A healthy hedonist’s guide to Hammersmith

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Fancy a staycation in your home city, in an arty riverside district. Home to eclectic productions at the Lyric theatre and rock shows at the Apollo? Not to mention one of the best spin studios in London! Then head to Hammersmith. Here’s a healthy hedonist’s guide…

Where to stay…

room2 Hammersmith is a hometel offering all the home comforts you desire. The convenient location gives you the freedom to explore, create, work, or relax as you need, and treat as your own. Door codes are sent via email prior to arrival so you can check in at a time that suits you. There’s even a box of bits and bobs for essentials like sellotape and batteries. The little room is £89/night and comes with a queen bed. Upgrade to a regular room for an extra £10 and get a 40″ HD TV compatible with Android and Apple, blackout blinds and a king size orthopaedic mattress to ensure you get a perfect night’s sleep. The larger room is £109/night and comes with a kitchenette, dishwasher, king size bed and living room – perfect for flexible living. They also have a location in Southampton.

Where to work out…

Located just a 5 minute walk away from room2 at 10 Hammersmith Grove is one of London’s most beloved spin studios – Boom Cycle. The studio that puts the fun factor into getting your sweat on! You decide how far to push yourself, instructors are there to guide and encourage you the whole ride. It’s the ultimate, ‘party on a bike’ experience for anyone looking for that full body workout. Prepare to leave on a major high.

Got kids?

Boom Cycle have integrated The Kids’ Table service into their timetables at various times throughout the week at their Hammersmith studio. Think supervised arts & crafts, face-painting and creative games aplenty all whilst parents get that much needed timeout trusting that their kids are in safe hands with DBS checked professionals. Each week sessions will be themed so that no-two-weeks are the same. The table will be available to children from ages 3-10 at various times on the Boom Cycle schedule.



Antipode is an Aussie style cafe on 28 Fulham Palace Rd that will transport you to Bondi beach. Find seasonal, internationally influenced brunch dishes, colourful and fresh ingredients as well as one of the best smashed avocado plates in London. There’s also plenty of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and raw food options.

And breathe…

Head over to Re:Centre – a beautiful new space on the river in Hammersmith offering yoga, meditation, art and tasty vegetarian food. Events range from parent and baby yoga to breathing workshops, art classes and talks.


Owned by two passionate Italians, Zia Lucia offers four different 48 hour slow fermented doughs; traditional, gluten-free, wholemeal and vegetable charcoal, which has digestive gas-absorbing properties. Try LA VEGANA vegan pizza with butternut squash cream, fresh tomatoes da campo, asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes, or CHILL(I) OUT with tomato, mozzarella, spianata spicy salami and fresh chillies.


Book a date night at Le Petit Citron. A classical French bistro inspired by husband and wife Lawrence and Emily Hartley’s love of Provençal cooking. Toast your evening with a Kir Royale and enjoy a chargrilled rump steak and gratin dauphinoise washed down with lashings of Merlot. They have a lovely vegan menu too with things like garlic mushrooms, puy lentils and chargrilled broccoli – dreamy.

Prefer a Pub?

Head to historic drinking den The Dove a waterside pub where Charles II and Nell Gwynne once dined, with the smallest bar room in the world.

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