Fitness weekends are, by and large, a country affair. You travel far away from temptation, to a remote place where you have no option but to adhere to a gruelling exercise regime and diet you've paid good money to be subjected to. Perhaps that is why the idea of going to London’s Shoreditch – arguably the home of temptation – with the sole purpose of ‘getting fit’ seems so wrong, and yet, so right.
Terence Conran’s Boundary hotel has teamed up with hip London exercise studio Frame to crack the fabled 'wellbeing weekend', creating the most stylish detox in town. Hosted every weekend as of this month, Boundary X Frame’s Ultimate Urban Retreat is perfect from start to finish.
To begin with, there is the accommodation. Perched on the corner of Redchurch and Boundary Street, the hotel's 12 bedrooms and five suites – each painstakingly inspired by a different designer or movement; Eames, Gray, Bauhaus, Shaker, etc – are as comfortable as they are stylish. Add to that three restaurants – the rooftop bar, Albion’s cafe, and the refined Boundary Restaurant – each of which serve up a selection of perfectly balanced, healthy and utterly delicious (not to mention filling) meals. There is also Albion Counter just down the road, should you want to venture more than 30 steps from your room for breakfast.
Not forgetting the whole raison d'être of the weekend: exercise. There's plenty of it, but not in an overwhelming, overbearing way. Like Frame, the ethos here is completely fun and approachable. Personal training sessions are carried out at the PT studio beneath Sweaty Betty, while nearby Victoria Park serves as the perfect running track. A mere stone’s throw away from the hotel is Frame’s East End studio, where boxfit, reformer pilates and meditation sessions await. When it's not serving up a refreshing alcohol-free Seedlip cocktail (or the perfect G&T... everything in moderation) the Boundary Rooftop doubles up as the ultimate morning yoga spot. To finish it all off, an in-room body massage is certain to ease aching muscles, and should that fail, a soak in the massive bathtub will certainly do the trick.