Fancy some sunshine and an excellent view with your yoga class? The Resident rounds up the best rooftop yoga classes in London for a breath of fresh air
Words: Ivy Bridges
1 Yoga with a View, Urban Coterie
Starting 1 August 2016, Urban Coterie is welcoming guests to its 17th floor for morning yoga classes. With incredible views of the London skyline and help from The House of Yoga Teacher, Zara Pittman, yogis are sure to reach a new level of relaxation. Classes are held at 7.30am – the perfect way to start your day off right. Following the class, each guest will receive a Gluten Free Power Breakfast created by Michelin star chef Anthony Demetre. Using entirely natural ingredients, breakfast options will include a NutriBullet Smoothie packed with blueberries and banana with chia, flaxseed, dates and almonds or a Gluten-Free Granola with toasted oats, buckwheat, dried berries and natural yoghurt. Tickets are £17.50 and include a 1-hour yoga class and Gluten Free Power Breakfast.
151-157 City Road EC1V 1JH; billetto.co.uk
2 Fat Buddha Yoga, John Lewis Rooftop & Dalston Roof Park
If you have ever felt intimidated at a yoga class, look no further because Fat Budha yoga is the new studio for you. The laid back studio hosts pop-ups across the capitol, that are perfect for everyone, whether you’re a rookie or a pro. With tailor-made playlists, your inner zen will be easy to seek out. The studio offers a Rise and Shine class every Thursday at the John Lewis Rooftop from 7:30 to 8:30am. Not an early riser? Try the Saturday class at the Dalston Roof Park from 11am to 12pm. Classes are £10 each.
John Lewis Rooftop, 300 Oxford Street W1C 1DX & Dalston Roof Park, 18 Ashwin Street E8 3DL. See fatbuddhayoga.com
3 Secret Yoga Club, Dalston Roof Park
The Secret Yoga Club hosts a string of pop-ups, but the Rooftop Picnic Yoga sticks out. Every Saturday at 10am enjoy a class on the Dalston Roof Park. After you work up an appetite, you’re invited to share a meal with one another. Share a delicious breakfast picnic prepared by 26 Grains. Choices include a cucumber, dill, radish Salad, eggs, rye, avocado, granola and fruit. Tickets are £30.
18 Ashwin Street E8 3DL; secretyogaclub.co.uk
4 Yogarise, Bussey Building
Rise and shine with Yogarise and practise your sun salutations under the warm glow of the sun with a rooftop yoga class. Rooftop classes are held on the Bussey Building, giving new life to the typical vinyasa class. The studio offers everything from beginners’ classes to a dynamic vinyasa flow, an invigorating Rocket class or Ashtanga, so there’s a style to suit each yogi. Tickets are £13 each.
The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane SE15 4ST; 020 7732 2122; yogarisepeckham.com
5 Triyoga, Selfridges
Triyoga is bringing its classes to the rooftop of Selfridges until the 30th of August, every Tuesday from 10 to 11a.m. Classes are for all levels, and after you’re finished with your sun saluations, you’ll receive avocado toast and fresh fruit juice from the Forest restaurant to refuel. Class and breakfast is £20, if booked online.
400 Oxford Street W1A 1AB; triyoga.co.uk
6 Yogasphere, The Shard
Get ready to brave the wind during Yogasphere’s Saturday morning yoga class on the 72nd floor of the Shard. You can boast that you’ve attended the highest yoga class in the world by snapping a selfie, and you’ll also receive a goody bag with your admittance. See you at the top! Tickets are £40 and must be booked in advance.
Joiner Street, London Bridge SE1 9QU; yogasphere.eu
7 Sky High Yoga, The Sky Garden
Start your morning on a high – 35 stories high, in fact, at the Sky Garden’s weekly morning yoga class. The Sky Garden is the capital’s highest public garden and, while not outside, the floor-to-ceiling windows and glass atrium ceiling – not to mention the verdant surrounds – certainly make it feel outdoorsy. With weekday classes starting at 6.30am, it may seem tiring but you’ll feel rejuvenated after a few poses. A complimentary smoothie is served after the session.
20 Fenchurch Street EC3M 3BY; skygarden.london
8 Roof East, Stratford Car Park
Didn’t realize that a car park could be relaxing? Discover views of East London and the Olympic Park from the Roof East rooftop in Stratford, where the rooftop bar hosts weekly fitness classes. A vinyasa flow class is offered Wednesdays at 6:45, Saturdays at 12pm and Sundays at 12pm. Classes last an hour and 15 minutes and are £12 each.
Great Eastern Way, Stratford E15 1XE; roofeast.com