Are you exhausted from the hustle and bustle of city life? London, with its heady blend of history, creativity, and ceaseless energy, is certainly an exciting city to live in. But at times, the relentless pace (and noise) can get a bit too much.
If you’re seeking a relaxing and rejuvenating day out in the city (you are; that’s why you’re here), then this guide is for you. Here are 9 great ideas to help you unwind and enjoy a wellbeing-led day in the heart of the Big Smoke.
Start Your Morning At The Sky Garden
Begin your day by taking in panoramic views of the city at the Sky Garden. Located at 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London, this skyscraper offers stunning vistas from the 35th floor. The lush greenery provides a serene environment that is perfect for starting your day calmly. There’s no better way to take a break from urban noise than by immersing yourself in the tranquillity of this garden in the sky.
London’s highest public garden, entry to Sky Garden is free, with free access tickets released every Monday. Opening hours run between 10am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and on bank holidays and at weekends between 11am and 9pm.
A Peaceful Stroll In Richmond Park
Take a leisurely stroll in Richmond Park, London’s largest Royal Park. With its vast landscapes, beautiful gardens, and the plethora of deer (650 at last count!) roaming freely, it’s a fantastic place to escape from city worries. The Isabella Plantation, an ornamental woodland garden, is particularly stunning in the spring, though it’s a haven of tranquillity all year round.
Richmond Park is free to enter, and is open 24 hours a day unless deer culling is taking place, which happens between November and February. During this time, gates are locked between 8pm and 7:30am daily.
Visit The Barbican Conservatory
An oasis in the centre of the city, the Barbican Conservatory is home to over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees. Relax by the fish-filled ponds, bask in the warmth of the tropical greenhouse, or simply sit among the greenery and soak up the calming atmosphere.
Admission to the conservatory is free. Right now, and running until March 2024, the green space is playing host to Indian sculptor Ranjani Shettar and her glorious, immersive commission Cloud songs on the horizon.
After checking it out, why not visit one of these fantastic places to eat near the Barbican. Soul nourishing stuff, indeed.
Pamper Yourself At Hoxton’s Banya No.1
The Banya No.1 Hoxton offers a variety of treatments, from stress-relieving massages to detoxifying skincare routines. Whether it’s a facial, body treatment, or massage, treat yourself to an oasis of calm. We’re particularly keen on the Russian Banya treatment here, the stove-heated steam sauna feeling like it’s curing pretty much every ill you’ve accumulated in the urban rat race recently.
Relaxing Boat Trip On The Regent’s Canal
Take a peaceful boat trip on the Regent’s Canal; the canal’s quaint, slow pace is a world away from the frenetic hustle of city life. Companies like GoBoat in Paddington let you hire your own boat, allowing you to set your own peaceful pace.
Take Lunch At One Of London’s Vegetarian Restaurants
London is home to a vast array of amazing vegetarian restaurants, from Hammersmith’s The Gate to Spitalfields’s Bubala. Enjoy a nutritious, rejuvenating lunch at one to help you both relax and refuel for an afternoon of wellbeing-related activities.
Yoga At Digme Fitness
After lunch, try a yoga class at Covent Garden’s Digme Fitness, named as one of London’s best yoga classes by Time Out. With classes to suit all abilities, it’s the perfect way to stretch, relax, and clear your mind in the middle of a busy day.
Tea At The Petersham In Covent Garden
Sticking around in the same area, why not next enjoy the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea at The Petersham in Covent Garden? Overlooking the hustle and bustle of the city from the quiet elegance of the tea room, it’s an ideal spot to unwind and take in the day’s tranquillity.
Finish The Day At The Shard’s Gong Bar
End your day at the Gong Bar in The Shard. Unwind with your favourite cocktail and take in spectacular views of the city from the 52nd Floor as the sun sets over the city. It’s the perfect conclusion to a peaceful, wellbeing-focused day in London.
The Bottom Line
Life in London need not be all rush and noise. For those times when you need to step back, breathe, and recharge, these places serve as peaceful retreats amid the city’s endless hum and energy. So, go on, treat yourself to a relaxing, wellbeing-led day in London. You deserve it.