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32 ways to switch off from technology in London

It’s time to unplug. Discover the best ways to take a digital detox while living in London

By Bobby Palmer

Glued to your phone? Trying to find some digital-free headspace? Seems like the whole of London is – in our different ways. We’ve got you covered – whether you fancy an escape from technology via a gardening masterclass, a soothing yoga sesh or a mindfulness retreat, there's a way for everyone to seek that much-needed quiet. Here’s our pick of the best ways to switch off in London.  

The best ways to switch off in London

1. No-funny-business yoga

Sport and fitness City of London

Fly employs a no-nonsense approach and the best teachers in the biz to provide flow, barre and Pilates classes for those who think ‘yoga’ is a dirty word. Check out their website for further details.  

2. Pottery at a city farm

Things to do Classes and workshops

What’s better than designing and making your own pottery to fire in the kiln and take home? Doing it while surrounded by donkeys, goats and lambs, of course.


3. Aura photography

Things to do Classes and workshops

The Aura Photo Clinic uses a special camera to snap your electromagnetic energies then prepares a report to help you go about your ‘spiritual healing’ business. Sessions run Sat-Sun 3pm-5pm. Find out more here.

Castle Climbing Centre
Castle Climbing Centre
Ben Grubb

5. A huge climbing centre

Sport and fitness Manor House

This climbing centre is splendidly housed in an old Victorian pumping station. Classes for nine- to 14-year-olds are held on Monday and Tuesday, and during the holidays; over-14s may climb unsupervised, with parental permission, once they have passed an assessment. For private tuition, the Gecko Club is based here.

6. Carpentry

Things to do Classes and workshops Bethnal Green

The not-for-profit Carpentry Club in Oxford House allows you to use high-quality woodworking tools for £1.

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