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 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 New York and Southern Portugal.
Serenity In The City
If you’re looking to escape and indulge in some pampering, head to the luxurious oasis that is the Akasha Wellbeing Centre. Based in the bustling heart of London, the intention of 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.
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.
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. Afterward, visit Violet Bakery just around the corner for a post-swim treat!
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.
Visit A Russian Bath House
Steam your stress and negative energy away at Go Banya, London's first Russian bathhouse. This relaxing facility offers a traditional steam sauna, organic spa and wellness treatments, and a rest lounge with a 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 friends and head to Sketch for scones and tea and a healthy dose of the pink interior designed by India Mahdavi. This quirky restaurant offers a variety of colorful desserts, jam, finger sandwiches, and champagne. Their whimsical decor and French-inspired menu are the perfect backdrop for a catch-up session with friends.