Yoga and Pilates are as much about working your mind as they are working your body, and this means that finding a tranquil spot to hold the class is crucial. Here are some of the best such spaces on offer in London.
Sunbeam Studios is a stunning Grade II listed building that strikes the perfect balance between old and new, with the spectacular contemporary interior accented by various beautiful and ornate period features, combining Edwardian glamour and sophistication with modern practicalities. There are several spaces at your disposal here (all connected via a mezzanine and grand staircase), with the two largest studios both opening out onto private gardens, adding to the peaceful feel. The venue conveniently sits just 6 minutes from Ladbroke Grove tube station.
London Dance Academy, of LDA Studios as it is often known, is a flexible space with a fantastically well connected central London location, just moments from Barbican, Old Street and Farringdon stations. There are 3 rooms on offer, as well as an onsite changing room and toilet facilities, and the blank canvas nature of the venue allows it to cater to a whole host of different events without distracting from the task at hand, perfect for a relaxing Yoga session. The bright, open layout can accommodate up to 100 people per event, once again providing ample space for a decent sized class.
Hinde St. Studios is found within a beautiful Georgian townhouse, a location that brings with it its very own sense of atmosphere and occasion. The abundance of natural daylight and generous space brings a modern flair to the venue, but the traditional touches still found throughout such as the ornate ceilings and original wood flooring ensure that there is still buckets of charm and charisma. Bond Street, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch tube stations can all be reached in less than 10 minutes each, meaning people can easily attend the classes no matter where in the city they are located.
In central Shoreditch, surrounded by great local transport links (such as Hoxton, Old Street and Shoreditch High Street) you will find Studio Spaces E2, a multi-purpose event space and photographic studio. The simple interior has a calm and neutral feel, and yet still benefits from several characterful touches, as it is in fact a former Victorian railway station that has been given a whole new lease of life. There are two floors on offer: The Gallery, which is a contemporary space; and The Loft, which features a 4 metre high vaulted ceiling. Both can accommodate up to a maximum of 200 people, giving you plenty of space for classes.