the return of our favourite, the annual naked bike ride.
Hyde Park Yoga
Saturdays from 3 June, 10:00
You know it’s summer when all the outdoor yoga classes start springing up. Throughout June and July, lululemon are hosting free 60-minute classes in Hyde Park. Teachers change weekly but classes are always free, you just need to book to reserve your place.
Lorna Jane x DEFINE.London Workouts
10 June, 12:00-15:00
St Martin’s Courtyard, Covent Garden
There’s a shopping festival in St Martin’s Courtyard this weekend and Lorna Jane are hosting free 30-minute workouts as part of it. You can choose from ‘Arm and Ab Blast’ and a mat class for the glutes (it’s actually called booty burn but I can’t bring myself to say that). You need to book beforehand to reserve your space, so there is a small booking fee of £1.98 but you’ll get 20% off in Lorna Jane after as well as free snacks and juices.
World Naked Bike Ride
10 June, various start points and times
It’s annual get your bits out on a bike day. Don your carnival paint (and a bikini if you’re feeling shy) and join hundreds of cyclists as they pedal round London to protest against the vulnerability of cyclists and the cult of the car. There are seven start points at Tower Hill, Kings Cross, West Norwood, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, Clapham Junction and Kew Bridge. you might want to pack a seat cover. Oh, and if you’re going let us know, we’d quite like to interview you after!
Wake Up London at the John Lewis Gardening Society
Every Tuesday and Thursday morning throughout the summer, 07:30, £15
John Lewis, Oxford Street
We’re going to check out this 45-minute high-intensity boxing circuit class on Thursday so hoping the weather plays ball! Held in the pop-up British garden on the roof of John Lewis, the session is a mix of boxing, kicks and HIIT style exercises. Discounts apply if you book a block of 10. And keep an eye on the John Lewis website, wellbeing events and yoga classes are going to be added throughout the summer.
The Warrior Method
Tuesdays, 19:15, £10
Highbury Fields, Highbury
Designed to challenge your mind and body, friends of L+L Sophie from Fitology and Eliza from Healthy Living London are launching a new bootcamp on Highbury Fields. Expect animal movements, stretching, HIIT and a bit of lovely meditation in a one-hour session. They also specialise in pre- and post-natal fitness so it’s suitable for all.
Ministry Does Fitness at Brixton Beach
Mondays and Tuesdays, 18:30, £14
Brixton Beach, Brixton
There’s a full-on proper beach on a rooftop in Brixton and it’s ace. At night it’s all about drinks, music and food. During the early evening, it’s all about the sweat with Ministry Does Fitness running a schedule of 45-minute classes. At the moment you can choose from ‘All or Nothing’, designed to help you get fitter for sports, and ‘Roar to the Core’, a core and cardio circuit. More workouts including HIIT yoga and ‘Suns Out Guns Out’ will be added to the schedule later in the summer.
Yoga + Beer
Every Saturday throughout the summer, 11:00, £15
London Fields Brewery
Fitness and booze, always a winning combination. Get your Saturday off to a chilled start with an hour of Vinyasa flow yoga from Good Yoga Life followed by a bottle of mellow pale ale. Nice. Try to resist heading to the pub after that one.
Swimming for the Soul
11 June, 12:00, £10
The Bedford, Balham
Authors Jenny Landreth (Swell: A Waterbiography) and Alexandra Heminsley (Leap) have both written brilliant books about the transformative power of swimming. As part of the Balham Literary Festival, you can go along and hear them talk about the importance of swimming for the soul, their love of wild swimming and the women who shrugged off disapproval to make swimming something we can all enjoy.
TRIBE Tempo: Total Body Workout
13 June, 18:45
The Tea Building, Shoreditch
The friendly team behind TRIBE natural sports nutrition, host loads of free running and cycling based events. You can find details of them all on the Facebook page but this one sounds like a corker. You’ll run a couple of km to London Fields where you’ll be put through your paces with sprints and a HIIT session before jogging back. Free TRIBE bars to refuel with after.
Fat Buddha Yoga at The Shangri-La Hotel
Every other Wednesday from 14 June, 19:30, £18
The Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard
Fifty-two floors up the Shard, this 60 minute class from FBY has some amazing views over London. There are 30 minutes for relaxing in the swanky guest-only area after too. Very nice.
Roof Terrace Yoga with Yogi2Me
Thursdays (18:15) and Saturdays (10:00) from 15 June, £15.26
A Wanted Man, King’s Road
Everyone who’s anyone is working out on a roof this June. Starting on the 15th, Yogi2Me are running hour-long Vinyasa flow classes on the roof of Chelsea coffee canteen A Wanted Man. There are only 12 spaces so you’re going to get some great personal instruction and 25% off in the cafe after if you fancy a spot of brunch. Yogi2Me are also hosting a weekly lunchtime yoga class at Battersea Park on Wednesdays from 12:00-13:00. The Hump Day yoga sessions are by donation with all proceeds going to the TRIBE FOUNDATION to fight child trafficking.
Sundays from 18 June, £30
Paddington Basin, Paddington
What’sup? Pure Yoga Zone is embracing the summer vibe with stand up paddle board yoga classes on Paddington Basin. We’ve done this a couple of times now, always good fun and something a bit different to do with your mates. It gets pretty wobbly so it’s a great core workout.
Secret London Runs: London’s Power Women Week
19-25 June, various times, from £14.40
Crimean War memorial, St James’s
Celebrate some of London’s unsung heroines with a guided 10k run around London. From nurses to martyrs, you’ll discover women who’ve done incredible things you may not have heard about and places you may ordinarily have walked straight past. No need to worry about speed, there are different pace groups including a run/walk option.
Hot Yoga Society Summer Solstice class
21 June, 18:00
Potters Fields, Southwark
It’s the longest day of the year (and Prince William’s birthday random fact fans), and the Hot Yoga Society is hosting a free open-air class near the Tower of London. Sixty minutes of yoga are followed by 15 minutes of meditation and a few free giveaways. No need to book just take your mat and show up.
Coming up in July
A bit of advance warning in case you want to book early, lululemon’s Sweatlife Festival is back for the second year on 22 July. A day of fitness classes, healthy food and surprises tickets are on sale now.
If you’re giving Glasto a swerve this year, you might want to check the healthy boutique alternative, LoveFit Festival. Three days of fitness classes, healthy workshops and music in a magical forest in Kent. Camping is included in your ticket.
Talking of July, if you’ve got any fitness events you want to tell us about, email firstname.lastname@example.org ta!