8 Ways to Relax in London

London is known for being a bustling and energetic city which is why we love it but we also understand that sometimes you need time to unwind and relax before heading off on your next London adventure! If you are staying in one of our apartments in London or you are a Londoner in need of some rejuvenation, here we detail ways to relax in this great city of ours.

1. Spa Days

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city by retreating to one of the citys amazing spas to rejuvenate and refresh. From luxury spa treatments at The Dorchester to traditional Turkish baths in a 1929 building at the Porchester Spa in Bayswater, London has it covered when it comes to relaxing spa days.You can also choose to stay in one of our London serviced apartments that feature luxury spa treatments such as Dolphin House Apartments with their authentic Moroccan cleansing rituals, Hammam and Rhassoul, and Metropolitan Apartments with Como Shambhala Urban Escape Spa which focuses on Asian-inspired therapies and wellness rituals.

2. Afternoon Tea

There is nothing quite like the civilised British tradition of afternoon tea to relax and unwind. Elegant, spacious dining rooms and big comfy chairs make this one of the best ways to relax in London. Sip a cup of tea from a china cup and nibble on some dainty cucumber sandwiches and pastries while listening to classical music in this ultimate in relaxation and sophistication. The Ritz is the epitome of the afternoon tea experience with their ornate decor and strict formal dress code but here at Check-in-London, we are great fans of The Rubens afternoon tea where they even have a 'scone menu' for you to choose from! Check out our list of the ultimate afternoon teas in London and some alternative ones here.

3. Cocktails with a View

Tired of the dust and the grime of the London underground? Get as far away from the underground as possible and take in panoramic views of London while sipping on cocktails in some of London's highest cocktail bars. Aqua Shard sits on level 31 of the Shard with Oblix just one level above so you can drink in the view while sampling some amazing cocktails. This may be one that is strictly for special occasions though as the price tags alone are enough to make you squirm! For those who would prefer not to have their ears pop before drinking cocktails,  the OXO Tower Bar is a little lower down and sits on the 8th floor of the OXO Tower building.

4. Cooking up a Storm!

If cooking is your bag then there is no better way to unwind than to indulge in a cookery class in one of London's many cookery schools. The iconic and well respected cookery school Leiths do some outstanding full day classes but as you would expect, these are on the expensive side. Other less well known schools include Caldesi Cookery School which specialise in Italian cuisine and Sozai which offers Japanese cooking and sushi making classes. See their websites for details and availability.

5. A Dip in a Pool!

Feel the stress wash away with a dip in one of London's outdoor pools or lidos. London Fields Lido is London's only 50 metre long heated outdoor lido and is one of the most popular lidos in the city. If you think you can brave the cold, there are many other outdoor lidos to choose from such as Parliament Hill Lido and the Serpentine Lido. Some of our holiday apartments in London also have stunning indoor pools such as Town Hall Apartments in Shoreditch.

6. Tai Chi in the Park

If you are visiting London during the Spring/Summer season, there are many outdoor fitness classes available all over the city. On the picturesque Hampstead Heath in North London, you can partake in some outdoor Tai Chi  or Qi Gong classes while overlooking the sprawling city of London. Run by Mei Quan Academy of Taiji, see their website for prices and details on how to sign up.

7. Independant Art Galleries

Shun the larger more popular galleries for smaller, lesser known, independent galleries for a more relaxing day out in London. The White Cube in Shoreditch has been a beacon for British art for over ten years and prides itself on displaying both young British artists in addition to the more established artists in the artworld. The Wapping Project Bankside is located near the Tate Modern and focuses mainly on photography, film and video. The gallery is currently hosting an exhibition by Mitra Tabrizian which centres around the decline of the textile and manufacturing industry in Leicestershire.

8. Picnic at Postman's Park

An idyllic retreat in central London, this park is an idyllic spot for a picnic. Created by painter George F. Watts, this charming park features plaques commemorating those who died heroically trying to save others. Grab a packed lunch nearby and take a welcome break in this memorial garden before embarking on some more sightseeing around the city. St Martin's le Grand, London EC1A

For more information on our holiday apartments in London, please call us on +44 843 289 8820 or e-mail us at info@check-in-london.com for rates and availability.

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