Rooftop roundup… our season at Coq D’Argent

Pilates with a view at Coq D'ArgentWe took our workplace Pilates classes out the office to the fabulous roof terrace at Coq D’Argent. It was so great to wake up with the City and teach in this beautiful setting. Feedback from everyone who came was fantastic.

Staff from; The City of London Police, Goodman Masson, CBRE Global Investors, Schroders, London Sport, Janikin Rooke, Grey London, Standard Charter ( name a few) joined us on the roof. julia-scodie-teaching-pilates-exercise-in-the-city-at-coq-dargent-3Pixxie Lott even came along to a class!

We were so lucky with the weather and ran the classes through August to the end of October. Classes were taught by our Founder Julia.  Read on for some rather lovely reviews and photo highlights

“I’ve been to Pilates with Julia before at London Sport HQ, so when I heard about the morning rooftop classes, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse!  Julia’s a fantastic teacher and very inspirational.  Her enthusiasm set again the backdrop of a sunrise against London skyline is one of the best ways to start a Friday morning. london-sport-staff-at-coq-dargentI was utterly hooked. I’m really upset it’s winter now, so we aren’t able to do it anymore – I’ll definitely be back with the sun next year!”  Lizzie Stanton, Funding Manger – London Sport

“I just wanted to thank you for the class this morning, we all really enjoyed it – what a great way to start the day!”  Natasha Brady, Project Coordinator –
City of London Police

goodman-masson-coq-dargent-group-shot-crop“What better way to start the day than with a Pilates class on the roof of Coq d’Argent?!  When Julia first approached me with the idea I thought it was just great, and the team agreed. We booked out an entire session. It was such a success that we rebooked a few weeks later. Everyone loved the class and raved about Julia’s teaching style. A thoroughly enjoyable and recommended class.”
Louise Goddard, EA – Goodman Masson

exercise-in-the-city-pilates-class-at-coq-dargent-5“Initially I thought the early mornings would be difficult to take. But, once I’d got myself to the Coq d’Argent rooftop on a warm summer’s morning, I wished I could do Pilates with Julia up there every day! A true escape from London’s morning chaos, I almost skipped to work after every class. Can’t wait for next year.”
Ana Saffer, Account Manager – Grey LondonStaff from Janikin Rooke at Coq D'Argent rooftop Pilates

“Early morning Pilates on the roof at Coq D’Argent was definitely worth getting up for! The setting was fabulous and Julia was excellent at making the class work really well for all levels of abilities.  We rewarded ourselves with a work breakfast after the session and got to work buzzing and energized”.
Janikin Rooke staff

BBC Radio 4 – Office cake or office workout

radio-4-logoWe featured on BBC Radio 4’s report ‘Cake Culture vs Active Workplaces’.  Listen to hear our Pilates classes at software company, Pivotal, and what staff have to say about how much they value their weekly classes.

Listen to the full report here… we’re at 2 minutes!

We’ve been bringing lunch break Pilates and Yoga classes to Pivotal for over seven months. Staff tell us how much they enjoy the classes and value the break from their computers.

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Pilates and Brunch – Saturday Sessions

Pilates with a view at Coq D'ArgentExciting news… we’ve launched our Mindful Movement Pilates classes with City restaurant Coq d’Argent.

Our first class on Saturday 1st October will take place in Coq d’Argent’s stunning rooftop garden, with participants invited to exercise, relax, and release tension surrounded by spectacular City views.

Some of you may have already joined us for our popular  weekday morning classes at Coq D’Argent which are a fantastic way to start the working day. We’re really delighted to have the opportunity to help Londoners start their weekends well too!

Pilates is proven to improve strength, flexibility, and posture, it can ease back pain, and is also great for general fitness and wellbeing. Our Mindful Movement Pilates classes suits all ages, skills, and fitness levels, with alternatives given for each exercise, allowing everyone to enjoy and benefit from the classes. The exercises focus on core muscles, thus improving posture and strengthening the entire body, and also incorporate mindful breathing to help reduce stress and tension.

aw_exerciseinthecity_373Classes will be taught by our founder and leading instructor Julia Scodie.

Dates and tickets 
Saturday 1st October – Book here
Saturday 5th November – Book here
Saturday 3rd December – Book here

Following the classes, guests are invited to enjoy Coq d’Argent’s indulgent brunch dishes, including; Coq D'Argent- Logo BlackMushroom pancake with poached egg and Hollandaise sauce; Croque-Madame with roasted ham, Emmental cheese, béchamel, fried egg and mixed salad; London oak smoked salmon and spinach benedict; and Heritage tomato and basil salad. All dishes are served with a choice of coffee, tea, juice or a mocktail included in the price of your ticket.

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National Fitness Day at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

img_20160907_103233We were delighted to have been invited by ukactive to help kick off National Fitness Day this year.

Alongside a showcase of activities to launch the day, our Founder Julia taught Pilates classes for attendees. The launch featured on London Live…
.. and we met the fabulous Darcey Bussell!  Great to check out her new dance fitness workout DDMIX.

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National Fitness Day this week

It’s National Fitness Day tomorrow and we’ve some exciting news. We’ll be helping kick off the day at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park teaching Pilates classes alongside some rather exciting names!

nfd-argosNational Fitness Day the most active day of the year will launch at the Olympic Park with Darcey Bussell CBE delivering her dance fitness workout DDMIX. Sam Quek, Rio Gold Medallist (Team GB Ladies Hockey Team) will be joining alongside a showcase of activities from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park partners… and us! Our Founder Julia will be teaching Pilates classes on site.
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Pilates for staff at Girlguiding Head Office

Girlguiding - Pilates class for staffWe’ve been teaching weekly Pilates classes for staff at Girlguiding head office in London since 2012… over four years! It’s been so great to watch staff strengthen and improve so much. 

Catherine joined classes from the beginning and is now a Pilates-pro!…

“I can’t express strongly enough how good it is to be able to take 45 minutes out of a working week to do Pilates with Julia. Everyone knows sitting at a computer all day isn’t the best position to be in but we go back to our desks energised and ready to take on the next challenge. Julia comes to our work and we use one of the bigger meeting rooms with desks pushed to the side.  

Prices for Pilates classes are normally so prohibitively high Exercise in the City is good value, and it’s a massive bonus to have Julia come to us so it’s not a stress or bother getting to a gym or other venue.”
Catherine – Girlguiding head officeGirlguiding staff practicing Pilates in their office

Our Pilates class has proved to be so popular with staff we often have to add an additional class during the week to meet demand.

Classes are organised by staff themselves and take place in either a meeting room or in the kitchen area with chairs stacked and tables pushed aside.
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Pilates with a view at Coq D’Argent

Coq D'Argent - Garden ViewWake up your body and start the day with panoramic Pilates on the spectacular garden roof terrace at Coq D’Argent.Pilates at Coq D'Argent

We’re taking our workplace Pilates classes out of the office and giving businesses an opportunity to treat staff to a morning workout with a difference.

Start your day in this breathtaking setting with stunning views over London’s most popular landmarks, as you stretch, tone and strengthen your body with an hour-long invigorating Pilates class. You can choose to stay for the view and enjoy breakfast or a post-workout smoothie on the terrace.

A morning team building event with a difference to improve the health and wellbeing of your staff… or just a great excuse for a treat!

Due to limited spaces classes must be booked in advance  AW_ExerciseintheCity_212

  • Location Coq D’Argent Roof terrace
    No.1 Poultry, London, EC2R 8EJ
  • Time  7.30am to 8.30am class
  • Class suitable for all levels
  • £10 per person (Discounts for group bookings) 
  • Option to stay and enjoy breakfast after the class. A great setting for your morning team meeting

Class dates  *LAST WEEK*AW_ExerciseintheCity_325.jpg

Wednesday 19 October   Spaces available
Friday 21 October   Spaces available

Classes booking up fast… To find out more and book email

Blossom_City_CDA_045 - RestaurantStay for breakfast and enjoy the view
Coq D’Argent are offering 20% discount* on a delicious breakfast after the class. The perfect way to refuel and to set you up for your day at the office. View the breakfast menu

*Breakfast discount for groups of up to 8 people. For larger groups set menu options are available. Class participants should make their breakfast bookings  in advance directly with the venue quoting ‘Exercise in the City’

About Coq D’Argent
Located by Bank Station, in the Coq D'Argent- Logo Blackheart of the city, Coq D’Argent boasts spectacular City views from its gardens and terraces. An elegant, fine dining space guaranteed to impress. Find out more about the restaurant and view menus

Find out more about our Saturday Sessions with Coq D’Argent
Pilates and Brunch – A fantastic way to start the weekend

Workplace Health Week: Win a fitness class at your office

We’re passionate about getting London office workers active and we’re working with London Sport supporting Workplace Health Week (23-27 May) offering you the chance to win a fitness class at your London office.

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Staff at London Sport getting active with a lunch break Pilates class

The Prize
One of our fantastic instructors will come along to your workplace to teach one of our classes. All you need is a free meeting room or space in your office and some willing colleagues!

How to enter
There are five classes up for grabs… simply enter your details below to be in with a chance to win one!

You can double your chances of winning by Following us on Twitter and Tweeting
@EITCLondon I’m aiming to reach my 150 mins exercise this week & I’d love a fitness class at my office for @WorkplaceChall #MakeaDeal2016

Competition closes midnight on Sunday 29th May 2016
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CiFJpDuXEAAb9uzAbout Workplace Health Week
Workplace Health Week is a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of exercising during the working day.  The focus of this year’s campaign is to ‘Make a deal’, encouraging employers to ‘make a deal’ with their employees, colleagues and themselves to introduce physical activity to their lunchtime routine.

Did you know?
40% of people in England do not exercise enough.

Lack of exercise contributes to an estimated cost of £14.9 billion to businesses in lost working days.

According to recent research from the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (BHFNC), employees cited that time was the biggest barrier to exercise and commonly said that a working day and a commute left them feeling tired with little time to exercise in the evening.

To overcome this Workplace Health Week is encouraging employers to focus on flexible working and active lunch breaks to help bring physical activity into and around the working day.

Find out more and sign up to the Workplace Challenge by visiting