Everything Wellness-Centric Meghan Markle Is Doing To Prep For Her Wedding
It’s no secret that Meghan Markle, aside from being an actress, dedicated philanthropist, and talented calligrapher, is also a wellness enthusiast. Very much embedded in her lifestyle, she takes care of what she eats, moves daily, meditates, and sets aside time for self-care. With her upcoming wedding to Prince Harry just a few days away, she’ll soon be embarking on a new journey, enjoying married life in London. As a wellness expert and journalist based in London, I’ve spent some time researching which wellness hot spots Meghan has been visiting as she gets acquainted with her new city, and judging by what she’s into, I’ve also recommended several others that I think she’d love based on her current favorites.
Meghan has been practicing yoga since she was a child, having been brought up with it as her mother is an instructor. Listing its benefits in an interview with Best Health magazine, she credits "increased flexibility and muscle strength, greater happiness, increased mental focus, a greater ability to relax, decreased anxiety and better sleep" all to yoga. With various studios around London, Triyoga offers pretty much every kind of flow including hot yoga and candlelit evening classes—both of which Meghan adores. I think she’d particularly like the charming Camden studio, which also has a plant-based eatery called The Nectar Cafe, run by sisters Nadia and Katia Narain who recently published a book on self-care.
Hyde Park, Kensington
Studio Lagree, Shoreditch
Meghan is a huge fan of Metaformer Pilates, telling Harper’s Bazaar that it’s "the best thing for your body" and that she sees results after just two sessions. She’s a longtime Platinum Pilates attendee, so I think Studio Lagree would be the spot to keep up her practice in London. They have four studios, the most luxurious of which is in the Nobu Hotel, Shoreditch. If Meghan’s after a private Pilates instructor to train her at home, Zoe Jarchevska of Maia Well Co and Lottie Murphy are two of the best in the city.
Define London, Fitzrovia
As she is a big fan of cardio and strength training workouts, I’m betting that recently opened Define Studio in Fitzrovia will be on Meghan’s radar. It’s a killer barre workout that is super toning and high energy but gives the same attention to detail, posture, and breathwork as Pilates.
F45 Training, Paddington
Meghan likes to balance her Pilates and yoga with a good, heart-pumping workout and Craig McNamee, her trainer in Canada of three years told The Cut that their sessions involved TRX and circuits. F45 Training studios incorporate this full-body approach in their classes, which I think would be the perfect answer for when she’s craving a killer sweat session. After all, Meghan once said that her workout mantra is "You’ve got to sweat it to get it."
KX Life, Chelsea
Prince Harry has ramped up his fitness routine ahead of the wedding with more sessions at KX Life, a boutique gym that also has a spa, treatment rooms, a restaurant, and pretty much the most luxurious changing rooms ever. Seeing as her husband-to-be is a regular, perhaps the pair will be working out together now that she’s in London permanently.
Re:Mind Studio, Belgravia
Meditation expert and mbg class instructor Light Watkins told InStyle that Meghan meditates “twice a day, every day” and finds it “wonderful.” In London, Meghan might like to visit Re:Mind, a blissful drop-in meditation studio and eco shop. They have many classes, which vary in style and focus, ranging from Reiki to sound healing.
Prince Harry has reportedly been indulging in full-body cryotherapy sessions ahead of the big day, and Meghan’s facialist Nichola Joss has also previously praised this deep-freezing treatment, which sees you standing in a -80°C chamber for three minutes. Known to reduce inflammation and speed up muscle recovery between workouts, some see it as an ideal way to supplement an active lifestyle. 111Cryo at luxury department store Harvey Nichols was applauded by British Vogue as "pioneers" in cryotherapy, and as it’s just a short stroll away through Hyde Park, Meghan might be keen to try out her new local cryo clinic.
Grace Belgravia, Belgravia
This ladies' only health, medical, and lifestyle club is a one-stop shop for all things well-being. POPSugar told how Pippa Middleton had enrolled in a three-month "strict bridal body boot camp" ahead of her wedding last year. With stunningly elegant surroundings fit for a princess, Grace Belgravia is flooded with light and home to an amazing gym, spa, integrated medical clinic, and vibrant, healthy restaurant. I think Meghan would enjoy the menu, which includes buckwheat pancakes, kale, and seaweed salad and her favorite, avo toast—served with goat cheese, parsley, tomato, cucumber ribbons, and arugula.
The Aman Spa at The Connaught Hotel, Mayfair
Noted in Chalkboard mag as being a "longtime believer in acupuncture and cupping," Meghan looks to traditional, holistic medicine and ancient techniques to help her reduce stress and encourage her body’s energy flow. If she fancies an acupuncture session in London, she could head to The Connaught Hotel’s Aman Spa. This dreamy spa, which lies just beneath the hotel’s Edwardian lobby, has been praised by British society magazine Tatler.
PÜR Wellness, Notting Hill
Meghan raved about the detoxifying benefits of infrared saunas on her now-defunct lifestyle website The Tig, saying she liked to treat herself to this once a week. I think she’d love PÜR Wellness in London, where you can receive head-to-toe benefits such as alleviation from back and joint pain, glowing skin, better energy, and a strengthened immune system.
Nicholas Joss, Covent Garden
Meghan previously sang the praises of celebrity facialist Nichola Joss' Bespoke Sculpting Inner Facial, telling Birchbox that her "cheekbones and jawline are waaaay more sculpted" after incorporating the techniques used in the treatment. Marie Claire says that she’s booked in for another of these facials, which use deep lymphatic massage and contouring techniques (including massaging inside the mouth), ahead of her wedding day and will no doubt remain a regular of Joss’ now she calls London home.
Skinesis clinic, Sloane Square
Nails and Brows, Mayfair
Meghan’s perfectly groomed brows have been picked up on by many, and she enjoys heading to Nails and Brows for a full pampering session with founder Sherrille Riley when in London. She opts for "The Audrey Brow" treatment, which is inspired by Audrey Hepburn and includes Beauty Edit Mayfair products in dark dahlia pencil, the Brow Setter gel, and Brow Muse Highlighter.
Content Beauty Wellbeing, Marylebone
Meghan’s former makeup artist Lydia Sellers told Hello! that she’s a big fan of eco-friendly, nontoxic products, and one of her go-to brands is RMS beauty. If Meghan wanted to stock up, Content is a charming little natural beauty haven tucked away on a quiet street in Marylebone. They have a plethora of skin care brands including Tata Harper and Josh Rosebrook and organic supplements such as The Nue Co. The store also offers nutritional consultations and facial and body treatments.
Hemsley + Hemsley Café at Selfridges, Oxford Street
Meghan praised the benefits of a plant-based diet to Best Health magazine, saying she sticks to mainly veggies during the week and come weekends is a bit more flexible, enjoying fish, meat, and good wine. I’d say the Hemsley + Hemsley Cafe at Selfridges would be just up her street. They serve brunch classics with healthy twists like avocado on quinoa toast, and the entire menu is grain-, gluten-, and refined-sugar-free. It even includes a healthy take on high tea complete with quinoa scones, organic and biodynamic wines, and zero-dosage Champagne.
The Detox Kitchen, Soho
Starting out as a nutritious food-delivery service, The Detox Kitchen has two delis in the city, both of which serve delicious, seasonal, and creative salads, juices, smoothie bowls, and superfood lattes, which I think Meghan would be into. She loves cooking and is predominantly plant-based, so she might even like to try out some of the recipes from founder Lily Simpson’s new cookbook, Detox Kitchen Vegetables.
Bodyism, Notting Hill
One of Meghan’s favorite breakfasts is an acai bowl, according to Chalkboard mag, so if she doesn’t fancy whipping one up herself, she may like to know that Bodyism, a beautiful boutique gym in Notting Hill, serves up the best bowl in town at their cafe, and it’s blended with their own superfood powders. With cozy outdoor seating (they have blankets—it gets nippy in London) and ever-changing inspirational mantras adorning their windows, it’s the perfect place to work out, refuel, and catch up with friends while watching the world go by.
Juice Baby, Notting Hill
Meghan is partial to a green juice (aren’t we all?!) so there’s no doubt she’ll be looking for a healthy, cold-pressed dispensary to frequent. Juice Baby would be a great option for her. It’s just across the road from Bodyism on Westbourne Grove, which is a boutique-lined street that’s London’s answer to Abbot Kinney—ideal for the Cali girl.
Violet Bakery, Hackney
OK, so buttercream and sponge cakes don’t exactly scream "wellness," but this quaint East London bakery has been given the monumental task of creating Meghan and Harry’s wedding cake, which is said to be a lemon elderflower cake that will somehow "incorporate the bright flavors of spring" according to Kensington Palace. Meghan interviewed Violet’s owner and fellow Californian Claire Ptak a while back for The Tig and found they both share a passion for seasonal, organic ingredients.
Le Pain Quotidien, Covent Garden
Malibu Kitchen at The Ned, Bank
Bright and beautiful Malibu Kitchen at the Ned serves a California-inspired rainbow menu of fresh, healthy dishes such as forbidden rice bowls and chia seed flatbreads, as well as delicious, Instagram-worthy breakfast bowls topped with Qnola, a gluten-free granola made from one of Meghan’s favorite ingredients, quinoa.
Planet Organic, Westbourne Grove
Health food mecca Erewhon hasn’t made its way to London just yet, but in the meantime, Meghan can pick up her daily essentials from Planet Organic. Tackling waste reduction and promoting sustainable shopping, most branches have dried goods counters where you can fill your own bags or containers. The Westbourne Grove location is just a stone's throw from her new Hyde Park home.
Soho House, Soho
Meghan and Harry have close ties with the Soho House Group as they shared their first date at Soho House on Dean Street and Meghan celebrated her bridal shower at Soho Farmhouse in The Cotswolds. The newest of venues for these private members clubs is in West London’s White City and boasts a 2,100-square-meter gym and rooftop pool, which would be the perfect place for the couple to enjoy the sunshine and hang out with friends.
In true mbg fashion, Meghan will also be doing a nontoxic makeup look for her wedding! Get all the details here!