Want to stretch it out while taking in London's beautiful skyline? Then get yourself along to one of these rooftop yoga classes. From the Shard to Peckham's Bussey Building, to Dalston's pretty roof park we've found the best places to perfect your yoga poses up in the sky. Yoga in London doesn't get more exhilarating than this!
Rooftop yoga classes in London
The Sky Garden at the top of the Walkie Talkie is a wonderfully serene spot to do some yoga – it's light, spacious and packed with foliage. The classes here follow a dynamic vinyasa flow style so expect to break a gentle sweat. During the week they take place at 6.30am which means you get to watch the city wake up as you practice your sun salutations. There are also weekend classes which begin at 9am, and you could make a morning of it and head to the Darwin Brasserie afterwards for brunch.
Pop-up yoga pioneers Secret Yoga Club have spent the last three years bringing classes to some of London's most unusual and atmospheric locations. This summer they're putting on an idyllic yoga picnic each Sunday at Dalston Roof Park. Hour-long classes – each one taught by a different teacher – are followed by a healthy brunch by Covent Garden's fancy porridge makers 26 Grains.
Exercise highs don't come much better than this: yoga at the very top of the Shard, London's tallest building. Yogasphere host classes each Saturday, and if the weather's good they take place on the viewing platform at the glass tip of the building – partially open to the elements (vertigo sufferers, brace yourself!). Classes aren't cheap, but they do include goodie bags and a viewing session before and after the class. Plus the company plants an impressive 600 trees for every hour-long class it puts on. The 360-degree views – which can sometimes stretch as far as 40 miles – really are something special.
Yogarise is a yoga studio based in Peckham's much loved Bussey Building, set up by two locals keen to bring the yoga love to their patch of London. During the summer they take their classes alfresco, occupying Rooftop Film Club's upstairs space. Fans of Frank’s Cafe (that's everyone, right?) will already know the views from here are fabulous.
Classes start June 2016
'What the hell is Voga?’, we hear you cry. Well it's yoga with a vogue twist. Vogue being a super-stylised dance that was made famous by Madonna's 1990 'Vogue' video. Following on from last year's successful run of events this hour-long fusion of dance and yoga is back for the warmer months at Coq D'Argent's rooftop garden. Take your pick from practice classes (£15) or party classes (£20), in the latter dressing up is encouraged and mocktails are served. Pull on your most flamboyant leggings and get ready to strike a pose.
Fat Buddha Yoga, Dalston Roof Park
The guys behind FBY are determined to make yoga fun and accessible. Their classes, which take place at venues across east and central London, only cost a tenner and they do a special 'yoga virgins' class for beginners. This summer they'll be putting on a weekly class at Dalston Roof Park, called NRG, which (unsurprisingly) is all about giving a shot of energy to the start of your weekend. All classes are broadly described as following a dynamic flow style, but the teachers like to mix things up and they guarantee that no two classes are the same.