Hey, Menders! Thanks for following our Mend City Guides as we traveled along the West Coast (West LA, Central LA, East LA, and Northern California). Today we're heading across the globe to share our favorite ways to mend after a breakup in London.
Since we're not on the ground in London, our trusted friend Laura Yates and several London Menders are sharing how they mend in their city (Hugs to Bella, Carly and Sarah!) Next up, we're headed to NYC.
Channel Your Inner Beyonce
Dancing is an instant post-breakup mood lifter because it raises your endorphins. Move Your Frame has everything from music video dance classes to 2-hour Beyonce or Britney workshops. It doesn’t matter if you’re a total beginner or more experienced in dance, you can find something that fits your style (they also offer Yoga, Meditation, Barre and Pilates). With 5 studios all around London and a free first session, there's no excuse not to go.
Grab A Conscious Cocktail
Alcohol can have a depressant effect post-breakup, so take a refreshing break from the norm and check out an alcohol-free bar that doesn’t feel like a compromise. Redemption Bar at Fairly Square serves up delicious and health conscious cocktails that look and taste like the real thing, but without the risk of late night texts to your ex. We recommend the Apple Mock-jito - muddled apple presse, fresh mint and lime, served over ice and topped with soda and the Espresso Remolacha – a twist on an ‘espresso martini’ consisting of an espresso shot with beetroot juice and date syrup shaken over ice. Yum!
Act It Out
Improv is a great way to take your mind off of your ex, challenge yourself and make new friends after a breakup. And bonus - trying something new has been shown to boost mood because it causes you to releases endorphins. The Nursery Theatre in Borough has no-commitment drop in classes every week for a very reasonable £12. Everyone is welcomed, regardless of skill level, making this an amazing environment to let go and build your confidence.
A Day Worth Raving About
What’s not to love about starting your day with a rave?! Morning Gloryville starts at 6:30 AM, ends at 10:30 AM and is basically a massive healthy rave complete with glow sticks, energizing music, visual entertainment, free massage, organic coffee, yoga, smoothie bars and personal motivation from costumed and trained entertainers. Don your most colorful attire and hit up their venues in East, South and West London.
Kick Back and Relax
If you’re looking to escape and indulge in some serious post-breakup pampering, head to the luxurious oasis that is the Akasha Wellbeing Centre. Based in the bustling heart of London, the intention at this ultra serene space is to unite the four basic elements of nature - earth, water, fire and air. It has a 60ft indoor lap pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, nine treatment rooms, meditation room, yoga and fitness studios and a watsu pool for guided meditation. Day spa packages start at £95.
Get Your Zen On
The Inner Space in Covent Garden is a serene hub of spirituality and insight. They run courses, classes, seminars and sessions on meditation derived from Raja Yoga, which helps develop inner calm, clear thinking and personal well-being. All the activities are free but you can offer a voluntary donation. Courses are offered onsite as well as in the city. Pro tip: You can check out their site for more resources such as Meditation Videos and Podcasts.
East London Vibes
Spend a day exploring East London. Start by taking a stroll around Broadway Market, where you can find an array of delicious and healthy foods and head over to London Fields for a picnic with some friends. If you're looking to be active, check out London Fields Lido and take a dip in the heated outdoor swimming pool. The 50m Olympic size pool offers lessons, SwimFit classes, and poolside yoga. Afterwards, visit Violet Bakery just around the corner for a post swim treat!
Eat On Top Of The World
Feel like you need perspective after your breakup? Sometimes it helps to get off the ground. Treat yourself to a fine dining experience and celebrate this new chapter of your life on the 40th floor of one of London's tallest buildings at Duck and Waffle. Dishes are designed for sampling and sharing, which makes this spot perfect for a girls night out!
An Art-Filled Afternoon
Need some time to think? Take yourself on a date to Somerset House in the heart of London. The spectacular neo-classical space hosts open-air concerts and films, contemporary art and design exhibitions, family workshops and free guided tours. Watch 55 fountains dance in the courtyard during the summer or twirl around an ice rink during the winter. The Somerset House sits between the Strand and the River Thames so you can enjoy a lovely view during your walk.
Rest & Restore
If you could use help dealing with rumination or relieving anxiety, try Restorative Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation at Battersea Yoga. They offer over 50 classes per week as well as weekend workshops, adventure yoga holidays, counseling and healing therapies. If you're really looking for a change of scenery, you can sign up for one of their retreats to Costa Rica, La Gomera, or the Florence House.
Up Your Tempo
Need something a little more upbeat? Get your heart pumping at Tempo Pilates. Opting for a high intensity workout is a great mood-booster and can be a great distraction from breakup stress. All their classes are reformer based and focus on weight loss, muscle toning, increased flexibility, and improved posture. If you've never tried pilates before, they also offer a beginner class so you can have an easy-to-follow introduction.
Visit A Russian Bath House
Steam your stress and negative energy away at Go Banya, London's first Russian bath house. This relaxing facility offers a traditional steam sauna, organic spa and wellness treatments, and a rest lounge with bar, where you can enjoy Russian delicacies. Get the full experience and opt for a Parenie, a traditional and invigorating thermal treatment that boosts blood circulation and relieves tension and stress.
Peace In The Park
Having a hard time with your meditation practice at home? Find your center at the Battersea Park Peace Pagoda. This beautiful monument sits along the River Thames, between Albert Bridge and Chelsea Bridge and is a favorite stop among joggers and dog-walkers. Grab your coffee and head out for an early morning stroll around the gardens and the Peace Pagoda for a meditation session before work.
Have A Tea Party
Gather your girlfriends and head to Sketch for scones and tea and a healthy dose of pink interior. This quirky restaurant offers a variety of colorful desserts, jam, finger sandwiches and champagne (yes, please!) Their whimsical decor and French-inspired menu is the perfect backdrop for a catch up session with your girls.