September is often thought of as a month of doom and gloom; your summer holiday has been and gone, the kids have gone back to school, and the sun seems almost non-existent, but it doesn’t have to be this way. With plenty of activities going on around London at this time of year, whether you are interested in getting your sweat on during an 80’s Aerobic class, or a relaxing, rooftop yoga session is more up your street, by flicking through our carefully curated list of pastimes, we are certain you’ll find something to suit your needs.
Where: The Sky Garden, 1 Sky Garden Walk
When: Every Saturday, 8am
If you’re interested in partaking in yoga with a view, look no further than the Sky Garden’s sunrise yoga classes. Taking place on the 36th floor, the sessions provide a view that goes for miles, allowing you to watch the bustling city begin to come to life on an early Saturday morning. Each class is followed by a healthy buffet breakfast, where you are given the opportunity to explore the entirety of the gardens if you so wish. The popular vinyasa flow of the session is suitable for all ages and abilities and guarantees ultimate relaxation.
Where: The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street
When: Every Saturday, 8:30am
Officially being crowned Europe’s best and most popular yoga class, Yogasphere at the Shard is the perfect wake up tool, allowing you to start your weekend off the right way. Taking place from an incredible 310m up in the air, this session is an experience you do not want to miss out on. On a warm morning, the classes take place outside, on level 72’s open Sky Deck, but when the outside air is a little too chilly, typically you’ll need to take your yoga gear into the warmth of the building, located slightly lower down on the 69th floor.
Practical Meditation: Inner Space
Where: Inner Space, 36 Shorts Gardens
When: Various Classes Available
If you want to learn the basic techniques of meditation, why not try out one of the sessions on offer at Inner Space? Situated in the famous shopping area of Convent Garden, Inner Space is easily accessible whether you’re coming on foot or using public transport. Practicing the art of Raja Yoga, the class is carried out using an open-eyed technique, suitable to be used by anyone, at any time. If you’re looking for 45 minutes just to come in and relax, or you’re looking to learn life-long skills for calming and clearing the mind, a practical meditation class at Inner Space can provide you with what you’re searching for and complete mindfulness.
Where: London Buddhist Centre, 51 Roman Road
When: Various Classes Available
With catered sessions for everyone, meditation at the London Buddhist Centre is a great choice this September. Whether you’re already experienced in the art, or you’re a complete newbie, you are sure to come away from each class having learned something new. Teaching the techniques of the two main practices, Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana, these meditation sessions really focus on developing a clear mind, positive emotion, and integration into everyday life. The classes available are all totally free, making them the perfect choice for anyone on a budget, including both individuals and groups.
The ’80s Inspired Aerobics class
Where: Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park
When: Thursday, 14 September 2017
Get the opportunity to dance your troubles away for free during the ‘80s aerobic workouts available in central London. Located in Hyde Park, these totally free sessions will give you the chance to increase that heart rate while having fun with friends! Led by renowned Dancing with the Stars choreographer, Giulia Settomini, you can be assured to leave the sessions feeling healthy and completely rejuvenated, though a little sweaty.
Where: 9 Caledonian Road
When: Tuesday, 12th September 2017
Although summer may be beginning to feel like a distant memory, attending ‘Sass Your Succulent’ will ensure that your indoor greenery stays on point, all year long. With a variety of plants available to buy at the session, the creative direction for the pot will be in your hands! All craft materials will be supplied, so whether you choose to paint, glitter or jewel your creation, you can go all out! This is ideally suited to creative types.
Where: 9 Caledonian Road
When: Monday, 25th September 2017
Ever found yourself interested in learning the craft of hand quilting? Popping along to one of the sessions held at Drink, Shop & Do, can ensure you get off on the right foot. Starting the process using paper shapes, you’ll practice using this material until you begin to establish your craft. Starting small, creating a finished product of a quilted bound coaster, it won’t be long until you are able to go the full way and make a fully-fledged quilt. Throughout the session, the qualified leaders will be around to talk you through fabric selection, layouts, cutting techniques, and any additional skills necessary to start the process. Learning a life-long skill while having a blast, these sessions are great to come to alone or with a friend. Like with any new skill, you cannot become a quilting professional overnight, but this class will provide you with all the beginner’s knowledge, allowing you to develop your craft in your own time, having heaps of fun in the process.
Whether you’re looking forward to a fast-paced dance work out, or you’re loving the idea of learning a new skill through a laid-back quilting class, we hope that our suggestions leave you with a couple of go-to options for activities to attend this month. If there’s nothing here that tickles your fancy, why not check out some of the other classes our recommended studios have on offer, in addition to the classes suggested in this article.