5 Reasons Why Meghan Markle Will Love Living in London
From hot yoga to her favorite red wine, we take a look at some of the home comforts available to Meghan in her new neighbourhood
Meghan Markle has already relocated to London and is soon to become a British citizen in preparation for her wedding to Prince Harry this spring. But first, we expect she’s excited to get to know her chic new London neighborhood, Kensington. Here’s where we think the royal-to-be might be spending her time across the pond.
1. The perfect yoga class is just a short walk away.
As a self-confessed yogi (her mom is a yoga instructor) Markle recently told Women’s Health magazine that she practices hot yoga several times a week, saying: “I love an intense vinyasa class and even better if it’s blasting hip hop and done in a dark room with candlelight.” Thankfully, Core Collective, which is based in Kensington, has a class that would suit Meghan’s fitness needs.
“I think she would absolutely love our power yoga class,” Jaime Tully, Core Collective yoga instructor tells PEOPLE. “You can get a little bit of a sweat on, it’s dark, warm and you’re moving the entire time, moving with each breath and mentally, you really do find clarity.”
2. She can get her favorite red wine.
For a moment of downtime in her busy schedule, Meghan says loves a night in to snuggle with her dogs and enjoy a glass of red wine. “French fries and vino are my vices,” she confessed to Delish last year, adding that she’ll skip dessert in favor of a “big beautiful red” any day. Lucky for her, that there’s a fine wine store close to the palace that sells her favorite Italian red wine, Tignanello. Markle loves the drink so much she even named her blog, The Tig, after it.
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3. Intense workout classes.
A fitness enthusiast, Meghan has said that she’s keen to try the Skinny Bitch Collective, a London-based workout class that uses animalistic movements to train at a high intensity. “I’m eager to come to the U.K. to do a workout with Russell Bateman of SBC,” she told Women’s Health. “My friend Millie Macintosh raves about his workouts, so I’ll call her up to do a class together next time I’m back in London.”
It’s certainly exclusive enough. The classes are held at a secret gym location in Baker Street and count supermodels and friend of the royals Ellie Goulding among their devoted fans. “It’s an invite only class with a waiting list of thousands,” Bateman, Skinny Bitch Collective’s founder, tells PEOPLE. He declined to comment on whether Meghan has tried one of his classes — though she’d likely have no problem nabbing an invitation.
4. Organic food and green juices galore.
She may be far from home, but Meghan won’t be far from Whole Foods. The Kensington branch of the American-owned organic, upscale grocery store is just a ten-minute walk from her new home at Nottingham Cottage. The former actress has already been spotted carrying groceries from the three-story store back to the palace gates. The self-confessed foodie often shared recipes on her now-defunct blog for dishes like “mushroom pasta with creamy truffle sauce” and “Grandma’s apple butter toast.” Delicious.
5. Woman’s best friend.
Due to health reasons, royal fans are unlikely to find Meghan pounding the pavement in Kensington Gardens, the public park on her doorstep. “As I’ve gotten older, running has become hard on my knees so I can’t run outside the way I used to,” she told Readers Digest Best Health magazine. But the park, which covers an area of 265 acres, will make for the perfect spot for walks with her dog, a beagle named Guy.