Deciding to book some time away in hotels near London Paddington means being away from home, but that does not have to mean you don’t have to keep on top of your fitness regime. However, we all know what takes preference when your options are to explore the city and tuck into your bed and breakfast Paddington London, versus hitting the gym.
Thankfully, London is filled with opportunities to exercise…both in and outside the gym.
While the below tips on how and where to exercise are useful, and will definitely help you keep active while you are exploring the city of London, it can be irritating when you realise that you don’t have space to pack a set of four different activewear outfits in your suitcase for a week’s getaway.
Why not save some space on the way to London, and then hit the highstreets to shop for some new activewear? Not only does this mean you go home with some new favourite wardrobe items, but it also means you can burn those extra calories charging from shop to shop – extreme shopping is a sport too, you know.
Parkrun UK is more than just a running initiative, but a social event that is a great way to visit some of London’s incredible parks, heaths and green spaces outside of the immediate area of your hotel. It is free for everyone – all you need to do is register. After every run, the volunteers and runners – some locals, some first-timers – meet for a coffee at nearby cafés.
Here are some of the best places that host these runs, with their important details included.
Hampstead Heath is an ancient London heath situated in North West London, which is 320 hectares in size. You can perch yourself atop its hill overlooking the city, or dabble in the public swimming ponds.
Time: 9am, every Saturday
Direct questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee meetup spot: Euphorium Bakery (45 S End Rd, Hampstead, London NW3 2QB)
On the west bank of the River Lea on the eastern boundary of Hackney, sits Hackney Marshes, an open space of 136 hectares of protected commons. It is best known for the 2012 Olympic grounds that were built on it.
Time: 9am, every Saturday
Direct questions to: email@example.com
Coffee meetup spot: Hackney Marshes Centre (Hackney Marsh, Homerton Road, London E9 5PF)
This public park in Southwark is only 56 hectares, but is still a great green space which is fun to explore on a run. With views of The Shard, The Gherkin and the London cityscape, over a lake with a water feature, you will feel energised by the views as well as by the exercise.
Time: 9am, every Saturday
Direct questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee meetup spot: Fowlds Cafe (3 Addington Square, Camberwell, London SE5 7JZ)
Lidos are London’s version of a sea swim in coastal cities – they are open water spaces, often lakes and ponds, but also sometimes swimming pools. They’re the best in the Summer months, but the following lidos are open throughout the year for those who can brave the cold to get those calories burnt!
Charlton Lido and Lifestyle Club is a well-loved by South-London locals, as well as to visitors. The outdoor pool is large and heated, so it is perfect for swimmers looking to do some lengths during all seasons.
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 6am – 10pm
Friday: 6am – 8pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 5pm
More info: 020 8856 7389
Address: Hornfair Park, Shooters Hill Rd, London SE18 4LX
London Fields Lido is an outdoor heated swimming pool in Hackney, Central London. It is 50m long and visited all year round. It includes a café and bathing areas, for once you have done your exercise for the day.
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 6.30am – 9pm
More info: 020 7254 9038
Address: London Fields West Side, London E8 3EU
Your hotel gym
For guests at The Devonshire Paddington, you’ll be just steps away fully-equipped gym which makes it easy to stay fit while away from home. Just pop on your trainers and head across the way to The Park Grand Paddington Court to get some cardio in!
Quirky exercise classes
An exercise class is a fun, energetic way to meet people and get your exercise kick on your holiday. Whether you’re shaking it at a dance class, participating in doggy yoga or using a hula hoop to keep the blood pumping, these are some of London’s quirkiest exercise options.
The name says it all – London has opportunities for yoga classes with your dog. Now, as a holiday-maker, it seems unlikely you have brought your furry pal along with you on your city break to London. Don’t worry, though, because many classes don’t require you to bring your own dogs (in fact, they prefer you working with their trained dogs).
Classes happen all over London – you’re sure to find a location near The Devonshire Paddington! – and tend to cost between £20 and £30.
You have probably heard of people doing dance classes like Zumba, or even just general cardio dance classes. But have you seen people doing it with hula hoops? Well, this is an option in London, with events sometimes even taking place in public spaces like parks. London’s go-to hula classes happen with Hulafit in Hackney. It is fun, good for you and a prime opportunity to experience something unusual on your holiday!
Bouncing around doesn’t have to just be for children’s birthday parties – adults get to have fun too. Better yet, tagged onto the fun is the potential for exercise.
The whole palavar can be quite tricky if you are new to things, as you start getting more tired or doing harder moves, and you don’t want a sprained ankle accompanying you home from your trip. There are classes that cost as little as £5, and they all work on encouraging core strength, tension and endurance, whilst bouncing through the air. Some are harder than others, so it is recommended that you start off easy if it is your first time.
Now that you know you won’t have a problem keeping up with your workout routine while away from home, it’s time to take advantage of London hotel deals and book your stay!