If your impending Christmas shopping and mid-week workout are filling you more with dread than festive cheer, why not kill two birds with one stone? Here’s a round up of shopping centres in London that offer a fitness fix nearby so you can prep yourself for the hoards or burn off steam after walking the floors…
BROADGATE CIRCLE, EAST LONDON
What do you get when you mix a round of boxing at 1Rebel with a screening of Love Actually inside a Tipi Cinema and a supper club inside a Nordic-inspired forest under the stars? Magic that’s what and one hell of an endorphin rush. Head over to The Winter Forest at Broadgate, Exchange Square. Whilst you’re there, swing by Links of London to pick up some jewellery or Reiss for stylish winter warmers.
WESTFIELD, WEST LONDON
With over 314 shops to explore, it’s easy to while away the hours at Westfield London. Combine your shopping spree with a workout at nearby GymClass (10 minute walk away) or Gymbox located upstairs. Classes range from Hatha Yoga to Bartendaz – a hard core strength and conditioning workout from the streets. Using Gymbox’s own indoors park frames and Olympic rings for chin ups, dips and employing calisthenics to build muscle and burn fat!
Instagram is hosting its first ever UK Insta Gift Market to celebrate the small businesses that are an active part of the vibrant Instagram community. Head to Spitalfields Market on Saturday 2nd December, 10am – 7pm to find all your Christmas gifts. Squeeze in a workout at nearby Gym Class City.
JOHN LEWIS, OXFORD STREET
Before you pound the floors, take to the rooftop for a morning workout with HEX that fuses strength, tabata style HIIT training and boxing. Running until 22nd December, classes take place 3 times every week day (6.30am, 7.30am and 8.30am). What’s more, you’ll wake up to a beautiful sunrise over London’s skyline! Prefer not to get sweaty? Visit in the roof garden by night for an immersive journey through a dark, gothic tale of love in a theatrical dining experience at The Ethicurean restaurant.
SELFRIDGES, OXFORD STREET
Want to see Christmas in all its garish glory? Then head to Selfridges. Burn off post shopping rage at nearby spin studios Psycle and One10 or try a spot of Versa Climbing at nearby BXR. Need to wind yourself down? Pop into the Yeotown Kitchen in Marlylebone for a spot of meditation and cut the stress by hiring the Elfridges personal shoppers who will do all the work for you!
Reward shopping efforts at this luxurious department store in Knightsbridge with a visit to KXU – a fitness and wellbeing experience in Chelsea. Whether you’re in the mood for a strength, cardio or stretch class, a blast or Cryotherapy or a rejuvinative session in the Infrared Sauna, this pay-as-you-train gym has the pre or post shopping cure you need.
HARVEY NICHOLS, KNIGHTSBRIDGE
Can’t face pounding the floors in search of the perfect gift? Give yourself a boost at the REVIV Signature IV Infusions clinic, located at the ground floor of Harvey Nichols. Book in for a Megaboost to boost general wellness and preventative health or a deluxe Royal Flush Infusion for those busy travellers and the run down looking for a full body detox! Hate needles? Head to the Fifth Floor Terrace for a game-changing cocktail instead.
Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.