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London's iconic phone booths

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Our amazing global ambassador, Chris Chavez, is in London this week. (No, he didn't work the runway - he's teaching workshops at The Life Centre in Islington and evolve wellness centre this weekend.) With the buzz of Fashion Week still ringing in our ears and the 2012 Olympics on the way, we thought we'd share our London loves with you before the workshops.

Everyone has goals to travel. If you're heading to London soon, be sure to pack your faithful umbrella in your yoga tote, ‘cause one of the London stereotypes is definitely true: it can rain any time, any where.

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Make it out of bed before the city’s awake and start with a morning yoga class at The Life Centre in North London. Their light, modern studio is tucked away down a little lane away from the hustle and bustle of Islington’s high street. (They also have a beautiful location in Notting Hill.)

The Life Center's Notting Hill location

Find your center before you hit the streets of London
Image courtesy of The Life Centre


After one of their anusara-inspired classes, your hips will feel over the moon and you’ll be in prime position for brunch. If you took your class in Islington, enjoy one of the city’s best artisanal lattes at Caravan on nearby Exmouth Market. If you chose Notting Hill, grab brunch at Raoul's Gourmet. (Did someone say delicious fruit smoothies? Raoul's has those too.)


Refueled and ready to go, it’s an easy ride on the tube down to the south of the city, with its amazing river views.

St. Paul's from across the river

St. Paul's Cathedral and the Millenium Bridge in all their glory


If it’s sunny, the perfect place for a refined cup of afternoon tea is at the Orangery at Kensington Palace, where you can sit out on their terrace and enjoy the views of the palace gardens and park. Their jasmine tea is to die for.

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For a time-out from the hustle and bustle of the Palace, amble over to evolve wellness centre, where you can take a dynamic flow class while getting a great view of the cobbled streets of South Kensington. Chris is teaching there this Sunday.

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If you need a post-class sugar rush, the famous Hummingbird Bakery is right across the street, and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to frosting heaven. (Editor's note: Lesia used to call London home too and she highly recommends the red velvet cupcake. "You won't be disappointed." We trust her.)


Next, take it out east, to London’s most vibrant quarter. During the week, this part of the city is home to all things business, but on the weekends it buzzes with the golden combination of the Sunday Upmarket and Spitalfields Market, where all kinds of vintage and handmade treasures can be found (safely under a roof, for those rainy spells.)


It’s not all shopping, either. East London is home to London’s hippest yoga, pilates and dance studio, Frame, where you can take a Black Swan-inspired ballet class (complete with makeup!) or a retro 80s aerobic session with nods to Jane Fonda.

Frame's gorgeous yoga studio

Give Natalie Portman a run for her money at the Frame's Black Swan ballet-barre workshop
Image courtesy of Frame's blog

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And if you’re up for more action, you can be on the beach before dinner with a train from Victoria station to Brighton, a seaside town that’s as popular with surfers as it is with foodies.

Chris and student

The people in London have a good thing coming...
Image courtesy of Chris Chavez's Facebook page

Whatever you do, make sure you get in some yoga along the way. You'll want to be in good shape for your upcoming activities - especially if you're taking a workshop with Chris this weekend. Have fun on our behalf!

Special thanks to Stephanie and Lesia for their insider's picks. Did we miss any of your favourites? Let us know. In the meantime, we'll put the kettle on for tea.

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The Natural History museum is the best place in London, you do need a full day though…and comfy shoes.

Comment by Gayle — February 25, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

columbia rd flower markets- they complete the trip to the east side if you’re up early enough on a sunday morning!

Comment by lucie — February 25, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

@Gayle, so true, the Natural History museum is amazing – great architecture as well as great exhibits, and some of the fossil galleries stay pretty mellow even on the weekend.

@lucie That’s a great tip – on my to-do list! I was thinking of teaming the early start up with a great coffee stop as well.

Comment by Stephanie Bales — March 2, 2011 @ 9:02 am

Gah!! Only just read this, so I missed him :(

Sounds like he went to all right right places though – Spitalfields and Shoreditch are pretty hip.

But let’s get straight to the point – when will Lululemon open a store here in London??

Alison in London xx

Comment by Alison in London — March 21, 2011 @ 5:40 am

Primrose Hill is a lovely place to spend the afternoon. The high street is so pretty with a handful of interesting boutiques and coffee shops, and Camden Market is just a short walk away. Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park are also beautiful this time of year. And finally, don’t miss Triyoga Primrose Hill, my favorite yoga studio in London!

xx Mary

Comment by Mary in London — March 23, 2011 @ 1:24 am

Hi Alison in London,
I don’t know when we’ll see a store in London. Right now, we do have a couple strategic sales dealers that carry some of our product. Check them out: http://bit.ly/9OtqT0
~ Laura

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — March 23, 2011 @ 9:21 am

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