Searching for the best yoga studios in London for 2017? Allow Country & Town House to be your guide. From bedside classes in your luxe hotel room to totally zen minimalist studios in your neck of the woods, we round up the best yoga classes in the capital (and the best kit, for once you’ve found your match).
Frame yoga studio, Kings Cross
Part of the hugely popular Frame group, the standalone studio at Kings Cross is well worth a visit for excellent classes in the capital (Food & Features Editor Anastasia Bernhardt recommends David Kam’s classes in particular). New this year is ‘Anti-Desk Yoga’, a class specially designed to ease the tensions of office workers. Great as a lunchtime pick-me-up (between slouching over spreadsheets,) it’s a class of gentle flow which focuses on releasing the shoulders and improving posture with long holds, to boost flexibility, de-stress and energise. Classes start at £9. www.moveyourframe.com
Stretch London, Broadway Market & Columbia Road
As well as traditional classes, Stretch also run functional classes to compliment your practice, such as kettle bells, TRX, HIIT and calisthenics. The even run a Calma Club, a class for 3-5 year olds for the mini-yogis in your life. Classes start at £13. stretch-london.com
Centric: 3Tribes, Crouch End
This is one of the only places in London where you can experience a 50:50 mix of spinning/ HITT and yoga, so within the hour, you’ll have a hot, fast and sweaty cycle class then hop off the bike to your mat for vinyasa and deep long stretches. The gym’s name refers to the three fitness tribes on offer, rider, warrior or zen. Pick your tribe and enjoy. Classes from £15. www.3tribes.co.uk
Kula, St John’s Hill
With Bikram Hot Yoga, Vinyasa, Yin, Meditation, Pregnancy and Kids Yoga, I.Flo and Dynamic Pilates all in one place, this is a really great yoga studio for Clapham-based folk. We’d particularly recommend the warm Vinyasa classes for those who like the idea of Bikram, but can’t stand the heat. Classes start at £20. kulawellbeing.co.uk
The Yoga Studio at Equinox, Kensington
A really beautiful space to practice yoga, this studio space is housed in a historic Art Deco building at the foot of the Royal Parks. A great place to catch a sunrise or sunset class thanks to the airy rooms with natural lighting. Classes include power yoga, dynamic vinyasa, and classic vinyasa. www.equinox.com
Triyoga, Camden, Chealsea, Soho & Covent Garden
With a focus on finding a yoga or pilates class that’s right for you, there are dozens of options available at the four Triyoga locations. Their inclusive attitude makes them a popular choice for kids, teens, mums and older yoga fans, as well as the typical legging-clad crew. Classes start at £17, but you can try a month of unlimited classes for £40. www.triyoga.co.uk
Sangyé Yoga School, Kensal Rise
If you’re more into the spiritual side of yoga, this could be the studio for you. Yoga at Sangyé is a spiritual practice which allows for movement from ego to awakening. Forget fitness classes, this practice is about getting out of your overactive mind and connecting with breath and body. Prices start at £16. www.sangyeyoga.com
Yoga in the Walkways, Tower Bridge
For a one-off class sure to energise you in the morning, try one of the classes taking place on Tower Bridge’s £1million glass floors, 138ft above the River Thames. Taught by leading Yogi Billie Woodcraft, the classes are perfect for the morning as they revitalise, reboot and rebalance. Tickets are available to book on Eventbrite £25 per person (spaces are limited and booking is essential). For further details visit www.towerbridge.org.uk.
Another Space, Covent Garden
‘Everything you need, nothing you don’t’ is the tag line of this minimalist studio in central London, which is hugely popular with the young Soho crowd. As well as excellent classes you can sign up for cycle and HIIT sessions to get your heartrate up. The juice and smoothie bar is worth a post-class visit, too. Classes from £20, anotherspace.london
For something a bit different…
EDITION Hotel In-Room Yoga, Soho
The EDITION Hotel group has launched a series of in-room yoga and meditation tutorials from Yoga For Bad People. You can simply call the front-desk for your mat and wait for your video tutorial to start. It’s a great way to overcome post-travel lethargy without having to find a local class (or get dressed, brush your hair, etc). The meditation class helps to combat jetlag and sets you up for the day ahead, or helps wind down for a great night’s sleep. London Edition, from £295 per night, to book visit http://www.editionhotels.com/.
The Best Yoga Kit
Now you’ve found your perfect class, we bring you the best yoga kit on the market…
Super soft and stretchy, these comfy yoga pants can be reversed to reflect your mood – subtle and chic black or bold blue print.
For light support try this stylish and soft yoga bra by Sweaty Betty.
Loved by some of the world’s best-known yogis and bloggers, the Liforme Mat offers the very best grip to help you enhance your yoga practice. It’s made from planet and body-friendly materials and is slightly wider, longer and more cushioned than your average mat, without being bulkier. Worth the investment.
This pretty and eco-friendly water bottle keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours, so you’ll stay hydrated no matter how hot your yoga practice.