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5 Wholesome Activities To Enjoy In London

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If you suffer from ‘samey weekend-syndrome’ in the colder months, you’re not alone. Without those extra couple of degrees to keep us warm, options are inevitably limited. But with only two days of freedom per week to enjoy, boredom is simply not an option!

That’s why we’ve partnered with Secret London to round-up some lovely wholesome activities that are guaranteed to put a spring back in your step. So you can skip into the weekend with all the excitement one should!

Learn how to make chef’s kiss-worthy cuisine at a cooking class

learning how to fill ravioli

With so many outstanding foodie spots in London, it’s hard not to make a habit of wining and dining out. But if you’re trying to cut back on restaurant spending, a cooking workshop is just the thing. At London Cookery School you can find affordable, expert-led classes in both dim sum and sushi. And not only will you get to feast on your creations after the class, you’ll learn all the skills to enjoy restaurant-standard food at home. That means dinner parties round at yours from now on!

How to get there: Catch the Bakerloo line from Waterloo to Oxford Circus, and then hop on the Victoria line to Finsbury Park. It's a few minutes walking from there. The address is Tower House, 149 Fonthill Rd, Finsbury Park, N4 3HF.

Spend more time outdoors at the beautiful Chiswick House & Gardens

park with a beautiful house
Tucked away in the leafy haven of West London, Chiswick House & Gardens is a real inner-city sanctuary. Centred around the glorious 18th century architecture of Chiswick House, you’ll find gorgeous stone bridges overarching a lake as well as some enchanting gardens. There’s even a fortnightly artisanal Saturday market selling tonnes of ethically sourced, handcrafted produce to fuel you after your walk!

How to get there: From London Waterloo, catch the train to Chiswick, then walk for 10 minutes to reach Burlington Ln, Chiswick, W4 2RP.

Move your body in a way that makes you happy

people having yoga lessons
Nothing will give your motivation a boost like a hit of endorphins. And at The Move Method, you can try a range of classes, designed to optimise strength, movement and mobility. But the best part is, there’s a food hall downstairs where you can reward yourself with a delicious post-workout snack.

How to get there: From London Waterloo, catch the train to Clapham Junction, then you can either walk for 35 minutes or take the bus to reach King’s Rd, SW10 0LN.

Get your brain ticking at one of London’s fascinating exhibitions

A great exhibition in the design museum in London
This thought-provoking exhibition provides a fascinating interrogation into the world of design and its effect on societal values. Recognised world-wide for his art and activism, Ai Weiwei’s Making Sense juxtaposes historical Chinese artefacts with dialogue on demolition and urban development in China, aiming to get people pondering on the value of histories and skills that have been erased. The exhibition comprises some of Weiwei’s greatest pieces, alongside new commissions and unseen objects.

How to get there: Catch the Jubilee line from London Waterloo to Westminster, and then hop on the Circle line to High Street Kensington. The address is 224-238 Kensington High St, W8 6AG.

Wes and Sandy’s pick of the week

deer's in the park
South Western Railway’s winged friends, Sandy and Wes are always on hand to provide their top London recommendations. Sandy is a culture vulture with a love for the arts, theatre and lunching with the girls, while Wes loves clubs, pubs and going to gigs with his mates. But one thing they can both agree on is their love of other animals. And Clissold Park is their favourite place to wander amongst the wildlife. From frolicing deer and gambolling goats to a fluttering flock of birds, this animal haven provides the perfect backdrop to a leisurely afternoon walk.

How to get there: Catch the Northern line from London Waterloo to  Leicester Square, and then hop on the Piccadilly line to Turnpike Lane. The address is Green Lanes N16 9HJ.

Save money by travelling with SWR

Now you’ve discovered these wellbeing activities to try, it’s time to plan your travel. Find cheap train tickets by travelling off-peak and enjoy further discounts with a Railcard. If you’re travelling in a group, you could benefit from GroupSave.

Don't forget to check out SWR Rewards to unlock rewards when you travel with us. Enjoy discounts on any of our 150 rewards including days out, dining deals, theatre tickets, hotel stays and much more.

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