I took advantage of a weekend in London to do some fitness shopping! Mostly window shopping actually: I only bought two items because everything was super expensive. When you come from an other European country with euros in your pocket, you realize you’re actually kind of poor when you do the math and have to pay in British pounds… This was my first time ever in London and in Britain; it was very interesting to discover so many cool things that don’t exist anywhere else in Europe, like Whole Foods supermarkets or Sweaty Betty workout wear.
Here are a couple of addresses that I found interesting for the fitness/health-minded travelers:
Address: 97 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6RH
Nike store at the Boxpark shopping center
Address: Boxpark, 2-4 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6GY
The latest model, the Nike Free FlyKnit, is a kind of crossover between a sock and a shoe. It looks comfortable (I didn’t even attempt to try them on because the price was just too expensive), but I wonder if it’s such as good idea to have a shoe that feels like a “second skin”. If you have to wash them as often as socks, it’s not that convenient.
Address: 16 locations in London : sweatybetty.com/page/storelocator
Sweaty Betty is a British brand founded in London. There are 30 stores in the UK and 2 in the US, but no other store anywhere else.
King’s Road Sporting Club
Address: King’s Road Sporting Club – 38-42 King’s Rd, London, SW3 4UD
The King’s Road Sporting Club is a sports store with multiple brands: Nike, Lululemon and others.
• Prêt à manger: I was quite surprised to see this chain of healthy fast-food on every corner. There are even more Prêt à manger than McDonalds!
• Wasabi: a chain of takeaway sushi. The boxes are already prepared, it is faster and cheaper than in a real restaurant.
• Whole Foods Market: American chain of supermarkets, very expensive, but many products that you won’t find anywhere else (broad range of protein powder for example). 5 supermarkets in London.
• Recipease de Jamie Oliver
A cafe/store/cooking school by the British chef Jamie Oliver. You can buy kitchen accessories, take classes or just eat.
Address: 92-94 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3QB
All-in-all, I was surprised by the numerous healthy options you can find in the British capital compared to Amsterdam!