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Best outdoor fitness spots in London

From riverside rides and rooftop yoga to outdoor gyms and park runs, take your workout outdoors with the best places to exercise outside in London.

Don your best workout gear and have fun discovering London’s coolest outdoor fitness spots and activities.

While the capital is subject to national lockdown restrictions, there are certain rules around leaving your home for exercise.

Sports venues must close their doors and fitness classes aren't allowed to take place in London. However, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy some daily exercise outdoors in your local area. 

Just remember to stay safe, be responsible and follow the latest coronavirus guidelines in London.

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.

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

Best walks and trails

Discover more London walks across the city.

Best outdoor swimming and lidos

  • Take a refreshing dip in Tooting Bec Lido, the oldest purpose-built open-air pool in London. 
  • Go for a dip in one of Hampstead Heath’s four swimming pools, including three freshwater Bathing Ponds and the unheated Parliament Hill Lido.
  • 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.

Get to know more London lidos and cool spots for outdoor swimming.

Best outdoor fitness classes and workouts