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London city guide
London bound? Beat the rush.
Beat the rush by cutting your own path through this diverse and surprising city.

In a city of nine million people, maintaining an active lifestyle can sometimes feel like a squeeze. But don’t be put off, because London’s imposing size is also its biggest selling point. There’s always something new to discover in this historic, constantly-evolving capital, especially if you’re open to trying out different ways to keep fit in a fast-paced city.
Today this multicultural metropolis is famous for its countless attractions and iconic landmarks. To get a proper sense of everything London has to offer, we recommend making time to explore each distinctive region.
Along with the weather, public transport is a popular topic of conversation, but in most cases the cheapest and easiest way to get around is by foot or bike. True Londoners don’t spend all their time Underground. They make the most of their surroundings, taking advantage of an impressive variety of public spaces – from the leafy Royal Parks to regenerated urban patches that reveal a hidden side to this storied, constantly surprising city. Here are just a few of our favourite destinations to get you started.
1. Discover the arts
Run around the amazing Brutalist architectural feat that is the Barbican Centre, alongside the giant greenhouse full of incredible cactuses, past the cascading water features, under giant concrete bridges and up dramatic sloping ramps.
When you’re feeling sufficiently inspired and spiritually revived, check out one of the many exhibitions and installations on show at Europe’s largest performing arts centre. Or, if you’re simply looking for somewhere to exercise, there’s a great selection of gyms nearby.

Before you continue your journey be sure to visit the world-famous Whitecross Street Food Market, situated just a short walk from the Barbican, where the Buddha Bowl Van will take you to wholefood heaven. Feeling a little more adventurous? Soppka makes delicious seasonal soups with a nordic twist.
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Run The River 2.
The lifeblood of London is the River Thames – not only the city’s best known natural feature but also its most important public space. Lined by wide pathways on either side, you can run the entire length of the city, crisscrossing beautiful bridges, stopping at the Southbank Centre or Tate Modern for a spot of culture, and taking in some truly incredible landmarks along the way, from ‘Big Ben’ and the Houses of Parliament to St Paul’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
There’s a range of yoga classes on offer at the Southbank Club, and if you feel like really stretching your legs, follow the river west towards Richmond Park and see if you can spot a herd of deer or a flock of parakeets.

South of the river just across from London Bridge is Borough Market, a bustling maze of colourful food stalls and attractive boutique shops. Monmouth Coffee is one of London’s favourite filling stations, while Brindisa’s legendary chorizo rolls simply can’t be beaten.
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View London City 3.
Formerly the stomping ground of King Henry VIII, this picturesque hillside spot offers the best panoramic views of the city thanks to its open grassy summit. Located north of Regent’s Park close to ZSL london Zoo, the running routes are harder than they look but well worth the extra effort.
The Serpentine Running Club meets at the north entrance to Primrose Hill park at 9.30am every Saturday, and if you head towards Chalk Farm station there’s hot yoga to be had at Fierce Grace.

Head down Regent’s Park Road and you’ll find a number of cosy dining joints, great pubs and independents shops. For fresh seasonal produce look no further than Lemonia, a charming and unique Greek restaurant that’s been a well-kept neighbourhood secret for over 30 years.
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4. Cycle The Park
This former Olympic site features perfectly landscaped trails and modernist curves adorned with wild flowers, fountains and sculptures. Ride your bike or run along Regent’s Canal from nearby Victoria Park and you’ll discover an East End oasis that also boasts a state-of-the-art velodrome and a glass-ceilinged swimming pool, built for the 2012 Games and since opened to the public, as well as several fully kitted out fitness centres.
When you want to take a break, cut down past the Copper Box Arena and grab a bite at Crate Brewery and Pizzeria, a trendy waterfront eatery tucked away in the heart of Hackney Wick. Right around the corner is Stour Space, an abandoned building that now serves as a multi-functional creative venue, with regular exhibitions, yoga workshops and a cafe.
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Challenge the hills 5.
Attempt the challenging hills at Greenwich and you’ll be rewarded by some of the most spectacular views of the city. Here at the ticking heart of London, where Greenwich Mean Time is calculated, you can get back to nature while also admiring the ever-changing skyline in all its eye-catching glory.
The park itself, a former royal hunting ground, is home to the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum. There’s plenty to do close by too; Santosa Yoga studio is our pick of the best places to keep active and unwind. From Greenwich Pier hop on the river bus, or take the free foot tunnel beneath the River Thames – which as of 2016 is a designated cycleway.

If it’s great food and drink you’re after, Greenwich Market won’t let you down. London’s longest standing permanent indoor market is a foodie’s paradise; the only problem is you may find yourself spoiled for choice! If you’re still undecided, you can’t go wrong with Pimp My Ramen, which serves delicious burgers like no other. Once you’ve grabbed your grub, grab a spot outside next to the Cutty Sark – the last surviving British tea clipper – and watch the world go by.
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