Moving More for Mental Health

Moments for Movement

How much do you move? Despite having a key impact on our mental health, many of us struggle to move enough. That’s why this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is focused on exactly that: aiming to help people to find moments for movement in their daily routines. With so much to see and do in our capital, let’s explore ways you can get out and get moving.


Family-Friendly Activities

Prioritise family-time and experience moments together. There are many activities for groups of all ages to enjoy.

Little ones will thrive in their very own dance class with Little Supernovas at Lyceum Theatre. After story-time, toddlers twirl with music, as they discover more about their own movement. Events take place monthly, and Northbank Privilege Card holders can benefit from a discounted price.

If you’re looking to escape the busyness of central London, then hop off the tube at Embankment or Temple. Stroll along the river, walking past the historic Cleopatra’s Needle, and this short route will take you through the tranquil Victoria Embankment Gardens.

Under 11s go free in the Vitality Westminster Mile, the perfect family event. Entry is only £7 for those aged 11 to 17, and £10 for adults. Following the run, participants can enjoy free entry to the Vitality Wellness Festival in Green Park.

Challenge your teen to a game of bowling at Lane7 Victoria! Recommended for those 18+, this brand-new venue in London doesn’t stop there. Complete the ultimate package with darts, mini golf and a range of arcade games.

How’s your aim? Try your hand at social darts at Flight Club Victoria and enjoy fast-paced games in your very own playing area.


Parks and Green Spaces

London is blessed with several public parks and greenspaces that are worth visiting throughout the year but especially now in Spring. Check out these tulips in Victoria Embankment Gardens! As well as contributing to environmental sustainability and nature recovery, greenspaces promote health and wellbeing. Why not visit one of these greenspaces? You could walk, jog, cycle, or even pause to engage in mindful practises like yoga.

  1. St James’s Park
  2. Green Park
  3. Victoria Embankment Gardens
  4. Victoria Tower Gardens South of Lambeth Bridge
  5. Temple Gardens
  6. Whitehall Gardens
  7. Christchurch Gardens
  8. St John’s Gardens
  9. Grosvenor Gardens (Upper and Lower)
  10. Ebury Square Gardens



Beyond its physical advantages, running is also known to boost mood and reduce stress, making it valuable for managing anxiety and depression. With minimal equipment required and the freedom to run virtually anywhere, this exercise can be tailored to individual fitness levels and goals, making it suitable for beginners and seasoned athletes alike.

If you’re just starting out, why not begin with Couch to 5K? With this simple, yet effective programme, you’ll gradually work up to running 5km in a number of weeks. Those looking for a social aspect may enjoy run clubs, like Onetrack Club, who meet at 5:45pm on Tuesdays. Runners complete as many 1km loops as they like in the beautiful setting of St James’s Park.

Race ready? The Vitality Westminster Mile finishes in front of Buckingham Palace and every participant receives a medal. If you’re looking to stretch your legs for longer, the Royal Parks Half Marathon takes you past iconic landmarks like Trafalgar Square and through four of the eight Royal Parks, including Green Park.


Community Workouts

Many gyms and fitness facilities provide workouts and classes, specifically for those who work or live nearby. SW1 Fitness, a small group training concept based in the heart of Westminster, offers just that. Every Wednesday and Friday at 7am, or Saturday at 11am, locals can attend a fun and inclusive session for just £5. Designed for all levels, there are no commitments, just simply drop in. Ideal for a pre-work adrenaline boost, or weekend kick-starter!

If you can’t get enough of classes, 1Rebel Victoria has you covered. London’s nightclub world meets the fitness scene in Ride and Reformer studios like no other. Discover the sessions.

Located in the beautiful Eccleston Yards, Barry’s London SW1 is sure to get your blood pumping with classes held in The Red Room. Plus, those new to Barry’s can get 50% off their first class.


Local Offers

Are gyms your thing? Do you enjoy a fitness class? We work with local companies to bring exclusive offers to those who visit or live within the London Heritage Quarter. Discover just some of the offers below, and find out more about obtaining your free Victoria Privilege Card here, or for The Northbank here.

Rebalance your body and mind and enjoy 50% off a 1-to-1 equipment Pilates session at Westminster Physiotherapy & Pilates Centre until the end of May with your Victoria Privilege Card. Through controlled movements and breathing techniques, these sessions are focused on building strength, flexibility, and endurance.

Move your body in a way that feels great at Frame Victoria! Get three Studio Classes for £33 or Reformer Classes for £48 with your Victoria Privilege Card. Find out more here.

Immerse your senses with relaxing beats, calming scents, glowing lights and 37 degree heat at Hotpod Yoga. With a Victoria Privilege Card, new customers can get 10 days of unlimited sessions for just £11 (usually £22).

Make a splash in one of the 3 swimming pools at Queen Mother Sports Centre, book an exercise class or use their state-of-the-art gym. New members can get a 5-day free trial with their Victoria Privilege Card.

Escape the buzz of central London and focus on your fitness at Fitness First The Strand. With a spin studio, sauna, steam room, group fitness classes, and more, there’s something for everyone, and Northbank Privilege Card holders can enjoy 15% off 6 and 12 month memberships, plus 2 free personal training sessions.

Ready to relax? Take care of your body and relax in the tranquil settings of AIRE Ancient Baths London. Alongside thermal baths and plunge pools, it’s fit with a floatarium, a one-of-a kind salt bath that allows you to float effortlessly. Northbank Privilege Card holders can enjoy 20% off Tuesday to Thursday bookings in May.

For the ultimate luxury experience, join ESPA Life at Corinthia, the city’s largest spa. Combining the latest technology in fitness, beauty and healthcare, ground-breaking science and ancient holistic therapies, unique treatments are offered by a team of the world’s leading experts. A reduced rate is available for Northbank Privilege Card holders, as well as 15% off spa treatments and packages. Learn more.



From mindful moments to big challenges, there are plenty of ways you can create time for movement this Mental Health Awareness Week. Benefit your wellbeing by adding an activity to your routine and share your activities with us on social media by tagging @LondonHeritageQuarter and use the campaign hashtag, #MomentsForMovement