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Best outdoor fitness spots in London

Sunny days are back so it’s time to take your workouts outdoors! From riverside rides and rooftop yoga to outdoor gyms and park runs, find the best places to exercise outside in London this summer.

See what’s on in your local area, don your best workout gear and have fun discovering London’s coolest outdoor fitness spots and activities.

Just remember to stay safe, be responsible and follow social distancing guidelines when out and about. Read more about the latest lockdown rules.

Best outdoor fitness classes and workouts

  • Start off your day with a relaxing outdoor yoga session on the rooftop of the Bussey Building in Peckham, with Yogarise. Jun-Aug
  • From full body workouts to pilates, join a socially distanced outdoor fitness class with Our Parks. Classes take place every week in boroughs across London, from Brent to Lewisham.
  • Enjoy a mix of boxing, cardio and pad work suitable for all levels with Boxit Bootcamp’s high-intensity sessions in leafy Clapham Common.
  • Prefer sandy shores and calming surrounds? Head over to Fulham’s riverside pop-up beach, Neverland, for Yoga on the Beach – complete with sand between your toes, palm trees and beach huts. Jun-Sep
  • Join fellow joggers on a free, weekly 5k park run near you, with locations all over London, from Tooting Commons to Finsbury Park. Reopening date TBC
  • Flex your muscles using the pull-up bars, parallel bars and monkey ladders at free outdoor gyms available in more and more London parks and green spaces, including Victoria Park and Holland Park.
  • For military-style training, try the original outdoor bootcamp workout, Be Military Fit, in parks across the city.
  • Practise your serve with a game of outdoor tennis at one of London’s top sports centres, from Crystal Palace National Sports Centre to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
  • Feeling adventurous? Try stand-up paddleboarding, wakeboarding or hydrofoiling in the Royal Victoria Dock, with WakeUp Docklands. Jul-Aug

Prefer staying indoors? Check out these top online fitness classes.

Best outdoor swimming and lidos

  • Take a refreshing dip in Tooting Bec Lido, the oldest purpose-built open-air pool in London. May-Sep; reopening 12 Aug
  • Go for a dip in one of Hampstead Heath’s four swimming pools, including three freshwater Bathing Ponds and the unheated Parliament Hill Lido. Mixed pool closed in winter
  • Enjoy a toasty swim at London Fields Lido, which is maintained at a comfortable 25C (77F) year-round.
  • Marvel at Brockwell Lido’s art deco features, including its Grade II-listed pavilion buildings, during a swim at this south London outdoor pool.
  • Head to south-east London for a proper swimming sesh in Charlton Lido’s Olympic-sized outdoor pool, which is heated to a balmy 25C (77F) all year.

Find more London lidos and cool spots for outdoor swimming.

Best cycling routes

  • Ride along the banks of the river Thames, which offer long scenic stretches of traffic-free cycling on the Thames Path National Trail.
  • Take in some of London’s maritime history and discover hidden gems along the way, with the Thames Cultural Cycling Tour.
  • Explore north-east London’s Lee Valley and its 42km (26 miles) of traffic-free cycling.
  • Head south to the once heavily industrialised river Wandle for largely traffic-free cycling alongside the river between Croydon and Wandsworth.
  • Discover another side of the city on two wheels, from quirky spots to secret gardens, with TfL's themed cycling routes.
  • Hop on your bike and admire the pretty blooms during the Summer Cycle at Kew Gardens. 13 Aug
  • Take on the challenges to ride 19, 46 or 100 miles (31, 74 or 161km) in your own area with My Prudential RideLondon, a virtual edition of the annual Prudential RideLondon cycling event. 15-16 Aug

Find the best cycling routes in London and more information and tips on cycling in the capital.

Best walks and trails

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