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This London Pop-Up Café Takes Exercise as a Form of Payment

Get a free lunch in exchange for a quick workout

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In one year, office employees spend an average of 1,578 hours sitting down and remaining sedentary at work, according to the company’s research.

Europe’s premier racquets and fitness provider David Lloyd Clubs wants you to “Run for Your Bun” with the world’s first café that lets you pay for your meal with exercise.

The concept was created by the company for its campaign to encourage average office workers to move away from their desks and be more active, according to a press release.

“We want to remind workers of the importance of being active at work and moving around more,” Elaine Denton, health and fitness expert at David Lloyd Clubs, said in a statement.

“Ultimately our lifestyles are becoming increasingly sedentary and we want people to recognise [sic] that a nutritious, balanced diet and a healthy amount of exercise go hand-in-hand when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle.”

Customers will be able to select a complimentary lunch after completing a six-minute workout under the guidance of one of the café’s trainers. They also have the option to choose to dine in or take it to go.

The micro workout involves ‘HIIT’ (high-intensity interval training), including one minute each on a rowing machine, spin bike, and treadmill; and 60 seconds of sit-ups, squats, and lunges with 30 seconds to rest in between each exercise.


The pop-up café is located at 3 Slingsby Place, Covent Garden, London. It will be open to the public through Jan. 13 from noon to 3 p.m.