It’s the perfect summer’s day in London. And if by chance it actually happens to be here when you’re not at work, you’ll probably want to get out there and make the most of it. So forget shuffling down Oxford Street or traipsing around shopping centres. There are plenty of fun, healthy and uplifting options to keep you active on a sunny weekend in London.
London lidos and outdoor swimming
Swimming makes a great way to escape the heat, whether you’re looking for a workout or just want to cool down with friends. And outdoor pools make the whole experience even more enjoyable, giving you that magical ‘on holiday’ feel. So where do you head to? Well, the Oasis Centre is a hidden gem in the heart of Covent Garden, or what about the Serpentine in Hyde Park? Further out, Dulwich, Hackney Fields and Brockwell all offer beautiful places that can transform a sunny weekend into a mini break.
Admittedly not your everyday activity, hang gliding is one for the true action seekers looking to rise above it all. Suspended from a harness attached to a slender set of artificial wings, you and your pilot will float silently on the summer breeze enjoying an incredible bird’s eye view across the capital. Just imagine escaping the heat, the hustle and the bustle of London and looking down on the parks and streets below. Let’s face it, those sunny weekends don’t seem to come along all that often. So make them an experience you’ll never forget.
Horse riding in Richmond Park
If the closest you’ve ever come to horse riding is a flutter on the Grand National, don’t worry about it. Because once you’ve walked or trotted or cantered through the verdant beauty of a London park, you might well wonder why you’ve never tried it before. For beginners, options include a sedate tour of the bracken-filled expanse of Richmond Park. And horse riding isn’t just an enjoyable way to see the world on a sunny weekend – it’s a great workout too. Horse riding not only helps to improve posture and core strength. You can also burn anywhere between 400-600 calories in an hour.
Rent a bike
There are so many ways to enjoy London, but hiring a bike from as little as £2 is definitely one of the most fun and accessible. With over 11,500 bikes and 750 docking stations across the city, you shouldn’t have to go too far to get your hands and feet on one. Make sure you plan your route before you set off to make sure you make the most out of sunny weather – ideally taking in a park or two. For example, you can pretty much cycle from Kensington Gardens through Hyde Park, Green Park and finally into St James’ Park without interruption, save one crossing at Hyde Park Corner.
Stay cool in an air-conditioned class
One of the best things about weekends is the chance to enjoy time with your friends. And if you all want to stay active on a summer day, why not get together to enjoy a class in a premium air-conditioned studio? After all, trying something different is always more fun with friends. Aqua aerobics will give you a surprisingly effective water-based workout. Or let yourselves go to the upbeat…well, beat…of a Zumba session. And once you’re done, maybe – just maybe – you’ve earned the right to treat yourselves to a nice al-fresco brunch.
Esquared is perfect for sunny weekends (and wet ones too)
Talking of staying active, you probably already know the free Esquared app offers a huge range of classes at sought-after studios all over London. And if you’re simply looking for a session at a premium gym, well it ticks that box too. So however you end up spending that sunny weekend in London, it’s easy to fit in keeping fit. On your own. With your friends. When you want. Discover fitness on demand in the palm of your hand.
Search Esq2 in the AppStore or Esquared on Google Play.