This hidden haven in the heart of Belgravia offers some fantastic fitness, food, beauty, shopping and wellness options – all in one place!
Eccleston Yards, a creative hub near Victoria station, offers a truly unique combination of big brands, independent boutiques and pop-up events, making it the dream destination for all your Brunch n Grind needs.
During the week, (weather permitting) local office workers come to sit in the deckchairs, eat lunch and chill out. Guests are watched over by the bold and colourful Frida Kahlo mural by street artist Zabou, complete with her 3D crown of flowers – it’s pure Instagram gold.
But Eccleston Yards isn’t just for lunch breaks. This creative hub, which was once a junk yard, has so much to offer and you could easily spend an entire day here indulging in all of London’s finest fitness, wellness and brunch offerings.
Watch our Eccleston Yards round-up video and then read on for more…
Shop till you drop at 50m
50m is a fashion concept store that supports young emerging designers and showcases some seriously unique pieces from fluro lingerie and cool slogan tees to killer denim, and everything in between. Collections are constantly changing so there’s never a dull moment! If the fashion choices are a little bold for you, browse the quirky accessories and jewellery collections presented on edgy plastic crates, or check out the coffee table books, crockery and candles.
Workout at Barry’s Bootcamp SW1
Next head over to Barry’s Bootcamp for the workout of your life – you’ve gotta earn your brunch after all! Not for the faint-hearted, Barry’s Red Room is dark, loud and guarantees to give you a workout like no other!
High intensity intervals and strength training combinations will lean, tone and sculpt your body. The theory is that by alternating cardio with weight training, the heart rate is elevated for the entire workout and you’ll burn more calories and increase your lean body mass. One class can raise your metabolic rate by up to 15 percent, and burn up to 1,000 calories – no wonder it’s been called ‘the best workout in the world’.
You’ll probably spend your first few Barry’s classes wondering what the hell is going on as the pumped instructors shout out speeds, inclines and exercise instructions at both the treadmill and floor groups in tandem. Trust me, after a few classes it gets easier and the real challenge against yourself starts, as stare in to the mirror and go for gold. And for the days that you can’t run, or just don’t want to, you can opt for the no treadmill option – Double Floor.
Much like the trainers at Barry’s, the SW1 studio is sleek and sexy. The neon ‘Burn Baby Burn’ sign in the lobby provides the perfect post-workout Instagram fodder as you sip your protein shake and come down from the endorphin high you’ll have after class.
Single classes are £22 each but it’s much more cost effective to buy a pack of ten classes or more. Look out for special challenges such as Hellweek (7 classes in 7 days) and Face Yourself (19 classes in 30 days).
Flow with Hotpod Yoga
If a fast and furious Barry’s class isn’t your cup of tea, you can opt for a low-impact workout at Eccleston Yards’ most recent addition: Hotpod Yoga Belgravia. For the uninitiated, this isn’t your standard yoga class, oh no! The studio is filled with a huge purple inflatable pod, which is heated up to 37C.
Climb into the gently glowing cocoon with Dyson fans, subtle aromas and low-fi beat soundscapes pumping through the air. The increased temperature means you can go a little deeper and quicker with your stretches, and when the yoga teacher zips up the door at the start of class, you can mentally shut out all the worries and stresses of the outside world, allowing you to focus in on yourself.
What I love about Hotpod Yoga is that it’s not as aggressive or militant as Bikram Yoga and every teacher brings their own sequences and styles, so although it’s predominantly Vinyasa flow, there’ll be some teachers who focus on nurturing and restorative practices. All of the classes have some serious core work, focus on the breath and will leave you feeling dreamily zen.
WARNING – it gets incredibly sweaty in the pod! Using a towel over your mat is a must or you’ll slip and slide all over the place.
Take advantage of Hotpod’s Intro offer which gives unlimited yoga for one week for just £15. Single classes are £12-£14 and there are a number of different membership options depending on how much time you want to spend in the pod.
You might also like to read our review: Hotpod Yoga: tried and tested
Primp and preen at SMUK
So you’ve worked out hard and now it’s time to treat yourself at SMUK, a stylish Scandinavian haven for all things wellness and beauty. The interiors are truly chic: think bare concrete walls, soft grey furnishings and touches of blush pink and gold throughout.
SMUK is the Danish word for ‘Beautiful’ and founder Miabella is all about helping her clients to feel beautiful on the inside, as well as looking gorgeous on the outside. The professional hair and beauty stylist has brought her passion for natural and organic products to the fore, through the brands and products they use and stock such as Oribe, Amazing Space and Kjaer Weis.
The studio offers everything from hair cuts and colour to nails, make-up masterclasses, holistic therapies and treatments, such as massage, facials, spray tans and waxing. So sip on a glass of Prosecco as you are primped and preened to perfection before heading off for brunch…
Dine in style at The Jones Family Kitchen
Finally you’ve earnt your brunch so it’s time to head over to The Jones Family Kitchen. Foodies and cocktail lovers alike will be spoilt for choice here as the team take great pride in sourcing quality ingredients from the likes of The Ginger Pig and Flying Fish. So much so, that TJFK has recently been listed as the Top Steakhouse in London 2019 by Steak Society.
We were offered a seriously warm welcome from the moment we arrived and unlike some of London’s snootier brunch spots, the team here are more than happy to adapt any drink or dish to your needs. Plus, if the weather’s good, you can dine al fresco in the courtyard.
The menu was far too tempting to order just one dish each so went for the cured salmon and Indian aubergine starters. For our mains we tried ‘Everything On Toast’ with avocado, spinach, semi-dried tomato, poached eggs and oodles of Sriracha dressing on toasted sourdough; and the Superfood Salad with spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, avocado, linseed, pomegranate and topped with grilled goats’ cheese. Our feast was washed down with Smoke-in Paloma and Move To The Pisco Beet cocktails. Every single dish and drink was a taste sensation.
On Sunday’s The Jones Family Kitchen offer roasted whole free-range chicken, beef picaña from The Ginger Pig, or a nut roast with all the trimmings. Where do we sign up, you say?
The Jones Family Kitchen hold events throughout the year, so here’s a taste of what’s coming up soon:
• 13-19th May – Coeliac Awareness Week – enjoy the gluten-free menu which has been accredited by Coeliac UK
• 20th-25th May – Belgravia in Bloom: The Languarge of Flowers – join cocktail making classes and enjoy TJFK’s signature cocktail Green & Pleasant Land
• In June there will be a special Wimbledon dish and cocktail, and the big screen comes to Eccleston Yards courtyard so you don’t have to miss a moment of the action from Centre Court!
Follow TJFK on Instagram @jonesbelgravia for more events and workshops!
Meditate and chill out at Re:Mind Studio
As we round off this epic day at Eccleston Yards, it’s time to get zen. Re:Mind Studio is a beautiful and unique space where you can unwind, relax and get in touch with your spiritual side.
The classes are themed so you can choose from Re:Breathe, Re:Store, Re:Charge, Re:Aim, Re:Sound, Re:Heal, Re:Connect and Re:Wild. We havent tried them all but we love Re:Heal which combines a grounding meditation with reiki and the Re:Sound workshops, which feature gongs and crystal bowl sound baths to soothe your soul with good vibrations.
Not forgetting Re:Breathe with our friend and Lululemon ambassador Richie Bostock, a class which has to be experienced to be believed. No class is the same and simply by breathing and altering the chemical balance of your body, you can experience all kinds of physical, mental and emotional reactions. His classes are always packed out so make sure you book in good time!
Inside the meditation studio, there’s a living wall, crystal lamps and cosy cushions, blankets and bolsters, which all contribute to the serene and nurturing feeling of the space.
Before or after class you can browse the shop, which sells all manner of beautiful things from crystals and tarot cards to fragranced candles and essential oils. I defy you to walk out without buying something!