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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

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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

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Natural Dyeing Workshop with Susie Wareham
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Natural dyeing

Get closer to nature at an intensive workshop from Stemwell, which will teach you all about using things like onion skins and avocado stones to dye fabrics.

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Sport and fitness

No-funny-business yoga

icon-location-pin 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.  

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Tarot reading

icon-location-pin Treadwell's Bookshop, Bloomsbury
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London’s original occult bookshop and safe space for witches, Treadwell’s is famous for its in-depth tarot sessions with empathetic readers. Expect heaps of uncanny insights.

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Upholstery

icon-location-pin The Goodlife Centre, Southwark
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Just under £800 might seem a lot to spend on learning how to upcycle furniture, but it is for four months of sessions. After that little lot, you’ll be a pro.

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Blok Clapton studio - Pilates class
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Conscious breathing

icon-location-pin Blok Clapton, Clapton
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Stylish Clapton gym Blok is all about wellness in every sense of the word, so it even offers classes in pranayama (yogic breathing) for both physical and mental fitness.

Check out class schedules online.

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Wakeboarding

icon-location-pin WakeUp Docklands, Royal Docks
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Ever cross over the Thames and think: You know what, I’d love to wakeboard on that? Well, have the guys at Wakeup got a nice surprise for you! WakeUp Docklands are holding wakeboarding lessons for beginners at an introductory rate. Sessions last one and a half hours. All kit is included. Booking essential. Check online for more booking details.

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Pottery at a city farm

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.

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Aura photography

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.

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Floatworks pod
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Floatation therapy

icon-location-pin Floatworks, Vauxhall
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If you work in a high-stress environment, Floatworks allows you to cut out the outside world by spending time in an eerily silent, epsom-salted sensory deprivation tank. Check out Floatworks' website for more info on timings.

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A military boot camp

icon-location-pin Various, London
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Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough to do Be Military Fit, where ex and serving soldiers put you through your paces. (Spoiler alert: you’re not hard enough.)

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Bumble and 1Rebel
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Super-charged spinning

icon-location-pin 1Rebel Victoria, Victoria
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Perfect for the easily bored, 1Rebel Victoria’s raucous spin classes feature borderline-celebrity trainers and an atmosphere akin to a Vegas superclub.  For more info on class times, check out their swanky website. 

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Gong bathing

Sound healing uses gongs, ritual instruments and overtone singing to relax the body and heal the mind. Prepare to feel rested and recharged, and possibly a little unnerved.  

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Digital detox workouts

icon-location-pin Gymbox, Covent Garden
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Gymbox offers a mindfulness class specifically for the swipe-addicted. It engages the five senses through yin yoga and meditation. Strictly no phones.

Check out class schedules online.

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Attractions

Abseiling down a landmark

icon-location-pin Olympic Park

That sculpture-slide hybrid in the Olympic Park isn’t just there to be an eyesore, you know. With the help of Wire & Sky, you can abseil down it too. Check out the website for more details on where to book.

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Castle Climbing Centre
Ben Grubb
Sport and fitness

A huge climbing centre

icon-location-pin 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.

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Carpentry

icon-location-pin 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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Makin' Bacon, London Smoke and Cure
© David Tett
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Smoking and curing

icon-location-pin London Smoke and Cure, Crystal Palace
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London Smoke and Cure does culinary classes in all sorts of things, but our pick is the tasty Makin’ Bacon workshop. 

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Beekeeping

icon-location-pin The London Honey Company, Bermondsey
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As well as harvesting honey, The London Honey Company makes amateur beekeepers out of regular Londoners at their taster classes.

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Rebel Rebel flowers
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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Flower-arranging

icon-location-pin Rebel Rebel, Hackney
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Why grow flowers if you can’t arrange them? Luckily you can learn to tie your own bouquet in no time with the help of Rebel Rebel.

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Reiki

Soothe your soul with fellow wannabe healers at this group reiki (‘energy healing’) session with Sophiero, which also offers courses in how to use crystals effectively.

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