Bringing the Tower Bridge Walkways experience to your home. Once again, on June 17th, Tower Bridge will be bringing their famous yoga class direct to your living rooms, bedrooms and gardens – for FREE. Normally teaching from the iconic Tower Bridge Walkways, join our London-based yoga teacher, Billie (co-founder of Mojo Yard) on Instagram live, where she’ll have you striking the perfect downward facing dog through energetic vinyasa-flow yoga classes that will help you kick-start your day or unwind in the evening. This is an all-abilities class and all are welcome to join.
Join Shangri-La at The Shard for an energising morning yoga session, followed by brunch and a masterclass on making your own bespoke facial oil, with Neal’s Yard Remedies. This gentle but flowing practice, suitable for all levels, will bring a gentle heat to the body and reinvigorate tired minds. Sweat it out and then slip into a sweet relaxing savasana to leave the stresses of the week behind. Take in the spectacular views, overlooking the River Thames as you follow sequences to bring length to your body and improve posture. After yoga, enjoy brunch at the top of Western Europe’s Tallest Building. Once everyone is refreshed and nourished, the team (experts) from Neal’s Yard Remedies will lead a skincare masterclass where you’ll create a bespoke facial oil using pure and organic essential oils, and will learn how aromatherapy can help with good skin health. Saturday 25th January, 9am – 11:30am Saturday 22nd February, 9am – 11:30am Saturday 14th March, 9am – 11:30am Tickets £45 Find out more/ Book your place
Celebrate Summer Solstice with a community yoga day in Potters Fields Park. Visitors and residents are invited to attend free yoga sessions in Potters Fields Park, hosted by Bikram Yoga, More Yoga and Sri Sri School of Yoga. Yogis can get flex their poses against the backdrop of Tower Bridge and the River Thame. MiiRO vegan ice cream will be offered to participants as a post-yoga treat for everyone to enjoy. Online booking for yoga sessions can be made via each yoga organisation’s direct website. https://www.bikramyogalondon.com/ https://www.moreyoga.co.uk/ https://www.srisrischoolofyoga.org
Summer might be over, but that’s no excuse to hide away indoors! As the old saying goes, if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life – and there’s no better place to fall in love with the capital all over again than London Bridge. This small but perfectly formed historical neighbourhood on the Thames is worth exploring especially if you suffer from “been there, done that” with other parts of the city. We’re going to fix that for you, by livening up your senses… Get moving Silent Disco and Time Out have partnered to bring you a unique way to experience London at night. Ever go to a club and think, this DJ isn’t really doing it for me, I want to check out a different room, but I might lose my friends. Problem solved: three DJs, one room, wireless headphones, and the best views of the Thames you can set your soundtrack for the night. From high atop The Shard you can dance to the beat of your choice. The NELKEN-Line is a global dance project inspired by the infamous Pina Bausch who used choreographed lines as a recurring theme in her work. The project takes contemporary dance out of the theatre, into the street and can be performed by anyone. It’s London debut was led by Dickson Mbi, touted as the next great British choreographer of his time. But you don’t have to be a professional to take part — The Pina Bausch foundation gives you step-by-step tutorials and you can make your NELKEN-Line with a group of friends, post it to the site and share your art with the world. “Me time” movement is also possible for solo explorers. Globe House Yoga offers daily classes and weekend workshops for all aspiring yogis. If a good old walk is more your style, the off-the-beaten-track Low Line walk gives a great sense of the Thames’ Victorian heritage by taking you through the viaduct systems that linked the various neighbourhoods along the riverbank. Taste of the Thames Never been to India? Here’s an opportunity to travel with your taste buds. Celebrate the delights of the afternoon “High Chai” at The Lalit London. It’s everything you love about a traditional high tea but with an Indian twist. Cutting Chai (black tea with the most glorious masala spices) accompanies miniature samosas, feather-light pakodas ensconced in light gram flour batter, chicken tikka and paneer flatbread rolls for your savoury palate and a selection of sweets which include the milk-based sweet barfi and a delectable Indian version of the shortbread biscuit. The experience is certainly a nod to the long, intertwined historical relations between Britain and India that the Thames has served as a conduit for. The iconic warehouses just around the corner at Shad Thames used to house the spices that came up the river from across the Indian Ocean. Sight Catch a river bus from London Bridge City Pier and see London by water. You can opt for a tour, or do as the locals do which is hop on the commuter riverbus run by MBNA Thames Clipper. Go east toward Greenwich and visit the newly refurbished Cutty Sark, or go west to Hampton Court and see how the Tudors lived. When you’ve made your way back to London Bridge City Pier, treat yourself to a lavish cocktail at Gong in The Shard. It’s the highest bar in Europe and the views are spectacular. The clever new cocktail menu has been introduced that is inspired by iconic film directors, the classic menu also has everything from a perfect Tom Collins to a sublime French champagne cocktail. If you’re a bit peckish still, the bar snacks are also a sight to behold. We love the mini seafood tacos prettied up with edible flowers. The Gong does get very busy so it is advisable to book well in advance. If heights aren’t your thing, there is always London Bridge itself. Face west, and pat yourself on the back. You are a true Londoner once again. Sound Put your headphones on, fire up that smartphone and experience London Bridge with your ears. Musicity Londonis the brainchild of DJ and BBC Presenter Nick Luscombe. Musicity invites artists to respond to a particular place with a specially commissioned track. Check out participating composers at The White Cube and Southwark Cathedral. For something more traditional, check out free recitals or Evensong at Southwark Cathedral or head to Bar 31 on a Friday or Saturday to soak up the sounds of acoustic performances from local musicians. Touched by the olfactory Rituals… in the newly done up London Bridge Station has a stunning selection of home fragrances inspired by the Ayurvedic traditions of India and the exotic floral scents of the Far East. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from London Bridge station is Neal’s Yard Remedies Therapy Rooms on the edge of Borough Market where you can treat yourself an aromatherapy massage.
Bikram Yoga London are hosting the ultimate yoga-lovers festival on Thursday 26th July in the park grounds of St. John’s Churchyard, a short walk from their London Bridge studio. The festival will host a schedule of outdoor yoga classes, followed by mindfulness meditation. There will also be a speciality market, made up of yoga and food brand vendors offering everything from hot yoga gear to crystal healing. The idea is to offer an immersive environment that encompasses peace, positivity and inspiration for life and practice. Event is free to attend. No booking required.
Tower Bridge invites you to enjoy a unique London experience with exclusive sunrise yoga classes in the high-level Walkways, 42 metres above the River Thames. Now taking place twice a month, London-based yoga teacher Billie Woodcraft will have you striking the perfect downward facing dog through energetic vinyasa-flow yoga classes that will help you kick-start the working day. Designed to revitalise and inject energy into Londoners with spectacular river views from inside the most famous bridge in the world, the yoga classes will allow participants of all abilities to perfect their practice. Daring yogis can position themselves on the glass floor for a suspended view of road and pedestrian life, all moving at pace 42 metres beneath their feet. Participants may even witness the magic of the Bridge’s famous bascules raising for a river vessel! The glass floors along the Bridge’s East and West high-level Walkways each measure 11 metres long and 1.8 metres wide, and can withstand the weight equivalent to one elephant and two London Black Cabs. Space on the glass floor is limited so positions will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. A small number of mats are available so participants are advised to bring their own. However to maximise the experience on the new glass floor, it is recommended to use gripped gloves and socks. Cost: £25.00 per person Time: Wednesdays, 07.30am – 08.20am (arrive by 7.15am) and Saturdays, 08:00am – 08.50am (arrive by 07.45am) Tickets here.
Kick start your weekend and join Yogasphere at The View from The Shard for weekly sky-high yoga classes on Saturday mornings from the top of Western Europe’s tallest building. Yogasphere’s Mandy Jhamat (named “one of the UK’s top yoga teachers” by Marie Claire) and Harley Street wellbeing coach Leo Lourdes will guide you through their open-access calming mind and body yoga class as you look out at the stunning panoramic views of London. Mats are provided and there is a chance for guests to enjoy the view for up to 30 minutes after the class ends. Weather permitting classes will be taken on the open air Skydeck on Level 72 where you will be exposed to the elements and the sounds of the city below. Book Here. ‘While you contemplate the view, top instructors from Yogasphere, a company specialising in yoga at beautiful venues, are on hand to help you gain a metaphorically new perspective on city life.’ Evening Standard Yoga Class tickets include: Admission to London’s highest viewing gallery situated at the top of The Shard – Western Europe’s tallest building. 1 hour Yoga Class with Yogasphere on Level 69 and/or the open air Skydeck on Level 72 where you’ll be exposed to the elements and the sounds of the city below. Goody bag featuring treats from wellness brands such as REN Skincare, Urban Fruit, Vita Coco and Hello Fresh! Yoga mats for your class. 30 minutes after the class to enjoy the view! Use of interactive Tell: scopes to learn about London’s past, present and future.